FlixBus to revolutionise bus travel in United States

The European mobility provider aims to paint US roads green with more than 1,000 bus connections

Distinctive green buses have just started to flood the roads in the United States, as FlixBus, a European intercity operator, launches its overseas operation today.

After five successful years of connecting cities across Europe, the transportation company has decided to disrupt the traditional bus market in the states of California, Nevada and Arizona.

 During the phase one of the launch, 180 initial FlixBus connections will be operated by six regional bus partners — FlixBus FlixBus to revolutionise bus travel in United States
During phase one of the launch, 180 FlixBus connections will be operated by six regional bus partners — FlixBus

Buses on major routes in the Southwest including Los AngelesLas Vegas, Los Angeles-Phoenix, Phoenix-Vegas, San Diego-Vegas and more hit the road for the first time today.

“For Phase 1 of the US launch, 180 initial FlixBus connections will be operated by six regional bus partners: Arrow Stage Lines, American Explorer Motorcoach, Gray Line Arizona, Pacific Coachways, Transportation Charter Services, and USA Coach Services,” Flixbus said in a statement.

Eventually, the operator wants to establish more than 1,000 connections.

Not only does the company wants to improve the bus market in the states, Flixbus also expects to boost local employment levels.  

“FlixBus currently has 300 bus partners throughout Europe, many of which are small, family-run businesses. In the 28 markets in which it operates, FlixBus has created more than 7,000 jobs for bus drivers,” they said.

The company was founded by three entrepreneurs, Jochen Engert, Daniel Krauss and André Schwämmlein in 2013 in Germany. The plan of the young startup was to develop a completely new way of travel combining e-commerce and traditional transportation.

The unique business model is based on technology, ticketing, customer service, network planning, marketing and sales, while its local partners are responsible for the daily operation of buses.

“Our business model has revolutionised the way people view – and utilize – buses in Europe, and we are excited to offer this fresh take on bus travel to people in the United States,” said André Schwämmlein, founder and CEO of FlixMobility.

“We harness technology to create a better experience for travellers, with the goal of providing smart and green mobility for everyone to experience the world… and we do all of it without owning a single bus.”