The Berlin to Amsterdam Flixbus is one of the many overnight bus options available throughout Europe. If you are backpacking Europe on a shoestring budget or just trying to save some time by combining transportation and accommodation, an overnight bus could be a good fit for you.

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Benefits of Taking Overnight Buses in Europe

Overnight Buses in Europe: the Berlin to Amsterdam Flixbus

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin, Germany

The Berlin to Amsterdam Flixbus (and other similar routes) essentially functions as a long haul flight. You go to sleep in one location and wake up in another.

Here are the good parts:

  • Saving on accommodation

The best possible reason for wanting to take an overnight Flixbus (or the like) would be to save money by combining your transportation and accommodation for one evening. Depending on your level of accommodation (hostel or Airbnb) and your location in Europe (Northern, Eastern, etc.) this could be anywhere from $20 to over $100 saved.

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The Heineken Experience in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

  • No “wasting” daylight

Assuming your time in abroad is limited, it can be frustrating to waste an entire day on a bus or a train waiting to arrive in a new destination when you would rather be out exploring it. When you take an overnight bus in Europe, you can avoid this by zipping between locales when everything cool is closed anyway.

Overnight Buses in Europe: the Berlin to Amsterdam Flixbus

Berlin Cathedral in Berlin, Germany

  • No trekking to the airport 

Most Flixbus stops are in central locations throughout the city, so you don’t have to worry about the added expense and time of getting all the way out to the airport from the city center. You just show up 15 minutes early, hop on your bus, and then you’re off.

  • Inexpensive tickets

Taking an overnight bus in Europe is always cheaper than flying (especially when you add in the expenses of getting out to the airport) and usually cheaper than a train. When I took the Berlin to Amsterdam Flixbus, I paid 37 Euro for my approximately 11-hour journey.

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Cute houses in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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Drawbacks of Taking an Overnight Bus in Europe

  • Potential for limited sleep

Just like an long haul flight, you might not get too much sleep on an overnight Flixbus — it just depends on how creative (and tired!) you are. The Flixbus seats are comfortable and do recline more than seats on a airplane, so if you can sleep at a 45 degree angle, you’ll be fine.

There is lots of leg of room on a Flixbus, too, so if you need to stretch out your legs to sleep, you will be accommodated. I am 5’6″ (about 1.68 meters) tall and had plenty of space. If you’re taller, just sit on the aisle seat to stretch your legs.

If your bus is empty side, the best spot to sleep is on the second level in the back row, stretched out across all the seats.

Overnight Buses in Europe: the Berlin to Amsterdam Flixbus

Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany

  • You could sleep through your stop

When I took the Berlin to Amsterdam Flixbus, I got on at the first stop and off at the last, but we made many stops in between, like in Hamburg, Germany and Groningen, Netherlands. If you’ve booked to one of these smaller “on the way ” stops, you should set an alarm for about 30 minutes before the arrival time on your ticket. This way, even if the bus is running ahead of schedule, you won’t sleep through your stop.

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My Experience on the Berlin to Amsterdam Flixbus

I thought that getting from Berlin to Amsterdam was going to one of the tricker parts of planning my trip in Europe, but it was actually one of the easiest thanks to Flixbus. I was scheduled to leave from the Berlin Alexanderplatz Flixbus stop, but due to the Berlin Marathon, the bus stop was relocated for the day. The Flixbus team let me know about these changes well in advance and sent me the address of the new stop multiple times, even including the exact coordinates — just in case. It was easy to find and left on time.

Flixbus Wifi limit

Gardens in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

My bus was completely full as we left Berlin, but when a quarter of the bus got off in Hamburg, I finally got to spread out and get some sleep. I remember waking up right outside Amsterdam and actually said to the girl next to me, “Wow, that actually wasn’t as bad as I thought.”  The 11 hours flew by!

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Oh, Flixbus wifi. You lure us in with promises of Netflix and iMessages, only to leave us high and dry after we blow through our allotted 150MB of data after checking Instagram for like, five minutes. But, with a little planning, you never have to run out of Flixbus wifi again.

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How to Outsmart the Flixbus Wifi Limit

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Berlin – a Flixbus Destination

I took an 11 hour overnight Flixbus from Berlin to Amsterdam and didn’t run out until 30 minutes before arrival. You can do this, too! Here’s how:

Download Netflix + Amazon Movies Ahead of Time

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Munich – a Flixbus Destination

Both Netflix and Amazon allow you to download movies and tv shows onto your phone or tablet so you can watch later. If you’d like to binge Stranger Things on your way to Berlin, it only takes about two minutes of planning.

Just use the wifi at the airport, cafe, or hostel and download any and all of the content you’d like to see on your trip. Just don’t use the Flixbus wifi to download or stream any video files, as you’ll run out of data pretty much instantly.

Put your Phone on Airplane Mode

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Prague – a Flixbus Destination

Even though I downloaded Netflix content ahead of time, my phone (a brand new iPhone 7+) kept trying to stream the shows I had downloaded instead of relying on the downloaded files.

Pretty frustrating, but there’s an easy fix. Just pop your phone over to Airplane Mode. This way there’s no confusion and you stop having to run interference between your app and the Flixbus Wifi.

Another bonus of Airplane Mode is that you are not accidentally eating up any of the Flixbus Wifi limit with background app refresh, etc. If you need to send a text or look up the address of your next hostel, you can briefly turn it off, but it’s best to pop it right back on after.

This is one of the main ways I stretched my 150MB limit from Berlin all the way to Amsterdam.

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Sign up For Audible

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Bratislava – a Flixbus Destination

Audiobooks are a great way to pass the time on overnight buses in Europe if your travel style is more look out the window and relax. If you sign up for Audible, you get at least one free audiobook when you sign up for the 1-month free trial, after which you can cancel at anytime (and keep your audiobook!) or continue on to receive one Audible credit a month.

I’ll admit, I signed up for the free trial so I could have book to listen to on my 11 hour Berlin to Amsterdam Flixbus ride, but ended up keeping my subscription because let’s be real… who doesn’t love a good story without the effort of actually reading it? Just, as always, download your book ahead of time — even if it’s using the wifi at the bus station as you’re waiting to board.

Sign up for Audible here.

Stream Music Offline

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Amsterdam – a Flixbus Destination

The paid version of streaming apps like Amazon Music and Spotify have options for listening offline, as long as you download your playlists ahead of time (this seems to be a theme), but there are still a few treaming apps that are completely free.

Like Umusio where you pay .99 one time then have access to millions of songs offline.

The app Deezer costs $9.99 a month, but the first 30 days are free. So sign up, but remember to cancel on time!

Just Take a Freaking Nap

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Rome – a Flixbus Destination

The lull of the Flixbus engine. The blurred European landscape whisking past you as you barrel down the highway. Oh, so so relaxing, right? If you reach the Flixbus Wifi limit, forgot to download movies to watch or music to listen to, and are traveling alone with no one to chat to, just lean your head back and take a nap. You’ll get to where you’re going soon enough.

The bottom line of outsmarting the Flixbus Wifi limit is just not to use the wifi because you follow the steps I’ve listed above you won’t even need it anyway.

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Is Flixbus Reliable?

That was my first question when my friend Smoky suggested we use it on our European adventure.

Flixbus is significantly cheaper than taking a train or a flight between cities, so I was inclined to give it a try, even though the idea of taking a bus made my travel anxiety flare up…like a lot.

Would I be able to find my stop? Would the bus leave early? If it’s delayed, does that mean it’s actually going to come? Will the bathroom be clean? What if we get stuck in traffic and I lose a whole day in my destination?

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This stems from the fact that I took buses in college a lot. Usually from my sleepy Western Massachusetts campus into Boston or down into NYC. I found them to be kind of icky and delayed like seven times out of ten. Bus stations also tend to stress me out simply because of the mere chaos of it all.

BUT

Flixbus is all about rebranding buses.

Its team promises clean, eco-friendly buses with free wifi. The stops seemed easy enough to find and the prices (starting at 5 Euro!) couldn’t be beat.

So I bought my tickets and hoped for the best.

Here’s my honest Flixbus review: 

Flixbus Review Berlin —> Amsterdam

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Berlin, my first stop this trip.

Finding the stop: Easy

Punctuality of the Flixbus: Left on time

I took an overnight Flixbus from Berlin to Amsterdam because I wanted to save money on accommodations. It took about eleven hours and I was dreading it, but as we pulled into Sloterdijk, I actually said to the girl next to me, “Wow, that actually wasn’t as bad as I thought.”

It wasn’t bad at all, actually.

Flixbus Berlin to Amsterdam normally leaves from the central Alexanderplatz stop (among others in the city — including the most-used stop: Berlin Central Bus Station), but because of the Berlin Marathon, the stop was relocated. I got multiple emails from Flixbus with the exact coordinates of the “pop up stop,” so it was very easy to find.

I even tweeted them to confirm (hello, travel anxiety) and the social media team responded within the hour to put me at ease.

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Flixbus Review Munich —> Prague

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At Oktoberfest 🙂

Finding the stop: Easy

Punctuality of the Flixbus: Left on time

After a little too much fun at Oktoberfest, Smoky and I were headed to the fairy tale city of Prague. The Flixbus stops at Munich Central Bus station are very easy to find. You can take the SBAHN to Hackerbrücke and then it’s like a two-minute walk to the stops. Everything is labeled and there are plenty of places to eat or shop while waiting for your bus.

One thing to note: when Flixbus is on time, it’s ON TIME. We rolled out of the station at our exact departure time and not a second later. So is Flixbus reliable? In this instance, yes.

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Flixbus Review Prague —> Vienna

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Finding the stop: Hard

Punctuality of the Flixbus: Left early

The Flixbus stop at Prague Main Railway Station was difficult to find. I think this because we came in the “grand entrance” at the front of the station, so to find it, we had to walk allll the way to the back of the station, and up some stairs. The actual stop is on a strip in the middle of the road behind the station.

We had to ask for lots of help and ran around like beheaded chickens for a bit, but we did eventually find it. If you are departing from Prague ÚAN Florenc, I wouldn’t worry as it’s small and manageable, but if you’re leaving from the station, give yourself some extra time to find your stop.

This bus actually left about six minutes before it was “supposed” to. Smoky and I figured it was because we were the only two ticketed passengers due to board in Prague, as there were only like ten other people on the entire double decker bus, so there wasn’t a point to waiting around.

Is Flixbus reliable? Not if you don’t have a ticket! If the driver doesn’t even know you’re coming, he won’t wait for you, so make sure to buy your ticket at least an hour or so in advance.

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Flixbus Review Vienna —> Bratislava

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The Royal Opera House in Vienna.

Finding the stop: Moderate

Punctuality of the Flixbus: Over an hour late, so we bailed.

The Flixbus stops at Vienna Erdberg are relatively easy to find, since we were dropped off from Prague in the same general area, but I say “moderate” because we never actually found our bus stop. We were only doing a day trip to Bratislava, so we didn’t have too much time to spare and it was FREEZING outside (the terminal is basically a wind tunnel), so when we saw that our bus was going to be over an hour late, we knew we needed a plan B.

Thankfully, there was another Flixbus just sitting there that was also going to Bratislava, so Smoky and I decided to forfeit our orignial tickets and buy new ones. The 7 Euro for the new ticket was worth it to get out of the cold and get on our way.

Flixbus Review Bratislava —> Budapest

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Beautiful Bratislava

Finding the stop: Easy

Punctuality of the Flixbus: Over an hour late

My travel anxiety flared up in a major way over this bus to Budapest, but it turns out it was for nothing. I wish I more like Smoky. Calm, cool, collected…confident that the bus would come. Because it did. It was reaaaaally late, but it came exactly when the app said it would.

The Most SNP Flixbus stop in Bratislava isn’t somewhere I’d like to be after dark, since it’s kind of just under a bridge, but as we were there during the daylight hours it was fine.

The Bratislava Central Bus Station, however, is really nice. Like really nice. Like free wifi, clean AF free bathrooms, and free luggage storage nice. I would almost consider it a tourist attraction on its own.

We did make the mistake of sitting across from the bathroom on the bus to Budapest. Don’t do this y’all. Every time we went over a bump, the door would fly open. It was almost reaaal embarrassing.

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So, is Flixbus Reliable?

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At the Széchenyi Thermal Baths in Budapest

Does the Flixbus Wifi Work?

Yes! It worked great on every single ride; however, to keep things moving quickly, Flixbus limits the amount of data you can use. Be sure to download your audiobooks and Netflix episodes beforehand, then put your phone on airplane mode and only use the wifi when you really need to. There are also power outlets on board.

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Is Flixbus Dirty?

I didn’t think so. The buses I took were nicer than some of the trains I’ve been on. I even actually used the bathroom on the way from Berlin to Amsterdam. I remember being like “Wow, how suspicious. It’s really clean in here…too clean.” There was toilet paper provided, but you should always bring your own as well. On the way from Bratislava to Budapest, someone dropped the roll…wouldn’t want to use that one.

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The Blue Church in Bratislava

Honest Flixbus review: Should I use Flixbus? 

I would use it again! Yes, two of our buses were really delayed and we had some hiccups finding some of the stops, but Flixbus buses are just that…buses. They are subjected to things outside their control like weather and traffic. If the bus is going to be late, the Flixbus app lets you know and updates itself in real time. The drivers we met were kind and helpful. The buses were clean.

For me, that makes up for it. 

If you’re looking to save some money on your next trip to Europe, I would recommend looking into Flixbus. Just prepare to be flexible

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