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FlixBus expands UK offer and starts first connections to Scotland

++ 60+ direct routes and 36 stops in FlixBus’s domestic network from July 15 ++ Edinburgh and Glasgow as first Scottish destinations in Flix-network ++ Popular UK holiday spots, such as Bath, are among the new destinations ++ Recent fundraising of over $650M to further expand within the UK

London, July 15, 2021 – FlixBus, the UK’s fastest-growing and most innovative intercity-coach provider, is expanding yet again. After successfully re-launching a domestic network in April 2021 and a first expansion mid-May, the overall demand for travel is growing and more people across the UK are longing to travel in the bright green coaches. From July 15, the company will expand its service to 10 new UK-destinations, including its first two stops in Scotland and other popular domestic holiday destinations.

Offering affordable and convenient travelling to an even broader target group

Andreas Schorling, Managing Director FlixBus UK: “We’ve had a fantastic start of operations and have really enjoyed enabling people to travel again in these last three months. This is a great time for people in the UK to discover their own country and do so sustainably travelling by coach. Our new offer includes even more cities, and our modern coaches serve the existing destinations more frequently. We are especially excited to travel even further afield and expand to Scotland.”​​​​​​

Starting July 15, FlixBus will offer more than 60 routes across 36 cities in the UK with prices starting at £0.99. This is the company’s biggest expansion in the UK so far and follows just three months after re-launching its operations in April 2021. The new cities are Bath, Chesterfield, Chippenham, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leamington Spa, Newcastle, Reading and Sunderland.

Cooperating with local coach partners

Scotland is a brand-new addition to the continuously extending FlixBus network that already covers cities from the East Midlands, West Midlands, Yorkshire, North West, South West and Wales. The entire FlixBus network is comprised of and driven by regional coach partners across the country such as McGill’s based in the west of Scotland.

James Easdale, chairman, McGill’s Group, said: “We are delighted to be entering into partnership with FlixBus to deliver their very first route from Scotland down to London. This is McGill’s first move into long-distance bus travel and we have assembled a team of highly experience long distance express drivers and invested substantially in new Volvo 9700 coaches for the service. FlixBus is a huge brand that is synonymous with intercity bus travel in Europe and the United States and everyone at McGill’s is looking forward to working to build their presence in Scotland and the rest of the UK.”

Recent fundraising of $650M+ to build the UK’s best coach offering

Early June 2021, the company announced its newly closed funding round of $650M. These funds shall be used for expanding FlixBus’ offering across multiple new and existing markets. A significant share is meant to fund the UK’s expansion and the aim, to build the largest network by 2025. Andreas Schorling: “Where coach travel is already very popular across the UK, we believe that the market still has the potential to grow. Thus far, we have received strong support from the industry to bring in an alternative and a new player that is approaching operators as partners.”

Strict hygiene regulations to ensure a safe journey

The safety and well-being of passengers, drivers, employees, and community is the top priority. Preventive measures stay in force on all vehicles. FlixBus and its bus partners have implemented measures such as extra ventilation, thoroughly sanitizing of the coaches after every trip, and more to ensure a safe journey. More information about the safety guidelines can be found here.

New stops:​​​​​​

  1. Bath
  2. Chesterfield
  3. Chippenham
  4. Coventry
  5. Edinburgh
  6. Glasgow
  7. Leamington Spa
  8. Newcastle
  9. Reading
  10. Sunderland

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