The great Flixbus company chronicle from 2010 to today
When the picture was taken in 2012, Daniel Krauss, André Schwämmlein and Jochen Engert (from left) were still working on seven square meters in Munich. Back then as Gobus. Today known as Flixbus Flixbus Some criticize them as merciless monopolists, others celebrate them for their successes. The Flixbus founders Daniel Krauss, André Schwämmlein and Jochen Engert started to build a travel empire in modest circumstances. For a long time, competitors were ahead of the game – but the aggressive strategy of the Munich team should pay off in the end. Today they dominate the long-distance bus market in Europe and also travel by rail. Many competitors fell by the wayside during their expansion. The most important stages of Flixbus from over a decade of company history.
For André Schwämmlein and Jochen Engert, a straight-line career at BCG is emerging. Both have known each other since school and are thinking of doing a doctorate. But then a ski holiday at the end of 2010 changes everything. On the return home in the coach, the conversation falls on the travel market. While long-distance travel by bus is the norm in Southeast Asia, the range on offer in this country is miserable. In Germany there are countless tour operators with buses, but no regular services. Because until now Deutsche Bahn holds the monopolyto operate a long-distance bus network in Germany. This is a clause from the Passenger Transport Act of 1931. Business journalism for a digital world