the company


Our story

Success story of a European passenger transport group:

The history of Arriva and transport in the United Kingdom can have enormous parallels with the recent history and future of our companies and the passenger transport sector in Spain.

Founded in 1938:

Founded in 1938 by the Cowie family as a motorcycle sales and repair business in Sunderland.

Transport of Travelers 1980:

In 1980, with the purchase of George Ewer Ltd and the creation of Gray-Green, he began his career in the business of passenger transport by bus. In 1985 he won his first contest in London Begins Expansión 1986.

In 1986 the regional services were deregulated and privatized and from 1992 David Martin began with the expansion of what is now Arriva. Transport of travelers in continental Europe 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 continues to grow, culminating this process with the acquisition, in 2013, of Veolia Transport Central Europe, boosting its presence in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia and starting its operations in new markets such as Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia.

History of Growth in Spain:

Northern Spain 1999:

Arriva enters the Spanish market with the acquisition of two companies in Galicia. The companies purchased were Ideal Auto S.A., Transportes Finisterre S.A. and Rutabús S.A.

Mallorca 2002:

It continues its expansion with the acquisition of two main operators on the island of Mallorca. The companies purchased were Bus Nort Balear S.L. and Autocares Mallorca S.L.

Community of Madrid 2007:

Arriva acquires Universal Sphere and Fray Escoba in Madrid, two companies specialized in discretionary transport services.

Community of Madrid 2008:

Arriva strengthens its position in the Spanish market with the acquisition of one of the strongest regular line operators in the Community of Madrid: Empresa de Blas y Cía S.L.

Mallorca 2014:

Arriva buys the assets of a small company in Mallorca, Autoline Mallorca, S.A., thus reinforcing its presence on the island.

Aucasa 2016:

Arriva acquires Autos Carballo (Aucasa) and Santiaguesa Metropolitana, incorporating both businesses in ARRIVA Noroeste.

Arriva in numbers

We are the largest passenger transport operator in Europe.

Each year we provide over 2,200 million transportation services in 14 countries throughout Europe.

We operate more than 19,850 buses and coaches, 1,123 trains, 450 trams, 183 light underground trains, 21 bus boats and 400 electric vehicles.

SWe are a leading European company in the multi-modal experience. We have currently consolidated a turnover of more than 5,000 million Euros.

Our values

Our values, our vision and development approach and our commitment allow us to offer a service of the highest quality.


Our strategy

Our business is the mobility of people and we want to make public transport the preferred method of travel by offering trips connected to our customers. As a service business operated by people for people, we will be connected - connected through committed employees, the best technology and close relationships with our customers and partners. Wherever we operate, we feel proud and privileged to serve society as a whole and the local communities that depend on us.

Today we offer a range of quality transport services, focused on the customer in 14 European countries. We work closely with our clients and transport authorities in the design, creation and integration of networks and services, with the aim of providing our customers with an unparalleled experience from the beginning of their journey to the end.

Innovation and technology are fundamental to provide services that meet the changing demands of people. We are leading the way with our focus on smart card technology, and we are one of the first operators to offer on-demand car services. Our alliances with third parties throughout Europe provide access to the best technology. Arriva aims to be the preferred transport provider by offering innovative services aimed at our customers.

Deustche  Bahn

Arriva is part of Deutsche Bahn, and is responsible for the growth of the group's regional passenger transport services outside of Germany. Deutsche Bahn AG, the parent company, is based in Berlin and was founded in 1994. It is currently one of the leading mobility and logistics companies, operating in more than 130 countries.

  • The group employs some 300,000 employees.
  • Throughout Europe, more than 11 million passenger trips are made on buses and trains launched by the Deutsche Bahn passenger transport division.
  • More than 400 million tons of goods are transported by rail and around 95 million shipments are transported by land annually only taking into account the Group's European transport and logistics division. About 1.1 million tons of airline merchandise and more than 1.9 TEU of maritime merchandise are transported through Deutsche Bahn's global networks.

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