Every winter deutsche bahn (German railway company) surely will increase its price again for 5%. Seriously, I’m getting sick of Deutsche Bahn and its services. It is really surreal to think that I can go from Aachen to Amsterdam under 50€ but to go from Aachen to Frankfurt I have to pay at least 70€. They set too much higher price for railway who always late! Oh they probably will be late more often as their railway will be ‘frozen’ due to the cold weather. So for you who exchanges students or expatriates or even ‘Deutsche’ who prefer to spend their money with something useful I would recommended you Flixbus.
Flixbus was founded by a private long-distanced bus enterprise under the name “GoBus”, the renaming took place in early 2013. Their route network includes not only big cities such as Cologne, Frankfurt and berlin in germany but also Zürich and Prague. They also sell their ticket starting from 1€. I Got my ticket from Cologne-Frankfurt and outward for only 14€, which is a really “saver fares” compare to Deutsche Bahn. But you have to buy your ticket in advance because you have to print your ticket and it also cheaper to buy in advance (sometimes they are sold!).
So here my point for flixbus according comfort, flexibility, hygiene and price.
comfort: Their seat are really comfortable. You have enough space for your feet and they have also foot rest under the seat. You can adjust your seat so you can relax or lean back. There is also a small flap so you can put your things on it. They also have reading lamp and air conditioner above every seat! So basically I’ll give it 4 out of 5
Flexibility: sadly they only pick you up in certain stop, but don’t worry their stops are easy to find and to reach. They go almost everyday but to check it to make sure (and book it in advance!). For Flexibility I’ll give them 2 out of 5 (just because they have to expand their route-network and their time and they didn’t give you toilette-pause or smoking or just chilling-pause)
Hygiene: to be honest I was expecting the bus would be dirty, smelly and uncomfortable but I was totally wrong as I said the seat was comfortable and it was clean and also not smelly. Although I wasn’t going to the toilette but I expect it was also “okay” toilette because I didn’t see any guest who turned their head after the saw the toilet or probably because they don’t have any other choice? Overall I will give it 2.5 out of 5
Price: compare to deutsche bahn, you can’t complain about their prices and you’ll never get any cheaper than this! So of course a 4.5 out of 5.
Here are the result: If you want to try another alternate than deutsche bahn you could absolutely try this one because it’s cheap comfortable although it takes time to get to your destination hut doesn’t it just the same if deutsche bahn 25 minutes or 50 minutes late from their schedule?