The bus operator FlixBus (Germany) will resume operations in Ukraine on separate international routes from June 25.
According to the company’s press service, tickets are already on sale for trips from Kyiv via Zhytomyr, Rivne, Lviv, Uzhgorod to Krakow, Budapest, Vienna and more than a dozen German cities, and from July 3 green branded buses will travel from Odesa via Vinnytsia, Khmelnytsky and Ternopil to Plzen through Prague.
“So far we have renewed part of our routes from Ukraine, but we plan to gradually restore them all. Closing the borders has become a challenge for the entire industry of international transportation, but even taking into account severe restrictions on the borders with the EU countries that exist now, we see a demand for trips to the countries of Europe. First of all, these are Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic,” the press service said citing director of FlixBus in Ukraine and Poland Michal Leman.
The German low cost bus carrier FlixBus has started cooperation with the Ukrainian company Regabus, launching trips from Odesa via Prague to Plzen (the Czech Republic). According to FlixBus Director for Poland and Ukraine Michal Leman, the trips will be operated by branded buses in a branded green livery.
“Regabus has been on the market for 25 years. We specialize in transportation between the Czech Republic and Ukraine. We were the first to support the standards that FlixBus represents – Euro6 buses,” a Regabus representative commented on the start of cooperation with FlixBus.
The launch of the new route is scheduled for December 11, 2019. Buses will run five times a week and ride through Uman, Vinnytsia, Khmelnytsky, Ternopil, and Lviv. In addition, there will be stops in Krakow (Poland), Olomouc and Brno (the Czech Republic).
Leman also said that in 2020 the company plans to increase the number of routes to Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic and Hungary, as well as open new routes to southern Europe and the Baltic countries.
FlixBus is a German company developing bus transportation in Europe and the United States, founded in 2013.
Germany’s low cost bus operator FlixBus (Berlin) has signed an agreement of cooperation in Ukraine with Gunsel company, according to which starting from August 19, 2019 three joint bus lines will be serviced, FlixBus Managing Director in Poland and Ukraine Michal Leman and Gunsel Group General Manager Kocak said at a press conference in Kyiv on Tuesday, an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent has reported.
Leman said that, in particular, in cooperation with Gunsel, the following lines will be added to the FlixBus network: Kyiv-Warsaw (via Lublin, daily), Kyiv-Wroclaw (via Zhytomyr, Rivne, Lviv, Krakow, Katowice, three times a week), Kyiv-Prague (via Zhytomyr, Rivne, Lviv and Hradec Králové, three times a week).
“The new lines that will be added to our network will allow Ukrainian FlixBus passengers to get access to several hundred of our European destinations, thanks to transfers that can be made at FlixBus hubs in Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw and Prague,” Leman said.
He added that currently FlixBus services five routes from Kyiv in conjunction with the Euroclub company (Berlin, Vienna, Budapest, Krakow and Paris). At the same time, FlixBus plans to open routes from Odesa, Kharkiv and Dnipro by the end of 2019.
“I am very glad that today the Ukrainian company Gunsel became a FlixBus partner in Ukraine. This is only the beginning of the journey… I had a conversation yesterday with the new governor of Kyiv region, Mykhailo Bno-Airiian, and he is very interested in meeting with FlixBus and launching internal trips in Kyiv region. I am interested to hold a meeting of your office [FlixBus] with Kyiv carriers,” Infrastructure Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Omelyan said at the press conference.
FlixBus low cost service (Berlin, Germany) is expanding its presence in Ukraine with opening of its representative office in the country.
“I am very pleased that after several months of planning and preparation, we can finally announce our further development plans in Ukraine. FlixBus is now officially registered in Ukraine and has a team in Kyiv, it pays taxes to the local budget,” FlixBus Managing Director in Poland and Ukraine Michal Leman said at a press conference in Kyiv on Tuesday.
He said that the main routes of the company are routes to Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary.
Currently, trips are made only from Kyiv. However, until the end of 2019, the company plans to launch trips from Kharkiv, Dnipro, Odesa and Lviv. In addition, FlixBus intends to launch domestic trips in Ukraine by the end of this period.
“We are now negotiating with our partners. We are looking which lines will develop more actively. We will ask our partner if he has an opportunity of providing buses and drivers,” Lehman said answering a question ofInterfax-Ukraine.
According to the company, the cost of tickets (at a promotional price) starts from EUR 5. You can buy a ticket in the application and on the website of the company.
FlixBus began operating its first trips from Ukraine in 2017. As of June 2019, the company provides Ukraine with daily connections to Germany, Hungary, Poland and Austria. The routes are serviced by the bus partner of FlixBus – the Euroclub company.