90 years BLAGUSS - A class of its own
In February 2019, the „Donaubräu” at the foot of the Danube Tower opens and delights guests with specially brewed tower beer and delicious dishes such as sandwiches and fried chicken. Since 1 April, visitors can travel quickly and environmentally friendly from the U1 Alte Donau station and the U6 Neue Donau station to the Danube Tower in just 5 minutes with the free and barrier-free electric shuttle bus.
In March, the new team bus with its unmistakable design and top equipment is handed over to the „EC Red Bull Salzburg". On 19.4.2019 the Blaguss Group celebrates its 90th anniversary. Thanks to its employees and customers, Blaguss can now look back on 90 years of eventful and successful development.
In March 2020, with the start of the Corona pandemic, the entire tourism industry was severely hit and also the Blaguss Group has been experiencing one of the most severe crises in its company history.
Nevertheless, we are optimistic about the future!
Be up close with Blaguss
On 7.7.2017 our "Vienna International Busterminal" (VIB) - Austria's largest and most important coach terminal - celebrates its 10 year anniversary. Many well-known companies and passengers celebrate this day until the late evening hours with us.
The absolute highlight is the VIB wheel of fortune, thanks to the great support of our sponsors, every spin is a win, so the event is a full success!
Since the opening of the VIB on the 07.07.2007 at 7:07 o’clock, the passenger numbers have increased sixfold.
The Beach Volleyball World Cup takes place in Vienna for the first time from July 28th to August 6th, 2017. Blaguss is the "Official Bus Partner" of this year's FIVB International Volleyball Federation presented by A1 and provides the bus transfers for all world championship participants in buses specially branded for the Beach Volleyball World Cup. Even our Austrian silver medal winners Clemens Doppler and Alex Horst were safely driven to their victory in our Blaguss beach volleyball buses.
In November the cooperation partner FlixBus takes over WESTbus GmbH. What has started successfully with WESTbus will now be continued by FlixBus.
In May 2018 Blaguss is again the official shuttle partner for the 5th "Wings for Life Run" in Vienna. This shuttle partner ship exists since the first run 2014.
On May 25, 2018, the Opinion Leaders Network and Leo Hillinger invited guests to the event “Wine Networking” at the Leo Hillinger Winery, where Blaguss was able to ensure a relaxed arrival and departure with the luxuriously equipped President buses.
The Blaguss Group is the exclusive travel partner of the Austrian sports crowdfunding platform "I believe in you" since June.
After extensive renovation work, the modernized Vienna Danube Tower shines again in new splendor. The Austrian architect Gregor Eichinger visualized the elegance and style of the sixties.
On December 6, the new, modern VIB ticket sales with shop and bistro as well as infodesk in Erdbergstraße 202 was opened. It offers more space for travelers, shorter wait times at the ticket desks and comfort, as well as the opportunity to spend a relaxing time with a snack or a coffee in the inviting atmosphere. In the existing VIB handling building, at Erdbergstraße 200A, there is now more space available for all departing and arriving passengers.
With Blaguss safely and comfortably to your destination
Since 2015 there is a new flagship at Blaguss - the luxury liner President Platinum. This bus is hard to beat in terms of convenience and comfort - a dream on 4 wheels for every guest.
We are proud that all delegations from the different countries drove with Blaguss buses to the "Eurovision Song Contest" 2015 in Vienna.
Further sporting partnerships have been formed. All of the following partners have received their own team buses: "FC Admira Wacker Mödling", "SV Mattersburg", "FC Red Bull Salzburg" as well as "EC Red Bull Salzburg".
In December the Blaguss group joins forces with strategic business partners to invest in the Vienna Danube Tower by "UniCredit Bank Austria AG". The 252-meter-high Vienna Danube tower is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Vienna.
In the beginning of 2016 Blaguss quits the Eurolines organization and founds a new association together with the German coach operator "FlixBus", to extend the distant coach net to Eastern Europe. Metropolises such as Bratislava, Prague, Budapest, Maribor, Zagreb or Venice are then regularly hit by Blaguss under the brand "FlixBus" in green orange coaches.
In April Blaguss and FlixBus expand again and provide travellers in cooperation with WESTbus an attractively priced and comfortable connection between Graz and Salzburg.
In June 2016, Blaguss starts the airport shuttle "Air-Liner" which directly connects the VIB-"Vienna International Busterminal" and the Vienna International Airport with each other.
In October, oeticket.com and eventbus.eu start an extensive and close cooperation. From now on, customers are able to book TicketPLUS + (eventtickets including bus trips and further products) directly via oeticket.com. Different routes are offered from a selection of more than 300 stops.
In November, the Blaguss Group takes part in the renowned Salzburg bus and tourism company "Vorderegger Reisen". The brands of the two companies are merged and all jobs located in Salzburg and Zell am See are retained. The "Blaguss Alps GmbH" with its bus office in Salzburg is founded. The aim of the joint cooperation: a new, strong bus company for Salzburg as well as both a strengthening and an expansion of incoming and travel agencies. The Blaguss Group now owns 11 travel agencies in Austria.
At the beginning of December, Blaguss begins its "ski4school" - Austria's largest winter school program - in Salzburg.
Since December "Blaguss Reisen GmbH" is the sole owner of "WESTbus GmbH".
The German coach companies enter the Austrian market.
In January 2013, the first Blaguss buses appear in the new red and white branding with the slogan “As everyone has goals” and start rolling through Austria.
In July the first of over 100 new "Comfort Class 500" buses of the new Setra bus generation are delivered to Blaguss. This marks the generation’s change of the Blaguss vehicle fleet.
The Blaguss’ vehicle fleet has around 330 diverse vehicles, which are not older than 2.1 years. The Blaguss buses cover a distance of approximately 16 million kilometres yearly, nationally and internationally. Modernity is Blaguss’ top priority.
In 2014, Blaguss, commissioned by Eurolines, starts operating the international line Vienna-Trieste. Our buses carry passengers from Vienna through Maribor, Ljubljana to Trieste 3 times a week.
In summer German coach companies enter the Austrian market and Blaguss starts a cooperation with "Meinfernbus Flixbus". Together they offer their customers cheap prices and attractive direct connections between Austria and Germany. The destinations from Vienna to Munich, Dresden-Berlin, Nürnberg-Frankfurt-Mainz are available at absolutely top prices and secure the high-quality of travelling by Blaguss. The place of departure or arrival in Vienna is Blaguss' private owned "Vienna International Bus Terminal" (VIB) in Vienna Erdberg.
2014 the Formula One World Championship returns to Austria. Blaguss provides shuttle services to and from the F1 stadium in Spielberg and takes part in this spectacular show.
The bus fleet grew to around 450 buses in 2014.
Many changes in the Blaguss world - "As everyone has goals"
The "AD Mietwagen Service GmbH", the subsidiary company of Blaguss and "Taxi 31300", takes over the "C&K Company" in 2011. Consequently, with the acquisition of "C&K" a milestone is achieved in the story of the airport and limousine service.
Blaguss Reisen GmbH establishes the bus company "WESTbus GmbH" in cooperation with "Rail Holding AG", the mother company of "WESTbahn" and expands the national long-distance bus network.
At the same time, Blaguss establishes the travel agency "WESTtravel" specialized in the organisation of holidays, city trips, cultural trips and seasonal vacations with "WESTbus" and "WESTbahn".
The year 2012 brings many changes in the Blaguss world:
"A new way to discover Vienna", in spring 2012 Blaguss introduces the video bus tour, which is a special kind of sightseeing tour.
"EURO 2012" in Poland and Ukraine: Blaguss is in the middle of all the action and drives the Spanish national football team to their European Championship. 15 other football teams are also transported in specially branded Blaguss buses to the games.
"Blaguss Agora" opens a new facility in Sopron.
Blaguss starts to restructure the travel agency and concentrates on earth-bound travelling.
Blaguss establishes in Eisenstadt, the state capital of Burgenland, the second petrol station "Tanke Blaguss" with an ATM, diesel oil and self-service facilities.
In September, Blaguss starts the Minibus Service for the transportation of pupils in Vienna.
2012 is the year of change in the Blaguss world. The old slogan "Live in motion" is replaced and the company is given a new branding with the new claim "As everyone has goals".
Family owned company with innovative spirit
In April 2009, commissioned by "VOR", Blaguss starts operating the line 236 for the local traffic in Langenzersdorf (Lower Austria).
Starting in 2010, our buses also carry passengers safely at night on the "ASTAX" lines (Viennese On-call Shared Taxi): such as: N54 (Westbahnhof – Unter St. Veit).
In January, "Neue Mitsch Bus GmbH" takes over the travelling company "Mikes Reisebüro- und Verkehrsbetriebe GmbH" in Kirschlag (in the region Bucklige Welt, Lower Austria). Shortly after the company merges with "Blaguss Bus GmbH" under the new brand identity "Blaguss NÖ".
The first travel bureau in Lower Austria is established. Nine different travel bureaus are ready to assist our customers: four in Brugenland, four in Vienna and one in Lower Austria.
That same year the Blaguss Wiesel buses are changed. In place of Volvo buses, new Setra buses roll through the streets.
From now on not only the regular Rapid players but also the young promising players of the Rapid Academy are transported in brand-new Blaguss bus Setra 600 from football game to football game.
In December, the line 7941 (Oberpullendorf - Vienna) is awarded by VOR as "The Best Bus Line for Pupils".
Travel from Vienna Erdberg to the most beautiful European cities.
2007: Introduction of Euro IV engines in the buses and Adblue for improving pollutant emissions.
Blaguss establishes a fuelling station - "Tanke Blauguss" in Oberpullendorf with self-service, AdBlue and GoBox sales, payment only by debit card and the lowest fuel prices in eastern Austria.
On 7 July 2007, the "Vienna International Busterminal" (VIB) - Vienna's largest and most modern bus terminal- is finished.
"Eurolines Austria" takes over the organization of the "HUB-Wien" and manages the Erdbergstraße intersection for the lines to Bratislava/Budapest to London, Rotterdam and Paris.
The travel bureau in Neusiedl am See moves from its previous location to a new, attractive business office in the northern Burgenland district city.
In 2008, Blaguss is the official transport partner of the "UEFA EURO" in Vienna. Each team drives in it's own branded bus.
In February , the two Bundesliga teams "SK Rapid" and "FK Austria" get new team buses with luxury amenities.
In September, Blaguss starts the operation of the line Vienna Erdberg - Schwechat airport.
Blaguss sets new standards
The Blaguss bus fleet is expanded to the "President" luxury segment. Eight new luxury coaches set a new benchmark for quality in Austria beginning in 2005. These include the exclusive "President Noblesse" - Volvo make, 3-seat wide rows, with 29 seats across 12 meters and various extras.
Blaguss buys the first special bus for people with disabilities. The rows of seats are to be fabricated with quick-release fasteners to accommodate wheelchairs that are raised into the bus with a lift. With the new "ROLLI Blaguss Tours" brand, Blaguss also offers special buses and travel to people with disabilities beginning in September.
Another Blaguss travel bureau opens in Szombathely.
In 2006 the Budapest offices (Blaguss Travel and Blaguss Congress), Prague (PDM), and Vienna (admicos) are merged into a single brand under the name "BLAGUSS event.pro" and thus also appear transnationally in the international market.
In February 2006 "rius cruis incoming & services GmbH" is established in a cooperative effort between Blaguss Travel and Klaus Nowak. Rius focuses 100% on incoming services for Danube cruise ships - mostly on trips and transfers, but also logistics and catering.
In the first half of 2006 the uniform bus fleet is underway on behalf of individual federal ministries at various events as part of the Austrian EU Presidency events.
The construction of the VIB-"Vienna International Busterminal" begins in Vienna Erdberg in October.
75 years Blaguss - a family-run concern with tradition
June 2003: With opening of a new travel bureau in Vienna 19, Oberkirchergasse 17, Blaguss customers have access to six travel bureaus in Vienna and five in Burgenland.
Blaguss acquires 100% of the Hungarian joint venture "Blaguss-Volanbusz", which has existed since 1987.
The "adm", DMC (Destination Management Company) and the "icos" PCO (Professional Congress Organizer) merge into "admicos.". The new "admicos." offers its customers a complex service programme that extends across congress organization through incentives, exhibition management, event marketing, product presentations, and association management. Thus "admicos." has access to enormous experience. With 193 events and over 200,000 participants, admicos does justice to its slogan: 'We meet and contribute to your success.'
In October 2003, the Blaguss fleet consists of 245 buses with an average age of just 2.3 years.
In spring 2004 a modern travel bureau opens in Sopron attended by numerous celebrities from Burgenland and Sopron Györ Comitat.
Blaguss celebrates with numerous events during the 75th anniversary of the company's existence. Besides many trips, a VW Golf is also up for grabs at the anniversary sweepstakes.
In summer 2004, the "AD Mietwagen Service GmbH" is established. The "AD Mietwagen Service GmbH" is a provider of airport shuttle and limousine service.
Safety and quality obligate
Since the advent of travel to the Czech Republic has increased dramatically, Blaguss decided to open an incoming travel bureau in Prague in 2000: "PDM Blaguss" (Prague Destination Management) specialized in tourist services in Prague and the Czech Republic.
In March 2001 Mr Paul Blaguss, Mag. (FH), begins his activities in the company and expands the management team.
The first 15 meter bus, a Setra S 319 GT-HD, is deployed for the Berlin line.
Line 147 is honoured as the most popular regional bus line with the "VOR award". For the first time, Volvo 7000 low-floor buses with disabled access are purchased for city lines in Vienna.
Presentation of the first Setra TopClass 400 and Volvo 9900 Luxus tour bus in the new Blaguss design.
Blaguss bus drivers receive regular driving safety courses and safety seminars.
Blaguss - Your travel specialist
1996: Austratrans has evolved into a modern service provider. It sells tickets for all lines in the direction of South-East and Eastern Europe. Operation is largely from Blaguss's own bus terminal at South Station.
In early September Mr. Thomas Blaguss, Mag., joins the company and strengthens the company's leadership.
In 1997 the company combines the global activities of its various tour operators under the name Blaguss. Expansion of the office space at the Wiedner Hauptstrasse 15 is inevitable.
In 1998 the "Champion's Liner", SK Rapid's team bus, makes its début. The bus is among the most modern in Europe.
That same year, the majority of shares are transferred to "Pantours", successful incoming specialists for Spain and Latin America.
In 1999 the first "over-long" (13.70 m) buses von Neoplan and Setra are procured. The "Carmelite Bus" begins operation in the centre of Vienna.
As Austria's first bus company, Blaguss receives the 1999 "Bus OK, Driver OK. Everything OK" quality and safety award from the board of trustees for traffic safety and the "ÖAMTC". Blaguss is also honoured as a Climate Alliance Company.
From Vienna to Istanbul—Blaguss unites Europe.
In 1991 Blaguss becomes a member of the "Eurolines" Organization, an association of 288 independent bus companies that form Europe's largest bus-line network. "Eurolines Austria" is founded. More than 600 destinations in 25 countries are reachable from Austria.
That same year the Altenmarkt/Triesting - St. Corona/Schöpfl road service is acquired. This involves Blaguss' the first line within the "VOR" (Eastern Region Transport Association).
In 1992 Austria hotels' travel service sold its incoming department to Blaguss, which has subsequently traded under "ADM" (Austrian Destination Management). The new company remains focused on the support and organization of incentive trips and special interest groups.
In 1993 Blaguss acquires the "Mitsch" bus company in Loipersbach, Lower Austria. The vehicle fleet comprises twelve buses. From now on the company trades under "Neue Mitsch Bus GmbH".
In 1994 Lower Austrian and Burgenland transportation associations (VVNB) begin covering those parts of the two countries not already covered by the VOR (the region buses were involved in 1988). This process was concluded in 1988 with the founding of the SBV (South Burgenland Transportation Association). During negotiations with the local authorities (federal, state), but also among individual carriers, Blaguss Reisen GmbH under the leadership of Dr. Robert Blaguss in a central role as president of the Association for the Protection of Austrian bus companies.
The first low-floor buses from Mercedes and Graf & Stift are purchased.
Commissioning of lines: 147 Hütteldorf - Hüttelberg/Vienna*, Marcheggcity transport/Lower Austria*, Rapid transit St. Pölten (Wiesel-bus), Vienna - Berlin, Vienna - Kiew, Vienna - Verona - Milan, Vienna - Frankfurt.
Whether in the bus or in the travel bureau: Blaguss on course of success
In 1986 Blaguss acquired "Springer Wien GesmbH" from Otto Springer due to age and merges both the bus company and the two travel bureaus with Blaguss Reisen in subsequent years. While the travel bureau only existed in Vienna, the first step towards developing a branch network is thus taken.
In 1987 the bus centre in Vienna Inzersdorf opens. Garages, service and office buildings are located on an area of 140,000 m2.
In the same year Blaguss enters into a joint venture with "Volan", Hungary's largest bus company. "Blaguss Volanbusz" runs a travel bureau at the Budapest Engelplatz (now Elizabeth Square). Operational management on the Vienna - Budapest line is taken over.
In 1988 Blaguss Reisen offers new tourist destinations. Special programs for England, Scotland, Ireland, Iceland, Scandinavia, France, Holland, Belgium, and the United States prove to be extremely successful.
In 1990 "ICOS" (Congress Organisation GmbH) is founded. It specializes in the organization of congresses, incentives, and events. Within a few years it becomes one of the leading PCOs (Professional Congress Organizer) in Vienna.
"Austratrans Kraftfahrliniengesellschaft m.b.H." absorbs additional lines in the target countries of Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania, and Poland after the "east opening" in early 1990.
Starting the operation of the bus city lines 37A and 41A.
The bus fleet achieves new dimensions: 110 buses, 60 of which are travel buses.
Blaguss on an expansion trajectory
1980: The Vienna travel bureau "UNION" gets into financial troubles. In 1981 Blaguss participates in 50% of a successor company and contributes substantially to the redevelopment of this travel bureau and organizer.
In 1982 Blaguss makes a considerable investment to erect a modern travel agency on Wiedner Hauptstrasse 15 into which it moves from its previous location in Karlsgasse.
The first model Setra S 229 DT double-decker bus comes into operation.
In 1984, the commissioning of the first city lines 47A (Under St. Veit - Baumgartnerhöhe) and 51A (Hietzing - Ottakringerstraße Bad) as a contractor of the Vienna Transport Company is conducted. The vehicle fleet expands continually.
Shaping the future with new ideas
Together Blaguss Reisen GmbH and ÖBB's car service create a traffic concept for central Burgenland. The lines from Vienna to Operpullendorf are jointly operated. The joint transport brings passengers many benefits: schedule-service compression, shorter travel times for commuters, introduction of fast routes, comfortable, modern buses. Benefits that other commuters only obtained after the introduction of transport associations in 1988 are already available at Blaguss.
Blaguss has participated in the "Austratrans Kraftfahrliniengesellschaft m.b.H." since 1976. This service conducts an average of eight lines for guest workers to Yugoslavia from Vienna's South Station.
Incoming business is successful. Burgenland is discovered as an attractive holiday destination. To make the market more efficient, Burgenland and Blaguss Reisen found "Burgenland Tours GmbH" in June 1976.
Blaguss founds travel bureaus in Eisenstadt and Mattersburg. Thus customers have access to modern travel bureaus with a full product range in all of Burgenland's northern and central districts.
Modern Mercedes 0 302 und 0 303 comfort buses supplement the vehicle fleet.
On the occasion of the firm's 50th anniversary on November 9th, 1979, Blaguss Reisen GmbH receives the national award for leadership and authority to display the state emblem.
Meanwhile the company employs 147 employees and operates 42 buses.
Travel à la Blaguss: safe and comfortable
In May 1970 "Blaguss Reisen Gesellschaft m.b.H." is founded. Paul Blaguss and his children are shareholders. Dr. Robert Blaguss joins the company. He takes over company management with his brother.
Two years later, in 1972, Blaguss obtains the full travel concession for the Vienna location.
The company employs 54 employees in Vienna and Oberpullendorf. Seventeen buses are in use.
The first international bus line starts it's operation. The "Lake Balaton Express" runs every Sunday from Vienna to Lake Balaton and Bad Heviz.
On 14 November 1972, at the age of 65, company founder Paul Blaguss, Sr. dies in Vienna.
In 1973 the first Burgenland catalogue with tourist attractions appears. The first travel bureau opens its doors at Lake Neusiedl, and four other bureaus around the lake follow.
In 1974 four further travel bureaus around the lake in Neusiedl, Illmitz, Rust and Mörbisch are opened.
Blaguss consolidates the first incoming activities in Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, but with the focus in Vienna. Guests from German and international tour organizers are looked after.
Better times ahead
Austria's economy recovers progressively. The interest in bus travel is ascending. The vehicle fleet comprises ten buses and three lorries.
In January 1965 Blagusz obtains the unrestricted travel-bureau concession at the Operpullendorf location.
The vehicle fleet is cleaned up. There are 15 Mercedes O 321s.
With full force during reconstruction
Paul Blagusz sees the future in regular service. He applies for the first regularly scheduled motor-vehicle-traffic concession.
In 1947 the company has five employees and the vehicle fleet comprises five vehicles.
In October 1950 the concession for Lutzmannsburg—Vienna is granted.
The transport company recedes into the background. Passenger transport predominates. The buses are modernized with modest means.
The first tourist trips to Hungary are organized in 1953 with the "Burgenland Express". Blagusz obtains the concession for the Klostermarienberg - Oberpullendorf line that same year.
In 1956 travel to South Tyrol, Yugoslavia and Greece is offered with the first brand new bus, a Steyr-Perl Auhof.
Grim war years
In 1939 the German Wehrmacht confiscates all vehicles. The wheels grind to a halt in the following war years.
In 1942 it was possible to get three trucks running in order to use them for much-needed transportation.
Russian troops march in in 1945. They seize and confiscate all vehicles.
The beginning of an Austrian success story
Paul Blagusz is born on 13 January 1907 in Unterpullendorf. He attends two classes in Hungarian primary school. When his father dies he goes to "Bucklige Welt" and learns German there.
From age 11 he works on a farm in Pöttsching and begins offering national products from former Hungary at the Viennese Neustädter market. In June 1926 Paul receives his own authorization to "deal in eggs, butter, poultry, venison, and mushrooms".
He brings wares of all kinds by rail to Vienna's Naschmarkt. Transportation is difficult and arduous. In that same year he manages to procure a lorry, Perl make. Since other dealers want to ride with him he begins to organize regular transports to Vienna.
Challenging early years
On 19 April 1929 Paul Blagusz obtained the concession for practising the pay wagon profession. The salesman became the transport operator Blagusz.
The Austrian province of Burgenland slowly enshrines itself as an Austrian state in the people's consciousness. Many inhabitants of Burgenland emigrate because they can't find work in the border region. But Paul Blagusz and his brother Stefan stay and build up the business together. With two lorries they transport people, animals, furniture, and goods. The rides are often long and adventurous. Thus the ride from Oberpullendorf to Vienna takes seven hours.
In 1932 the vehicle fleet consists of three lorries (makes Perl, Austro Fiat, and Gräf). A Perl L 6, with a sturdy bus structure and crank windows is used for the first excursions.
The business faces the difficult economic situation and becomes an important transportation carrier for the Oberpullendorf district.
In July 1935 Blagusz obtains the concession to "issue tickets for lorry trips and for organizing group excursions with such". Thus the foundation for the travel bureau is laid.