GoEuro, the leading booking platform for transport across Europe, has raised $150 million in one of the largest-ever investment rounds in Germany, doubling the company’s total capital raised to date. The travel startup plans to use the fresh capital to advance its vision of unifying transport globally by accelerating product innovation and expanding into new markets, facilitating more convenient travel booking across the world.
Kinnevik AB, a Swedish investment firm, and Temasek, a VC firm headquartered in Singapore, led the round, with participation from Hillhouse Capital. Cristina Stenbeck, main shareholder of Kinnevik and a member of the boards of Kinnevik and Spotify, will join GoEuro’s board of directors as part of the transaction.
Naren Shaam, CEO and Founder of GoEuro, said: “The investment by these outstanding firms is a testament to our team’s hard work to build the leading booking platform for transport in Europe and a recognition of the tremendous growth opportunities we see ahead. Having Kinnevik, Temasek and Hillhouse as investors complements our vision for driving growth across our business, as we help people around the world book their travel more easily and quickly. Over the past five years, we’ve brought most European transportation onto our platform, creating a simple, consistent and familiar experience for our customers. We see extraordinary potential to transform travel booking by expanding our platform to the fragmented, mostly offline systems for managing transport globally. Through this investment, we will enhance our customers’ experience by adding new geographies and modes of transport, and more people to our fantastic team to join us on this exciting journey.”
Launched five years ago as a metasearch engine, GoEuro today operates the leading multi-modal transport booking platform in Europe, making direct sales on its platform for 80% of its transport providers. The travel startup is headquartered in Berlin with over 300 employees from more than 45 different countries.
Since its last fundraise in October 2016, GoEuro has scaled substantially across many fronts. GoEuro now now partners with over 800 European transport operators and offers ground and air travel options in 36 countries across Europe and full coverage in 15 of those markets, and more than 27 million people use GoEuro each month, three quarters of whom use mobile devices to access the platform. Additionally, GoEuro recently completed its first acquisition, of European transport aggregator BusRadar, based in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Cristina Stenbeck, Board Director of GoEuro, commented: “I have an enormous amount of respect and admiration for Naren and GoEuro’s drive to redefine travel booking for the future. Kinnevik’s management and Board share my excitement about the large addressable market that GoEuro has pursued since its inception, and the considerable runway for growth ahead. GoEuro has been a pioneering force in addressing, disrupting and improving end-to-end travel. We look forward to helping Naren and his team continue to build a world-class business.”