Arriva owns Eurobus, which operates through VT-Transman, a joint venture regional, urban and contract bus operator in Hungary. With this foothold in the country’s emerging bus market, Arriva is well placed to develop its market share over the coming years.

Bus – key facts

  • Entered bus market in 2008
  • 420 buses

The Hungarian bus market is yet to liberalise and is highly fragmented. Contracts can only be awarded via a tendering process and the 24 Volan, or state-owned regional operators, dominate the market.

The state is responsible for regional public transport, covering suburban and inter-city operations. Services currently provided by the Volan companies are under contracts that do not expire until 2016.

Municipalities are responsible for local public transport and contracts are typically gross cost or cost-plus, entered into once a year (although this can be longer in some cases).

Arriva’s bus services cover Zalaegerszeg, Székesfehérvár and 18 per cent of the Budapest market.

Key successes in Hungary

  • Awarded two eight-year contracts to operate 150 buses across Budapest, alongside partner Videoton.
  • Passengers in Budapest benefiting from a €40 million + investment in 150 new buses, all featuring air conditioning and infotainment systems.
  • Provision of sub-contracted services and rapid response to the changing fleet requirements of the Budapest city operator.

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