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Busbud Launches iPhone App

31 Jan

Busbud iPhone app

Today, we are very pleased to announce the launch of our new iPhone app aimed at giving travellers easy access to intercity bus travel information on the go.

Available for free for iPhone and iPad users, Busbud is your ideal bus travel companion, gathering together intercity bus schedules for 4000+ cities in 60+ countries.

At Busbud, we are uniquely focused on the problem of intercity bus travel, especially making the process of finding a bus schedule and buying a ticket as easy as possible.

With the launch of our mobile app, travellers can now:

  • Instantly access bus schedules on the go.
  • Sort by the best price, shortest duration and departure time.
  • View schedules in 10 languages and see prices in 15 currencies.
  • Auto-detect their current city and easily view top destination suggestions for that city.

Search

Search

Results

Results

In the example above, if a traveller searches for buses from Montreal to Toronto around noon, the Busbud app will display the next departure (13:00) closest to the current time for each company. This gives travellers a helpful at-a-glance comparison of multiple options, allowing them to find the right bus for their trip faster.

Get it from the iTunes app store here.

Be Awesome, Contribute a Schedule

9 Jan

The Mont Tremblant ski resort, 2 hours from Montreal, Canada. You can get there by bus.

Did you find a useful schedule for a bus route? Whether you’re in a bus station or in front of your computer doing research for an upcoming trip, you can help out fellow travelers looking for that same info by submitting schedule information to Busbud. You can submit either the specific bus schedule itself or simply the name of a bus company operating on that route.

There are a few different ways to contribute. The simplest way is to find to the Add button, which is present on every route page on Busbud under the Contribute header.

Add button on Route pages

Let’s say you want to add a schedule for the Montreal to Mont-Tremblant route. With the start of the ski season under way in Canada, that information would surely be quite practical!

Clicking on the Add button will open a dialog box where you can very rapidly submit the information. The first step is to fill in the name of the bus company, as below. After that, you have the choice of either entering a URL or typing out the schedule yourself. Pick whichever is easiest for you. For the URL option, simply copy-paste a link to the relevant schedule information. For the manual input option, you can type the schedule in the text box following the instructions available by clicking “View instructions”. It’s as easy as that.

Contribute a schedule

On your smartphone? That’s OK too, it’s easy to contribute while you’re on-the-go! Simply take a snapshot of a schedule you’ve found while traveling and email us the photo directly at contribute@busbud.com

Photo of the bus schedule taken with your smartphone

You can leave us your contact information if you’d like to be notified when we publish your schedule.

Leave us your coordinates if you want to credited/contacted

We review all schedules, links and photos submitted in order to make sure the information is as accurate as possible for travelers.

Once we approve and publish the information, we’ll add your name in the Contribute section (first initial and last name only, along with your city of origin and country flag) on that route page to credit and thank you for your contribution to Busbud on behalf of the travel community.

Your name will appear in the Contribute section!

Don’t worry, you don’t need to have your name appear on the site. You can contribute schedules anonymously! It’s completely optional to leave us your coordinates. That said, if you do, we’ll be sure to give you credit and also notify you when your contribution has been published on the site.

Busbud is a community built for travelers by travelers. We try our best to keep the schedule information accurate and up-to-date for you. Maintaining schedules for the most routes possible is a major undertaking, and that’s why we need your help! We’d ideally like you to always find the route you are looking for, no matter how off-the-beaten-path it is!

Want to try it out? You can submit a schedule by clicking on Add on our any route page currently available or email us the schedule information at contribute@busbud.com. If the route page for which you want to submit a schedule is not currently available, let us know.

If you have any suggestions on how we can improve the contribution process, you can also drop us a line at info@busbud.com.

Photo by: Andrea Black

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