Are you planning a bus trip soon and want to know more about FlixBus, the European leader in coach travel?
Find in this article all the information about FlixBus, prices and travel conditions.
Created in Germany in 2011, FlixBus has established itself as the undisputed leader in bus travel, in Germany , but also in Europe in general. Much larger than BlaBlaCar Bus , its main competitor.
This dazzling progress has been achieved in particular through the establishment of partnerships with franchised local bus companies , but also through the acquisition of competitors over the years. Thus, in 2015, the company bought MeinFernbus, then Megabus in 2016, before continuing with new acquisitions in 2019.
As of writing, in 2022, FlixBus boasts over 60 million customers, and now has a network of over 3,000 destinations in 39 countries. In France , you will find more than 120 cities with a stop served by this bus company.
Traveling by bus is sometimes an uncomfortable experience, especially for a long trip (if you decide to go to the Netherlands, for example). But fear not, FlixBus is well aware of this problem, and that’s why the company pays special attention to its franchised buses.
On board a FlixBus bus, you will find:
- Free Wi-Fi
- Snacks and drinks for sale
- Spacious, reclining and comfortable seats
- Electrical outlets
- Air conditioning
Rest assured, you will have no trouble finding something to occupy you during the trip if you are awake, and for sleepers, a minimum of comfort is thus guaranteed.
Note that the buses are not equipped with baby seats, which are however compulsory up to 3 years old. So remember to bring your own if you are traveling with a young child.
What is the FlixBus baggage policy
Included with your bus ticket, you benefit from one piece of hand luggage (maximum of 7 kg) and one item of hold luggage (maximum of 20 kg).
For an additional charge (count 4 to 6 €), you have the option of adding additional checked baggage.
Note that bicycles are also accepted for an additional €9.
If you know you need to carry extra luggage, we recommend that you take it immediately when making your reservation, as the costs may increase if you wish to make a subsequent purchase.
Finally, for bulky items, it is strongly recommended that you contact FlixBus customer service at least 48 hours before departure.
Where to buy a FlixBus ticket
You have many options to buy your bus ticket.
The first, and the most obvious, is to go through FlixBus directly and make your reservation directly on the official website, or through the mobile application .
Otherwise, you will find many comparison and booking platforms offering you FlixBus tickets. Just be sure to check the terms and conditions of sale, which may vary from those of the company.
The FlixBus cancellation policy
If you wish to cancel your ticket, this is possible up to 15 minutes before departure. Be aware, however, that refunds are made in the form of a credit or voucher, valid for a period of 12 months.
The refund amount depends on when you decide to cancel your ticket:
- Cancellations made at least 30 days before departure give the right to a full refund in the form of a credit note.
- Cancellations made between 14 and 30 days before departure will incur a €1 cancellation penalty.
- Cancellations made between 3 and 13 days before departure will incur a cancellation penalty of €5.
- Cancellations made within the last 3 days before departure will incur a cancellation penalty of €7.
What is the price of FlixBus
It is impossible to give you a price, because the prices depend of course on the distance traveled, but also because they are likely to vary according to supply and demand.
However, be aware that the prices are very affordable, and start from 5 €. For example, you will find buses between Düsseldorf and Amsterdam from €12.99.
Can children travel with FlixBus
Travel conditions on FlixBus buses vary according to age.
Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult with parental authority.
Children over 16 are allowed to travel alone, but must have an exit permit for any international trip.
Are animals allowed on board?
Pets are not allowed on board FlixBus.
Guide dogs are however allowed. Be aware, however, that you will need to report to the bus company at least 36 hours before departure.
Can we choose our place?
It depends on your destination. In some cases, choosing your place is possible, but be aware that this is a paying option.
Do I need ID
It is imperative that you have a valid ID in order to board a FlixBus bus.