FlixBus officially launched in the UK on 2 July, announcing plans to take several million passengers across the country within the first 12 months.
The UK is now part of a network that has 400,000 daily connections to 2,500 destinations across 32 countries.
FlixBus will partner with local, authorised coach firms – beginning with Turners Coachways and BM Coaches/YPiJ Coaches – and will start with four routes from London with fares starting from £2.99.
Andreas Schorling, Managing Director of FlixBus UK, said: “With the lockdown restrictions easing, people will want to start travelling to see family and friends, go back to university or college or travel for work and we will offer a safe, comfortable and affordable way to do this. On top of that, travelling by coach is the greenest way of travelling in Britain. As we are partnering with local firms, we will also be giving a boost to businesses that have been hit hard by COVID-19.”
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. Our drivers have been missing the roads these past few months.”
Kevyn Jones, from Turner’s Coachways, Bristol, added: “The travel industry has been badly hit by the coronavirus, so this is a very welcome launch for people who will want to see distant family and friends or conduct business in a safe way as the lockdown ends.