Bus Business

Steering into a Bright Future

Smaller operators working for FlixBus are doing well.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    For companies that can make it work, the deregulation of the bus industry has actually been a boon, providing a better utilization of the existing fleet.

  • Facts


    • New carriers like FlixBus don’t drive their own buses: They leave that to independent bus companies.
    • A modern double-decker coach with 78 seats can cost up to €500,000.
    • Mr. Urban’s Ruhr Valley-based company, Urban-Reisen, owns 25 coaches — 18 of them double-deckers.
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Philipp Urban can’t complain too much about ruinous price competition in the long-distance German bus market.

The junior manager of a small family-owned coach empire, Urban-Reisen, from the northern Ruhr Valley in North Rhine-Westphalia is happy for now to be driving long-distance routes, in addition to operating holiday tours, school and local transport services.

“The business is simply a lot of fun,” said the 33-year-old Mr. Urban, whose father Frank is the senior boss and owner of the company.

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