FlixBus expands to 10 new cities in the UK; establishes connections to Scotland


German mobility company FlixMobility offers alternatives for convenient, affordable, and environmentally-friendly travel via the FlixBus and FlixTrain brands. The company’s FlixBus service is the fastest-growing and most innovative intercity-coach provider in the UK. Now, it is expanding once again. Notably, this follows the $650 million (nearly £460 million) Series G funding it secured in early June.

Biggest expansion in the UK

As there is a growing demand for travel, the company is now expanding its service to 10 new destinations in the UK. Starting July 15, FlixBus started offering more than 60 routes across 36 cities in the UK with prices starting at £0.99. This is the company’s biggest expansion in the UK so far and follows just three months after re-launching its operations in April 2021. The new cities include Bath, Chesterfield, Chippenham, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leamington Spa, Newcastle, Reading and Sunderland.

Andreas Schorling, Managing Director FlixBus UK said: “We’ve had a fantastic start of operations and have really enjoyed enabling people to travel again in these last three months. This is a great time for people in the UK to discover their own country and do so sustainably travelling by coach. Our new offer includes even more cities, and our modern coaches serve the existing destinations more frequently. We are especially excited to travel even further afield and expand to Scotland.”

Ropes in local partners

While Scotland is a new addition to the continuously expanding FlixBus network, it also covers cities from the West Midlands, East Midlands, North West, Yorkshire, Wales, and South West. The entire network has been possible with regional coach partners across the UK including McGill in the west of Scotland.

FlixBus ensures that it will prioritise on the safety and well-being of passengers, drivers, employees, and community. There will be preventive measures implemented on all vehicles. FlixBus and its partners have implemented measures including extra ventilation, thorough sanitising of the coaches after every trip, and more for a safe journey.

James Easdale, chairman, McGill’s Group, said: “We are delighted to be entering into partnership with FlixBus to deliver their very first route from Scotland down to London. This is McGill’s first move into long-distance bus travel and we have assembled a team of highly experience long distance express drivers and invested substantially in new Volvo 9700 coaches for the service. FlixBus is a huge brand that is synonymous with intercity bus travel in Europe and the United States and everyone at McGill’s is looking forward to working to build their presence in Scotland and the rest of the UK.”