Germany has imported many delights and avenues of decadence to American shores over the younger nation’s sordid history, such as bratwurst and a cornucopia of delicious beers. Enthusiasts and proponents of the German culture can now add “efficient travel within the US” to their list of feats to fawn over in the wake of FlixBus. An article by QZ has recently brought to light the birth of this new avenue of travel, a plucky European bus service that has just put down roots in America. Denizens of the West Coast have found themselves with yet another option of transportation, one that stands to blow existing competitors right out of the water.
To the joy of Angelinos far and wide, FlixBus has chosen the West Coast as their first major hub. Los Angeles is set to play host to 180 connecting routes for FlixBus, the first of which began operation earlier in the week. FlixBus is taking no prisoners when it comes to acquisition of riders, employing a variety of marketing tactics to ensnare as many LA residents as possible.
FlixBus’ main weapon of choice comes in the form of almost criminally cheap prices. Much like its domestic predecessor MegaBus, FlixBus offers ticket prices as low as $2.99 for a one-way trip. While the price alone may be grounds for immediate purchase, FlixBus allows riders to obtain electronic tickets and track their respective buses via GPS.