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BUS OPERATOR FLIXBUS OPENS NEW INTERNATIONAL LINE

The bus operator FlixBus will launch a new international line from Chernivtsi to Wroclaw, Poland from June 4, the company said on Wednesday.
According to the company, the new line received the number 3232, its full route: Chernivtsi – Kolomyia – Ivano-Frankivsk – Lviv – Krakow – Katowice – Wroclaw.
Krakow and Wroclaw are major transport hubs for FlixBus. From them, buses can reach more than 100 European cities, the company said in the press release.
The company announced that two previously suspended international FlixBus lines are also being relaunched. These are N3222 Kyiv – Warsaw – Szczecin (will start running again from June 3) and 3241 Chernivtsi – Warsaw (from June 4).
Their routes: – N3222: Kyiv – Zhytomyr – Rivne – Lutsk – Lublin – Warsaw – Lodz – Poznan – Gorzow Wielkopolski – Szczecin; and 3241: Chernivtsi – Kolomyia – Ivano-Frankivsk – Lviv – Lublin – Warsaw.
All three of these lines will initially operate three times a week, but will increase in frequency over time.
So, as early as June 28, the Kyiv – Szczecin line will begin to run four times a week, and Chernivtsi – Warsaw and Chernivtsi – Wroclaw – five times a week. Branded green buses FlixBus are assigned to these lines.

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FLIXBUS STARTS SELLING TICKETS VIA PRIVATBANK

Bus operator FlixBus has started selling tickets via the state-owned PrivatBank (Kyiv), the press service of PrivatBank said on Tuesday.
According to the press release, tickets, in particular, can be bought using the Privat24 mobile app and the Privat24 web interface, as well as at the bank’s cash desks and via self-service terminals. At the same time, using the bank’s ticket services, you can book any FlixBus ticket to 34 European countries, as well as Turkey and the United States.
After payment, the customer will receive an online ticket to the passenger’s email, which will also be available in the Privat24 app, as indicated in the message.
The bank said that the PrivatBank bus ticket sales service was launched in 2010, currently tickets can be bought via 13,000 terminals or at one of the bank’s 2,500 offices throughout Ukraine.
According to PrivatBank, more than 460,000 people have already used the service since April 2017.
FlixBus, that offers bus transportation in Europe and the U.S., was founded in 2013. It works on a partnership model with regional bus carriers who provide their buses and route documents, while FlixBus deals with sales, marketing and schedule management.

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FLIXBUS OPENS THREE NEW LINES FROM UKRAINE TO POLAND AND CZECH REPUBLIC

The bus operator FlixBus will open three new routes on November 4 and on November 5: Kyiv – Warsaw – Szczecin (both are in Poland), Chernivtsi – Warsaw and Lviv – Ostrava (the Czech Republic).
As Managing Director of FlixBus in Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic States Michal Lehman said at a press conference on Tuesday, route number 3222 Kyiv-Warsaw-Szczecin, which will be operated jointly with private entrepreneur Serhiy Sherstiuk, will also pass through the following cities: Zhytomyr, Rivne, Lutsk, Lublin, Lodz, Poznan and Gorzow Wielkopolski. The trip frequency is twice a week.
Route 3241 Chernivtsi – Warsaw (partner – IV-AUTO) will pass through Kolomyia, Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv and Lublin. The frequency is three times a week.
Route CUA025 Lviv – Ostrava (partner – ACIK, Poland) will pass through Krakow, Katowice and Bohumin. Its frequency is twice a week.
“The first two lines are fully compliant with the green FlixBus standards. The third line will be fully operated by ACIK, but we will also sell tickets for these trips. There are separate seats on ACIK buses, which are marked with a green sticker, which will be assigned to FlixBus passengers,” he said.
According to him, to date, the FlixBus network connects 16 cities of Ukraine from 12 regions with 48 cities in Europe (six countries).

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BUS CARRIER FLIXBUS STARTS ROUTES TO WARSAW AND POLISH RADOM

Bus operator FlixBus launches trips on the route Kyiv-Warsaw, with stops in Zhytomyr, Rivne and Radom (Poland). According to the press service of the carrier, Kyiv-Warsaw buses depart from Kyiv at 16:00 on Wednesday and Saturday from the bus station Kyiv (32 Symona Petliury Street), at 15:30 on Tuesdays from Warsaw from the bus station Warszawa Zachodnia.
The company notes that all FlixBus lines have increased safety and hygiene standards. In particular, one must wear a protective mask in the bus, covering the nose and the mouth, and buses are disinfected in a professional way after each trip.
The carrier also reminds its customers to carefully check the rules of entry into the destination country.
In total, 11 FlixBus lines are currently operating in Ukraine: nine international (Odesa-Prague- Plzeň, Kyiv-Krakow-Prague, Kyiv-Warsaw, Kyiv-Vilnius, Kyiv-Krakow-Rostock, Kyiv-Cologne, Kyiv-Karlsruhe, Kyiv- Stuttgart, Kyiv-Budapest-Vienna) and three internal ones (Kyiv-Odesa-Zatoka, Kyiv-Lviv, Kyiv-Uzhgorod).

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BUS OPERATOR FLIXBUS LAUNCHES TRIPS KYIV-KRAKOW-PRAGUE AND KYIV-VILNIUS

The bus operator FlixBus launches two new international trips from Ukraine on the Kyiv-Krakow-Prague and Kyiv-Vilnius routes. The press service of the company said the Kyiv-Vilnius bus departs daily from Kyiv at 19:20 and arrives at Vilnius airport at 08:40, and then at the bus station at 09:05. Departure from Vilnius is at 21:30, then check-in at the airport of the Lithuanian capital, and arrival in Kyiv at 11:50 the next day. The carrier is the Lithuanian company Ollex. The line route is Kyiv-Chernihiv-Vilnius.
“In recent years, Lithuania has become a popular tourist destination for Ukrainians. According to the statistics department of the Republic of Lithuania, 44% more Ukrainians arrived in Lithuania last year than in 2018. This is the highest increase among visitors from all countries. And although today the pandemic is bringing its limitations, in the long term, the growth of tourism from Ukraine to Lithuania will continue. Now you can get to Vilnius simply and at an affordable price by a comfortable bus, and then, by making one change – across the Baltic countries,” the press service said citing FlixBus Director in Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic States Michal Leman.
The report notes that FlixBus launched its network in the Baltic countries, namely Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in early July. The company currently offers daily trips from Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius to more than ten other Baltic cities.

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BUS OPERATOR FLIXBUS RESUMES TRAFFIC FROM UKRAINE

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.

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