About Rome2rio

Rome2rio makes travel planning easy. We are a door-to-door travel information and booking engine, helping you get to and from any location in the world safely.

Enter any address, landmark, or city as your destination and we will instantly display all your travel and booking options, along with information about accommodation and things to do, in one convenient spot.

Whether you’re after flight, train, bus, ferry, rideshare or rental car info, we’ve got estimated prices, journey durations and booking details from over 5000 companies in more than 160 countries – making us one of the top online travel resources used globally.

Download our app, so you can plan your journey while you are on the road, wherever you are.

Rome2rio

Our story

2007 – While working for Microsoft in Redmond, Washington, co-founders Bernie Tschirren and Michael Cameron meet at a pub gathering for Australian expats.

2010 – On a backpacking trip through Europe, instead of sightseeing, Michael is stuck in his hotel room in Budapest researching options to reach his next destination. He wonders why there is no travel planning service that will solve this for him. He decides to tackle the problem himself.

2010 – Michael floats the idea of a global travel search engine past Bernie, who recalls similar frustrations while organising his trip to Machu Picchu. They both move to Melbourne and set up shop in Michael’s parents’ lounge room.

2011 – Bernie and Michael work on the first prototype and launch Rome2rio to the public in April.

2012 – Viator founder Rod Cuthbert is recruited as CEO. Rome2rio moves into the Inspire9 coworking space. The team raise capital from Australian and international investors, and receive a Commercialisation Australia grant from the government.

2013 – Rome2rio launches its API partnership program, now used by hundreds of travel businesses globally including TripIt, Cleartrip, numerous tourism boards and the Microsoft Knowledge Store.

2015 – Rome2rio hits 200,000 daily unique visits and the business turns a profit for the first time.

2016 – Rome2rio takes its first on-site bookings for rail operators in the United Kingdom, and others soon follow. The Melbourne team grows to 22 full-time employees.

2017 – Rome2rio now has a solid team of 40 people in Richmond’s digital quarter, and is a thriving “cockroach” startup, with over 500,000 daily unique visits.

2018 – Rome2rio launches new Android and iOS apps, and announces a partnership with Lonely Planet. Michael and Bernie are awarded the 2018 Victorian Pearcey Entrepreneur Award for their contribution to tech entrepreneurship in Australia. 

2019 – Hugh Williams joins the Rome2rio board.

2019 –  Craig Penfold joins the company as Chief Technology Officer.

2019 – We take the next step in our journey with the exciting announcement that Rome2rio has been acquired by Omio, the Berlin-based travel booking platform.

2020Yeswanth Munnangi (Yesh) takes over as CEO of Rome2rio, and Michael Cameron joins the board of directors.


 

Since launching in 2013, Omio has been changing the world of travel by empowering customers to go on journeys that move them. The pioneering and practical platform helps travellers worldwide explore Europe, the United States and Canada via train, bus, flight and ferry.

Together Rome2rio and Omio collaborate to create new and better experiences for travellers, from exploration of destinations to visit, right through to the booking experience and after a journey is started.

Choosing us means saving time and money while loving the journey you’re on.

Meet the Team

Yeswanth

Yeswanth

Chief Executive Officer

Global experience in P&L management, Business Operations, Strategy, Program Management and Consulting with deep understanding across diverse fields like big scale consumer products, E-commerce, consumer product building, marketing & commercials.

Niraj

Niraj

Chief of Staff

Niraj is a strategic all-rounder, a chartered accountant and a travel enthusiast. He brings broad commercial and operational experience from his career having worked with PwC, NAB, Origin Energy and Lion Dairy & Drinks.

Ash

Ash

Head of Engineering

Ash is an experienced software developer. Prior to joining Rome2rio he worked at Monash University on vehicle simulation and psychological testing applications.

Julien

Julien

Head of Commercial

Julien is passionate about people, publishing, travel, and tech. Most recent career experience comes from companies such as TripAdvisor, and BBC. At Rome2rio he is focused on building business through driving relatable products within the travel environment.

Liz

Liz

Head of Content

Liz brings 15 years global experience delivering digital content and product solutions for major brands around the world including seven years with Lonely Planet. Her passion for all things travel continues with Rome2rio.

Marco

Marco

Head of Data Science

Marco has a PhD in Computer Science from The University of Melbourne, where he researched natural language processing. He works on data science and analytics problems and is a keen traveler and cyclist.

Sally

Sally

Senior People & Operations Manager

Sally brings experience working with teams across international government, corporate mining, creative agency, tech and start-up environments. Sally loves to build engaged teams, learn about different cultures and bring people together.

Aidan

Aidan

Software Development Engineer

Aidan has been a full-stack developer for the past 5 years, working in software and hardware integration, and loves the opportunity to solve a good problem.
In his time off he likes to hike, tinker, and build things.

Alan

Alan

Senior Customer Experience Specialist

Alan studied Sociology and Communications at VU and Göteborg University. He brings over 5 years experience working within sales and operations to the Customer Experience team. He has a deep fascination for Cosmology and spends his downtime playing guitar.

Alisa

Alisa

Data Content Manager

Alisa has experience in digital marketing in advertising agencies and ad tech startups. Prior to relocating to Australia, she was based in Ukraine, Singapore and Vietnam. When not in the office, she enjoys doing aerial acrobatics and reading science fiction.

Angus

Angus

Software Development Engineer

Angus studied Computer Science at Swinburne University. Before Rome2rio he worked in Android security research and built Android apps for many start-ups. Now he is working on the Rome2rio Android app

Azlan

Azlan

SEO Manager

Azlan brings over 12 years of experience in search engine optimisation (SEO). Over the years, he has managed a number of SEO projects for blue-chip companies in Australia such as Spirit of Tasmania, GSK, Maurice Blackburn, and most recently Webjet. Azlan is a big MotoGP fan and likes fiddling around with his cars in his spare time.

Bernhard

Bernhard

Co-founder & Chief Architect

Bernie spent five years as an senior engineer at Microsoft working on .NET and Visual Studio. Prior to that he spent seven years at TriniTeq, helping it grow from small startup into a global company.

Bianca

Bianca

Finance Manager

Bianca is a chartered accountant with 11 years experience in financial accounting, analysis & reporting and strategic finance. She joins Rome2rio after having most recently worked at Thomas Cook in the UK.

Chantelle

Chantelle

Senior Data Content Manager

Chantelle has almost ten years digital project management experience delivering online solutions within both agency and internal educational publishing spaces. Chantelle will be managing data on the site, ensuring the best information and experience for the user.

Charlotte

Charlotte

Software Development Engineer

Charlotte studied Computer Science (Hons) at Melbourne University. She spent ten years living in the UK, including working on dynamic advertising and data matching at Amazon.

David

David

Engineering Manager

David studied Software Engineering and Science at The University of Melbourne. He has worked developing tools and services for communicating climate change projections and water availability forecasts with the CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology and loves getting in and making new things go.

David

David

Software Development Engineer

David holds a Masters of Engineering (Software) and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne. He previously enjoyed tutoring Artificial Intelligence and other subjects at the university and its colleges. He now works in Rome2rio's data science team. He loves to read about current affairs in a variety of fields and accepts chocolate as a form of currency.

Ingrid

Ingrid

UX Designer

Ingrid loves observing and exploring the complexity of human behaviour that makes each product unique. She has 15 years of design experience in web, apps and eLearning; working for Jetstar, Village Roadshow, JB Hi-Fi, Luxury Escapes and Mecca, among others.

Jason

Jason

Engineering Manager

Jason studied Games Programming and Computer Science (Hon) at RMIT. He has worked in a range of areas from web development to data migration in companies big and small. He works in the back-end team.

Jena

Jena

Assistant Accountant

Jena is a chartered accountant with a broad range of experience and skills. During her career, she has had a few changes - starting in an accounting firm, then moving into financial accounting and even a short time running her own family cafe business. Jena's loves spending time with family, and taking on new challenges.

Josiah

Josiah

Data Scientist / Software Engineer

Josiah graduated from a PhD in machine learning and robotics at the University of Newcastle, Australia. After taking a year off to see South America and Europe, he joined Rome2rio's data science team.

Kaitlin

Kaitlin

Data Content Manager

Kaitlin is passionate about all things travel. With experience in domestic and global travel businesses, she brings with her a wealth of knowledge, particularly in the area of land transportation.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time in nature and tending to her plant babies.

Lachlan

Lachlan

Technical Lead

Lachlan has been developing software for over 20 years and loves making things go faster. He runs workshops for other developers and is a frequent speaker at conferences and meetups. He is an avid guitarist, tetris player, Korean language learner and old-school Doom player.

Marc

Marc

Software Development Engineer

Marc is a front-end developer from New Zealand. He has ten years experience in various web industries with a focus on UI. When he's not programming beautiful interfaces he enjoys playing basketball, and exploring new places.

Maria

Maria

Data Operations Specialist

Maria's passion for travel led her to studying Geography and Urban Planning at university.

In her free time she likes to make chocolates and plan future holidays.

Mark

Mark

Senior Product Manager

Mark is a product manager and software developer who has worked in mobile, web and financial technologies. He previously had a travel industry hotel focused startup and now works on the Rome2rio mobile apps. He also eats more burgers than any one man should.

Nadia

Nadia

Senior Product Manager

Nadia is a passionate Product Manager that loves working with teams to build technology that people love to use. She draws on experience from a variety of roles spanning across different industries and companies including Talent2, PageUp, Aconex and SEEK and continues to be drawn towards companies founded in Melbourne.

Nicolly

Nicolly

UX Designer

With a background in CX and many years experience in the travel industry, Nicky is fascinated with understanding our users behaviour whilst planning their dream trip. When she is not busy trying to understand our users minds, she loves spending time in the ocean surfing and kitesurfing.

Richard

Richard

Data Scientist / Software Engineer

With a PhD in computational semantics, Richard is excited about modelling complex problems in just the right way get the information he needs. He is also a fan of puzzles, from cryptic crosswords to bouldering walls.

Rob

Rob

Senior Data Content Manager

Robert has over 10 years of global travel industry experience, having worked in Australia, the UK and Canada for Intrepid Travel. He brings a wealth of product and destination knowledge to the content team at Rome2rio.

Rodney

Rodney

Principal Engineer

Rodney loves travel and data. Before (re)joining Rome2rio he completed a PhD in Machine Learning, and has spent 10 years working on fun data problems at Cxense and Microsoft's Bing, and Google.

Sameera

Sameera

Data Scientist / Software Engineer

Sameera has a PhD in Computer Science from the Swinburne University of Technology. Her research focussed on educational data mining and learning analytics. Prior to that, she worked as a software engineer in middleware development. She enjoys reading fiction and exploring new places.

Sang

Sang

Front End Engineer

Sang is a front-end engineer with a strong passion for building tech products, focusing on delivering great user experiences.

Sang brings his interest in culture, travel, and geodata to the team. He also loves air travel and some aviation things.

Satyaki

Satyaki

Accountant

Satyaki studied at the Royal Military College, Duntroon and the University of Tasmania before heading into professional services in financial audit.

His dream when he isn't working with excel spreadsheets, is to travel overland from the southern tip of Africa to its Mediterranean coast, as much of it as possible by train.

Simon

Simon

Senior Software Development Engineer

Simon comes from a background of interactive development, now he focuses on UI. While away from the office, he loves his photography and travelling the world.

Stuart

Stuart

Senior Partnerships Manager

Stuart brings 15 years of global commercial experience in the travel-tech industry, joining Rome2rio after his most recent roles with Momondo and Kayak in Europe. He leads our worldwide strategic partnerships.

Tom

Tom

Software Development Engineer

Tom studied Software Engineering at the University of Melbourne, and has worked developing online booking and hospitality software. He loves getting lost backpacking around the world, ideally with a lot of coffee along the way.

Will

Will

Front End Software Engineer

Will studied Robotics and Mechatronics at Swinburne University. He has worked as a full stack developer for Kogan working on everything from systems infrastructure to UI/UX flows.

Will is also an avid Filmmaker and passionate Landscape Photographer who loves scouring the great outdoors for beautiful landscapes and light to photograph.

Global Team

George
George

Europe Data

Dionisis
Dionisis

Europe Data

Anthy
Anthy

Europe Data

Stefan
Stefan

Europe Data

Sophie
Sophie

Europe Data

River
River

Europe Data

Alvaro
Alvaro

Europe Data

Nikolai
Nikolai

Europe Data

Melania
Melania

Europe Data

Gérman
Gérman

Sth America Data

Ricardo
Ricardo

Sth America Data

Melisa
Melisa

Sth America Data

Kimberly
Kimberly

Nth America Data

Felix
Felix

Nth America Data

Kim
Kim

Nth America Data

Sojeong Ko
Sojeong Ko

Asia Pacific Data

Yanshuo
Yanshuo

Asia Pacific Data

Diana
Diana

Asia Pacific Data

Ankit
Ankit

Asia Pacific Data

Yukiko
Yukiko

Asia Pacific Data

Terry
Terry

Africa Data

Catherine
Catherine

Customer Service

Marisa
Marisa

Customer Service

Sarah
Sarah

Customer Service

Antonino
Antonino

Customer Service

Andrea
Andrea

Customer Service

Ashlee
Ashlee

Customer Service

Russell
Russell

Customer Service

Makarena
Makarena

Customer Service

Jeremy
Jeremy

Customer Service

Caroline
Caroline

Translation

Diego
Diego

Translation

Ledy
Ledy

Translation

Awards

We have been recognised for our first-class technology by numerous global industry leaders.

People's Choice Award Phocuswright 2012
TRAVELtech GlobalCollect Website of the Year 2013
WITovation Data Specialist Award 2015
WITovation Best Compare Site 2016
Travolution Best Metasearch Site 2016

The Unicorn And The Cockroach, PauseFest 2017: Michael talks about start-up businesses in Australia

Co-founder Michael Cameron makes Rome2rio’s award-winning presentation at the 2012 PhoCusWright Conference Travel Innovation Summit

Michael returned in 2013 with a presentation focused on our 2013 innovations