Good News for Omis, Makarska, and Dubrovnik: FlixBus Returns to Southern Croatia
May 22, 2020 – After the Croatian Civil Protection Headquarters relaxed coronavirus measures and adopted new rules and instructions on behavior in public inter-county passenger transport, FlixBus returned to the roads on May 11, 2020, and connected Zagreb and Varaždin with cities such as Zadar, Split and Trogir in Croatia.
However, HRTurizam reports that from May 28, the southern part of Croatia will be connected even further, and the popular green buses will be able to travel all the way to Omiš, Makarska, Ploče, Opuzen, Metković and Dubrovnik.
“The opening of the first lines clearly showed us the great demand and need for passenger migration within Croatia. Accordingly, it was decided to start with bus lines to extreme southern Croatia,” said Ante Grbeša, director of the FlixBus CEE South region.
“Bus transport of passengers, even after the coronavirus situation, should remain an important part of a sustainable and affordable way of traveling. The permitted capacity on existing FlixBus bus lines is mostly full. We expect further easing of the measures of the Civil Protection Headquarters in order to continue with unhindered traffic throughout Croatia and enable passengers to realize their planned tourist or business trips,” added Grbeša.
By the way, the increase in the number of tourists arriving from abroad by FlixBus buses, from season to season, has grown by up to 80% to certain destinations. The FlixBus green network of bus lines extends to 29 European countries and connects 2,000 destinations with 350,000 daily lines.
Passengers are encouraged to think about their safety when buying their tickets and use the online way of purchasing them through a free mobile application or via the company’s website. This will reduce unnecessary physical contact and long queues. Special attention is being paid to enhanced hygiene and to the disinfection of the bus area for passengers and drivers, protective equipment for drivers has been made available, as has the regulated boarding and disembarking of passengers.
“The safety of passengers and drivers is paramount at the moment. Therefore, we immediately closed the sale of the first row of seats to be able to protect the driver, and we’re distributing passengers according to the instructions placed diagonally to the seats. Drivers are obliged to wear masks and gloves as well as disinfect their space, while passengers are recommended to wear their own masks for additional protection according to the given instructions and measures,” added Grbesa.
Further preventive protection measures relate to the disinfection of the bus that will be performed at the end of each journey as well as the placement of disinfectant that will be available to all passengers upon entering the bus area.
In addition, passengers will enter the bus via the back door, passenger tickets will continue to be registered without physical contact via QR codes and through the use of the mobile phones of drivers, and toilets in the buses will be closed for use until further notice.
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