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How Busbud.com is changing bus travel around the world [Video]

20 Jun

By making it easier for international travellers to search, compare and book their city-to-city bus tickets online, Busbud.com opens up a whole new market – and a brand new revenue stream – for its partners.

 

It’s not always easy to find the right bus ticket online when traveling abroad — or even in your home country for that matter. Often times, the simplest way to figure out your options is to make a trip to the local bus station and buy your ticket in person. On the other hand, it’s a lot easier to find a plane ticket or rent a car online.

 

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This is what LP Maurice, co-founder and CEO of Busbud, discovered in 2011 while backpacking across South America. He prefered travelling by bus, but in order to do so, he had to spend way too much time skimming through travel blogs and waiting in line at bus stations. “There must be a better way,” he thought. Busbud was born.

With more than a billion international tourists traveling the world each year, 80% of which plan their trip online, it was obvious that this was a huge opportunity.

Our mission at Busbud is to make long-distance bus travel as easy to plan and book online as any other mode of transportation.

Today, travellers can search, compare and book their bus tickets on the go on Busbud.com. It is the most comprehensive source of worldwide bus travel information, covering more than 10 000 cities in 90 countries, in many languages and currencies.

 

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We are actively working on expanding our partnership network with bus companies worldwide. If you think your company might be interested in becoming part of the Busbud family, do contact us at partner@busbud.com; we would love to hear from you!

 

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Busbud Joins Smart Move Campaign

25 Jan

Smart Move Campaign

Busbud is happy to announce that we will be joining as a partner Smart Move, a global industry awareness campaign to double the use of buses and coaches and achieve sustainable mobility for all.

Since its launch in 2011, Busbud has been committed to promoting bus travel to its audience of travellers around the world, notably by making it easier than ever before to search and book bus travel online.

The Smart Move campaign is a joint effort by the IRU and Busworld and is endorsed by 85 committed partners around the world. Smart Move’s mission is to promote the bus as a safe, environmentally-friendly, affordable, user-friendly and efficient means of collective passenger transport.

Buses and coaches offer an optimal solution to a range of current mobility challenges facing modern societies, including climate change, road safety, connectivity, social inclusion and congestion, to name but a few.

Smart Move Bus Shot

Source: Smart Move

Smart Move also aims to raise political and media awareness that the sustainable mobility solutions we seek are at our fingertips, simply by doubling the use of bus and coach transport worldwide. In Europe alone, such an increase would have the following impact:

  • A reduction in CO2 emissions by at least 50 million tonnes per year;
  • A reduction in fatalities on roads and streets, by more than 3000 per year;  
  • A significant reduction of congestions in cities at zero cost for taxpayers, as a result of the expected 10-15% reduction in car traffic;
  • The creation of 4 million new jobs.

In fact, buses and coaches are clear environmental champions compared to other modes of mass transport (especially car and air)! The following graph shows the level of CO2 emissions for various modes of transport per passenger/kilometer.

Co2 Emissions Chart

Source: World Tourism Organisation (WTO)’s Conference on environmentally friendly travelling in Europe, 2006 via Smart Move

At Busbud, we think that Smart Move’s mission is so important and so closely interwoven with our values that we simply had to partner up together to help spread the message!

We look forward to working with Smart Move in the future to keep promoting bus and coach travel worldwide as an affordable, efficient and eco-friendly travel option.

To learn about Smart Move, visit their website, or follow them on FacebookTwitter or Youtube today!

Busbud Joins as Ticketing Partner for Orleans Express’ “Student Fridays & Sundays” Promotion

6 Dec

Busbud announces today that it will be participating as a ticketing partner in the limited time only Student Fridays & Sundays promotion by Quebec bus operator Orléans Express.

The special promotion allows weekend travel by students (with a valid full-time student ID) on the Montreal-Quebec route for only 22$ one-way, taxes included! This discounted pricing is available until December 21st, 2012. Special departures are available Fridays and Sundays from Montreal and Quebec. The pick-up points are the Gare d’Autocars de Montréal and the Université de Laval à Québec for added convenience for students.

We are thrilled to collaborate with Orleans Express on this promotion, which should facilitate travel for students in Quebec during this holiday period. Busbud aims to make it easier to discover and book travel around the world, and we’re also happy to work with bus companies who are looking for new and innovative ways to reach bus travelers.

“Students are an important part of our business and we are happy to offer this special promotion to meet their travel needs”, said Marc-André Varin, VP of Business Development, Marketing and Communications at Keolis Canada, the parent company of Orleans Express.

Denis Andlauer, President and CEO of Keolis Canada, added: “Bus travel offers a safe, comfortable and cost-effective alternative to carpooling on Quebec’s winter roads in December. Safety is a top priority, which we address by selecting and rigorously training professional drivers, as well as by maintaining our modern fleet of buses”.

Founded in 1990, Orléans Express is the main intercity carrier for bus passengers in Quebec, transporting more than 1.7 million passengers every year. Group Orléans Express is a subsidiary of the Keolis group, a leader in public passenger transportation in France and a major player internationally with a presence in 12 countries in Europe, as well as Canada.

For more information and to buy tickets, students should visit Busbud at the Student Fridays & Sundays promotion page.

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