FlixBus starts in Brazil – first connections from São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte from Dec 1st
+ FlixMobility starts operating in Brazil beginning December 1, 2021
+ São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte as first main cities in the network
+ First local bus partner of FlixBus: Grupo Adamantina
+ FlixBus is one of the first global players to provide Brazilian customers with easy, affordable, and comfortable bus services
Munich/São Paulo, December 1st, 2021 – FlixMobility, the fast-growing mobility tech company, continues its global expansion and starts first bus connections in Brazil beginning on December 1, 2021. The current network in Brazil includes cities such as São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte. FlixBus offers up to twelve daily departures on the two main routes from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte. The new offer has been very well received by Brazilian customers, who have been able to book tickets since mid-November.
With this expansion, the company brings its green business model to one of the largest bus markets in the world. Around 60% of the Brazilian population uses long-distance buses. Combining sustainable and affordable travel with a high-quality product and strict safety standards has been FlixBus’ recipe for success across Europe and in the US.
“Brazil is a strategic market for us due to its continental dimensions and its high potential. As a company that is innovating mobility on a global scale, we want to offer affordable and sustainable travel options to even more consumers around the world. Therefore, we are immensely happy to start our operations in Brazil”, says André Schwämmlein, founder and CEO of FlixBus.
“We are introducing a new mobility alternative aiming to expand in regions where there's currently a lack of competition and people are looking for affordable means of transport. With a smart business approach and great product, FlixBus managed to change the way people travel across Europe and the US. Now we offer Brazilian customers the same green experience with high quality standards and the best value-for-money,” said Edson Lopes, Managing Director FlixBus Brazil.
First local bus partner of FlixBus: Grupo Adamantina
The new connections will be operated by Grupo Adamantina, the company's first local partner, who trusts in FlixBus' technological expertise in pricing, marketing and sales, route intelligence, quality management and continuous product expansion. The buses apply the company's international standard, which includes services such as free on-board Wi-Fi.
“We are aware of FlixBus' quality history outside Brazil. Being the company's first partner in the country is a fundamental step in consolidating Adamantina at the national level, allowing us to compete with any other road transport group”, highlights Clóvis Nascimento Martins, owner of Grupo Adamantina.
FlixBus offers direct connections on two main routes: São Paulo — Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo — Belo Horizonte. Eight daily departures are being offered on the São Paulo – Rio de Janeiro route in both directions. São Paulo – Belo Horizonte is being served four times a day, also in both directions.
“We are closely looking into offering further connections and cooperating with more local partners. We want to establish a solid network in Brazil similar to the networks that are offered in Europe and the United States, where we are working together with more than 500 different bus partners”, adds Edson Lopes. “FlixBus will be one of the first global players to provide Brazilian customers with easy, affordable, and comfortable bus services following the recent steps taken by federal regulators towards a more competitive market.“
 Results from FlixBus Brand tracking survey, June 2021
FlixMobility is pioneering the public transport sector by offering climate-friendly alternatives for convenient and affordable travel via the FlixBus and FlixTrain brands. Thanks to a unique business model and innovative technology, FlixMobility has quickly established Europe’s largest long-distance bus network and swiftly moved on to a global expansion including the United States and Brazil. As a trailblazer for sustainable traffic FlixMobility operated the first green long-distance trains in 2018, initiated a pilot project for all-electric long-distance buses in 2018 and launched EU’s first biogas-powered long-distance buses in 2021. While FlixMobility handles technology development, network planning, operations control, marketing and sales, quality management and continuous product expansion, trusted Flix-partners maintain the daily route operations. The unique combination of technology start-up, e-commerce platform and classic transport company has positioned FlixMobility as a leader against major international corporations, permanently changing the global mobility landscape.