Stagecoach Launches Budget European Coach Network

Monday, 16 April 2012

 

  • megabus.com routes now link UK with France, Belgium and Netherlands
  • Seats from £1 or €11 on state-of-the-art coaches with free wi-fi and toilets
  • Easy connections to and from locations in Scotland, England and Wales
  • Pledge to shake up "over-priced" European coach travel market
  • Work underway on double-decker sleepercoach concept vehicle

Transport group Stagecoach today launched a new network of low-cost coach services from the UK to Continental Europe - and revealed it was already investigating the potential for a cross-Channel sleepercoach.

The Group's budget coach operator megabus.com today started running daytime and overnight coach services between its main hub in London and destinations in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Passengers can travel to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and Boulogne on a new £2.5m fleet of state-of-the-art coaches equipped with free wi-fi and toilets. There is also a dedicated Paris-Brussels-Amsterdam service. An interchange at London Victoria Coach Station also offers through services to and from locations in Scotland, England and Wales.

And Stagecoach pledged to shake up the European coach market with a combination of high quality travel and low-cost prices, with seats from just £1 or €11. Passengers travelling on the cheapest tickets pay just 0.5p per mile (0.3c per km) to go from London to Paris, 0.7p per mile (0.4c per km) from London to Brussels and 0.5p per mile (0.3c per km) from London to Amsterdam2.

Sir Brian Souter, Stagecoach Group Chief Executive, said: "We launched megabus.com in Scotland nine years ago and it has already transformed inter-city travel in the UK and North America. With the rising cost of living, rocketing fuel prices and running a car becoming more and more expensive, everyone is looking to make their money go further.

"For too long, people in many parts of Europe have been paying too much for their coach travel.  Our new network offers families, students and tourists great value fares and high-quality coaches. These services will deliver a long-overdue shake-up to the over-priced European coach travel market."

Bookings for the new services can be made through www.megabus.com and already many trips are sold out.  French and Dutch language websites trading in Euros will be launched soon.

In the meantime, customers in France, Belgium and the Netherlands can book through a network of approved travel agents. Full details are available online at: http://uk.megabus.com/megabuscom.aspx. See below for details of European services and pick-up/departure points.

megabus.com, the award-winning budget travel operator, already covers around 60 locations in the UK and more than 70 major cities in the United States and Canada.

The low fares coach service runs in and out of the heart of major cities, avoiding extra transfers and waiting associated with air travel. Clear low-cost pricing, with no extra fees for luggage or airport taxes, contrasts with budget airlines criticised for pricey add-ons to basic fares.

Stagecoach also revealed today that it is investigating the potential for a sleeper coach service between the UK and Europe.  The company is working in partnership with Belgium manufacturer Van Hool on a 15-metre concept vehicle, based on its Astromega double-decker coach.

Van Hool already manufactures double-decker coaches used on the Group's megabus.com services in the UK and North America. Astromega double-decker coaches are also used on Stagecoach's Oxford Tube, Europe's most frequent express coach service running up to every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Current designs would see the sleepercoach fitted with 48-seats and tables for use during the daytime, which could be converted into 43 bunks on overnight services.

megabus.com already operates a sleepercoach service between Glasgow and London seven nights a week, using specially-refurbished single-deck articulated coaches.

Sir Brian added: "Our new routes to France, Belgium and the Netherlands have already been extremely popular. Based on our experience in the UK, we are also very excited about the potential for sleepercoach services across the Channel and look forward to continuing to develop our concept vehicle."

megabus.com was launched in Scotland in 2003 and expanded to the United States in 2006. The popular service provides carries around 5 million passengers in the UK every year. More than 16 million customers have travelled with megabus.com in North America since the launch in April 2006 and the service has expanded rapidly over the past 12 months.

Visit www.megabus.com to book and find information about services, stops, schedules, arrival and departure times and fares.

 

ENDS

 

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NOTES TO EDITORS

 

1A 50p or 50c booking fee applies to all journeys. A passport, valid beyond the date of return, is required for all passengers. Customers are also required to have all relevant documentation needed to comply with customs and immigration, health and other regulations.

 

2Distance and cost calculator

Route

Distance (miles)

Distance (km)

Cost per mile of £1 fare + 50p booking fee

Cost per km of €1 fare + 50c booking fee

London-Paris

285m

459km

0.5p/mile

0.3c/km

London-Brussels

229m

369km

0.7p/mile

0.4c/km

London-Amsterdam

331m

533km

0.5p/mile

0.3c/km

 

Stagecoach Group

Stagecoach Group is a leading international public transport group, with extensive operations in the UK, United States and Canada. The company employs 35,000 people and operates bus, coach, rail, and tram services. Visit www.stagecoach.com for more information.

 

megabus.com

megabus.com carries around 5 million passengers a year in the UK, covering around 60 locations. In North America, megabus.com links more than 70 cities across the United States and in Canada. Visit www.megabus.com for more information.

 

Details of megabus.com European services:

 

London-Paris/Paris-London

 

London

0930

2130

Paris

2330

1130

Paris

1905

0730

London

0700

1900

 

London-Brussels-Amsterdam/Amsterdam-Brussels-London

 

London

0930

2130

Amsterdam

2135

0905

Brussels

1835

0600

Brussels

0040

1200

Amsterdam

2130

0855

London

0700

1900

 

Paris-Brussels-Amsterdam

 

Paris

2300

-

1115

-

Brussels

0400

0615

1600

1835

Amsterdam

0640

0855

1910

2130

 

 

Amsterdam-Brussels-Paris

 

Amsterdam

0905

1130

2135

2355

Brussels

1145

1410

0025

0235

Paris

-

1910

-

0800

 

Pick-up and departure points for new megabus.com services in Europe

 

  • Amsterdam - Zeeburg park and ride coach park at Zuiderzeeweg.
  • Boulogne - Gare de Maritime, Place de la Republique, near the town centre.
  • Brussels - Rue du Cardinal Mercier by the central train station.
  • Paris - Porte Maillot coach park, next to Palais de Congres de Paris.

 

 

 

 

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