Cairo-Based Startup ‘SWVL’ Offers An App That Allows Customers To Book Rides On Buses And Vans In Their Network.

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  • Industry: Transport and Travel
  • Funding: $80M
  • Investors: Dash ventures
  • Headquarter: Egypt

Taking you from point A to point B in the city is now easier than ever. No need to wait at the bus stop all day just to get that bus. Find out when it is arriving, where it will stop, and get to that place at the right time. Swvl is a premium bus booking app that lets you book fixed-rate rides on buses and vans in your area.

It allows people to share a ride either in a van or on a bus in the morning and evening. You can easily book a ride at an affordable rate with Swvl mobile app. Swvl is currently available in Cairo, Alexandria, and Nairobi. The startup connects commuters with private buses, allowing them to reserve seats on these buses and pay the fare through the company’s mobile app. The buses available on Swvl operate on fixed routes (or lines). Swvl does not own the buses or employs the drivers but has signed a contract to help drivers and operators with financing of the vehicles. The company has recently also partnered with Ford to have its operators use Ford Transit minibus as the preferred vehicle of choice.

Swvl was one of the first startups in the region to introduce app-based mass-transportation but now it faces competition from Uber & Careem; both of which launched a similar service in Cairo last year.
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