German Bus Company to Compete with BoltBus in Corvallis

On November 21, German mobility company FlixBus will be launching a new intercity bus service between Oregon and Washington.  

The Munich-based company is partnering with MTR Western to bring their distinctive lime green buses to Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Portland, Eugene, Olympia, Corvallis, Coeur d’ Alene, Albany, Ellensburg and Salem. Prices are set to start at $9.99, with seven daily runs between Seattle and Portland, and four from Portland to Eugene. A statement indicated that the service would include stops at Oregon State University, University of Oregon, and Central Washington University.   

The new routes were announced on November 8 at the foot of the Space Needle by Pierre Gourdain, managing director of FlixBus USA.  

This has been one of the most meticulously laid out expansions in FlixBus history,” he said. “We really wanted to build a strong foundation—from having a great partner to offering the most competitive travel times and frequencies. Ultimately, we want to win over the hearts of residents and prove that having a car is a thing of the past.”  

The company is positioned to compete with Greyhound’s BoltBus, which extended their service in Oregon just last month. FlixBus offers similar amenities to BoltBus, including free Wi-Fi, seats with extra legroom, and onboard power outlets. In a statement, FlixBus said that they would be able to “beat the travel time of legacy competitors in the region.”  

FlixBus also offers passengers the option to CO2 compensate their trip by paying 1-3% of their ticket price, which goes to support the National Forest Foundation and certified Global Climate Protection Projects.  

By Brandon Urey