Global transportation provider FlixBus has announced its intentions to expand its operations to India, with plans to launch in the country by 2024. FlixBus aims to tap into India’s extensive bus transportation market, which surpasses the combined size of Europe, Türkiye, and North America, according to the company. By offering affordable, sustainable, and safe long-distance bus services, FlixBus sees significant growth potential in the Indian market.
André Schwämmlein, the co-founder and CEO of FlixBus, expressed his excitement about India joining the FlixBus network as the 42nd country worldwide. He highlighted the company’s unique business model of collaborating with local bus partners and leveraging technology for planning, booking operations, and pricing, which he believes will be a winning combination in India as well.
FlixBus intends to invest in the Indian market and create employment opportunities while focusing on standardization and safety to enter the competitive market. Schwämmlein also noted the growing electric vehicle sector in India, presenting an opportunity for FlixBus to contribute to the development of the sustainable travel industry, including infrastructure and further advancements.
As part of its commitment to sustainability, FlixBus aims to be a key player in the sustainable travel business in India. While FlixBus manages technology, customer service, quality management, network planning, marketing, and sales, the day-to-day operations and driver management are handled by local Flix-partners.
The global transportation provider is known for its use of alternative fuels such as biogas, electric or solar panels, and hydrogen buses, aligning with its long-term goal of fully decarbonizing its travel offerings.
FlixBus recognizes the growing demand for sustainable transportation and online booking options in India as key drivers for growth. This year, FreshBus secured $3.1 million from ixigo to launch inter-city electric bus services across India, further highlighting the potential for eco-friendly transportation solutions.
According to a study by Statista, India’s bus transportation sector is expected to experience an annual growth rate of 4.03% between 2023 and 2027, reaching a projected market volume of $1.19 billion by 2027. The study also predicts that the number of bus service consumers in the country will reach 125.10 million by 2027.
FlixBus aims to capitalize on these trends and become a prominent player in India’s bus transportation industry, contributing to the country’s sustainable travel initiatives and meeting the evolving needs of Indian consumers.