KENYA– QuickBus, an online bus booking service has launched its operations in the Kenyan market, allowing passengers to secure a seat from their mobile phones at the comfort of their homes or offices.

The platform targets long-distance bus operators with routes to western Kenya and Coastal towns including Mombasa with introductory fares of US$9.5 (KSh950). It will allow customers to see, review and select seats based on their preferences

It has signed up transport firms such as Greenline Limited, Trinity Express and Imani Coach.

QuickBus founder and CEO Humphrey Wrey, had this to say, “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.”

The service steps up competition to existing platforms including BuuPass that was launched in partnership with Safaricom.

BuuPass has partnered with five bus operators including Easy Coach, Modern Coast, Greenline, Palmers and East African Shuttles.

BookNow, the pioneer in the service launched in 2014, but has since failed.

“We’re working very closely with bus operators who are seeing exponential growth in tickets processed through our platform as each market increasingly gets accustomed to the convenience of booking bus tickets online and through the app,” Mr Wrey added.

The company has secured partnerships in seven other markets in the African continent. It is estimated that a total of Sh2.4 trillion ($24.2 billion) is spent on bus tickets in Sub-Saharan Africa.

QuickBus is revolutionizing the way people use bus services in Africa. QuickBus was founded on a simple idea – An idea that would allow people in Africa to easily book bus tickets at a click or through their smartphone or a basic feature phone, from the convenience of their homes and offices.

Quick Bus provides bus travellers, hassle-free booking experience ever. Choose your destination, select bus, view the seat layout, choose seats, and book your ticket in just a few clicks.

It has over 10 years experience in online bus sales.