Ride-hailing app Uber is planning to become a ‘one-stop shop’ for booking transport and travel by adding the ability to make train, air and hotel bookings.
The Telegraph reports inter-city trains and coaches will be available to book through Uber this summer and plane and Eurostar tickets will be added later this year.
It is also planning to add rental cars and hotel bookings at a later date.
It already allows users to rent bikes and scooters through the app in the UK and the Telegraph quotes Uber’s UK General Manager Jamie Heywood saying the plan will turn Uber into a ‘one-stop shop for all your travel needs’.
The Telegraph says: “The company, which recently secured a new London licence in a major boost to its British business, is in the final stages of reaching agreements with operators to sell the tickets.
“They will be available as QR codes within the app, with journeys organised so that the company’s cars ferry passengers to and from a station or airport.”
It adds: “While the company will take a fee for booking transport, it also believes that letting people buy tickets through the app will mean more people taking an Uber to a station.”
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi ‘set out a plan to turn the app from a minicab provider to a full transport service when he joined in 2018, but the chaos of the pandemic and the accompanying surge in its food delivery business affected the plan’, the Telegraph adds.