The bus provider FlixBus has something fascinating about it. The very tempting price caused that half of VAPA got involved in this adventure. The booking is amazingly simple and based on the old Boris Becker AOL Spot – have I already booked?
The check-in is uncomplicated as long as you have downloaded the FlixBus app and updated it with your booking. The QR code and ID card – put your suitcase in the trunk of the bus and off you go. Go for a seat reservation, however, in the end, you sit down where you have a free seat if possible. Of course, some people have an absolute claim to a place, and so one half of VAPA has changed merely positions three times during the trip.
A recommendation is undoubtedly to buy some provisions for the trip, although the greeting mentions that you can “buy” something only where?
The trip was professional and uncomplicated. The WLAN is a bit weak, but somehow not very important. Some Netflix movies load and also use the ride to sleep for a few minutes. Contrary to the media coverage – our chauffeurs brought us safely and without incidents to our destination. The bus ride was quite pleasant, especially as one always arrives in the middle of the city.
You can certainly see that the buses are used a bit slowly, but if you compare it to an airfare – the FlixBus is the cheaper option. As an example – Zurich – Munich with the plane would have cost about CHF 490 – the FlixBus CHF 38. There was also the stay in the Augustiner cellar and the overnight stay already paid.
Of course, the arrival times are an indication, but on the snow-driving outward journey the arrival was 15 minutes late, and on the return journey it was almost a precision landing. With the aeroplane or the German Railway it would be similar and this without traffic.
A recommendation: Sell sandwiches and soft drinks at larger stops. People will buy the stuff.
Pros: price, convenient, uncomplicated, modern, locations, experience
Cons: Buses are used a lot – therefore not precisely clean