Travelling with Flixbus

Solo travel can be expensive, when you start paying for hotel rooms and airport parking yourself rather than splitting it, so I’m always looking for ways to save money. When I realised I could get the bus from Hamburg to Copenhagen for just £35, I was sold. Copenhagen has always been on my bucket list and I thought it would be interesting to talk about travelling with Flixbus on this blog-not everyone can fly, or wants to fly-so if you’re a travelling in Europe without planes person, this one is for you. This is not a sponsored or collaborative post, I booked and paid for my travel and chose to review it myself, and I have no connection with Flixbus.

Where do they run to/from?

Flixbus have routes to and from loads of European cities so you’ll definitely be able to find a trip to suit you. I downloaded and booked on their app which was really easy, and showed my phone to the driver when boarding, no need to print anything. The app did say I needed to print a luggage tag off for each bag but I didn’t do this and my backpack was taken into the storage area without any problems. Travelling with Flixbus is pretty easy in terms of booking.

What facilities does the coach have?

I’d done my research beforehand as I was slightly apprehensive about travelling with Flixbus so I knew the coach would have wifi (prime Netflix time, a 6 hour coach journey) and plugs. I didn’t know whether these would be USB plugs or standard European plugs so I packed the plug part of my chargers in my handbag just in case. It turned out my seat had old style plugs and some had USB plugs, so I was glad I’d brought the proper plugs with me. The bus had overhead storage as well as the boot space underneath, so I was able to put my coat and scarf out of the way for the journey, and as it was quiet I had two seats to myself. I’d sat upstairs for a better view and the seats were comfortable, even for someone with chronic pain from Fibromyalgia. In all honesty the journey flew by. I was going to plan my first day in Copenhagen from the bus but by the time I looked up from Netflix to check the time, we were only half an hour away. I didn’t buy snacks on the bus or use the toilet but there was the opportunity to do both if you needed to (between Germany and Denmark we had a 45 minute ferry so I bought food and went to the loo on there) and there were regular announcements from the driver telling us how we were doing for time and where the next stop was going to be. These were done in both German and English so I was able to understand what was going on-I’d been worried I wouldn’t. Travelling with Flixbus was so much easier than I ever expected.

Would you use Flixbus again?

I’ll definitely be using Flixbus again when the journey time is the same or less than flying (I counted travel time to and from the airport and wait time when calculating this too, for a fair comparison) and when the fare is cheaper than the flight tickets. In the summer I’m planning Prague-Vienna-Budapest and I’m hoping to get Flixbus coaches from Prague and Vienna if the times work out.

Have you travelled with Flixbus before? Would you take a coach through Europe?

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