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Flixbus looks nice from the outside. But Flixbus sucks, once you are inside the bus.

Flixbus looks nice from the outside. But Flixbus sucks, once you are inside the bus. So here is my Flixbus review.

I have just taken a couple of rides with Flixbus. And I was not impressed. So I decided to write this Flixbus review.

Last week I was in Dresden in Germany and needed to get to Denmark. Being early August, flights were either full or very expensive. The German railways can be really cheap, if booked in advance. But I was out late, so i decided to look at bus companies. Flixbus came up with a very good deal. Having had good bus experiences recently in countries like Mexico and Brazil, I decided to book it.

Next to no legspace on Flixbus.

Next to no legspace on Flixbus.

My journey started with a night bus between Dresden and Berlin. In Berlin I changed to another bus, that would drive me to Flensburg, right by the Danish border.

When I first got to Dresden Railway station, where the bus leaves from, things worked quite fine. I spoke to a Flixbus employee, who was very friendly and polite. He explained me where the bus would leave from and when i should be there. So I was quite happy before entering the bus. When the Flixbus came it looked quite nice. Huge double decker bus that looked very new to me.

But then the doors to the bus opened.

I was one of the first passengers to enter the bus, so I got what I thought was a nice spot. But there was just no space for people in the seats. I am not a very big guy. I’m 173 centimeters tall. Not very tall for European standards. I’m a little strong build and a little wide over the shoulders. But nothing crazy. I’m not some jerk who eats steroids and work out to get big biceps.

Check out how my shoulders are twice as wide as the seat.

Check out how my shoulders are twice as wide as the seat.

But there was no way I could fit in there. I was unfortunate enough to have a window seat too. Next to me was a young man who was not as wide as me, but he had long legs. He had to put his legs out on the aisle all the way to Berlin, while I had to partly sit up against the window, cause my shoulders would otherwise spill in to his seats. The seats were way too narrow. And there was no legs pace for any person taller than 165 centimeters. 

I normally fall asleep right away when I am in a moving vehicle. But this time there was no chance. I was so squeezed the entire trip, that I was close to asking the bus driver to stop on the Autobahn and let me off.

Once we got to Berlin we had to change bus. After two hours of waiting a new bus came. This was not an official Flixbus, but one from a partner. That helped a little bit in terms of space. But it was still not nice. And I decided to do, what I noticed many other passengers did. I started t act like an asshole to other passengers. I sat on one aisle seat and put my luggage on the window seat, pretending that someone was already occupying that seat. This is one thing that I really don’t like doing. But budget transportation with limited space for passengers, simply brings out the inner asshole in most people. Including me unfortunately. It partly worked and I had part of the remaining journey with no one next to me. The bus was very full though, so I was lucky. This would not have worked on the journey between Dresden and Berlin, as that journey only had one free seat. And that was next to a really fat guy who occupied both seats with his body.

As I mentioned earlier, I had good experiences with busses recently. Especially in Mexico, where busses are fantastic. With big nice seats. And food drinks and wifi.

Flixbus also claimed to have free wifi by the way. But on the journey between Dresden and Berlin, there was none at all. And that was when driving with an official green Flixbus. We sort of had it between Berlin and Flensburg. But what they do not tell you in the advertisements, is that you only have limited time on the free wifi. Bullshit, bullshit, Flixbus all the way.

Flixbus is Ryanair on wheels.

I took Flixbus cause it was cheap in the first place. And they lived up to the promises there. The staff was behaving nice under the given circumstances. But there is nothing else nice I can say about this company. These big double decker busses might look impressive. But they are only build to fit as many people as possible, in as little space as possible. And the result is that the journey is awful.

Would I ride Flixbus again?

For an overnight journey: NEVER. When I take an overnight journey with a bus, I want to be able to sleep. Not to be squeezed between two seats and up against a window that has not been cleaned for several days.  I could probably accept it on a shorter daytime journey of less than 3 hours. But that is all.

Bus travel does not have to be shit.

This is a long distance bus in Mexico. Now THAT is proper legspace.

This is a long distance bus in Mexico. Now THAT is proper legspace.

I have taken busses in more than 70 countries and most trips have been ok. In Latin America in particular. The bus rides have often been fantastic. Even the Greyhound rides in the USA are trips I have enjoyed. But I did not enjoy my two Flixbus rides one bit. And i feel that i am a little obliged to write this Flixbus review. People need to know what a piece of garbage this company is. Give me a chicken bus in Guatemala any time instead of these horrible green Flixbus monsters.

This was my Flixbus review.

Hope you find it helpfull.

Claus.

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3 Comments

  1. I can never sleep on buses, even if they are comfortable, so I always take day buses nowdays when I travel.
    That space in the Flixbus is way too small för any journey. Myexperience of buses in South- and Central America is much better.

  2. I agree. Flixbus is now in the United States and I will only take them on short rides. They also don’t always have charging outlets on many of their buses like they claim to have. This was hard for me as I recently traveled by myself to Europe and I arrived in Munich at midnight with a dead cellphone.

  3. My first experience with flixbus was ok, travelling short distance from Groningen to Hamburg. I keep your warning in mind since I have a flixbus stop 5 minutes walk from my home recently. It ‘s the bus to Berlin, all other connections are really bad, so I prefer trains in the direction of Germany. I agree with the comfort of busses in Mexico and even of the chicken bus I took there. Also my experiences in Argentina, Thailand and Turkey are ok. The only horrible experience I had was with a night bus in Peru.

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