Texas is known for a lot of things, but affordable public transportation isn’t exactly one of them. Like most American states, Texas has limited options when it comes to long distance public transportation that doesn’t break the bank. Luckily, German-based bus company FlixBus has rolled out a new “Southern Network” of bus routes that will connect Houston to major metropolitan areas in Texas. The best part? Fares will cost just just $4.99 on average.
FlixBus will initially offer service between Houston and San Antonio, but will soon expand service to cover Austin, Dallas, and Fort Worth. Fares between Houston and these major cities will cost just $4.99 and will feature pick-up and drop-off locations at airports and near major public transportation hubs.
FlixBus currently has the following Texas routes planned:
- Fort Worth to Dallas, Tyler, and Houston
- Fort Worth to Dallas to Tyler
- Dallas to Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Tyler, and Houston
- Austin to San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston
- San Antonio to Austin, Dallas, and Houston
- San Antonio to Austin to Dallas
- Houston to Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, and San Antonio
Aside from these Texas locations, FlixBus will also include routes to five locations outside of Texas including Shreveport, Alexandria, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Biloxi, Mississippi. A full list of current routes can be found here.
“We are eager to get more buses on the ground in Texas,” Pierre Gourdain, FlixBus USA managing director, said in a press release. “After the success of our initial launch, it’s clear to us that we’ve tapped into a real desire for an alternative mode of transportation in the south. Our goal now is to continue connecting more communities and get as many cars as we can off the road.”
FlixBus’s ultimate goal is to offer green, sustainable alternatives to private cars. All of their buses are powered by electric, carbon-neutral drivetrains and include onboard Wi-Fi, power outlets, entertainment options, and ample legroom. The company launched in 2013 and now offers fares between 2,000 destinations in 28 different countries around the world.