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There’s now a new bus company operating in Ontario and British Columbia, one I’ve enjoyed trying in the US. And with prices starting at only $4.99 (requires flexibility, as with all low prices in the world of travel), this means more money in your pockets for even more travel! They might also expand to more provinces in the future.

FlixBus launched its bus service in Canada in April, offering 3 routes with plans of adding more throughout the summer. They’ve just added 2 international routes too.

And always keeping with our goal to help you travel more for less, we had to share this exciting news with you! Having more options is always better!

Even if it’s well known that I’m a fan of flying… the reality is that as someone who is passionate about travel, I love everything that can get me somewhere. Roadtrips, ferries, trains, and yes, even buses!

So here are the details about FlixBus (even though you should always use an aggregator like Busbud first to compare).


What’s FlixBus?

If you’ve never heard of them, FlixBus is a German bus company with bright green buses operating in a total of 37 countries, mostly in Europe but also in Brazil and in the US (I’ll talk a bit more about my own experiences in a minute).

They’ve carried over 100 million passengers up to now, so their business model is definitely attractive to many budget travelers! They also bought out the iconic Greyhound bus company, so they’re a major player in transport.

FlixBus entered the Canadian market in April with 3 routes linking major cities in Ontario:

  • Service between downtown Toronto and downtown Ottawa (Thursday through Monday, one trip each way)
  • Service between downtown Toronto and Niagara Falls with a stop in St. Catharines (daily)
  • Local service between Kitchener-Waterloo and downtown Toronto with stops in Guelph and Mississauga (daily)
FlixBus initial route map (image credit: FlixBus)


(Be careful if you’re one of the many Canadians who are inexplicably scared of unvaccinated travelers: buses do not require vaccination, only planes and some trains!)

Earlier in May, they added their first international route linking both countries’ biggest cities:

  • Service between downtown Toronto and Midtown Manhattan in New York City (daily)
  • Chicago should be added this summer
FlixBus route map (image credit: Google Maps)


And on Thursday, they added their first route outside of Ontario:

  • Service between downtown Vancouver and downtown Seattle
FlixBus route map (image credit: Google Maps)


Obviously, this being Canada… the prices aren’t always as low as $5. But they always seem very competitive with other established bus providers. You need to be flexible on dates to get the lowest prices, same as with flights. Simple concept.

What makes FlixBus different from any other bus company? For one, they aim to be technology-driven, with a completely digital experience to be able to book (and do everything, really) on their website, as well as free Wi-Fi and power outlets onboard.

Also, they don’t even operate the buses. They partner with local providers who use the FlixBus brand to standardize the bus experience across the world, instead of you having to wonder if a local bus company you’ve never heard of is any good.

They also hope you can book as many bus rides as you can directly through FlixBus, no matter where in the world you’re traveling, instead of using an aggregator like Busbud (which we still recommend to at least compare prices, as you should always do for anything you book in terms of travel).

Front of a FlixBus in Louisiana in March 2020 (photo credit: Andrew D’Amours/Flytrippers)


With this new service in Canada, FlixBus hopes to attract young people with lower costs and a more environmentally friendly option (saving gas and offering carbon-neutral ticket options).

This can be a great alternative for those wanting to get around Ontario on a budget, or even those looking to leave the car at home to get to Toronto for a flight out to another destination. 

The international routes are a welcome addition not only for those wanting to visit these amazing cities but also for those who want to fly from a nearby US airport and get cheaper flights that way (and to get anywhere in the US 100% test-free, although their test requirement by plane might be lifted soon).

As for the rest of the country, they’re hoping to be able to expand their service in Québec, which they state as their priority market (despite regulation barriers within the province, which they specifically mention as being a major obstacle to offering lower prices — to the surprise of absolutely no one). 


My experience with FlixBus

I’ve personally used FlixBus twice in the US to travel from New Orleans to Baton Rouge in Louisiana as recently as February 2022 and just before the pandemic on March 12, 2020.

And I had a great experience each time.

Getting off a FlixBus in Baton Rouge on March 12, 2020 (photo credit: Andrew D’Amours/Flytrippers)


Not only did I just pay US$5 for my ticket (or US$8 the other time since I was last minute), but despite the low price, they offer everything you can expect from a bus company to travel in comfort. 

One thing that you can count on, is that they have very new and clean buses!

Onboard FlixBus in Louisiana (photo credit: Andrew D’Amours/Flytrippers)


There is ample space for your legs so that you’re comfortable even if you have a long ride. I was even able to snag an extra-legroom seat on that US$5 ticket!

Extra-legroom seat on FlixBus (photo credit: Andrew D’Amours/Flytrippers)


As I mentioned, there are power outlets at every seat so your devices don’t run out of battery and onboard Wi-Fi so you can be productive or entertained.

Plus, they have an easy-to-use app where you can purchase your tickets and have them available to board. You can also view a real-time bus tracker so that you know exactly when the bus will get to your stop. All this can be done on their website if that’s what you prefer, too.


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FlixBus is a new low-cost bus service in Ontario and BC, and it offers an amazing experience with everything you need — from power outlets and extra legroom to Wi-Fi and a convenient app — to travel efficiently and on a budget. 

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Andrew D'Amours

Andrew is the co-founder of Flytrippers. He is passionate about traveling the world but also, as a former management consultant, about the travel industry itself. He shares his experiences to help you save money on travel. As a very cost-conscious traveler, he loves finding deals and getting free travel thanks to travel rewards points... to help him visit every country in the world (current count: 71/193 Countries, 47/50 US States & 9/10 Canadian Provinces).

This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Al

    When getting in bus to the US, did they ask for vax requirement?

    1. Andrew D'Amours

      I have flown to the US many times and driven to the US in my own car, but I haven’t taken the bus (not during the pandemic I mean). So I couldn’t say.
      Being vaccinated is not required to board a bus in Canada (only planes and some trains) but it is required to enter the US, it depends on whether the bus checks that or not. Either they check upon boarding or they just tell you that the land border agents might check and leave you stranded at the border if they do check and you don’t have it, not sure which one :S

  2. Terrance

    Like MegaBus which I used exstensively a few years back. Toronto-Philly. Awesome to have a new discount bus carrier

  3. Norma Audain

    Do you know if Flixbus is planning any service between Toronto and Windsor in the near future?

  4. Leila

    Are travellers required to be C19 vaccinated?

      1. Janet

        This is exciting to hear this is an option. Any plans for routes to Chicago and also between provinces e.g. Toronto to Saskatoon …very interested to hear of more destinations added to your roster. Thanks for establishing this as an options assuming unjabbed is accommodated as well.

      2. Andrew D'Amours

        They mentioned new routes for the summer, we’ll stay tuned!
        And yes, buses do not require proof of vaccination, just planes and (some) trains. It’s The Science™!

  5. Trina Albert

    Vaxed to travel?

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