New Delhi: In summer bus travel frequency could return to pre-Covid levels. People in India seem to have overcome the anxieties of the pandemic and are looking forward to a year of regularity, according to a randomized online survey of over 9000 customers of online bus ticketing platform redBus.
In summer bus travel frequency could return to pre-Covid levels. The survey reveals intent for a higher frequency of travel over the next 3-6 months, with 48 percent of the respondents seeking to travel at least once a month after 3-6 months, taking the travel intent back to pre-Covid levels when it was around 47 percent.
Hill stations are where people in India will be traveling this year for leisure, followed by beaches, with 46 percent of the respondents opting for the mountains and 28 percent to the seashores.
When it comes to religious travel, Tirupati (26 percent) and Shirdi (12 percent) are the most popular pilgrimage destinations followed by Madurai, Nashik, and Varanasi.
With intercity travel gradually inching back to its pre-Covid levels, the most important factors for outstation travel apart from safety/hygiene turned out to be: Having a comfortable journey; Reliable schedules and punctuality; and Travel cost.
Comfortable journey, hygiene/sanitization, and punctuality/reliable schedule turned out to be the most important factors for outstation travel by the respondents. ‘Convenience’ and ‘choice of seat’ are the main advantages of booking online as per the respondents.
A behavioral shift that has been evident in recent times is the preference for online bus booking. This was evident in the survey with 95 percent of respondents mentioning that they would prefer to book their bus tickets online now.
Air-conditioned buses are also making a comeback with their preference levels going up to 50 percent compared to 39 percent as per a similar survey done earlier in June 2020.
According to Prakash Sangam, CEO, redBus,”Results from this survey have not only provided a unique insight into the bubbling demand for travel in India but also reaffirmed the notion that the industry’s strong comeback is set to move into a higher gear in the months ahead. We are thrilled that a majority of the people now prefer to book bus tickets online, which further strengthens our position, as travelers take advantage and stick to the habit of transacting online from the comfort of their homes.”