PolskiBus, a popular low-cost bus carrier in Poland, is to begin transporting passengers in Ukraine. The first trip will take place on 21 October, the company said.

The Polish company will operate on two routes: the Szczecin - Bydgoszcz - Torun - Plock - Warsaw - Radom - Lublin - Lviv - Ivano-Frankivsk - Chernivtsi route and the Poznań - Leszno - Wroclaw - Opole - Katowice - Krakow - Tarnow - Rzeszow - Lviv - Ternopil - Vinnytsia - Melnyk - Kherson route.

Transportation on both routes will be performed in cooperation with the Polish tour operator Ideal Travel and the Ukrainian company Fortuna Reisen. On the first route, passenger will transfer to a partner’s bus in Lviv; on the second route, the transfer will take place on Ternopil.

"We have long been receiving requests from our passengers to launch services to Ukraine. We know that this is a very attractive destination in terms of tourism and education. We are pleased to announce our new partnership, in which customers from 18 Polish cities will have direct links with popular Lviv and six other beautiful cities in Ukraine. We are convinced that the new services will be the next big hit in the integration of national and international carriers," said Piotr Pogonowski, PolskiBus’ director of marketing and communications.

Buses of PolskiBus and its partners are equipped with air conditioning, Wi-Fi, toilets, and electrical outlets. Customers can view timetables and buy tickets on the official website of the carrier. 

PolskiBus began operation in June 2011. Its owner is British businessman Brian Souter. The company provides bus services within Poland and to the neighboring countries of Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, and the Baltic States. PolskiBus is called a low-cost bus operator because the company offers tickets costing PLN 1 + PLN 1 for booking.

As the CFTS portal reported, PolskiBus previously outlined the conditions for entering the Ukrainian market: the state of local roads, the transparency of the law and regulations, and ease of crossing the border.

As reported, one of the largest low-cost bus operators in Europe added Lviv to its network of routes in in July this year. The Czech company LEO Express also launched additional routes to Ukraine.