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Arriva and Deutsche Bahn, leading the future of mobility

Arriva, a Deutsche Bahn Group company

Since 2010, we have been part of Deutsche Bahn AG, one of the worlds leading providers of mobility and logistics services. DB Arriva is the subsidiary of the German group for passenger transport outside Germany, a leader in Europe.

Our clients benefit from the extensive culture of quality and performance of the Deutsche Bahn network and the knowledge and dedication of its teams of professionals.

Deutsche Bahn is a young company. Headquartered in Berlin, it was founded as a public limited company in January 1994 and represents the beginning of a new era in German railway history, with two state railways now combined into one private company.

The group is the largest railway company in Germany and has grown to become one of the worlds leading mobility and logistics companies, transporting around two billion passengers a year.

The DB Group business network includes large companies, benchmarks in mobility, infrastructure, communications services and freight and logistics transport.

The DB Group designs and operates the transport networks of the future. Through the integrated operation of rail traffic and infrastructure, as well as the economically and ecologically intelligent connection of all modes of transport, the DB Group moves people and goods.

In data, according to the Groups public collection of facts and figures, DB reached its maximum number of travelers in the last 10 years in 2019, just before the pandemic: 4.874 million passengers. In 2019, it also achieved its highest percentage of greenhouse gas reduction, reaching 34.8% less emissions in its operations. Between 2019 and 2020, the Groups workforce has remained stable with 322,768 employees. In 2020, DB had an annual revenue of €39.902 million euros.

The story of DB Arriva

Extensive experience and understanding of what our customers want have helped make the Arriva Group one of the leading public transport operators in Europe.

DB Arriva entered the European passenger transport market in Denmark in 1997. Since then DB Arriva has continued to grow, culminating this process with the acquisition, in 2013, of Veolia Transport Central Europe, strengthening its presence in Poland, the Republic of Czech Republic and Slovakia and starting operations in new markets such as Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia.

DB Arriva currently has a presence in 10 European markets: Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and the United Kingdom.

We believe that public transport, in addition to its social and economic value, has significant benefits in addressing congestion problems, improving air quality and reducing carbon emissions.

Since its origins in the early 20th century in the United Kingdom, Arriva has evolved with the needs of its partners and users, to offer public transport solutions that help connect communities, protect the environment and have a positive impact on society.

Ours is a success story:

2022 2023

Arriva´s commitment to sustainability in passenger transport has earned important awards. In March 2022 Arriva Spain was recognised as Best British Investment in Sustainability at the 3rd UK-Spain Business Awards organised by the British Embassy in Spain, in collaboration with the British Chamber of Commerce and Banco Santander.

Arriva holds the Prize for Innovation in Public Transport in the fifth edition of the Awards for the Promotion of Public Transport and Sustainable Mobility, organised by the regional government through the Regional Transport Consortium of Madrid (CRTM).

In line with its decarbonisation plan, Arriva inaugurates its new charging centre in Alcorcón and launches its new 100% electric vehicles. With the commitment to the environment and sustainable mobility, from June 2023, all urban lines in the city of Alcorcón are zero emissions.

100% electric mobility

In a particularly difficult context due to the impact of the health crisis caused by COVID-19, Arriva has redesigned its projects and maintained its transformation plan to advance its journey towards decarbonisation. Proof of this is the new headquarters of Arriva in Spain, located in the Community of Madrid. This new headquarters is a project built following the criteria of the PassivHaus Institute, for almost zero consumption buildings.

Arriva 2021

We support communities and individuals to continue providing services despite the COVID-19 pandemic. We were flexible and quick to implement hygiene and safety protocols to continue providing our services without interruptions. Arriva, as an operator of essential mobility services, has continued to fulfill its service commitments, even in the toughest moments of the pandemic in each of the countries in which it is present.


Following in the footsteps of multimodality and new ways of moving around, in 2017 we launched ArrivaClick, an on-demand service in the United Kingdom. Likewise, we launched a shared bike system in Slovakia.

Arriva 2017

In 2016 Arriva won the London Overground contract and started the execution of the Northern Railway Co.

In Italy we acquired the Savda bus operator and signed an agreement with GoGoBus.

In the Czech Republic, we acquired the bus operator CSAD MHD Kladno and expanded our presence in Spain.

Arriva 2016

In Slovenia we consolidated our presence through the start-up of Alpetour, which doubled Arrivas penetration in the Slovenian market.


In May 2013, Arriva acquires Veolia Transport Central Europe, strengthening its presence in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia and starting its operations in new markets such as Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia.

Today, DB Arriva carries out more than 2.4 billion passenger journeys in 14 European countries each year. DB Arriva employs around 60,000 people and operates a variety of transport modes, providing bus, train, tram, ferry, car and bike-sharing services.

DB Arriva offers innovative transport solutions that bring people, communities and economies together and has extensive experience in different transport markets.


At the end of 2011, Arriva UK Trains acquired the transport operator Grand Central, in the United Kingdom.


The Deutsche Bahn Group acquires Arriva, becoming the subsidiary of one of the most important groups in multimodal passenger transport in Europe.

DB 2010

2008 marked the year in which Arriva entered the Slovak and Hungarian markets.

Arriva 2008

In 2007, Arriva began operating in the rail transport of people in Poland and Sweden.

Arriva 2007

Our first bus company in the Czech Republic arrived in 2006. That same year Arriva entered the Portuguese rail market.

Arriva 2006

In 2003 we continued to operate rail services in new territories including Wales and border areas with CrossCountry, Chiltern Railways and Grand Central in subsequent years.


In 2002 we expanded our presence in Europe by launching bus operations in Italy and train services in Denmark.

Arriva 2002

We started train operations in the United Kingdom and the acquisition of bus companies in Portugal.

Arriva 2000

This is a year of big changes for Arriva, as it changed its name from Cowie to Arriva, and launched operations in Denmark.

In 1998 Arriva continued to grow in continental Europe, entering the markets of the Netherlands, Sweden and the following year, it arrived in Spain.

That same year, Arriva started its journey in the Dutch railway market.

Arriva 1997

In 1997, it entered the passenger transport market in continental Europe with the acquisition of Unibus Holdings in Denmark and Sweden. New Markets 2013.

Since then it has continued to grow, culminating in this process with the acquisition, in 2013, of Veolia Transport Central Europe, strengthening its presence in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia and starting its operations in new markets such as Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia.

Arriva 1996

In 1986, regional services were deregulated and privatized, and in 1992 David Martin began expanding what Arriva is today. Passenger transport in continental Europe 1997.

Arriva 1994

First concession in London. Business expansion begins until 1986, when regional services are deregulated and privatized.


In 1980 Cowie began buying bus companies with the acquisition of the Gray-Green bus company in London. During the following years, there were more acquisitions of bus companies.

Arriva 1980

In 1960, the company, still called Cowie, redirected its business to auto retail.


Founded in 1938 by the Cowie family (led by Sir Thomas Cowie), as a motorcycle sales and repair business, in Sunderland (United Kingdom).


A success story in Spain

Presence of Arriva in Spain

We are part of the Arriva Group, the main passenger transport operator in continental Europe.

We operate a multimodal fleet of buses, trains, trams, water buses and bicycles.

Arriva remains among the main providers of road passenger transport with rural, urban and intercity transport services.

Arriva began its journey in Spain in 1999, with the acquisition of Ideal Auto S.A. and Transportes Finisterre S.A. and Rutabús S.A., in Galicia.

With the acquisition of operators with strong and recognized regular lines, such as Empresa de Blas y Cía, S.L. (Madrid), in 2008, or Autos Carballo S.A. (Aucasa) and its subsidiary Santiaguesa Metropolitana (Galicia), in 2016, Arriva strengthened its presence in Spain.

After more than 20 years in the Spanish market, Arriva is today a consolidated company in the sector, responsible for serving more than 40 million travellers each year.

With the decarbonisation of its operations as a goal to be achieved, the company opened its new headquarters at the end of 2021, located in Alcorcón (Madrid). A benchmark space in the sector as it is an operational base built following the criteria of the PassivHaus Institute for buildings with high efficiency in energy consumption and resource regeneration. It is an innovative and sustainable project that integrates all the aspects of a new stage in its operations towards mobility wih zero emission and zero noise.

The company continues to redesign its action plan in Spain, incorporating more innovative, secure and better connected systems; listening to passengers and working closely with transport authorities and benchmark entities in mobility, to provide the public transport that todays travellers deserve and that the planet demands.

In 2022, Arriva has been awarded the Best British Investment in Sustainability award, at the III Business Awards, of the British Embassy in Spain. Likewise, it has received the Award for Commitment to Innovation and Sustainability in Public Transport, at the Community of Madrid Awards, organized by the newspaper La Razón (Grupo Planeta).

Arriva Galicia

Twenty years moving travellers in Galicia

Arriva is the main provider of bus services in the North of Galicia where we have been operating for more than 20 years and where we transport more than 5 million passengers every year and more than 10,000 schoolchildren every day.

We have a workforce of 229 workers and a fleet of 230 vehicles to serve the main towns in the provinces of A Coruña and Lugo & Coruña and Ourense.

Our main regular lines connect Ferrol with Vilalba, Lugo, Viveiro and Burela; and A Coruña with Carballo, Arteixo, A Laracha, Ponteceso, Laxe, Malpica, Curtis, Oza-Cesuras; as well as the towns between Santiago de Compostela and Burela.

In addition to intercity transport, we are also one of the main school transport operators in the area and we offer other discretionary services (tourist, business, on demand, etc.).

Arriva Madrid

More than 40 years of experience

Arriva in Madrid has its origin in the entrepreneurial spirit of two families, Gregorio De Blas and Isidro Gómez, who began their services between Madrid and Navalcarnero through Cuatro Vientos as soon as the Civil War was over.

After various locations, currently and since 1987 its registered office is located in an Industrial Estate in continuous growth, located in the town of Alcorcón, although it is true that the growing demand for services forced it to adopt a multi-head concept. Currently, 45 different intercity and urban routes are offered with more than 230 buses from various headers, among these are: Alcorcón, San José de Valderas, Móstoles, Fuenlabrada, Navalcarnero, Madrid-Norte, and Villaviciosa de Odón.

This continuous growth has made Arriva consolidate its marked leadership in Interurban Road Transport in the Community of Madrid with more than 44,000,000 passengers.

All this thanks to a series of human, technical and material resources, endowed with a high qualification and in continuous technological innovation that allows Arriva to offer total quality in its services.

However, this enviable position is not an obstacle for the General Meeting of Shareholders to continue joining efforts, for the continuous and daily improvement of the service to the public.

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