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Kenyan BuuPass buys QuickBus to expand to Nigeria and South Africa

By Oluchukwu Ikemefuna

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It’s exciting to witness how start-ups are expanding across the African continent. BuuPass, a travel-booking start-up in Kenya, has revealed its expansion plans to other parts of the continent. BuuPass Buys QuickBus, a bus ticketing platform with operations in Nigeria and South Africa.

BuuPass Buys QuickBuy

The company acquired this platform in a cash and stock deal. Both founders, BuuPass and QuickBus, are yet to disclose the amount in the deal.  

BuuPass Buys QuickBus

About BuuPass

Founded in 2016, BuuPass is a B2B2C mobility marketplace that enables users to search, compare, and book travel tickets via the web, app, or USSD. The startup has sold over six million travel tickets and generated over US$100 million in total value of goods sold. Also, it has taken part in the Google for Startups Accelerator Africa and is backed by the Google for Startups Black Founders Fund.

About QuickBus

However, QuickBus was launched in 2019. It aggregates long-distance bus tickets in a marketplace. It makes it easier for users to compare prices and book journeys. Also, it ensures bus companies run their businesses more efficiently. 

BuuPass will attain access to QuickBus’ existing partnerships with major players in Nigeria and South Africa. This includes Vodaphone’s VodaPay app in South Africa.

BuuPass Buys QuickBus And Changes Structure 

The travel-booking platform will also replace QuickBus for existing integrations such as VodaPay. Consequently, QuickBus’ Nigerian and South African customers will now use BuuPass to book travel across all platforms.

Major employees, such as Developers and product managers, at QuickBus, will continue to work with the BuuPass team. They will align with this plan to ensure smooth integration processes. Then, the head of operations at QuickBus’ South Africa business will join the management team at BuuPass. 

Conclusion 

BuuPass users can now access international routes across 16 African countries. These countries include Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Malawi, Nigeria, and Ghana. 

BuuPass highlighted that: “Major routes, such as Johannesburg to Cape Town and Durban to Cape Town, can be found on the platform today. More will be added by the end of Q2.”

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Abdullahi Kafayat
Abdullahi Kafayat

Abdullahi Kafayat is an enthusiastic writer interested in the tech world. She's a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University and has a BSc in Chemistry. You can reach her at Kafayatabdullahi17@gmail.com.

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