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BlaBlaCar to tackle German long-distance bus market

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BlaBlaCar to tackle German long-distance bus market
BlaBlaCar previously existed in Germany only as a car sharing service. Photo: DPA
09:29 CET+01:00
French ride-sharing platform BlaBlaCar said Friday it would launch long-distance bus services in Germany,taking on the near-monopoly in the hands of competitor Flixbus.

The French firm plans to link up 60 cities in Germany and the Benelux countries with its BlaBlaBus lines, chief executive Nicolas Brusson told business daily Handelsblatt.

"People want an alternative" to Flixbus, he said, which has nailed down an almost 95 percent share of the German market according to Berlin-based consultancy IGES.

SEE ALSO: Flixbus to take on Deutsche Bahn with low cost trains from Berlin, Hamburg

Passengers could complete their journeys to destinations not served by the bus network using BlaBlaCar's ride-sharing platform, Brusson added.

BlaBlaCar's bet on buses began last year when it took over Ouibus, the
coach subsidiary of French state rail operator SNCF.

Its first German lines could begin operation in a few months, depending on how smoothly talks go with local bus firms, Brusson said.

Like Flixmobility, Flixbus' Munich-based parent company, BlaBlaCar will
organise the timetables and sell tickets online or via mobile apps, while the buses themselves would be run by subcontractors.

"We will of course offer very attractive fares early on" to challenge Flixbus' low-cost offer, Brusson said.


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