A Germany-based bus company has joined an effort to close a transit gap left after the demise of Greyhound, Canada’s intercity service through Canada.
FlixBus has officially become an option from Thursday for Ontarios looking for an alternative to driving between London, Hamilton and Toronto.
“Our goal is to get Ontarians out of their cars and convince them that taking the bus is less stressful and economically the right choice,” Pierre Gourdain, director of FlixBus North America told 900 CHMLs. Good morning Hamilton†
“It will always remain the cheapest way to get to places in Ontario.”
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The service will operate from McMaster University in Hamilton with routes starting from Western University in London or Toronto’s Harbourfront.
Buses depart Toronto at 11:15 AM, stop in Hamilton at 12:05 PM and arrive in central London at 1:40 PM before finishing the journey in Western.
Departures in London depart Western University at 2:30 PM daily, reaching central London at 2:40 PM, Hamilton at 4:15 PM and arriving in Toronto at 5:10 PM
Trips can be booked through the FlixBus website or the company’s mobile app.
Ticket costs vary by day and by demand, with the cheapest one-way between London and Toronto being around $20.
Traveling to London or Toronto with Hamilton as a starting point costs about $10 one way.
The service already runs between Ottawa and Toronto for about $60 one way, as well as between Guelph and Toronto for about $16, Kitchener and Toronto for $19 and St. Catharines and Toronto for about $36 one way.
Gourdain noted that as demand increases and more people learn about the service, “we also expect prices to go up a bit.”
Future expansion will include cross-border services to the US, much like Greyhound still offers, including routes from Toronto to Chicago and Toronto to Boston.
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Current US tours include Buffalo, Syracuse and New York City.
More buses to Windsor and Niagara Falls are future goals for the travel service.
Megabus and Onex Bus will continue to offer intercity services from London to Toronto, but will not connect to Hamilton.
– with files by Matthew Trevithick
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