German bus company FlixBus began operating national intercity bus lines in the Netherlands on 3 December 2015. Currently the intercity buses make several trips per day between Groningen, Enschede, Rotterdam, Den Bosch, Nijmegen, Eindhoven, Hengelo, Apeldoorn and Haren. Various VDL Bus & Coach customers are associated with FlixBus as partners, and this is why we see more and more VDL coaches in the green FlixBus colour in the Dutch street scene.
Competition with the train
Travelling by FlixBus is almost as fast as travelling by train. The passenger travels very safely and comfortably thanks to the luxurious coaches, features of which include reading lights, power outlets and Wi-Fi. The price is a big plus-point; booking a ticket with FlixBus is often cheaper than a train ticket. FlixBus believes this will make travelling by bus more attractive, particularly for young people, and a good alternative for motorists on the routes concerned.
FlixBus do not have any buses of their own. The company partners with local bus companies that provide the buses. All the buses in service for FlixBus are branded with the company's recognizable green house style.
About VDL Bus & Coach
The core activities of VDL Bus & Coach consist of the development, manufacturing, sales and after-sales service of a wide range of buses, coaches and chassis modules and the purchase and sales of second-hand buses as well. VDL Bus & Coach consists of multiple bus companies that operate cooperatively in the global market. Manufacturing takes place in the Netherlands and Belgium.
VDL Bus & Coach places aspects such as quality, safety, durability, comfort, the environment, low fuel consumption and low maintenance costs in high regard.
Sales of VDL Bus & Coach products take place through a worldwide network consisting of corporate-owned sales offices, importers and agents in more than 30 countries. This makes it possible to offer custom-made transport solutions.
For after-sales service and maintenance, the client can count on rapid, hassle-free assistance from VDL Bus & Coach employees in any of the many service locations.
An extensive distribution network ensures that spare parts and accessories are delivered to the requested destination as quickly as possible.
VDL Bus & Coach is one of the largest bus producers in Europe.
VDL Groep, with its head office in Eindhoven (The Netherlands), is an international industrial company focused on the development, production and sales of semi-finished products, buses & coaches and other finished products and the assembly of cars. Since the founding in 1953 this family-owned company has grown to include 85 operating companies, spread over 19 countries with more than 10,000 employees. The strength of VDL Groep lies in the mutual cooperation between the companies.