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European Mobility Week 2017: Growing environmental awareness in Germany and Europe – 70% of travelers choosing new long-distance buses over car

Press release, 22/09/2017

++ Pre-release of first national surveys from German IGES and IFEU institutes on social and sustainability impact of new long-distance buses ++ 70% of German FlixBus travellers prefer the bus for long hauls even though having car access ++ Green travel chain: ¾ of European travellers using sustainable mobility to get to their bus stop (2) ++ Highest eco-standards in the industry: EURO6 is clearly established standards in long-distance bus sector ++ Global climate approach: 10% of FlixBus customers choosing to offset CO2 emissions of their bus journey

Munich, September 22, 2017 – In line with the European Mobility Week 2017 (16 – 22 September), first results of two national studies on the social and sustainable impact of long-distance buses are released. The institutes IGES and IFEU (Institute for Energy and Environmental Research) have cooperated with FlixBus, interviewing 3577 subjects (IGES) and examining 483 buses (IFEU). Both studies will be published mid October 2017.

While current discussion on emission scandals are shaking the automotive industry, alternative mobility concepts like FlixBus are on the rise. Since its launch in 2013, FlixBus has established long-distance buses as part of public transport and the national and international mobility mix. By high-frequent connections and growing networks all over the continent, the former start-up has already changed the way people travel in Europe.

The “FlixBus effect”: 70% consciously choosing the bus over the car for long hauls

Sustainability has a growing influence on the consumer’s choice of a means of transport. According to the first results from IGES, roughly 20% of the travellers are choosing the long-distance bus over other means of transport because of its eco friendliness. 70% of FlixBus users have at least occasional access to a car(1). Bettina Engert (Director Corporate Communications, FlixBus: “Consumers are turning more and more to shared mobility alternatives. We strongly believe that we can contribute to a sustainable change in mobility patterns. Travellers that are choosing the FlixBus over going by their own car are having a real impact on the climate. We are proud to be part of shaping a growing awareness for green, eco-friendly mobility.”

Green travel chain from door to door and sustainability standards in the industry

In cooperation with local SME partners, FlixBus runs a fleet of over 1,200 green long-distance buses. According to the IFEU-study, more than 80% of the FlixBus fleet is EURO6 normed. This standard applies only to 10% of the touring coaches on German motorways. The modern fleet and the high utilization rates are making the FlixBus one of the most sustainable means of transport compared to car, plane as well as train(3) According to an international customer’s survey, three quarters of FlixBus users are getting to their bus stop by foot, bike or public carriers. 40% are using local public transport to get to their FlixBus and another 20% are walking to the bus stop(2).

More than 3 mio. FlixBus users are compensating the CO2-emissions of their journey

As the very first provider of long-distance buses, FlixBus offers the individual compensation of the travel’s CO2-emissions during the booking process. In cooperation with atmosfair it is possible to have the CO2-emissions calculated with precision for every ride, and then to offset those emissions at the push of a button during the booking process. The CO2 offset adds 1-3% of the ticket price. Around 10% of the over 30 million FlixBus customers per year are choosing to compensate their CO2 emissions. In 2017, the CO2-contributions will finance atmosfair’s UN-accredited Gold Standard project “energy-efficient stoves” in Rwanda.

FlixBus to participate in European mobility week with #GoGreenChallenge

In line with the European Mobility Week and the World Car Free Day (22 September), FlixBus started a challenge asking its 1.5 mio. Facebook fans on their contribution to make this planet a greener place and share it on Social Media using the hashtag #GoGreenChallenge. Among the best contributions, a price of “unlimited FlixBus travel” will be raffled. The unlimited travel is bound to a duration of one year and a worth of € 5000. More information on: www.flixbus.com/gogreenchallenge.


1: IGES Institut GmbH (2017): „Sozialstruktur Fernbusmarkt Deutschland“, data conducted mid July to Mid August 2017, 3577 subjects questioned

2: FlixBus (2016), international bus stop study, data conducted between 1.3-18.3. and 21.11.-11.12.2016

3: ifeu (2017): Fabian Bergk et al; Umweltbilanz FlixBus; ordered by FlixBus

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