If driving for hours isn't your thing, an affordable new bus service connecting Texas' major cities might be the answer for your next cross-state trek.
German-based FlixBus recently launched a "Southern Network" of routes, with initial Texas service between Houston and San Antonio. Now, it's back with expanded travel options for the Lone Star State's major cities, including Austin, Dallas, and Fort Worth.
Riders can book tickets for just 99 cents between April 8-10 for travel taking place April 8-May 17. After the promotional period ends, fares will jump to $4.99 on average, depending on the season and demand, the company says.
From Houston, FlixBus offers routes to Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, and San Antonio, with pick-up and drop-off locations at airports and near public transportation stops. The bus operator also has routes to five locations outside of Texas: four in Louisiana (Shreveport, Alexandria, Baton Rouge, New Orleans) and one in Mississippi (Biloxi).
“We are eager to get more buses on the ground in Texas,” Pierre Gourdain, FlixBus USA managing director, said in a press release. “After the success of our initial launch, it’s clear to us that we’ve tapped into a real desire for an alternative mode of transportation in the south. Our goal now is to continue connecting more communities and get as many cars as we can off the road.”
The company seeks to be a sustainable alternative to a private car, boasting carbon-neutral and electric buses with Wi-Fi, entertainment, power outlets, and leg room. FlixBus has served more than 100 million passengers since launching in 2013, traveling to more than 2,000 destinations in 28 countries. Travelers can book their trips here.
FlixBus' current Texas routes are as follows:
- Fort Worth to Dallas, Tyler, and Houston
- Fort Worth to Dallas to Tyler
- Dallas to Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Tyler, and Houston
- Austin to San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston
- San Antonio to Austin, Dallas, and Houston
- San Antonio to Austin to Dallas
- Houston to Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, and San Antonio