FLIXBUS: the cheapest way to travel around Europe

by Lara
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Back in 2012, 2013 and 2014, I was living in Poland and Czechia. Sometimes I had to travel home to Croatia and back. I was a student and wanted to find the cheapest solution possible. Unfortunately, back then FlixBus didn’t operate on these routes.

I remember searching for the transportation being a real struggle. Trains were too much of a hassle and the journey was just too long, flights were way too expensive and buses…I found only Eurolines company that was going once a week Zagreb-Prague.

Expansion of a FlixBus company in 2015

I first heard of FlixBus in 2015, as a German bus company which was about to expand in 20 countries in Europe. What I liked immediately was the fact that a bus company operates the same way airlines do. You can book a ticket for over a 1000 destinations in 20 different countries in Europe, and if there is no direct bus from destination A to destination B, you can still buy a ticket for that route but you will need to transfer to another bus somewhere on the way.

And the thing that caught my attention were the prices! For example, a round trip ticket from Zagreb to Prague was 50 euros!

I also decided to try out FlixBus on my recent travel to Prague. Usually, I do not expect a great comfort when traveling by bus, but driving with FlixBus well surpassed all my expectations. Some of the features include actually working wi-fi during your whole trip. I emphasize β€žworking wi-fiβ€œ because most of the bus companies advertise wi-fi which barely ever works. So, that was a refreshment.

Secondly, the buses are all new and modern with each seat having its own power outlet which is great for those of us who need to work while traveling.

Third thing that pleasantly surprised me was the fact that 3 pieces of luggage are included in the price of a ticket. Wish there was that option when I was moving from Wroclaw or Prague!

Look out for promotions

FlixBus often has great promotions so it is worth it to regularly check their page. One of the best deals if you want to travel to more cities in Europe is their Interflix pass. For 99 euros you get to travel to 5 cities of your choice to one of FlixBus 1000 destinations. Also, when opening a new route, they usually offer FREE tickets!

If you are a budget-savvy traveler or just do not prefer airplanes, I fully recommend FlixBus as the best solution for traveling around Europe!

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Bablofil April 17, 2017 - 9:22 pm

Thanks, great article.

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Lara
Lara April 19, 2017 - 9:42 am

You are welcome, glad you liked it!

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Sina Meyer April 19, 2017 - 8:02 am

I only took Flixbus once from Munich to Vienna but really enjoyed it and found it very comfortable. Although it’s much faster to fly, I somehow prefer buses because it’s usually more budget-friendly and you see more of the country. I will def. use them again! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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Lara April 19, 2017 - 11:49 am

Sina, I agree completely! Thank you for reading and have great travels πŸ™‚

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Jill April 21, 2017 - 1:38 pm

It’s the first time I’ve heard such a service. You sure can really save some expenses if you decided to hop on Flixbus. I hope I’d be able to visit Europe someday, though.

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Lara May 25, 2017 - 12:33 am

Hi Jill! Hope you will come to Europe as well and be able to experience it first hand πŸ™‚

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Laveena Sengar April 22, 2017 - 7:03 pm

Who doesn’t want to travel Europe? Finding a cheap deal is a bliss over it.

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Yvana May 24, 2017 - 11:55 pm

Hi, great post! I only tried Megabus 2 years ago from Milan to Paris and it was great.
What did you think about luggage safety? I heard many horror stories about people’s luggage being stolen, never returned and Flixbus having the worst customer service. I’m Interflix-ing my way across Europe in august with my family (there will be 9 of us!) and obviously I don’t want that happening to us. Please let me know? πŸ™‚

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Lara May 25, 2017 - 12:24 am

Hi Yvana, thanks for your comment! I personally did not have any problems with my luggage, not with Flixbus or any kind of company ever, for that matter. That said, maybe I was just lucky or some other people were less lucky. Unfortunately, bad things happen all the time, everywhere and there is little we can do about it :// I know it is probably not the answer you wanted to hear… To be honest, I think there is not much a bus driver can do either when he opens a storage place and all the people from bus come to take their luggage….I also heard stories about people who are waiting at the bus station just for the bus to comes in and then pretend they just came out of the bus and take the first suitcase …It’s terrible but don’t let thinking about worst case scenarios ruins your trip! The only thing I can recommend you to do to prevent something like that is that as soon as a bus stops you go right to the door to be the first one there when a driver opens the gate of a luggage storage. That way you can know you are the first one there and no one can take your things. I am sure you and your family will have an awesome trip in Europe! πŸ™‚

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Agness of aTukTuk May 28, 2017 - 8:34 pm

I haven’t heard about Flixbus but it does seem like a spectacular idea, Lara! Awesome post!

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Lara May 28, 2017 - 9:55 pm

Thanks! I see you also travel on a budget so if you will be traveling in Europe, definitely check it out!

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Sadia zaman May 26, 2018 - 9:04 pm

Hey, I would be travelling to schegen zone in September from pakistan. Could you kindly guide me with the route that would cost me cheaper and has beautiful english villages with baroque architecture. I’m finding it difficult about how to make my route on flixbus. Thank you.

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