FlixBus enters UK

German coach operator, FlixBus, has expanded its European network to serve the UK with a new London to Paris service. Starting on 24 March, the first FlixBuses will run non-stop between the two capitals. Priced at £9, the new service includes free Wi-Fi, extra legroom and allows up to three pieces of luggage. Cancellation or rebooking on the new UK website (www.FlixBus.co.uk) is free of charge and possible up to 15 minutes before departure. Its mobile app allows customers to board via QR code, check travel information, book their ticket and use the navigation tool to find their point of departure. Its fleet is tracked via GPS. Additional services to Germany, Benelux or Italy, as well as to further destinations in the UK are in the pipeline.

Launched in 2013, FlixBus now offers 80,000 daily connections to 18 countries. Founded before the deregulation of the German national market, it transported around 20m passengers last year. Due to what it describes as an innovative business model and cooperation with regional bus companies, the operator was able to run a nationwide network within months of its launch. In 2015, after achieving what it described as a clear market leading position in Germany, the company started to globalise its business model by launching domestic networks in France, the Netherlands and Italy, as well as cross border services to Scandinavia. This year, it plans to expand to Central and Eastern Europe, the UK and Spain. The globalisation is backed by US growth investor General Atlantic.

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