Riding a bus in Kuwait can be exhausting – waiting under the sun for ages wondering when the bus will arrive or what is the number of the bus that will go to your destination! Taking the wrong bus will make you spend hours and more money to reach the place you want to go. Since my car was totaled in an accident, I began to use taxis, but they cost me a lot of money. I found that some destinations can be reached by bus, so I started to take the bus to work, malls and other places.
Since I like to travel, I use public transportation a lot, using Google Maps to get the bus number and timings. Unfortunately, it is not that easy in Kuwait because there is no bus timetable, no clear stops, and no one to help – even the bus driver does not know the destinations of other buses!
But people of Kuwait will not struggle anymore, because Citybus has created an application on iOS and Android to help people learn about its bus routes, time of arrival and nearest bus station. You can even type where you want to go and it will show you the nearest stop, which bus to take and how long your trip will be.
This seemed too good to be true – since Kuwait is not known for this kind of technology or bus system – so I tried it. Waiting for the bus, the app showed the bus will reach my stop after seven minutes. After six minutes, the bus arrived. The app told me I will reach my destination in 37 minutes – once again it was right. The app is super useful, and although it sometimes freezes and does not show how to reach faraway destinations, it is a great step for Kuwait. Hopefully, one day such apps will help tourists reach places of interest.
By Faten Omar