PolskiBus network sold to growing German rival



Stagecoach chairman and co-founder Sir Brian Souter has sold the retail platform and network of PolskiBus, his low cost intercity coach operation in Poland, to expansive German competitor FlixBus for an undisclosed sum.

Souter Investments, Souter’s investment vehicle, says the move will see the PolskiBus operational business, which remains in Souter’s ownership, enter into a “strategic partnership with FlixBus”.

This will see the PolskiBus network integrated into the wider FlixBus European network which offers more than 200,000 daily connections to over 1,400 destinations in 26 European countries.

The former PolskiBus network will continue to be run locally in Poland by the existing Polish management, operational delivery and driver teams.

Souter Investments says the new partnership with FlixBus provides the business with a platform for further growth and expansion, as well as offering the company’s passengers greater choice and interconnectivity via the wider FlixBus network.

Souter formed PolskiBus in 2011 and the business grew rapidly. The combination of its online booking platform, a national network footprint, reliable services, good value tickets and high standards of customer service transformed the Polish public transport market and saw the company quickly become the predominant intercity bus carrier in Poland.


This article appears in the latest issue of Passenger Transport.

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