Ixigo seems to be strengthening their Mobile app portfolio. This is the second Android app they have launched in space of less than a month. Couple of weeks back Ixigo launched a nifty PNR status Android app. They also have separate apps for Train and Flight Ticket search. Ixigo’s has now launched their fourth travel related app on Google Play Store – Ixigo Buses.
Ixigo Buses, like most of the apps in their portfolio, is very well designed and quite intuitive. I have always liked how Ixigo has gone about designing their platforms, be it web or mobile. The app is simple to use and quite fast. There not much user can do wrong with it!
From user perspective the flow is extremely simple – As soon as the app starts the app user needs to give From and To destinations, number of seats they need and the date for bus travel.
The app immediately goes to work and brings you all the buses that match the parameters you have provided. The app shows you results which you can further filter down basis time of departure, price of the ticket and the duration of the journey etc. The app also lists down the kind of buses available for travel that include Volvos, A/C coaches, Sleepers etc.
Ixigo aggregates results from multiple bus booking sites, including MakeMyTrip, Goibibo, TravelYaari, via.com etc. This is very advantageous for the users as they have bus options from many different sites and it also helps them get the best prices available on the buses.
Once user has decided on which bus he needs to book, he is then taken to a respective website to finish the booking process.
Overall, kudos to Ixigo team for developing a good looking and functional app that will help lot of bus travelers.
We found a bug while testing the app – We searched for buses from Pune to Chennai and many results were showing us the duration of travel to be around 2 hours and 30 mins. I am sure I was searching for buses and not for flights :). Looks like beyond 24 hours, the clock resets and shows time only beyond that. Here is a screenshot of that…
As an addition, the app needs to show not only time, but also dates of travel. This is particularly necessary when the duration of travel may be more than 24 hours.