FlixBus to Make Columbus First Midwest Stop

A German company will begin intercity bus service to Columbus on Nov. 14.

FlixBus, which began operating in the United States in 2018, will launch service from Columbus to Pittsburgh and Washington.

The service will use Central Ohio Transit Authority’s downtown Spring Street Terminal.

The Columbus route is the first into the Midwest for FlixBus, which operates in similar fashion  to Megabus, which ended service to Columbus nearly three years ago.

Most FlixBus service is to points in the Northeast, South and West.

In a news release, FlixBus described its purpose as seeking to change the way people travel.

“We want to show people how inefficient it is to use your car for long-distance trips in the age of high gas and parking prices, traffic and low mileage leases,” said managing director Pierre Gourdain in a statement.

He said riding the bus is a convenient and comfortable alternative allowing passengers to work, relax or sleep while they travel and save money.

FlixBus plans to operate a daily early morning trip to Pittsburgh with fares between $9.99 and $14.99.

Fares to Washington range from $24.99 to $29.99.

Connections could be made in those cities to such destinations as Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore and Richmond, Virginia.

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