Starting next week, you can get between Los Angeles and Las Vegas for $2.99! As reported by Travel + Leisure, German bus company FlixBus has begun selling seats on American routes that will open service on May 31. For now, buses will run exclusively in southern California, Nevada and Arizona but the company has “plans to expand to a total of 1,000 connections across the country by the end of the year.” Here’s an up-to-date FlixBus route map.
If you’re worried about the type of trip $2.99 (technically a $0.99 ticket plus a $2 service fee) gets you, fear not: FlixBus is the largest bus network in Europe, “busing travelers to 1,700 destinations in 27 different countries using a low-cost and high-comfort model.” And the “low-cost and high-comfort” point is a big one. From the T + L story: “FlixBus utilizes a network of coaches that are owned and operated by independent, local companies in each destination they serve. This way, the company is able to avoid extra costs like paying to park all of its buses when they’re not in use. FlixBus has also made the decision to spend its money on its product — not on advertising.”
It continues: “This model has helped drive down costs for both the company and its customers while allowing FlixBus to incorporate small luxuries into its fleet including free Wi-Fi, a selection of onboard entertainment passengers can stream to their personal devices, LED lighting, and up to 31 inches of legroom. Each seat on the buses, which tend to only be one to two years old, also comes with a tray table, cup holder, and footrest.”
If you’ll be traveling in the American west/southwest—and soon, elsewhere in America—and want to save money, make sure to give FlixBus a look. And if you do try it, make sure to share your experience in the comments!
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Let’s hope they hire good drivers with clean DMV records.