Founded in 2006, BlaBlaCar is one of the largest social networks of shared car travel in the world. The company has more than 65 million users in 22 countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany and Brazil.
The primary objective of the company is to connect passengers with drivers who are going to make the same journey.The main advantages of ride-sharing include the money both passengers and drivers save by sharing their trips, a reduced carbon footprint and the security of travelling with a trustworthy company.
Information for Passengers: How can I book a trip via BlaBlaCar?Booking a seat in a carpool with BlaBlaCar is simple and inexpensive. The first step is to search for your desired trip. By entering original, destination and the travel date in the CheckMyBus search engine, you can easily compare all available bus, carpool, train and air options. If you finally decide to share a car, and once you have made the corresponding registration on the page, you will only have to book the trip and pay your fee. Once confirmed, you will receive the driver’s phone number, so you can be in contact and plan the trip.
Tips and Tricks: On the profile of each driver, you can check out ratings and opinions from other users. Once you finish your trip, you can publish your own rating to help other users and are more likely to get the driver to rate you in turn, which greatly influences how much others will trust you.
Information for Drivers: How do I publish a trip on BlaBlaCar?
If you are planning your next road trip, but don’t feel like going alone or want to save a bit on expenses, you just have to offer a vacancy on the BlaBlaCar site. How? It’s very easy! Indicate the date, your departure and arrival cities, the number of seats available and the specific pick-up/ drop off locations for your prospective passengers. Each time a place is reserved, you will receive the person’s phone number, so you can clarify all the details. Once the trip is finished, you will receive the payment from the other passengers.
Tips and Tricks: If you don’t have any preferences, you can always select from recommended places to pick up and drop off passengers. If you add a picture of your car to your profile, it will be much easier for others to find on the day of the trip.
Most Popular BlaBlaCar Connections
Since you choose the place of departure and the destination of your trip yourself, the number of bookable routes via BlaBlaCar is in principle infinite. Naturally, connections between two major cities tend to have the most availability. Carpooling is also suitable for the journey to the airport.
Below you can browse and compare some of the most popular routes in the United Kingdom. When you enter your desired route on the CheckMyBus website, you can compare ride sharing with bus and train services as well. The more flexible you are in choosing your mode of transport, the more likely you’ll save money.
Popular BlaBlaCar Routes in the United Kingdom:
The History of BlaBlaCar
It all started on Christmas 2003 when the young Frédéric Mazzella, founder of BlaBlaCar, tried to find train tickets to return home with little success. When he finally managed to get picked up by car, he realized for the first time that the cars he saw during the trip were almost always empty. This gave him the idea that it would be very useful to connect all these people who share the same route, so they can share expenses.
After some time smoothing out the idea, the company was born in France in 2006 and has since evolved into the largest social network of shared car travel in the world. In the beginning, it was called Comuto but it soon became BlaBlaCar to highlight its social aspect. Since then, its expansion which was especially benefited by the economic crisis of 2008, has not slowed down. In fact, they are already present in 22 countries, including the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Mexico and Germany.
BlaBlaCar: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How is the price established per passenger?
A fair contribution per passenger is proposed by the platform based on the specific data of the trip to be made, which also helps fill all available seats. These recommended contributions are intended to make the process easier and make sure that both drivers and passengers receive a fair deal when sharing a car.
How many passengers can travel in a carpool?
There are no special regulations regarding bus rentals. As in other touristic industries, you can have as many passengers as there are seats available. In the case of small cars and for greater comfort, it is recommended that only two people travel in the rear.
Are users who travel by ride-shares insured?
The passengers of a shared car are insured by default by the insurance policy of the vehicle and cover all damages to third parties.
How can I pay for my trip on BlaBlaCar?
All trips are paid for online through the BlaBlaCar website. You can use credit and debit cards with Mastercard and Visa.
How will I receive my money if I am a BlaBlaCar driver?
The money is usually sent 48 hours after the end of the trip, although it can be claimed after the first 24 hours. You must bear in mind that if you opt for the bank transfer, the money may take up to 5 days to be in your account. When using PayPal, you will receive the payment in a few minutes.
What happens if a passenger cancels the trip or does not show up?
If a passenger cancels the trip more than 24 hours in advance, the seat will be available to other users immediately. If the passenger cancels less than 24 hours in advance, the place will be available for other users and the driver will receive compensation of 50% of the agreed contribution. In case the user does not show up, the driver will receive 100% compensation.
What happens if a driver cancels the trip or does not show up?
In case the driver cancels the trip offline, doesn’t show up or the trip does not go as planned, you will have up to 24 hours to contact BlaBlaCar and start the relevant claim process to receive a refund. After 24 hours, it will be assumed that everything has gone as planned, and the driver will be paid.
If you have any questions or comments, you can use the contact form on the website or chat with the BlaBlaHelpers in real time. In addition, you can also contact them through Facebook and Twitter.