Germany: FREE NOW Integrates Public Transport Tickets into App

FREE NOW has become the first private mobility platform to integrate public transport tickets into its app.

This move will enable FREE NOW users to book public transport services alongside the app’s existing offerings of taxis, private cars, e-scooters, e-bikes, e-mopeds and shared cars.

FREE NOW Public Transport
One app for all mobility types: users can now book public transport services directly next to taxis, private cars, e-scooters, e-bikes, e-mopeds and shared cars in the FREE NOW app
Thomas Zimmermann, CEO at FREE NOW said:

“We're pleased that we're now the first private mobility platform to be able to offer our users public transport tickets in the biggest population and the largest urban transport area in Europe. This is an important next stage for us and, for the first time, we're enabling end-to-end ticketing for different modes of transport in our app.

“Linking different mobility offers is crucial to succeed in transforming transportation in Europe. FREE NOW actively supports this as a partner of public transport. Our goal is to make urban mobility in Europe more sustainable, intelligent, and interconnected.”

The first partnership that will provide access to public transport via the FREE NOW app has been signed with Rheinbahn in Germany to allow users to book tickets for buses, trams and underground trains for all tariff zones of the Rhine-Ruhr Public Transport Association (VRR).

FREE NOW Public Transport
Initial partnership with Rheinbahn includes Europe’s biggest transport network and largest transit area

This technical integration has been made possible through a partnership with the Dutch aggregator Tranzer.

Susanne Momberg, Chief Financial Officer of Rheinbahn, said:

“We want to make travel easy. That's why we like to work with a wide variety of partners in the mobility industry to create a diverse and modern offering. Now that selected VRR tickets are available in the FREE NOW app, our passengers can buy public transport tickets easily, and benefit from FREE NOW's offering at the same time.”

Initially, single tickets, day passes and 48-hour passes will be available to FREE NOW users in the VRR network.

Further partnerships with other transport companies in Germany and across Europe are planned for 2023.

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