clickbusSão Paulo, 20th of August 2014 – ClickBus, the leading global online booking platform for bus travels, has received an additional USD10 million funding from Latin America Internet Group, Tengelmann Ventures, Holtzbrinck Ventures and Rocket Internet. The funding round coincides with the one-year anniversary and the launches in Turkey and Pakistan, placing ClickBus in seven countries alongside Brazil, Mexico, Germany, Poland and Thailand. Further country expansions will follow shortly.

Fernando Prado, Global co-CEO and co-founder of ClickBus: “The company’s objective is to empower the bus travelling industry across the globe by migrating to the online world an industry used to offline sales. By allowing passengers to compare and buy bus tickets online, ClickBus is going to follow the airline example and eventually transition the bulk of sales to the internet.”

Currently, the company has over 180 partner bus companies, offering trips to over 8.000 destinations in 7 countries, exactly a year after launch in August 2013. In one year, ClickBus has helped more than 400.000 people with their bus travel needs globally.

Cesário Martins, Global co-CEO and co-founder of ClickBus: “With over 10 million visits globally and expectation of having a million tickets sold by the end of the year, we had an extremely successful first year. Now we are very proud to have secured this new round of funding. This will allow us to continue our growth trajectory in existing markets and advance our technology, especially in the field of M-Commerce, where we will launch apps for iOS and Android shortly. The new round of funding will also allow us to tackle further markets, which are mostly in the offline realm. Our goal is to move into exactly these markets to enforce the shift from offline to online in the bus industry.”

The challenges in each market are diverse: In Brazil, bus travel represents 120 million passengers annually and less than 5% of bus tickets are sold over the internet. In Mexico, lack of infrastructure combined with a large population encourages the use of road transport. In Germany, the market liberalization that happened in January 2013 allows the entry of new players in the sector. In Poland, the majority of the population chooses to use bus travel within the country. In Thailand, strong tourism attracts over 27 million visitors all year round. Turkey was chosen because of the developed and big scale market along with high internet penetration. Pakistan was a clear choice due to soaring airline ticket prices and for not having any other company in the market offering this service to the population of 180 million.

How it works
The ClickBus booking portal is a free of charge platform and is accessible in only a few steps: The customer can select the route and dates, compare prices from different bus companies and pick the one that suits their needs. ClickBus offers several different relevant payment methods in every country its in. Within only a few minutes, the customer receives a confirmation e-mail for the desired booking with their ticket voucher attached.

About ClickBus
ClickBus, the leading online bus ticket platform in the world, launched in August 2013, is currently present in Brazil, Mexico, Thailand, Germany, Poland, Turkey & Pakistan. Globally, the company is selling over 60 thousand tickets per month and has a staff of approximately 100 employees. For more information, please access ClickBus is part of the Latin American Internet Group (LAIG) and the Asia Pacific Internet Group (APIG).

About Rocket Internet

Rocket’s mission is to become the world’s largest Internet platform outside of China and the United States. Rocket identifies and builds proven internet business models and transfers them to new, underserved or untapped markets where it seeks to scale them into market leading online companies.

Rocket is focused on online business models that satisfy basic consumer needs across three sectors: e-Commerce, marketplaces and financial technology.

Rocket started in 2007 and now has more than 20,000 employees across its network of companies, which operate in more than 100 countries on five continents.

About APIG
The Asia Pacific Internet Group (APIG) supports some of the leading internet companies in the region. Founded by Rocket Internet in 2014, the APIG’s mission is to promote innovation and entrepreneurship throughout Asia and the Pacific, as well as to support the development of a vibrant online culture. APIG’s network currently consists of 10 companies, operating in 15 countries.

About LAIG

The Latin America Internet Group (LAIG), a joint venture between Rocket Internet and Millicom, is one of the leading internet platforms in Latin America and supports some of the most vibrant internet companies in the region. Founded in 2012, LAIG’s mission is to accelerate the growth and success of the internet and mobile economy throughout Latin America. LAIG’s portfolio currently consists of 9 companies, operating in a total of 13 countries. Among these are thriving players such as Easy Taxi, ClickBus, Kanui and Tricae.