Postbus: an eventful history
The history of Postbus begins more than 110 years ago. While in the 18th and 19th centuries people would still travel by stagecoach, everything changed in 1907 when the first motorised postbus was put into service. A total of 17 passengers were able to travel at the same time between Neumarkt and Predazzo in South Tyrol - at a maximum speed of 22 km/h. The project was to prove a tremendous success. In the same year, further lines were established between Linz and Eferding, as well as in the Helenental on the Baden - Heiligenkreuz - Alland route. Five years later - in 1912 - 17 all-year-round and eight summer lines with 150 buses from various manufacturers were already in operation. Later on, it was decided to build a single standard type - the "ET 13". By 1918, 100 units of this type were already in service.
100 years later
More than 100 years later, the world in Austria and at Postbus has changed dramatically: In 2018, Postbus, Austria’s largest bus company, took around 213 million passengers in Austria to their destinations. In addition, the Czech subsidiary ČSAD AUTOBUSY České Budějovice a.s. serves approximately 6 million passengers a year. The rapid development in the field of mobility also has a direct impact on new business areas and drive technologies: In 2018, Postbus is positioning itself as THE innovative bus company in Austria and is promoting, for example, innovative drive technologies as an alternative to diesel-powered buses: the first electric buses are going into regular operation, while at the same time initial tests with hydrogen buses are being launching. In addition to this, Postbus is piloting its own public transport micro-shuttle service.
Postbus in its present form
Although the history of Postbus goes back a long time, the company in its present form is still very young. After the legal status and affiliation of Postbus had changed several times after the turn of the millennium, ÖBB finally acquired 100 percent of the shares in Postbus AG in 2003. In 2004, ÖBB-Postbus GmbH was officially entered into the commercial register. One year later, the bus company with the brand "Postbus - An ÖBB Company": ÖBB-Postbus GmbH - as we know it today - was born. In July 2020, the two group companies ÖBB-Postbus GmbH (operational business - universal successor) and Österreichische Postbus AG (real estate and personnel office) merge to form Österreichische Postbus Aktiengesellschaft.
* 4 million in the Czech Republic