12 APRIL 2021
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FlixBus, the world’s largest intercity coach travel provider, is launching domestic connections in the UK. The German company, established in 2013, does not own coaches or employ drivers. The business model is based on a collaboration with local small and medium-sized companies.
The initial offer covers 18 routes between 12 cities. Passengers can book tickets from 99p for a number of connections between London, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Leeds, Leicester, Loughborough, Manchester, Sheffield as well as Swansea. There will be up to seven departures in each direction on peak days depending on the route. The most frequent corridors will be London – Bristol, and London – Birmingham.
Andreas Schorling, managing director FlixBus UK: "Many UK residents have held back their activities in the past months to reach the point where people can start to reunite. We are glad that we can provide a new, value for money mobility alternative to those travelling to meet their loved ones finally. Seeing the efficient vaccination programme, we are hopeful that more and more passengers will have the opportunity to move around the country freely again in the upcoming period. Although outlooks are optimistic, we stay cautious: hygiene and safety continue to be our highest priority to ensure a safe journey."
In line with local regulations, passengers will have to wear masks. The row immediately behind the drivers will be kept clear, and only half of the remaining seats will be sold to help keep a safe distance between passengers.
FlixBus plans international services between UK cities and destinations in continental Europe including Paris, Amsterdam or Brussels and Paris.
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