Do you like to travel, but you are on a tight budget? Find out if FlixBus is an excellent option to travel around Europe without spending a fortune.
Since I moved to Asia, one of the things that I miss most about Europe is how easy and cheap it is to travel there: with Ryanair, you can fly between major cities for a few euros and, if time is not a priority, since 2013 there is another excellent option: FlixBus. FlixBus is a German company based in Munich that offers intercity coach services in various European countries (and the United States).
Due to its low prices, some competitors were not happy when Flixbus started operating in Italy and tried to stop it (like the taxi drivers’ lobby did with Uber), but thankfully, they failed.
How does FlixBus work
Booking a ticket is very easy and only takes a few minutes. Currently, there are about 1200 destinations in 24 countries; on this map, you can see all the cities that Flixbus connects.
All major Western European cities are well connected, and you can use the map to check all possible routes. Regarding Italy, the only two regions with few routes are the two major islands: Sicily and Sardinia. Hopefully, in the future, there will be more buses. The Italian city with the most connections is Milan.
Once you have chosen your departure city and destination, click on book now to get to the next page.
From here, you can choose the date, time, and arrival station in case there is more than one in the city. Click “Book now” and continue with the payment. You can use both credit/debit cards and PayPal.
One thing you have to remember is the luggage size limitation. Here’s what the site says:
Generally your ticket includes the free transportation of:
One item of hand baggage (max. 42 x 30 x 18 cm, max. 7kg)
1 travel baggage item (max. 80 x 50 x 30 cm (31.5 x 19.7 x 11.9 in), some deviations in dimensions allowed for max
There are several night buses if you want to travel during the night. They make fewer stops than day trips, so the trip will be much shorter. You’ll also save a night in the hotel, which is not bad.
Interflix: 5 cities for 99€
UPDATE: unfortunately, it seems like the Interflix option has been discontinued
FlixBus is ideal for visiting European capitals such as Ljubljana in Slovenia.
The most exciting option, in my opinion, is called Interflix. It allows you to travel between 5 European cities at a fixed price of 99€. The only limitation is that you can’t travel to the same city twice.
There is no shortage of options, though, as there are over 1200 destinations in 24 countries. As you have seen, booking a ticket with FlixBus is very easy. This might be a great chance to visit Rome, one of my favourite cities.