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Europe’s No. 01 expands to CEE

Europe’s No. 01 expands to CEE – “Green network from Bordeaux to Bucharest”

Press Release 21/01/2016

++ FlixBus opens new branch in Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) – High-frequent connections to hubs in 6 CEE countries (e.g. Bratislava, Zagreb, Budapest) ++ new routes and destinations in the pipeline ++ Green mobility comes to CEE: Travellers profit from access to Europe’s most extensive intercity bus network ++

Munich/Berlin/Paris/Milan, 21 January 2016 – The next step into new markets – the European mobility provider FlixBus expands its international network and opens new branch in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Travellers from six CEE countries profit from green mobility and international access. New hubs in Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia or Czech Republic are connected up to 15 times per day. More destinations coming soon.

“Green network from Bordeaux to Bucharest”In January FlixBus announces daily connections to around 50 destinations in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia and Croatia. Capitals like Bratislava or Prague are connected up to 15 times a day to international FlixBus hubs like Vienna or Berlin. André Schwämmlein (FlixBus founder and Managing Director) said: “We offer high-frequent connections and international access from six CEE countries right now. New lines to Bulgaria, Romania and Bosnia-Herzegovina are already in the pipeline. The next step will be a green network from Bordeaux to Bucharest." FlixBus launched in 2013 as the national player in Germany has grown to offer Europe’s most extensive intercity bus service, operating over 45,000 daily connections to 550 destinations in 16 countries by now.

New entity “FlixBus CEE” and strategic partner from AustriaIn 2015 the former startup launched new entities and national networks in France, Italy and the Netherlands. In a strategic cooperation with the Austrian Blaguss Group, FlixBus now opens the branch “FlixBus CEE” with headquarters in Budapest and Zagreb. André Schwämmlein: “Blaguss is the best partner for the next step into this new market. Besides Blaguss’ ultra-modern fleet of luxury coaches, we can rely on decades of experience in Eastern Europe.”

Green mobility: Best service for the best price With ticket fees from just €5, free Wi-Fi on board, climatised buses with extra legroom and an easy booking and rebooking system, FlixBus has established new service standards for travellers in Europe. For example, the free FlixBus app for iOS, Android and Windows allows customers to profit from the easy and paperless check-in and receive updated travel information. The FlixBus online shop and apps are available in 11 languages, including Croatian, Polish, Russian and Czech. Long distance buses are the most efficient and climate-friendly way to travel. The FlixBus fleet meets the highest requirements of comfort, safety and sustainability and offers its customers individual CO2-compensation for their trip. (www.flixbus.com/company/sustainability)

Tech-Startup meets SME industryBased on a unique business model and the cooperation with regional SME bus partners, FlixBus combines entrepreneurial spirit and digital business with the experience, passion and quality of a traditional mid-tier industry. Financially backed by growth investor General Atlantic, FlixBus is now heading for the rest of Europe.

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