How to Use Rome2Rio Trip Planner for Your Next Trip


April 11, 2024

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I find Rome2Rio a fantastic app for initial trip planning, whether flying across the world or looking for local transportation in a town I'm unfamiliar with.

I use it to plan a trip when I know where I want to go but don’t know how to get there. In this post, I'll show you how to use the Rome2Rio trip planner for your next trip.

I'm going to plan a vacation from Auckland, NZ, to Prague, Czechia, more widely known in English as the Czech Republic. I'll also show you how I might use Rome2Rio to navigate around New York City.

Route planning

You can enter your location and a destination city, landmark, or address and look at all the options available, whether traveling by air, land, or water.

Rome2Rio will show you a number of options, including what it deems to be the best and cheapest routes. It will also show you estimated prices, the duration of each option, and trip details like flight or train numbers and timing.

Planning multiple destinations at once

Rome2Rio also lets you create a complex trip that includes stops in various locations on the way to your final destination.

Prague is long way from NZ, and flying there is expensive. So, depending on the added cost, we might want to make several stops along the way. As you'll see below, Rome2 Rio will help me figure that out.

What to do along the route

Rome2Rio provides suggestions on points of interest, which gives you ideas on places to stop for sightseeing.

Travel booking

You can book travel directly in Rome2Rio, although I don’t recommend that, especially for air travel, if your schedule is rigid.

If you book through a third-party site and something goes wrong—perhaps a canceled or delayed flight—you have to make changes through that third party. That takes longer, and you may not have as many options as you would if you dealt directly with the airline or other travel provider.


You can select how your results are displayed, choosing from 14 languages and 42 currencies. You can see results in miles or kilometers and in 12-hour or 24-hour time format.


Rome2Rio provides email support. I haven't had to use it myself, but I understand from the reviews that it’s very timely and helpful.

Multiple Ways to access

Rome2Rio is available on your desktop, tablet, or phone.

How to Plan an International Trip With the Rome2Rio App

OK! Now that we have an overview let’s get busy and go to Prague. I’ve never been, and I understand it's beautiful. So I really want to go.

Enter your trip’s starting and ending points

To start a search, enter your trip's starting and ending points. This can be a city, a landmark, or an exact address.

Enter Rome2Rio App destination to begin searching

In this case, I’m starting my trip in Auckland, NZ. When I enter a city without a street address, I get a choice of either the city center or the airport. I already know how to get to the airport so I’ll choose that.

And I'll enter Prague as my destination. I’m just starting to piece this trip together, and since I don’t have a hotel yet, I’ll just leave it set to the city center and click “See All Options.”

Choose your transportation

Now we see there are eight ways to travel to Prague.

Rome2Rio returns 8 search results

The first is what Rome2Rio deems the best option, and the second is the cheapest.

The map on the right will change based on which option you select. This is a nice feature because it allows you to see your route and determine if there are places you want to investigate as stops along the way.

For example, if I choose the second option, which is the cheapest, I'd take a flight to Vienna and then take the train to Prague.

I’ve always wanted to go to Vienna, so maybe I can create a trip where I can stop there for a few days on my way to Prague.

Let's take a look at this itinerary in more detail.

The Rome2Rio map shows green for the plane and purple for the train

The itinerary on the left shows that I’ll be flying to Vienna, taking one train from the airport to the central station in Vienna, then changing to Prague.

Notice that the map is color-coded. If I zoom in on it, you’ll see the green line, which corresponds to the green airplane on the left, and the purple line, which corresponds to the purple train.

My next step is looking at the details and narrowing things down.

To do that, I want to click on the carat in the image above. It's to the right of the Auckland flight information. It's hot pink and points to the map.

When I click there, it displays a calendar.

Details of the flight from Auckland to Vienna

This is where I choose my dates, the number of passengers, and whether I want one-way or round-trip information.

To keep things simple, let’s choose one passenger on May 2, one-way, then click Search.

Flight search options returned.

At the top right, I can click on "Filter," which allows me to choose how many stops I’m willing to have.

Right under that, I can use the dropdown to search by departure time, cheapest route, or fastest. Let’s leave it set to departure time.

This screen shows various airlines, their departure and arrival times, and the total flying time. If you aren’t familiar with the airline icons, hover your cursor over them, and the name of the airline will pop up.

I'm just showing you a few choices here, but there must have been 40 or more that I could choose from.

I’ve never flown on Emirates, but they’re reported to be one of the best airlines in the world, so I think I want to choose this flight. To get the flight details, click "View Details."

And here are the details of my flight from Auckland to Vienna.

Flight itinerary from Auckland to Vienna on Emirates Airline.

I see that I’ll be in Sydney for 12 hours and 25 minutes. If I didn’t want to wait that long at the airport, I’d look for another flight to see if I could find a shorter connection.

But I like Sydney, and maybe I can find something to do outside of the airport during this layover, so this flight will be OK for me.

I would now click "Details" under the flight, which would show me the flight number. I would write it down so I could book it directly with the airline later.

I also see that this flight stops in Dubai. Fantastic! Another place I’ve always wanted to go. I might want to spend a few days there as well.

If you click “Select” at the top, you’ll be taken to a third-party vendor, where you might find additional choices. As I mentioned, I prefer to book directly through the airline, even if it costs a little more. You’ll be happy you did if something goes wrong with your flight.

I’d then follow the same procedure to choose my train. I’d do some additional research to decide whether I needed to book ahead of time or could just hop on the train when I got there.

So now, I have the outline of my trip, and I’m super excited. I'll leave Auckland, spend a day in Sydney, a few days in Dubai, a few days in Vienna, and then take the train from Vienna to Prague.

Other Rome2Rio App Options

In Rome2Rio's top menu, in addition to transport, you’ll also find hotels, a trip planner (which I’ll cover below), and rental cars if you want to make your reservations that way.

Rome2Rio top menu.

How to Plan a Local Trip with Rome2Rio App

Of course, I'm not always planning a complex international trip. Rome2Rio also helps me with local transportation.

Let’s say I’m at 89-11 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica, New York, and I want to go to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Plan a trip from Jamaica, NY to the NY Museum of Modern Art

Here are the search results. I was shown 5 different options, 3 of which you can see here.

Rome2Rio options for getting from Jamaica, NY to the Museum of Modern Art.

I don’t mind taking the subway, so I’ll choose this first one. If I zoomed in on the map, you would see some places I could stop along the way. For now, I’ll click just the carat and see what the schedule looks like.

Drilling down on details in Rome2Rio even shows subway stops.

One of the things I like about the Rome2Rio app is the level of detail it provides. For example, clicking the carat by "Details," as I've done above, shows me which train line to take and which way it's going. Here, I know to get on the F train towards Coney Island.

It’s often difficult to hear the conductor or driver on public transportation. So I like that Rome2Rio shows me the stops along the way. This makes me feel more secure that I got on the right train in the right direction and know when my stop is coming up to get off.

How to Use the Trip Planner

The top menu also features a trip planner. This allows you to create and save an itinerary, which you can access from your desktop or mobile web browser. To use the trip planner, you must create an account.

Here’s a trip I planned from San Luis Obispo to Tampa, FL with a stop in Houston to see an exhibit at the museum.

Rome2Rio Trip Planner Example

The trip planner is only available on desktops and mobile web browsers.

I personally use a different app for my itineraries, but I wanted to show this to you in case you find it helpful.

User Experiences

Many of the negative reviews online are old. If you look at more current reviews, you’ll find that most people approve of using Rome2Rio for trip planning but caution against booking through Rome2Rio. They suggest, as I do, that you book directly.

They also mention that fares are not accurate. While they’re not exact, I've found that they’re usually in the ballpark.

Pros and Cons of the Rome2Rio App


  • Has extensive global coverage, with information from 5000+ companies in over 160 countries, so you can find help for most situations.
  • Shows many modes of transportation, from air travel to ride-share, biking to walking, and everything in between, so you can choose what's most convenient.
  • Has a user-friendly, clean interface. The ease of navigation makes it simple to review different travel options.
  • Presents different itineraries to accommodate preferences in the mode of transport.
  • Suggests different routes to add to your itinerary.
  • Provides details on each leg of your journey, including length, where to transfer, and stops along the way so you save time and feel more confident.
  • Operates on both Android phones, and Google and Apple tablets and desktops so you have access no matter where you go.


  • You can’t specify preferences for airlines or modes of transportation.
  • Fares are estimates only, so you must confirm directly with the provider or use a third-party booking site, necessitating additional steps and time.
  • You can only save your trip in the trip planner on desktop or mobile web browsers, not your tablet or phone.
  • You can’t book transportation directly, but only through another third-party booking site.

How to Download the Rome2Rio App

Rome2Rio app for iPhone and iPad

  • Visit the App Store on your Apple device.
  • Enter “Rome2Rio” in the search bar.
  • Then tap the "Download" button.

Rome2Rio App for Android Devices

  • Go to the Google Play Store on your Android device.
  • Enter “Rome2Rio” in the search bar.
  • Then tap the "Download" button.

Rome2Rio App for Desktop (Mac, Windows, Linux)

You can use Rome2Rio in your browser. If you want to download Rome2Rio on your desktop, follow these instructions from Rome2Rio:

  • Visit the WebCatalog website and download the WebCatalog Desktop
  • Once you’ve installed it, search for “Rome2Rio” and follow the instructions.

How to Get Started with Rome2Rio

Start by going to and playing around. Plan that trip you’ve already wanted to take. It's just that easy to use.

If you get stuck, they have help and support.

Scroll to the bottom and select "Help" in the footer. You’ll find instructions on how to get started using Rome2Rio, how to plan a trip, and solutions to technical questions. If you’re still having difficulty, send an email. They should respond pretty quickly.


The Rome2Rio app can be your trusty sidekick, whether you're planning a complex, multi-stop trip or navigating an unfamiliar town.

It offers extensive information through its worldwide partners and has a user-friendly interface. It can display various transportation options along with estimated prices and durations, which simplifies the work of planning your trip.

However, I suggest you verify fares independently and book directly with the providers of your choice. That way, if there are any problems during the trip, you can get them sorted out more quickly.

Overall, the Rome 2Rio app is a reliable source for helping you plan your trip and create an itinerary. I use it. Give it a try on your next trip!

👋 Before you get too far into planning your trip, be sure to grab your free copy of our trip planner, "Ten Travel Planning Tips to Create the Perfect Trip."

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