Quickbus, an online platform that allows travelers to book bus seats from the comfort of their phones, has began operations in Kenya.
Quickbus targets customers plying the Western Kenya and Coastal routes and the service has so far signed up transport firms such as Greenline Limited, Trinity Express and Imani Coach onto the platform that will begin navigating the routes at an introductory fare of Ksh. 950.
“When you book a bus you should know more than the price and the destination, you should also know more about the experience you are going to have, if it’s uncomfortable or quite comfortable. That was the genesis of the QuickBus idea,” QuickBus founder and CEO Humphrey Wrey said in a statement.
The launch of the new online bus booking platform will step up competition for other similar platforms such as BuuPass which launched in the country in May 2019.
By using BuuPass, customers can select a bus operator, preferred travel date and time, and reserve specific seat numbers. Customers can also reserve seats for multiple travelers, with tickets being printed at specific bus stations after presentation of the confirmation SMS. The service can be accessed by visiting BuuPass’ website where payments can be made via M-Pesa or by dialing *887# on Safaricom’s network.
So far, bus operators Easy Coach, Modern Coast, Greenline, Palmers and East African Shuttles have signed up for the cashless ticketing service.
According to Rita Okuthe, the Chief Business Officer at Safaricom, the platform will provide customers with a convenient way of managing their travelling options.
“This partnership with BuuPass seeks to extend the convenience of M-PESA by empowering our customers to book a bus ticket wherever they may be and at their luxury. We further see a prospect in linking bus companies to opportunities by providing them with a solution to manage customer ticketing and cashless payments,” Ms. Okuthe said in an official statement during BuuPass’ launch in May 2019.
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