Europe’s largest long-distance bus network Flix, has foayed into India, with FlixBus making its grand entry into the Indian market, marking its presence in the 43rd country worldwide. Offering intercity passenger transportation, FlixBus is set to commence bus travel operations across India with its extensive network spanning Delhi, Himachal, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh, covering 46 destination cities.
In a bid to make travel accessible to all, FlixBus is launching its services with tickets priced as low as INR 99 as part of the launch offer. Starting from February 1, 2024, passengers can book their journeys, with the first routes scheduled to commence from February 6th. The initial routes will connect Delhi with key destinations such as Ayodhya, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Manali, and others, offering a total of 59 stops and over 200 connections.
Responding to the needs of Indian passengers, FlixBus introduces dedicated services such as gender seating, a 24×7 incident response team, a traffic control ward, and 2-point seat belts for all seats. Additionally, FlixBus ensures top-quality buses, all less than 3 years old and having travelled fewer than 500 km, equipped with ABS and ESC systems for enhanced safety.
FlixBus collaborates with local bus operators, leveraging its tech platform to optimise operations and deliver seamless travel experiences. The company’s commitment to quality, safety, and environmental sustainability is reflected in its exclusive use of premium buses equipped with BS6 engines, complying with stringent emission norms.
During the launch ceremony in Delhi, André Schwämmlein, CEO, Flix, expressed his excitement about FlixBus’ expansion into India, emphasising the company’s mission to provide sustainable, safe, and affordable travel options. “Entering the dynamic Indian market is a huge opportunity for us, filled with anticipation and the recognition of the significant potential to change the mobility landscape in India. Our mission is perfectly fitting what India strives for – sustainable, safe and affordable travel options for all. Acknowledging the growing demand for such services in India, we are committed to upholding consistent quality, safety, and delivering a seamless customer experience in every region we operate,” he said.
Surya Khurana, Managing Director, FlixBus, India, echoed this sentiment, highlighting the company’s focus on collaboration with local operators to optimise growth and efficiency while championing shared mobility to reduce congestion and emissions in cities. “We champion shared mobility to reduce congestion and emissions in cities. We’re anticipating a transformation in the Indian intercity travel space, we’re excited to lead the charge, setting a global standard for seamless, reliable, and affordable intercity transport.”
Dr Philipp Ackermann, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to India & Bhutan, praised FlixBus’ entry into India, citing it as a significant step towards reducing CO2 emissions in the transportation sector. He emphasised the importance of collective efforts to promote sustainable transportation, aligning with both German and Indian government initiatives.
Flix has established itself as a global leader in long-distance travel, expanding its operations across Europe, the United States, Canada, Chile, and Brazil.