Last year we announced that Germany’s popular budget bus service FlixBus would soon be hitting U.S. roads, and today the time has finally come to start spotting those iconic green buses traveling the southwest.
FlixBus, which has set up its American headquarters in Los Angles, California, is launching in the U.S. with fares that will have many asking “what took so long?”. Those who live in the L.A. area and are looking to test their luck in Vegas will be able to do so with a ticket at an unbeatable price — $2.99!
Millennials across Europe have been a key component in the company’s growth, a demographic FlixBus claims makes up roughly 50 percent of its customer base, and the hope is that American millennials will see the draw in cheap bus travel as well.
Pierre Gourdain, managing director of FlixBus USA, claims that the younger generation is “moving away from driving long distances, more than older generations. Our research shows that millennials in the U.S. are becoming more comfortable and supportive of sustainable travel methods, and they like to be able to relax, socialize virtually or work while they travel.”
FlixBus is making sure their passengers have everything they need to stay connected and productive for those longer trips too, offering free wifi, power sources for charging gadgets, and connectivity with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
While the launch fares seem too good to be true, FlixBus did state that these unbeatable prices will go up as the service becomes more popular. According to the company, regular one-way fares will eventually average between $18-$60.
At launch, FlixBus will be offering 180 connections along the southern west coast, but by the end of this June, that number is expected to grow to at least 400 low cost routes.