Travellers to and from the Kingston area will soon have a new transportation option. FlixBus is expanding its Toronto to Ottawa line with a new stop in Kingston, starting on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022.
According to a media release from the company, FlixBus launched its Ontario network in April 2022 and its cross-border service between the U.S. and Canada in May 2022, and this network has already proven to be one of the most successful in FlixBus’ North American network. With the launch of service to new communities in Ontario and an international airport connection, FlixBus riders on both sides have more compelling options for affordable, convenient, and sustainable travel for short or long-haul trips.
When Kingstonist inquired as to why FlixBus chose to create a stop in Kingston, the company mentioned the lack of busing options currently available here. “We saw Kingston as an opportunity to expand our Toronto to Ottawa service as the city has been underserved by intercity buses in recent years, and our hope is to provide more connections for cities large and small throughout the province so passengers can see the best of what their country has to offer, no matter their budgets,” said Sean Haft, Public Relations Manager for FlixBus.
The Toronto to Ottawa line makes two trips per day in both directions, according to the release, with Ottawa-bound buses leaving Toronto at 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and Toronto-bound buses departing Ottawa daily at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. FlixBus is “excited to serve new communities” in Kingston and “continue connecting more populations throughout Ontario with its safe, affordable and sustainable long-distance bus services,” the company said.
According to Haft, the new stop location will be in the curbside bus drop-off zone on Wellington Street between Barrack Street/The Tragically Hip Way and Place d’Armes.
FlixBus offers customers the option to travel sustainably with carbon offset credits. According to the release, customers can purchase “CO2 Compensation” tickets during booking, thereby making a voluntary environmental contribution. The company said that the optional cost of travelling green will be added to customers’ ticket prices, at approximately one to three per cent of the original ticket price.
FlixBus CO2 Compensation Ticket donations are financing atmosfair’s UN-accredited Gold Standard Climate Protection Project Cleaner Cook Stoves in Rwanda. According to the release, these efficient stoves make it possible for people in rural Rwanda to use around 80 per cent less wood than traditional hearths when they cook. The project thus helps to preserve local forests, the last habitat for mountain gorillas in the world, and contribute to global climate protection.
Learn more about FlixBus and its available services at FlixBus.ca.