The bus is now the cheapest way to go from city to city in Germany. This is a recent development, as the laws have only changed in the past few years to privatize the intercity bus market. FlixBus has been operating since February 13, 2013, and was the first bus company to start under the new laws, and they have a fast growing and extensive European route network. Tickets are advertised for as low as five euro, but the average price for longer routes is about 20 euro, still a great deal when compared to train prices. Comfortable and convenient, the bus is the way to go for those on a budget.