Well, more or less. And on this planet only – I don’t yet know of any service that will help you if your plans are beyond the Planet Earth. But for most of us, Rome2Rio – strange name, I know – is a remarkably helpful website.
If you’re doing what most of us do these days and you’re making your own travel arrangements, then it’s the site for you. (Remember the days when people used a quaint thing called a ‘travel agent’ who was based in bricks-and-mortar storefront premises? How ancient that idea seems now).
You can ask the site to supply you with all the details you’ll need if you’re going from, let’s say, the Paul Rickard racing circuit in the South of France to the spectacular circuit at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium. (To choose a couple of places at random. Ha.)
Simply enter your start point, then your destination and click. Immediately you’ll be shown a map.
You’ll see on the left-hand side of the page that you have a lot of options. Do you want to drive? Go by bus? Fly? Simply hover your mouse over the option you want and you’ll see the route and the current price. In the image above, I’ve chosen the second train option – the other goes via Paris which is fun, but more expensive.
So by simply hovering, I can compare routes and prices.
The system can even work using landmarks instead of racing circuits if you’re more cultured than I am. For instance, enter your starting point as the Louvre and tell it that you want to go to the Prado in Madrid. No problem. (Really good value by plane, by the way).
Of course, the website also has a FREE app so that you can still find your way to the Sphinx if you’re already at the Eiffel Tower. So you can use the service for planning your trip before you go, or decide on the fly once you’re away from home.
JJ is originally from the UK and has lived in South Florida since 1994. She is the founder and editor of JAQUO Magazine. You can connect with her using the social media icons below.