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Low cost buses in Europe

The dawn of low cost buses

"If there is a demand for cut-price, no-frills travel, why stop at low cost airlines?"

This question has already been asked by at least two companies in Europe, Terravision and megabus, who have come up with their own solutions. Now two more companies, National Express and easyBus, are hot on their heels.

The most obvious place for low cost bus services to start providing their services is arguably on routes from city centres to airports serviced by low cost airlines. After all, it's common enough when flying no-frills to consider the fact that the ticket to the airport will cost more than the international flight. So travellers looking to minimise their cost of air transport will certainly be keen to get to the airport as cheaply as possible.

Evidently this is the thinking behind Terravision's strategy. The Italian bus company has now established low cost routes connecting four European city centres to surrounding low cost airports - including a route from central London to Stansted airport, the most heavily serviced no-frills airline hub in the world. For passengers flying into an aiport on no-frills airlines, this is a useful complementary service - especially when tickets can be bought online at the same time as the flight is purchased. Graz-based low cost operator, Fairline has already partnered with the Italian bus company on its flights from Graz to Rome. Passengers can now purchase one way or return tickets on the Terravision Express Shuttle from Ciampino airport to Stazione Termini in the centre of Rome from the Fairline website.

Anticipating the potential boom in low cost airport shuttle buses, the innovative Bulgarian low cost airline, bexx, has decided to set up its own VIP coach service for passengers - sometimes for €10 on top of the price of the flight and sometimes included at no extra cost - from the airports it serves to surrounding city centres.

Initially bexx created the "low cost airline plus low cost coach" concept in order to create point-to-point travel between Sofia in Bulgaria and Vienna in Austria. But with the success of ferrying low cost travellers from the city centre of Vienna to Bratislava airport, just across the Slovakian border, bexx went on to introduce a similar service to connect Germany's Niederrhein airport with the cities of Düsseldorf, Cologne, Münster and Bonn, respectively 60km, 90km, 110km and 120km distant. Now the airline has announced plans to provide additional low cost bus services to the Dutch city of Nijmegen, only 35km north of Niederrhein, as well as to Utrecht and Amsterdam - resulting in the first point-to-point low cost fly-drive transport between the Bulgarian and Dutch capitals.

In the UK, megabus has yet to set up any airport shuttle services. Instead it is working on the basis that since it's now possible to take low cost flights from one end of the UK to the other - or even for a weekend on the Mediterranean - it ought to be possible to travel between cities in the UK by bus for an even cheaper price, something like £1.50. This looks pretty much like the last nail in the coffin for the popularity of hitch-hiking in the UK.

Not to be outsmarted by arch-rival StageCoach, National Express has decided to meet megabus' challenge head on with a new funfare tarriff, providing return trips from city to city across the UK in exchange for two pounds of spare change. (Less than a pint of beer).

 

Which low cost buses operate in each country?

Click the first letter of the country you want to travel around
to see which low cost companies serve that country. Click on each coach company
for more information about routes or go directly to the company's website.
 
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Austria

England

Germany

Italy

bexx   website

easyBus   website
FunFare   website
megabus   website
Terravision   website

bexx   website

Terravision   website

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Scotland

Slovakia

United Kingdom

Wales

CityLink   website
megabus   website

bexx   website

CityLink   website
easyBus   website
FunFare   website
megabus   website
Terravision   website

FunFare   website
megabus   website

 

Which countries does each low cost bus company operate in?

Click the first letter of the low cost company you want to travel with
to see which countries that coach company serves. Click on each country
for more information about routes or go directly to the bus company's website.
Bold countries indicate where each no-frills bus company is based.
 
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bexx   website CityLink   website easyBus   website megabus   website
Austria
Germany
Slovakia
Scotland
United Kingdom
England
United Kingdom
England
Scotland
Wales
United Kingdom

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National Express FunFare   website Terravision   website
England
Scotland
Wales
United Kingdom
England
Italy
United Kingdom

Which cities and airports have low cost bus connections?

Click the country you want to travel around and then the first letter of the city or airport
you want to travel to or from to see which cities or airports are linked by no-frills coach.
Click on each city or airport for more information about routes or go directly to the bus company's website.
Bold cities or airports indicate where each no-frills bus company is based.

England | Germany | Italy | Netherlands | Scotland | United Kingdom | Wales

United Kingdom

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Cheap buses to Birmingham Bonn Bournemouth Bratislava Airport

London   funfare
London   megabus
Manchester   funfare

Niederrhein Airport   bexx

London   funfare
London   megabus

Vienna   bexx

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Brighton Bristol Cambridge Cardiff

London   funfare
London   megabus

London   funfare
London   megabus

London   funfare

London   funfare
London   megabus
Swansea   megabus

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Cologne Dundee Düsseldorf Düsseldorf Niederrhein Airport

Niederrhein Airport   bexx

Edinburgh   megabus
Glasgow   megabus
Perth   megabus

Niederrhein Airport   bexx

Bonn   bexx
Cologne   bexx
Düsseldorf   bexx
Münster   bexx

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Edinburgh Exeter Florence Glasgow

Dundee   megabus
Glasgow   megabus
Perth   megabus
St Andrews   megabus

London   megabus

Pisa Airport   Terravision

Dundee   megabus
Edinburgh   megabus
Perth   megabus

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Leeds Leicester Liverpool

London   funfare
Manchester   megabus

London   funfare

London   funfare
Manchester   funfare
Manchester   megabus

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London ... ... London Stansted Airport

Birmingham   funfare
Birmingham   megabus
Bournemouth   funfare
Bournemouth   megabus
Brighton   funfare
Brighton   megabus
Bristol   funfare
Bristol   megabus
Cambridge   funfare
Cardiff   funfare

Cardiff   megabus
Exeter   megabus
Leeds   funfare
Leicester   funfare
Liverpool   funfare
Manchester   funfare
Nottingham   funfare
Oxford   megabus
Plymouth   megabus
Portsmouth   funfare

Portsmouth   megabus
Ringwood   megabus
Sheffield   funfare
Southampton   funfare
Southampton   megabus
Stansted Airport   Terravision
Swansea   funfare
Swansea   megabus

London   Terravision

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Manchester Milan Milan Bergamo Airport

Birmingham   funfare
Leeds   megabus
Liverpool   funfare
Liverpool   megabus
London   funfare

Bergamo Airport   Terravision

Milan   Terravision

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Milton Keynes Münster Nottingham Nottingham East Midlands Airport

London   easyBus

Niederrhein Airport   bexx

London   funfare

East Midlands Airport   SkyLink

Nottingham   SkyLink

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Oxford Perth Pisa Airport Plymouth

London   megabus

Dundee   megabus
Edinburgh   megabus
Glasgow   megabus

Florence   Terravision

London   megabus

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Portsmouth Ringwood Rome

London   funfare
London   megabus

London   megabus

Ciampino Airport   Terravision
Fiumicino Airport   Terravision

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Rome Ciampino Airport Rome Fiumicino Airport Sheffield Southampton

Rome   Terravision

Rome   Terravision

London   funfare

London   funfare
London   megabus

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St. Andrews Swansea Vienna

Edinburgh   megabus

Cardiff   megabus
London   funfare
London   megabus

Bratislava Airport   bexx

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