04 January 2018
FlixBus has announced the launch of a new train travel service called FlixTrain in Germany. It is aimed at making the whole train travel experience a lot more convenient and affordable for travelers. It has currently announced the service for two routes (Hamburg-Cologne and Stuttgart-Berlin) with plans of expanding if everything goes right.
It will start testing FlixTrain service on the Hamburg-Cologne route from March 24th. The train will be sporting company's theme Lime Green color and branding with fare starting at €9.99. It will be competing against the state-run Deutsche Bahn which holds a 99% share of the whole German train market. One of the major advantages that FlixTrain will have over the giant is in terms of fare which have been set quite lower than what the state charges.
As some might expect, FlixBus has not worked on building its own trains for FlixTrain. It has simply partnered with local train service providers Leo Express and BahnTouristikExpress. It will be offering the same set of features which it already offers on FlixBus service and which made the latter a success in Germany.
For the uninitiated ones, FlixBus a German startup founded in 2013 with an aim of reinventing bus travel. The team offers bus travel at an affordable price and packs the service with features like free WiFi, movies, and digital booking. All-in-all, it saves travelers from a lot of trouble starting with getting seats as online booking takes care of that issue.
Jochen Engert, co-founder and Managing Director of FlixBus said, "We looked at trains, and we did our homework in terms of how it works, what its customers are. And ultimately we believe the train is just a larger bus.”
While the startup is currently available only in Germany, it has plans of expanding to the United States by the end of the year. It is looking to start its operations in California.