This article showcases our top picks for the best Russia based Travel companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Travel industry, but are all exceptional startups and companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top Russia Travel Companies
Founded in 2011, today Ostrovok.ru is ranked by Similarweb as Russia’s leading domestic online hotel booking site offering over 1,000,000 different types of accommodation in hotels, hostels, and apartments. This inventory is sourced directly from accommodation providers or via world’s leading third-party suppliers.
This combination of direct and third-party supply helps us deliver on the brand’s main strengths: excellent availability, competitive prices, transparent pricing policy, and a constantly growing number of unique customer reviews. Ostrovok.ru runs its own customer service center with more than 200 employees working 24/7.
Ostrovok.ru is an official partner of both Aeroflot and Pobeda airlines as well as VTB and Alfa Bank. Ostrovok.ru is recognized as an advertising platform by leading brands and advertising agencies in Russia and abroad.
Its head office is in Moscow.. .
Travelata is a online travel agency. Travelata.ru is an Online Travel Agency for Russian consumers.
We focus on tour packages. We provide real online shopping experience – from getting all the information a client needs to paying online and getting travel documents via e-mail.
We make your vacation start from the first click. .
BIGLION is a service to purchase goods and travel around the world with discounts ranging from 50% to 90%!
Oktogo has rebranded as [travel.ru](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/travel-ru), after acquiring it in September 2013. Oktogo is the leading Russian online hotel reservations agency.
Designed specifically for Russian travelers, Oktogo.ru offers over 4,000 hotels in Russia and over 250,000 hotels worldwide. The Oktogo.ru website attracts over 1 million unique visitors each month via the Internet.
With head office in St. Petersburg, Oktogo has the largest database of hotels online in the Russian regions including the north-west of Russia and Novosibirsk in Siberia..
Hipway is an online travel company maintaining two websites – hiplcub.ru and hipway.ru. Hipclub.ru – is a private online travel club running 10-15 flash sale deals per week.
The deals include hotel stays and hotel+flight packages. Hipway.ru – is a travel package specialist offering wide range of hotel+flight packages of Russian tour operators.
Hipway recieved angel funding from superangels such as Michael van Swaaij and Chamath Palihapitya in 2010.. .
Teleport is a taxi booking service that combines all taxi services in the world in one application. It works in 96 countries all over the world, created especially for travelers.
It was founded in 2019 and is headquartered in Sankt Petersburg, Russian Federation.. .
Travelmenu is a B2B travel technology company building the leading booking engines for tour operators in Russia and Ukraine.
Travel.ru was established in 1998. Today, we always have interesting and relevant news, base, which provides detailed information about the 6500 Russian and foreign travel agencies, opportunities for those who love to travel.
More than 400 agencies are our customers and partners, and so we provide daily information on a wide variety of tours, from education to the exotic and adventure. On Travel.ru can simultaneously find a hotel anywhere in the world (of course, in Moscow and St.
Petersburg), shuttle service, book and pay online airline and railway tickets, as well as find out the flight schedule, the presence of “hot” passes, prices and so on. We are working with airlines, airports, hotels, mobile operators, which allowed us to create a comprehensive and flexible information system.
The site is unique and the largest Russian-language library with information about the countries, their culture and their stories, stories about trips and many others. Category “Photogallery” allows everyone to learn about the country in detail and first-hand.
Especially because many of the stories out there – exclusive. Today Travel.ru – one of the most popular tourist resources in the Russian Internet.
Independent companies are regularly conducted research our audience. In high season Travel.ru visit to 80,000 people a day..
Fish.Travel is a safe and reliable platform where you can place, search and book fishing tours and accommodation in any water area of the world just right on the website. Now, in order to go fishing you don’t need to spend hours studying various websites, making phone calls and writing endless e-mails.
You just go to their platform and according to your criteria find the tour you need and book it in one click. Whether one-day fishing in the surrounding area or a fishing tour for a week in the other country or a VIP helicopter tour of the wild places, Fish.Travel gives people unique experience of fishing and traveling at any price in more than 50 countries around the world.
Add to this the support service and a rapidly growing number of new countries and tours.. .
Level Travel service for online booking of tours with round the clock customer support.
Spbnb is an online community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book accommodations in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Weatlas is the new global resource for travel experiences, private guides and activities. Weatlas offers travelers a one-stop shop to plan, research and book trip activities via its Web and mobile platforms.
All Weatlas tour operators are pre-screened for quality, value and service. The Company sells its products to Russian consumer base and plans to sсale to a global consumer base, through websites including several language sites, and through network of affiliates.
Weatlas launched the service in May 2012, and doubles the revenue each month. The Company is headquartered in Moscow and plans to open regional offices in Europe.
Weatlas is a privately held company.. .
Our first project was conceived HipWay.ru in April 2009, when we, its creators, not for the first time confronted with the problem of organizing your own holiday, we decided to create a project that will be useful for those looking for a fun and unconventional holiday. And thus, in contrast to the large number of already existing at the time of travel social networks, forums and so on, we will set a goal that will be exactly hipway.ru shop travel, with the possibility of booking and payment online.
A year later, in April 2010, appeared hipway.ru – the first project that brings together all the most interesting and unusual travel in one convenient directory, with the possibility of booking and payment online. Immediately after starting hipway.ru ranked sites day rambler.ru, it is absolutely without our knowledge – the unprecedented influx of visitors we have learned from that page hipway.ru opened a few seconds and broke off from the phone calls.
Project immediately had to switch to a new server and organizers inspire and start looking for investors. Up to this point the project was funded entirely by private funds.
In parallel with the search for an investor we planned to start a second project – hipclub – private club offers a great vacation c exclusive discounts. We gave the project to the development of our IT-team and continued to search for funding.
In mid-2010 we were lucky – we got a great project investors – Javier Pérez-Tenessa, founder of eDreams, Michael van Swaaij, former CEO Skype and eBay top manager and several other equally wonderful “business angels”. These people are now helping us not only financially, but also valuable advice.
In October 2010, we launched hipclub, who became the first Internet cafe, specializing in tourism and leisure. In a short time hipclub not only got wide coverage on the Internet , but also got great reviews from its customers that we are particularly pleased, as it was initially the main task of both projects is to create a travel company with the best customer service..
The largest peer-to-peer car rental marketplace in Eastern Europe. Darenta is a person-to-person vehicle sharing marketplace that will provide the insurance, technology and platform to help people securely rent their underutilized vehicles and vessels such as cars and more among a trusted community of members.
Sharers generate income from renting while Borrowers gain access to fun and convenient rides. By connecting neighbors with matching needs, Darenta provides a sustainable solution to reduce pollution, traffic and the high cost of ownership.
At Darenta, access to vehicles is about more than just transportation; members can develop new relationships, build trust, and engage in new and different experiences and adventures with less hassle and cost. In addition to the personal benefits, Darenta also reduces traffic and pollution while curbing unnecessary consumption.
The company does differentiate itself from competition via geography. In Russia there are no social carsharings.
The business idea very different compared to what is available in the market. Earlier owners rented out their car on very uncomfortable forums and boards.
Our Top 3 competitors are http://www.icarsclub.com, http://www.carclub.com.sg and https://relayrides.com. We are better and why we would succeed where they fail: we have the same success, we have a big increase in customers, but we are working in other countries.
WeGoTrip is a travel company that provides self-guided audio tours & museum tickets all over the world. Travelers take a self-guided tour using the WeGoTrip app without the author’s involvement. Authors create self-guided tours once and get a commission every time someone purchases their tour.
A2B is advanced booking agent for private transfers, minibuses and luxury cars. A2B service is designed to provide safe, reliable and trustworthy transfers at competitive prices.
Through a wide network of suppliers A2B provides services in more than 5,000 destinations, providing transfers from the most popular airports, cities and hotels. A2B support team works 24 hours a day, 7 days a weekand offers both personal services and transfers at any time of the day and night.
Personal manager is asigned to each client. The manager in the shortest possible time will provide all necessary information and answer all your questions..
TravelTipz.ru – Russia’s biggest social travel site. Launched in Apr’11 and has 650K+ reviews now, bigger than local competitors (Tophotels et) and global competitor (TripAdvisor).
TravelTipz.ru connects you with friends to make planning and sharing your travels easier. Founded by Tetyana Hrekh (Harvard, Deloitte), Murad Sofizade (IPNet, Finam, Harvard, YGL), TravelTipz is based in Moscow, Russia and backed by Russian and international VCs and angel investors.
TravelTipz leverages social data to make users’ travel planning easier. More than 65% of reviews are written by “social” users, which makes them much more relevant..
Avatrip is a remote interactive video travel service. It allows you to travel on-line in the real cities using consoles, PC’s or SmartTV.
There is video-scout on one side and user on the other side during a travel. User sees another city through the camera of video-scout who is there at the moment.
Using special software user can control actions and movements of the scout: to walk anyway he wants, to talk to a passersby, to make photos, etc. In this way user can remotely travel in real time to other countries without stepping out of his home.
To explore attractions, go shopping, do some business or just wander around an unknown cities and places. Product includes: 1.
Multiple 4G modems based technology of on-line HD video streaming from camera of the scout (technology exclusively developed) 2. Scout control technology and interface 3.
Website connecting users and scouts all over the world The biggest market for service is tourism ($740 bln. worldwide annual turnover).
Dublway – daily commute ridesharing
Just take a look at http://dublway.com/ and may be you’ll find a ride for yourself. We help people find a ride to their offices or study, airport or another city,mall, music festival or ski slope.Want to make a local community, for example for your business center or the mall? Just make a Dublway group and share it with your colleagues & friends.
We help drivers and passengers save money, reduce traffic jams, save the environment, meet new people and have a great conversations with them. It’s more fun & profitably than stay alone in traffic for 2 weeks a year, burning fuel and listening to the radio..
Trevelpie.ru an all-in-one travel service in Russia. The company collects travel services in pieces.
It offers air tickets, hotels, package tours, and insurance. Customers can even make a visa, rent a car or order a transfer in just a few clicks without visiting other sites.
In the work on travelpie.ru, an international team of specialists with a variety of experience in the field of tourism takes part. They visited more than 60 countries and live on three continents.
The company has offices in Moscow, London and Miami. Creating our service, the company pursue the main goal – to create real value for the Customer and save his time on travel planning..
TravelRent.com is an online booking service for short-term rental of private realty. The company helps travelers to find a place around the world for short stay and order it safely and quickly directly from the site.
The company`s objective is to start up the largest global Russian-speaking community of private apartment owners. The owners benefit from the service by finding new clients and receiving funds from them via TravelRent.com.
The tenants benefit from finding apartments to stay at and making appropriate reservations while also safeguarding their booking. Both owners and tenants benefit from the social nature of the service by finding reliable clients/apartments respectively.
TravelRent.com was founded by its CEO Stanislav Frolov who has extensive entrepreneurial and managerial experience. His previous roles include founding an advertising and production company, managing a metal and machinery manufacturer and managing a HoReCa entertainment center.
The initial funding of the company was made by Fast Lane Ventures. For more information, please visit www.travelrent.com.
Rustrans.info is a platform that allows users to search for transportation services. It allows you to compare prices, for example, for a limousine rental or delivery of food and goods.
Private clients can also order the services of an interpreter or guide, and transport companies can use business intelligence and a call center.. .
iTourer is a portable WiFi gadget which allows guests of Russia to get unlimited 4G internet for up to 9 devices.
Voxxter – is your assistant in the cultural leisure organization. We supply the information about interesting places you can visit while travelling or in your native city.
We can also plan for you special routes for any case! Guide urban tourist platform (marketplace), unifying cultural and entertainment opportunities cities. Major service providers are – museums, galleries, exhibition centers, festivals, exhibitions and other interesting tourists and residents, institutions and projects.
Simply put, we do booking.com for museums, sights and tourist services.. .
Agenda is an online organizer that enables users to plan and note down their travel plans. Users can also find and book hotels, airlines, and transport options.
Agenda was launched in 2012 and is based in London, England.. .
Roscosmos provides for the implementation of state policy in the field of space activities and its legal regulation
Elegant-Service has the ability to offer a service for renting a car with a driver in the Moscow region.
Yandex.Taxi is an online taxi booking services in Moscow and other cities across Russia and some CIS countries.
Avia Tour Center
Avia Tour Center is a travel management platform intended to find and book affordable travel packages. They offer a convenient service for buying ready-made travel packages, individual rest of any complexity and for any budget, organizing corporate trips, booking air and railway tickets, booking hotels and apartments, certain types of tourist services – transfers, excursions, insurance TCD, visa support .
In addition, they actively cooperate with small hotels throughout Russia, actively increasing sales directly, bypassing the intermediary chain.. .
xLander is a travel social network that helps users engage in social travel planning and sharing travel stories.
Helps finding cheap and direct flights by using technology of automatic charter flights booking
Medical internet platform | Medical companies | Online booking of doctor’s appointments | Medical tourism | Medical conferences and more
Tudoku is a booking platform for tours and activities, offering a variety of travel experiences with personal suggestions.
Vao Intourist is a tour-operating company in the Russian Federation. The company offers various services, such as optimal routes of travels and stay programs, accommodation in hotels, catering services, transfers and other tourist transportation, and excursion services and visits.
It also provides professional guides services, Visa support services to foreign customers, and ticket reservation services.. .
IntenseLife offers services, events, and training courses for tourists, athletes, and people with active lifestyles.
The Bravofly Group has a highly innovative project in the online tourism field: to develop the best consumer service technologies,
Building Augmented reality (AR) Ecosystem. We started our journey in 2013 and since then we created 8 amazing Augmented Reality Parks in 6 countries, enhancing the experience of tourists, bringing them the opportunity of time travel, to see how different historical places and events looked like in bygone eras.
In 2015 we started the development of our own computer vision system and today we are developing a Digital Earth, merging together the Real and Virtual World. Very soon we’ll be selling hectares of Digital Land on worldwide market.
Join our AR community – Discover a new World!. .
United Aircraft engages in the development, manufacture, sale, and aftersales maintenance of civil, military, transport, and special-purpose aircraft in Russia together with its subsidiaries. It offers aircraft primarily under the Sukhoi, MiG, Ilyushin, Tupolev, Yakovlev, MC-21, Superjet 100, and Beriev brands.
United Aircraft is also involved in the modernization, repair, and recycling of aircraft; and training of aircrews. Russian president Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin founded it on February 20, 2006, with its headquarters in Moscow in Russia as a subsidiary of Rostec..
Marco is a company that connects customers and business owners by changing the whole travel experience. Marco was founded in 2017 in Novosibirsk, Russia by two Siberian entrepreneurs Mikhail and Anton.
The idea behind the app is to offer a completely new experience of taxi services that could be beneficial to both customers and business owners. The prototype was ready in the Q3 of 2017; the beta-test was held in Moscow.
In 2018 app was released to everyone containing real offers from businesses within downtown Moscow. Marco is an ambitious company that has grown significantly in the past two years.
Our team at the moment includes more than 30 professionals who are doing their best to bring Marco’s ideas to life. The goal of the company is to broaden customers’ experience with the help of our service by adding different bars, restaurants, museums, hotels, casinos and transport companies around the world.
In the near future the company plans to integrate secure transaction feature based on blockchain technology.. .
LightApps is a mobile apps developer company which has developed apps like Fantastic Library. They exclusively develop and publish apps for iOS running devices i.e.
B2B.Ostrovok.ru is Russia’s leading hotel booking platform used by +18,000 travel agents, tour operators, and corporate travel bookers. We help our agents facilitate accommodations for groups and individual travelers, book transfers, and organize car rental.
The combination of our unique technology and advanced supply platform allows our customers to achieve maximum margins when using our platform.. .
Cherehapa is a platform that specializes in extending its services on offering financial protection for families and individuals traveling.
Lutrovnik is an algorithmic bureau, using data science, AI and ML to solve hard problems facing ecommerce and online travel businesses.
Jubel is a startup studio with headquarters in Moscow, Russia. Our team of 10 international specialists has already released 5 projects with a focus on lifestyle – allowing people to do more things with less money and in a more convenient way.
We launch and test new ventures in Russia before expanding them globally – with some ventures (e.g. www.Glovadi.com) operating internationally already.
Jubel was established by Julia Beliak who previously worked as a Global Venture Development Manager for Rocket Internet and has been involved in over a dozen startups since 2010.. .
iVisaOnline is an online platform where tourists van apply for the visa and obtain tourist invitation for migration-risk countries.
We give ear to our users and appreciate any feedback. We extend the frontiers of perception by collecting the most important, interesting, useful information about each corner of the Earth.
Get into the world of UNION TRAVEL and jump at the chance to have the comprehensive information about the chosen region not only from external sources but also from its very heart.. .
Tour Guide is a community of professional guides from all over the world who are willing to share their unique knowledge about the city you plan to visit. Install the mobile app, choose a city, date and tour language and suitable guides will offer you their services themselves.
Meet and talk to guides right in the mobile app, choose a guide you like and enjoy a unique personal tour in any city of the world. The application works in 7 languages and is available in all countries for tourists and guides.
Meet, talk and travel with the Tour Guide mobile app.. .
IGID is a company based out of Moscow, Russia. IGID — is a marketplace to find the best place to stay.
Just in few clicks. With nice tips from locals and clean sweet usability.
IGID is like HomeAway but 146% customized for Russia inside — its humor, spirit and nice people we love.. .
Transaero Airlines is a Russian airline that operates scheduled and charter flights to more than 99 domestic and international destinations.
Clumus allows one to find, compare, and book tours and outdoor activities directly from organizers.
Vipservice Holding was founded in 1993. The holding is the largest Russian consolidator of airline and railway ticket sales, travel and related services, and the main agent for national carriers such as Aeroflot and Russian Railways (RZD).
The holding is the agent of “number 1” of the national carrier Aeroflot and the leading agent of Russian Railways.. .
TipTopCar creates algorithms for individually tailored collective trips for the passenger. Simply speaking, the route of each route transport with a capacity of 7 to 20 people is optimally adjusted for the passenger using a network of selected landing sites.
We are getting rid of crowds, transfers and flu. We shorten the time on the road.
Transport from home to the office center. Our goal is to give residents an alternative to public transport and taxis.
There is no point in choking in a crowded car or overpaying for a taxi. All you need is to leave your route and phone for communication on the site.
The service itself will find associated drivers, offer places for planting and disembarkation, notify about fellow travelers using SMS or push-notification.. .
Extremelab is an online travel agency for outdoor enthusiasts, operating since 2009. 99.9% of the tours purchased from us were in various places of gurneys, mainly 5 sports: kitesurfing, surfing, windsurfing, wake, snowboarding and downhill skiing.
In addition, you can book less extreme tours with us – diving, trekking and climbing, and even beach tours.. .
Sharxi provides cheap taxi rides by means of sharing taxis on similar routes! Sharxi algorithm allows for dynamic integration of similar taxi routes. The main requirement is that the routes don’t differ by more than 15% by time from the optimal one for each passenger.
Hence, we effectively decrease the taxi fare two times without any great deterioration in comfort. Sharxi receives taxi orders from users via Android/iOS app, processes them on the server, and then creates the merged order if sharing is possible.
The key is in the dynamic route planning which allows for real-time automated ride-sharing. The service is currently running from Moscow airports..
Seamayor.com – brand new location-based service for yachting fans, divers and all other marine adventurers brought to you by the a group of enthusiasts. Seamayor allows users to add POI (Points of interest) in a quick and easy way and share them via main social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
You can find different POI categories, from marinas and mooring areas to sea-view restaurants and yachting apparel shops all over the world. All registered users can comment and submit photos for all the POIs.
In only one click you can add friends, follow their activities and track specific POI changes. Another outstanding feature is a marine trip planner.
You can plan an itinerary for yachting or diving trip and share it with others. Along with having fun, you can get a lot of useful information for your trip.
Such things as fuel consumption and trip timing will make your life easier and the captain feel happy.. .
Service that provides taxi passengers with a free tablet during the ride and advertisers get access to a new audience
go2all.ru is a hotel booking service that helps travelers reserve a hotel accommodation in Russia..
CruisOn is the best way to find and book cruise. Just choose region, then find route you like and You’ll get all the information about cruise companies, liners and rooms available so You can book immediately.
Want some ratings and reviews? Fine, they’ve got this too. It’s like a TripAdvisor, but all about cruises..
They themselves will not sell you cheap flights . But so that you can quickly and profitably buy plane tickets , their search engine, comparing all the prices of flights online , will find the cheapest flights for you.
Absolutely free. Among the hundreds of airlines in the world.
In just a few minutes.. .
Poputchik is an app lets people travelling inside the city in the same destination to share a vehicle.
FarSight is an augmented reality application for mobile devices. It is a world map covered with “fog of war” where Users can explore what is hidden, do the quests (Daily and Weekly, Promo, Informative and Storyline) provided by the app and enjoy playing the life.
Completing the quests grants User with coins that can be converted into discounts. Moreover, FarSight provides touristPacks which Users can buy to attend events further away (information about such events is listed in Informative Quests directory).
TouristPacks provide Users with return tickets, accomodation, recreation, etc. The system of touristPacks is flexible and allows Users to take a prepared Pack or tune it up to go with their needs.
FarSight also works as a tourguide. When User comes to a new city, it helps him or her find where their accomodation is, where the storyline quests of the new place begin, what to do and where the event itself is going to be held.
Guide’n’Travel is like AirBnB for travelers and guides. Wherever you go they know guides to take you there and let you get most out of it.
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