|Industry||Transport, Travel, Travel technology|
|Founders||Daniel Krauss, Jochen Engert, Olaf Rosati, André Schwämmlein|
|Services||Intercity bus service|
|Revenue||€500 million (2018)|
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FlixBus (German pronunciation: ['flɪksbʊs]; styled FLiXBUS) is a German brand that offers intercity bus service in Europe, North America, and Brazil. It is owned by the mobility platform Flix SE (until April 2022: FlixMobility GmbH), which also operates Flixtrain, FlixCar, Kâmil Koç and Greyhound Lines. As of June 2021, FlixMobility GmbH was valued at US$3 billion.
Flixbus operates buses or, in many cases, just handles marketing, pricing, and customer service for a commission, on behalf of bus operators on the list of FlixBus bus partners.
In 2018, the company had a 90% market share of intercity bus travel in Germany. As of February 2018, 60% of the company's customers were female and 33% were between the ages of 18 and 25.
FlixBus was founded in 2011 in Munich by Daniel Krauss, Jochen Engert, Olaf Rosati and André Schwämmlein and launched its first three routes in February 2013 in Bavaria, Germany. It was founded to take advantage of Germany opening up its bus market to competition in 2013.
In January 2015, the company merged with MeinFernbus.
In May 2015, it entered the liberalized French market with "FlixBus France", and in August it launched an Italian subsidiary in Milan.
In November 2015, FlixBus announced the establishment of a new subsidiary called FlixBus B.V. in the Netherlands, creating the very first national Dutch intercity bus network. At that time, it also had routes to Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Sweden and Denmark.
In January 2016, FlixBus announced it was entering Central and Eastern Europe with a new subsidiary FlixBus CEE, covering Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Slovenia and Croatia.
In March 2016, the company launched its first routes to the United Kingdom and Spain.
Effective 1 July 2016, FlixBus acquired Megabus Europe from Stagecoach Group, with Stagecoach remaining as contractor to operate the services.
On 3 August 2016, FlixBus announced the acquisition of Postbus, a German competitor, from Deutsche Post for an undisclosed sum.
In September 2016, FlixBus announced plans to expand to Scandinavia. Together with Danish small and medium-sized enterprises, FlixBus announced plans for a network in Denmark.
On 28 February 2017, FlixBus announced that Danish bus company Abildskou, based in Aarhus, would become its first bus partner in Denmark.
In May 2017, FlixBus announced it would take over the Hellö coach network from Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) in August 2017.
In 2017, FlixBus launched service in Portugal.
Starting on 24 August 2017, FlixBus cooperated with Czech train company LEO Express to take over the operation of the Locomore rail service between Stuttgart and Berlin (via Hanover and Frankfurt) in Germany.
On 24 March 2018, FlixMobility acquired the open-access operator Hamburg-Köln-Express, which operated a route between Hamburg and Cologne, and integrated the HKX route into the Flixtrain network alongside the above-mentioned Locomore service.
On 15 May 2018, FlixBus announced its expansion into the United States market, operating from a main hub in Los Angeles. In March 2019, the company launched service in Houston, San Antonio, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Biloxi, Mississippi.
In April 2019, FlixBus acquired Eurolines and its Isilines brand from Transdev.
In May 2019, Eastern Bus, which operates along the Interstate 95 corridor between New York City and Richmond, Virginia, reached a deal with FlixBus to operate the East Coast network for FlixBus.
In August 2019, FlixBus acquired Turkish bus company Kâmil Koç from private equity firm Actera Group.
In July 2020, FlixBus launched intercity coach service in the United Kingdom, with routes from London to Birmingham, Bristol and Portsmouth (calling at Guildford) and resumed its services from London to mainland Europe. It also launched routes to Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
On 21 October 2021, FlixBus acquired the US intercity bus service Greyhound Lines for US$78 million.
On 1 December 2021, FlixBus launched service in Brazil in partnership with Expresso Adamantina, a Brazilian bus company.
In April 2022, FlixBus launched its Canadian operations with three routes in Ontario. 
In April 2022, FlixMobility GmbH was renamed Flix SE. The umbrella brand FlixMobility was replaced by Flix.
FlixBus has been accused of forcing its partners to have its drivers work excessive hours at low wages; however, official inspections have found that resting, driving and working hours in the market were much better than some media reports had suggested.
Unlike train services and trucks, buses do not pay any road toll in Germany, which has been called a hidden subsidy by some German politicians. bdo (an association of German bus companies) responded by saying that buses already pay for infrastructure they use in the form of various taxes (ex. mineral oil tax) while billions in subsidies are paid to national rail provider Deutsche Bahn.
Following the acquisition of Postbus in 2016, FlixBus gained control of roughly 80% of the German long-distance bus market, which was criticised by various media outlets as a de facto monopoly and harmful to competition. It was also suggested that FlixBus' control of the market could lead to higher prices and less service to smaller destinations.
On 25 June 2018, the Belgian Government announced that it was running a pilot project with FlixBus and Eurostar for which it is collecting all passenger data for FlixBuses and Eurostars crossing the Belgian border. The move was criticised as decreasing the attractiveness of public transport.
In July 2020, the company's Swedish affiliate, FlixBuss AB, was criticized for not enforcing health protocols established by the Public Health Agency of Sweden during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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