Tuesday 10 August 2021

FlixBus UK

 FlixBus, who claim to be the UK’s fastest-growing and most innovative intercity-coach provider, is expanding yet again.

After successfully re-launching a domestic UK network in April 2021 and a first expansion mid-May, the overall demand for travel is growing. 
The company has expanded its service to ten new UK-destinations, including its first two stops in Scotland and other popular domestic holiday destinations.

Andreas Schorling, Managing Director FlixBus UK: “We’ve had a fantastic start of operations and have really enjoyed enabling people to travel again in these last few months. This is a great time for people in the UK to discover their own country and do so sustainably travelling by coach. 
Our new offer includes even more cities, and our modern coaches serve the existing destinations more frequently. We are especially excited to travel even further afield and expand to Scotland.”​​​​​​

FlixBus does not own coaches or employ drivers but the business model is based on a collaboration with local small and midsized companies. These companies, often family-run, have decades of experience in the industry and take care of the day-to-day operations.

Bala Balasuresh, from YPIJ Coaches, London, said: “This is a massive boost to our business which has been hit hard in the past few months. We are proud to be working with FlixBus and to be able to offer people a great way to travel and visit friends and family again.  

FlixBus are now offering more than 60 routes across 36 cities in the UK with prices starting at £0.99. This is the company’s biggest expansion in the UK so far and follows soon after re-launching its operations in April 2021. 
The new towns and cities are Bath, Chesterfield, Chippenham, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leamington Spa, Newcastle, Reading and Sunderland.

Scotland is a brand-new addition to the continuously extending FlixBus network that already covers cities from the East Midlands, West Midlands, Yorkshire, North West, South West and Wales. 

The entire FlixBus network is comprised of and driven by regional coach partners across the country such as McGill’s based in the west of Scotland.

James Easdale, chairman, McGill’s Group, said: “We are delighted to be entering into partnership with FlixBus to deliver their very first route from Scotland down to London. 

This is McGill’s first move into long-distance bus travel and we have assembled a team of highly experienced long distance express drivers and invested substantially in new Volvo 9700 coaches for the service. 
FlixBus is a huge brand that is synonymous with intercity bus travel in Europe and the United States and everyone at McGill’s is looking forward to working to build their presence in Scotland and the rest of the UK.”

Early in June 2021, the company announced its newly closed funding round of $650M. The funds are being used for expanding new FlixBus’ offerings across new and existing markets.

 A significant share is meant to fund the UK’s expansion and the aim, to build the largest network by 2025. Andreas Schorling: “Where coach travel is already very popular across the UK, we believe that the market still has the potential to grow. Thus far, we have received strong support from the industry to bring in an alternative and a new player that is approaching operators as partners.”

 The safety and well-being of passengers, drivers, employees, and community is the top priority for the company
Preventive measures are in force on all vehicles. FlixBus and its bus partners have implemented measures such as extra ventilation, thoroughly sanitizing of the coaches after every trip and more to ensure a safe journey.