FlixBus expands UK offering with Scottish routes

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After re-launching its domestic network in April, and a first stage of expansion in May, Flixbus has expanded its network again, saying that the overall demand for travel is growing.

From mid-July the company will expand its service to 10 new UK destinations, including its first two stops in Scotland and other popular domestic holiday destinations. Andreas Schorling, Managing Director of FlixBus UK, said: “We’ve had a fantastic start of operations and have really enjoyed enabling people to travel again in these last three 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.”

New destinations added to the network from 15 July include Edinburgh and Glasgow, plus Bath, Chesterfield, Chippenham, Coventry, Leamington Spa, Newcastle, Reading and Sunderland.

The FlixBus network is operated by regional coach partners, with McGill’s operating the new Scottish route. James Easdale, Chairman of the 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 experience 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.”

McGill’s has taken delivery of the first two Volvo 9700 to be sold in the UK for the new overnight cross-border service. Andrew Chalmers