How to use: Flixbus

What is Flixbus?
You’ve likely spotted Flixbus‘ green coaches on highways or in cities as they pass by. Flixbus offers affordable bus rides to various locations across Europe, the United States, and Brazil. These comfortable coaches come equipped with free onboard Wi-Fi connections and power outlets to charge your electronic devices, making them an easy and affordable way to travel for cheap city trips. Flixbus has central bus stops in the city, making it convenient to travel to the airport or other destinations. In some cases, Flixbus offers cheaper and more direct connections than trains. The added bonus is that there’s no need to search for an expensive parking spot in the city center or airport. With 3000 destinations across 35 countries, Flixbus boasts the largest bus network in Europe. Some coaches even offer bicycle service, though it’s important to note that not all coaches provide this service.

If you’re still unsure about what Flixbus offers, let me give you some examples of their direct bus connections. You can travel from Paris to Amsterdam, Amsterdam to London, Barcelona to Paris, Brussels to Berlin, Berlin to Prague, and the list goes on. Flixbus offers connections all over Europe, from Stockholm to Lisbon, and from Glasgow to Istanbul. With Flixbus, all you have to do is sit back and relax as you travel to your destination.

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How does Flixbus work?
Passengers can purchase tickets easily through Flixbus‘ online booking system. To board the bus, simply show the bus driver a QR code along with a valid passport or ID card. It’s recommended to arrive at the bus stop 15 minutes before departure with your ticket(s) and necessary documents. For international border crossings outside the Schengen Zone, an international passport and visa documents may be required.

Flixbus for Dummies:
You can choose your preferred language or region on the top right corner of the website, with 41 different options available.

Step 1: Begin by selecting either “One Way” or “Round Trip” depending on your travel needs. One Way is for a single bus trip to your destination, while Round Trip is for a bus trip to your destination and a return trip back. You can switch between the two options by clicking on the appropriate dot.
Step 2: In the “From” box, enter the location you want to depart from, and in the “To” box, enter your destination. Then, click “Search“.
Step 3: Select your departure date, and if you are traveling round trip, select your return date as well. If you only selected “One Way“, then only one date will appear.
Step 4: Select the number of Passengers traveling with you, Adults Adults (Above 15 years old) and any Children (Under 15 years old). You can also select the option to bring a bicycle on board, but note that e-bikes are not permitted. If you select the bicycle option, only bus routes that offer bicycle storage will appear with pricing.
Finally, click the “Search” button to find available bus routes and prices that match your selected criteria.

Step 1: The Departure date can be found at the top of the page. You can select different dates to see prices, but keep in mind that the Departure date must be before the Return date. The Return date can only be selected after you have confirmed your departure bus.
Step 2: Each date will show the available bus connections for that day. Pay attention to the details, such as the departure and destination (some cities have multiple bus stops). Look for the “Bus” section in the lower left corner. “Direct” means there is a direct connection to your destination. If the connection is not direct, it will show “1 transfer” or more transfers, which means you will have to change buses. If you click on “Direct” or “1 transfer“, the travel itinerary will pop up. The “EUR|CHF” option allows you to change the currency to Euro or Swiss Francs in this case, depending on your preference.

Click on Bus | Direct or Bus | 1 transfer for a screen with travel information to pop up.
It’s important to note that the maps on the bottom of the screen in the travel itinerary show the location of the bus stops, so it’s crucial to make sure you know the correct bus stop for your departure and destination. The itinerary also shows any stops or bus transfers that may be required during the trip, as well as the departure and arrival times for each leg of the journey. This information can be used to plan your trip and ensure that you arrive at your destination on time.

Once you have found the right bus, click on the “Continue” button to proceed with booking the ticket. If you have selected the “Round Trip” option, you will need to repeat the previous steps to select your return bus trip.

1: Passengers – Fill in the First name and Last name from all passengers.

2: Seat Reservation – If you choose not to pay for a seat, you will be assigned a random available seat on the bus. However, if you prefer to select your seat, you can reserve it for an additional cost. By doing so, your seat will be guaranteed when you board the bus. For added comfort, you can also opt for a “travel neighbour-free” experience. This allows you to select your seat and purchase the adjacent seat as well, ensuring that nobody will be seated next to you throughout the entire trip. Please note that this option comes at an extra cost.

3: Extras – Your ticket includes luggage allowance of 1 hand luggage weighing up to 7kg and measuring up to 42x30x18cm, and 1 hold luggage weighing up to 20kg and measuring up to 80x50x30cm per person. If you require additional luggage, you can purchase it by selecting the “Add more luggage” option.

Offset Your Trip – For those who are environmentally conscious, you have the option to offset your carbon footprint by contributing to carbon-saving projects.

Contact – Please provide your email address and phone number, and ensure that you select the correct country code. Flixbus will use this information to contact you in the event of any delays or changes to your itinerary.

5: Payment – This is the payment section where you can choose to pay using a credit card, Google Pay, or PayPal. Select your preferred payment method and provide the necessary details. If you have a voucher for a discount, enter the code in the “Enter voucher” field.

Before you click “Pay Now“, please double-check your bus travel itinerary under “Your Booking“. The green circle with a clock indicates the time remaining for you to complete your reservation. If the timer runs out, you will need to restart the entire booking process. If everything in your itinerary looks correct, click “Pay Now” to finalize your booking. Congratulations, you have successfully booked your city trip or adventure!

Please be at the correct bus stop 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time. If you are unsure about the location of the stop, we recommend arriving 30 minutes early and asking the Flixbus drivers for assistance. Each bus is clearly numbered, and its end destination is displayed on the front of the bus. Please keep in mind that your destination may not be the final stop, so pay close attention to the information provided by the driver.

Boarding Pass:
1: Order Number – Your order number can be found under the Flixbus logo and starts with #… .
2: QR Code – Your boarding pass includes a QR code for easy scanning at check-in.
3: Travel Date & Time – The departure date and time are displayed next to the Flixbus logo. Please remember to arrive at the correct bus stop at least 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time.
4: Departure & Destination – Your boarding pass shows the departure location and time above the arrival destination and time, below the travel date.
5: Name & Luggage – Your full name and the details of your included hand and hold luggage are listed on the right-hand side of the boarding pass.
6: Map of Bus Stop – Your boarding pass also includes a detailed map of the bus stop, showing the address and exact location. If you are unsure of the location, you can enter the address on Google Maps on your phone for directions. Look for the Flixbus sign at the bus stop, and if possible, try to locate the stop a day before your scheduled departure.

In this case, I was able to book a direct bus from Porto to Lisbon for only €2.99. That’s a great deal, don’t you think?


Flixbus Route Map:
To access the route map, select “Plan Your Journey” from the top menu, then click on “Route Map” from the dropdown menu. A world map will pop up.

On the Flixbus route map, every green dot represents a stop on the Flixbus network. To zoom in or out, use the + and – signs in the top right corner of the map. The more you zoom in, the more connections will appear. The more you zoom out, the less connections will appear.

To find direct connections from a specific departure city, click on a green dot on the map or fill in the “From” box. All direct connections will appear. Remember, the more you zoom in or out, the more connections will appear. You can also change or reset the destination in the “From” box.

To select a destination, click on a green dot of your preference. The connection will be made in the search bar. Select the date and number of passengers, then click “Search” to start the booking process. For more information on the booking process, refer to the top of this page.

Flixbus Tips:
By breaking up a long bus trip with a stopover in an interesting city, you can make the journey more enjoyable and turn it into a mini adventure. Plus, it’s a great way to explore more places in one trip. Just make sure to plan your itinerary and book separate tickets accordingly.

The Flixbus road trip. Flixbus offers many direct connections between major cities, making it easy to create your own customized itinerary. For example: Book a bus from Amsterdam to Paris, spend time in Paris. Book a bus from Paris to Milan, spend time in Milan. Book a bus from Milan to Vienna, spend time in Vienna. Book a bus from Vienna to Prague, spend time in Prague. Book a bus from Prague to Berlin, spend time in Berlin. Book a bus from Berlin to Amsterdam. This is one of the many possible options for a eurotrip by bus. However, keep in mind that this may require multiple bookings and careful planning to ensure that you have enough time between connections and don’t miss any buses. It’s always a good idea to check the schedules and plan ahead to make the most of your trip. Happy travels!

Adventures with Flixbus: Coming soon!

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