Launches long-distance routes in Italy.
German coach transport network FlixBus has started rolling out Italian routes to add to its foreign lines, starting with Milan-Venice at a promotional price of €1, with Turin-Venice about to follow.
The company has been operative since 2013 between Italian cities and over 80 foreign destinations such as Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich with over 10,000 daily departures. The success has encouraged FlixBus to start competing on the Italian national market.
The business model which has extended the company to cover some 300 destinations in 15 European countries sees FlixBus organising the timetables, marketing and website, and overseeing the actual service provided by over 180 local transport companies, monitoring their punctuality, safety record and quality according to agreed standards.
Highly competitive prices, comfortable coaches with snacks and drinks on board and free electrical and Wi-fi connections on every seat, combined with detailed timetables, hassle-free internet booking and a free smart-phone app have all contributed to an attractive alternative to trains.
FlixBus Italia general manager Andrea Incondi told reporters, “This is just a start. We’re planning a national network to provide routes throughout the country, just like we already do in Germany.”