One of the largest providers of passenger transport in Europe. We deliver more than 2.2 billion journeys across 14 European countries each year. We operate 19,850 buses and coaches, 1,123 trains, 450 patient transport vehicles, 183 trams and light rail services, 21 waterbuses and 400 electric cars. We are unrivalled for intermodal experience across Europe. The current revenue stands at more than 5,000 million euros. Since 2010, it has been part of Deutsche Bahn (DB) and responsible for regional passenger transport of the group outside Germany.
A successful history of a European passenger transport group: Arriva
We can draw parallels between Arriva’s history, together with that of the UK’s transport, and the recent history and the future of our companies and the Spanish passenger transport sector.
Founded in 1938
It was founded in 1938 by the Cowie family as a second-hand motorcycle shop in Sunderland. Passenger road transport area.
In 1980, after the purchase of George Ewer Ltd and the creation of Grey-Green, it starts the business in the passenger road transport area. In 1985, it is awarded in London for the first time.
Starts the expansion
In 1986 the local services are privatised and in 1992 David Martin starts the expansion towards present Arriva.
Passenger transport market in mainland Europe
In 1997 it enters the passenger transport market in mainland Europe after the acquisition of Unibus Holdings in Denmark and Sweden.
It has been growing ever since, reaching its highest point with the acquisition, in 2013, of Veolia Transport Central Europe, favouring its presence in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia and starting operations in new markets such as Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia.
History of its growth in Spain
North of Spain 1999
Arriva enters the Spanish market with the acquisition of some companies in Galicia, in the north of Spain. Those purchased companies were Ideal Auto S.A., Transportes Finisterre S.A., Rutabús S.A.
Island of Majorca 2002
It continues its expansion with the acquisition of two of the main operators on the island of Majorca. Those two companies were Bus Nort Balear S.L. and Autocares Mallorca S.L.
Community of Madrid 2007
Arriva purchases Esfera Universal and Fray Escoba in Madrid, two private bus service companies in the centre of Madrid.
Community of Madrid 2008
Arriva establishes itself in the Spanish market with the acquisition of one of the strongest operators of regular-route bus services in the Community of Madrid, Empresa de Blas y Cia S.L.
Arriva purchases the assets of a small business in Mallorca: Mallorca Autolíneas , SA
Our business is people mobility and we want to make public transport the preferred method of travel by delivering connected journeys to our customers. As a service business operated by people for people, we will be more connected too – connected through engaged employees, the best technology and meaningful relationships with our clients and partners. Wherever we operate we are proud and privileged to serve society as a whole and the local communities that rely on us.
Today we provide a range of quality, customer focused transport services across 14 European countries. We work closely with our transport authority clients in the design, creation and integration of networks and services, aiming to provide our customers with a smooth and seamless experience from the start of their journey to the end.
Innovation and technology are central to providing services that meet people’s changing demands. We are leading the way with our approach to smartcard technology, and are one of the first operators to provide on-demand car services. Our partnerships with third parties across Europe provide access to the best technology. Arriva aims to be the transport provider of choice by providing innovative, people focused services that delight our customers and inspire our employees.
Arriva is part of Deutsche Bahn, and is responsible for the growth of the group’s regional passenger transport services outside Germany.
Deutsche Bahn AG, the parent company, is based in Berlin and was founded in 1994. Today, it is one of the world’s leading mobility and logistics companies, operating in more than 130 countries. The group employs around 300,000 employees.
Across Europe, more than 11 million passenger journeys are made every day in buses and trains operated by Deutsche Bahn’s passenger transport division.
More than 400 million tonnes of freight is carried via rail and around 95 million shipments carried via land transport annually in the group’s European transport and logistics division alone. Around 1.1 million tonnes of air freight and more than 1.9 TEU of ocean freight are carried by Deutsche Bahn’s worldwide networks.
Deutsche Bahn is focused on delivering its DB2020 strategy: to become a profitable market leader that is focused on its customers and quality; a top employer; and an eco-pioneer.