Costa Cruises and FlixBus have announced a new partnership through which passengers can add aFlixBus transfer (one-way or return) during the booking process from any of the vast number of European cities that FlixBus serves to a Costa homeport.
After a successful pilot phase, Costa Cruises and FlixBus have solidified their mutual goal of making intermodal travel as easy and comfortable as possible. The commercial partnership connects over 1,000 European FlixBus destinations to the major port cities from where Costa ships depart. The 13 Italian harbor cities involved include Bari, Civitavecchia, Genoa, Naples, Palermo and Savona. There are 10 European harbor destinations outside of Italy: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bremerhaven, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Kiel, Marseille, Rostock (Warnemunde), Stockholm and Valencia.
“We are excited about this new, unique partnership in our industry, which is going to make holidaying with Costa even more accessible,” said Mario Alovisi, Vice President Revenue Management, Itinerary & Transportation at Costa Cruises. “This agreement is crucial to us because it grants our guests a comfortable and smart service to start their holiday in the best way.”
“Since its inception, it has been FlixBus’ mission to enable everyone to travel the world in a comfortable and affordable way,” said Pietro Polonini, Head of Global Sales at FlixBus. “Connecting modes of transport in a smart way is crucial to making this mission a reality. Partnering with Costa Cruises, one of the leading players in the tourism sector, is a next step in offering travelers even more travel options”.
Over the past few years, FlixBus has built the largest intercity bus network in Europe, with over 400,000 daily connections to destinations in 30 countries, according to the company. By partnering with FlixBus, Costa Cruises multiplies the options for home-ship travelling with new and affordable offerings thanks to a network that already offers many stops located in harbor cities. This way travelers who do not own a car or choose not to drive can reach their ship with maximum comfort.