FlixBus trips trendier than ever
Travelling by bus is trendier than ever, thanks to the popular German FlixBus. In Belgium, the number of passengers last year grew spectacularly, from 1,3 to 2 million passengers.
Green & Clean
Travelling by used to have a bad reputation because of the old and dirty buses, the filthy toilets on board and the even more grubby bus stops at dark parking lots. FlixBus’ reputation, however, is green, clean, young, cheap and innovative. Tickets are available from 3,99 euro.
Trips can be booked online and paid via apps, like Apple Pay or Google Pay. The buses are comfortable, equipped with wifi, and all seats have a power point and a USB connection.
National and international trips
FlixBus is doing well and the expectations of 3,5 million passengers in the Netherlands and 2 million in Belgium are met. Most popular destinations from Belgium are Amsterdam, Paris, Rijsel, London and Rotterdam.
Brussels is popular too, since the company started with national trips, connecting ten of the most important cities in Belgium.
FlixBus exploits Europe’s largest bus network, with 350.000 daily connections in more than 29 countries. The formula seems to be attractive and in the meantime, a lot of family businesses embarked on the FlixBus model.
Alternative for train and plane
FlixBus succeeds in attracting a new public, often youngsters or people who couldn’t afford to travel before. Passengers also consider the flashy green FlixBuses a valuable alternative for more expensive trains or more polluting planes. Most Belgian passengers (75%) are younger than 35.
“The FlixBus is the ideal means of transport for 300 to 400 km long trips”, says Rosa Donat, spokesperson for FlixBus. “For longer distances, people prefer to fly because the bus trip takes too long.”