++ With Kamil Koç and Eurolines acquisitions, FlixBus expands in Europe and Asia ++ Further FlixTrain expansion in Germany and internationally ++ US network now spans from coast to coast, serving over 100 destinations ++ Green ambitions and actions with Climate Neutrality Vision 2030
Munich, 9/1/2020 – Continuing its rapid growth in existing markets and beyond, FlixMobility offered reliable, affordable and climate-friendly mobility to over 62 million passengers worldwide in 2019, a 37% year-over-year growth following a 40% increase for 2018. Connecting people across 30 countries, the FlixMobility network now spans 2,500 destinations which are served by coaches from FlixBus, trains from FlixTrain and newly acquired companies such as Kamil Koç and Eurolines. The announcement that FlixTrain is not only continuously expanding its network in Germany, but also intends to have the first green trains on the tracks in Sweden in 2020, means that even more people will be able to travel with green buses and trains.
“In just seven years, we have managed to become the largest bus provider in the world, with more than 400,000 daily connections to thousands of destinations,” said André Schwämmlein, founder and CEO of FlixMobility. “I am so proud that we have been able to offer affordable and tech-forward mobility to many millions of people – in a sustainable way no less – knowing that, in most countries, the long-distance bus is the most climate friendly way to travel. It feels incredibly good for us to lead a development that brings benefit to both people and planet.”
In late 2019, FlixMobility reached farther East than ever, with FlixBus entering Ukraine and the acquisition of Turkey’s no. 1 bus provider Kamil Koç. In the USA, FlixBus has been active since 2018; last year saw many regional expansions, with FlixBus starting operations in states like Florida, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington. Closer to the FlixBus headquarters in Munich was the acquisition of Eurolines’ long-distance coach services, stretching FlixMobility’s reach even further.
The new decade will bring more, ambitious expansion, with FlixBus entering South America and Asia. These ventures will be funded by new capital that was raised in the summer of 2019, when FlixMobility successfully completed its Series F funding round. Both new investors, like TCV and Permira, and long-time investors, like HV Holtzbrinck Ventures, entered a strategic partnership with FlixMobility, enabling an even more rapid growth strategy.
FlixTrain & FlixCar
For many people, FlixMobility and FlixBus are one and the same. In Germany, seasoned travelers know better. Since its launch in 2018, FlixTrain has rapidly expanded its network in Germany. The end of last year also saw the announcement of FlixTrain’s internationalization. This year, FlixTrain hopes to have green wagons running on the tracks in Sweden. FlixBus Charter, which enables passengers to book their own, private bus trips with personal drivers, celebrated a milestone in 2019 with 1 million passengers since its launch in 2015.
Just in time for the 2019 Christmas rush, FlixMobility launched its newest mobility brand: FlixCar. Currently available in France but with more countries added soon, FlixCar is a free and easy-to-use carpooling service platform that connects drivers and passengers who want to share a ride. With the new service, FlixMobility aims to make even more destinations reachable in an easy, affordable and more-sustainable way.
Sustainability is more than just a catchphrase. Worldwide, transportation accounts for almost 1/4 of all energy-related carbon emissions, with car and plane travel accounting for the largest portion. Choosing to travel by bus or train – or to share a ride via carpooling – can lower one’s carbon footprint dramatically: taking a FlixBus can be more than 6 times as climate friendly as traveling by personal car. In 2019, FlixMobility took its green ambitions a step further and announced its Climate Neutrality Vision which aims for 100% CO2 neutrality by 2030.
One of the challenges on the road to climate neutrality is fuel. Next to e-mobility pilots in Europe and the US, FlixMobility recently announced a pilot with hydrogen fueled buses. Buses running on biogas will be the next frontier.
Sustainability is more than grams of CO2, however. FlixMobility stood up for climate justice when it supported the Climate Strikes which took place around the world on September 20 and 27. People who took a FlixBus to one of the demonstrations got their trip reimbursed, and all FlixBus and FlixTrain employees were encouraged to join the demonstrations.
Since its inception, tech has been front and center at FlixMobility, making it a mission to integrate innovations like Google and Apple Pay into the platform as soon as possible. Perfecting the booking process and digitally supporting passengers on their travel is one thing, making their trip fun is another. In 2019, many FlixBuses around the world were equipped with the FLIXtainment Onboard Entertainment System. This free-to-use system enables travelers to watch movies and TV series, play games, read e-books and listen to audiobooks.
All of this is made possible by a dedicated community of hundreds of in-house tech professionals who work on making the app and website work as smoothly as possible. In 2019, FlixMobility added a fourth tech hub to the existing ones in Berlin, Munich and Kharkiv, Ukraine. By the end of 2020, there will be approximately 50 software developers and designers working from this new campus in Nuremberg.