A GERMAN low-cost coach operator is entering the UK with plans to drive down travel costs by starting London to Paris services trips from £9. FlixBus coaches will run twice a day between the two capitals from March 24 offering free Wi-Fi, extra legroom, and three pieces of luggage.
The company’s distinctive green coaches could then be seen on roads across the UK as it plans expansion onto domestic destinations.
New services, higher frequencies, and direct links to Frankfurt, Luxemburg, and Prague are planned to begin by the end of the spring, with further destinations in the UK in the pipeline.
Tickets are available via its website – www.flixbus.com – and an app.
Founder and managing director, André Schwämmlein, said: ‘The cross-border link from London to France is our first step into the market in the UK. We are soon going to connect the capital to the most popular cities in mainland Europe by day or night. And we want to extend our service to other destinations in England.”
Founded in Germany in 2013 after de-regulation of the coach sector, the company created a nationwide network within months. FlixBus is now operating in 18 European countries, and carried approximately 20 million passengers last year.
‘By combining entrepreneurial spirit and innovative technology with a traditional SME industry, we established a completely new means of transport,’ says Mr Schwämmlein. ‘We simply made buses cool again.’
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