FlixBus in Arizona: Score cheap bus travel around AZ, to California

PHOENIX - Getting to the beach might be a bit easier for Arizonans looking to escape the summer heat.

FlixBus, a European bus company, is crossing the pond and launching routes in the United States starting in Arizona, California, and Nevada.

Buses will travel daily from Phoenix to southern California cities like San Diego, Los Angeles, and Palm Springs, as well as between Phoenix and Las Vegas. Service will also be available within Arizona with stops in Kingman, Flagstaff, Tucson, and Wickenburg. 

Service in Arizona begins Thursday, May 31, the company said, and travel can be booked now online or through an app

Fares vary between $10-$15 each way, plus a $2 service fee. FlixBus is also offering $1 fares to Las Vegas as part of the launch, a spokesperson said.

Travel between Phoenix and San Diego, Tucson, and Flagstaff starts at $10, according to the website. Going to Los Angeles? It'll cost you $15. 

As demand increases, so will ticket fares. 

Some routes are direct, while others have a stop with a bus transfer. Some layovers may be hours long.

While FlixBus handles the booking, customer service, and marketing, the bus routes will be handled by the company's regional partners: Arrow Stage Lines, American Explorer Motorcoach, Gray Line Arizona, Pacific Coachways, Transportation Charter Services, and USA Coach Services, a news release said.

Earlier this month, MegaBus also announced it would offer a daily route between Phoenix and Las Vegas with fares starting at $1.

Greyhound offers routes between Phoenix and Vegas, San Diego and Tucson. We looked at travel for the first week of June and found fares between $11-$15 to Tucson, $28-$40 to Vegas and $40 to San Diego one way. 

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