La Unión, a company with a long history
It was on November 15, 1924 that Miguel Acha Eguileor and Martn Inchaurbe Aldecoa, both from the town of Orozco, decided to set up a company under the name "Acha Inchaurbe" but entitled to trade under the name "La Unión Servicio de Automóviles". The purpose of the company was to carry passengers and freight between Bilbao and Vitoria.
The initial capital of 80,000 Pesetas raised by the founding partners was spent on three Saurer motor coaches with registration numbers VI 346, VI 366 and VI 406, two Hispano Suiza coaches with registration numbers VI 213 and B 3805 and a mechanical repair shop at C/ Fueros, nº 7 in Vitoria.
On December 22, 1933 the company Acha Inchaurbe y Compañía Limitada was founded, with the incorporation of additional stockholders from Compañía Automóviles de Alava, who made over to the new company their rights to the Bilbao-Vitoria route via Murgia
On February 1, 1957 the company changed from private to public limited company status and became known as "Acha Inchaurbe y Compañía, Sociedad Anónima", with the right to trade under the name "La Unión".
With over 60 employees with broad experience in passenger road transport, and a fleet of more than 50 modern coaches, Autobuses La Unión, S.A. now operates and develops its corporate strategy from headquarters in the town of Lutxana-Erandio in Bizkaia.
The La Burundesa coach company was founded in the town of Urdiain in Navarra in 1925 to provide services on a line between Alsasua and Pamplona. It was named after the Burunda valley, in which the town lay.
La Burundesa then began to work the route between Pamplona and Vitoria, and later Pamplona-Vitoria-Bilbao, changing vehicles in Vitoria. This route was known by passengers as "La Bilbaína".
In 1955 it took 3.5 hours to complete the direct route using the Dima pass. This route was operated jointly by La Unión and La Burundesa via an agreement that marked the beginning of a unique co-operation in the coach travel business.
La Burundesa currently has a fleet of 50 well-equipped vehicles and a workforce of 70 who strive to make journeys as comfortable and safe as possible for our passengers.
In the fullness of time this verbal co-operation agreement sealed with a handshake resulted in the purchase by La Unión of almost all the shares in La Burundesa in 2003. The two continue to operate as separate but related companies.