FlixBus has announced its entrance to the Scottish domestic market, launching a new daily route between Glasgow and Aberdeen from 8 August 2022.
The global brand, which has expanded rapidly to serve around 2,400 destinations in 40 countries, has launched its first Scottish route, which initially runs four times a day, and competes with existing megabus and Scottish Citylink services on the same corridor, as well as the forthcoming expansion of Ember services to the north-east.
With tickets starting from 99p for the whole of August, FlixBus’ new venture will link the cities of Glasgow, Stirling, Perth, and Aberdeen. Marking the occasion, FlixBus also unveiled a unique Scottish-inspired coach in time for the launch, complete with
the Saltire and famous landmarks such Glenfinnan Viaduct and Ben Nevis.
Andreas Schorling, Managing Director of FlixBus UK, said: “We have made no secret that we want to be the biggest coach brand in the whole of the UK, and our launch in Scotland is a cornerstone of our growth strategy. We know from our experience of cross-border routes that our service is a natural fit with the Scottish market.”
The services will be operated by existing Flixbus operator McGill’s, which began working with the operator in 2021 and already operates several cross-border routes to and from cities in England including Sheffield and Manchester, as well as the recently launched summer service between London, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
McGill’s CEO Ralph Roberts said: “Our established partnership with FlixBus has gone from strength to strength, and we are delighted to be working together with the global brand to deliver this ambitious project and offer high quality transport connections to the people of Scotland.”
“McGill’s has always been the obvious choice of partner to ensure the service is a success, and we’re proud to be launching our affordable, reliable and sustainable coach network in Scotland with their team,” added Andreas.
The introduction of the new dedicated Scottish route means the FlixBus network now serves over 40 destinations across the UK.