EUROPE'S LEADING LOW-COST COACH OPERATOR MEGABUS.COM LAUNCHES NEW DOMESTIC SERVICES IN GERMANY
- New route links Munich, Nuremberg, Leipzig, Berlin, Hanover, Dortmund and Cologne
- megabus.com now serving nine German cities with fares from €1* on all journeys
- €5m fleet of modern fleet of coaches equipped with free wifi, power sockets and toilets
- 50 new jobs created at Munich operational base and crew base in Hanover
- Tickets on sale now at www.megabus.com for travel from 8 April
Europe's leading low-fares, high quality coach operator megabus.com today (2 April 2015) revealed plans to launch new domestic services in Germany from later this month.
The company, which has operated coach services for more than a decade, will introduce a new route between Munich, Nuremberg, Leipzig, Berlin, Hanover, Dortmund and Cologne from 8 April 2015, offering travel from just €1*.
Customers will be able to travel on a €5million fleet of double decker coaches equipped with free wifi, power sockets, toilets and state-of-the-art safety features.
megabus.com uses bigger coaches with more seats carrying up to 87 people, compared to other operators which tend to have less seats. This allows the company to have a low cost per passenger and helps keep fares down to provide outstanding value for money.
The new route means the megabus.com network in Germany will now cover the following nine locations: Cologne; Frankfurt; Stuttgart; Munich; Nuremberg; Leipzig; Berlin; Hanover; and Dortmund<.p>
It will also give passengers international connections to cities in the UK, France, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. megabus.com has been operating international services to and from Germany since 2013.
Tickets are now on sale at www.megabus.com for travel from 8 April
megabus.com has established a new operational base in Munich, creating 23 jobs, with a further 27 employees to be stationed at a crew base in Hanover.
The operator has forged strong ties with local businesses. Munich-based companies Josef Ettenhuber and AGK Truck and Bus will assist with fuelling, cleaning, parking and maintenance of the megabus.com vehicles. The company will also use office premises shared with AGK Truck and Bus at its base in Feldkirchen, Munich. In Hanover, megabus.com has rented office space in the city centre near the bus station.
megabus.com Managing Director Edward Hodgson said: “This is an exciting development for public transport in Germany. It will provide more choice for passengers, who will benefit from low fares and high quality travel to some of the most popular places across the country.
"Our brand new fleet of coaches allows us to carry more passengers and keep costs down for our customers, meaning they have more money to spend when they get to their destination.
"We've been successfully operating coach services for the past 12 years, with international services to and from Germany since 2013. Over the past three years, we have been serving a growing number of European cities and we are looking forward to creating new jobs and boosting tourism with our new network.
"Our services will complement existing transport options for people and our experience in the UK shows that coach and rail services can both attract growing numbers of passengers by offering customers good value and good customer service."
megabus.com began operating services into Germany in October 2013 when it started serving Cologne on a route to and from a number of other European locations including London. In December last year, the company expanded its operations with a route between Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Cologne and Brussels, providing both international services and domestic travel between German cities.
For the first five days of travel on the new services all tickets will be priced at €1*. Thereafter, megabus.com has confirmed that there will be €1* seats on every journey within Germany. All other fares on the route also represent excellent value for money, particularly when compared to other modes of transport. The current average fare on megabus.com journeys within Germany, since their launch in December 2014, is less than €7*.
megabus.com services pick-up and drop-off at stops either right in the city centre or near convenient transport links into the heart of each city**.
As well as using the domestic network, megabus.com customers in Germany can also connect to cross-border routes, helping to open up travel opportunities to more than 110 destinations on the megabus.com network across the UK and mainland Europe.
The number of passengers using megabus.com's growing coach network in Europe increased by more than 60% in the past year as the company continues to transform travel options for passengers. megabus.com already carries more than 15 million passengers a year across Europe and North America.
megabus.com was launched in the UK in 2003 and expanded its services to North America in 2006. The company launched low-cost coach services between London and mainland Europe in 2012 and links around 110 destinations in the UK and Europe. The European network includes Paris, Amiens, Amsterdam, Brussels, Ghent, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Toulouse, Barcelona, Brussels, Lille and Luxembourg.
Services have proved very popular with families, students and tourists looking to save money on their travel and spend extra on entertainment when they arrive at their destination. Passengers travel on state-of-the-art coaches featuring free wi-fi so they can stay connected on the move.
11 double deck Astromega coaches will operate on the new routes, representing an investment of over €5million. The vehicles have all been manufactured by Belgium based coach builder VanHool, and have free Wifi and power sockets. They also have onboard toilet facilities for additional comfort and convenience. In addition, all vehicles have two brand new safety features - Lane Deviation Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control technology - which have been introduced a year ahead of regulations.
All megabus.com drivers undertake a detailed operational and customer service training programme, including route familiarisation and driving assessments. The training is part of an EU standard qualification for professional bus, coach and lorry drivers. megabus.com ensures full compliance with relevant EU working time legislation and the company also has stricter maintenance standards than legal requirements as part of its commitment to safety.
megabus.com offers German, English, Spanish, French and Dutch language websites.
The success of megabus.com’s services has seen it create more than 400 jobs over the past decade in the UK and Europe and a further 1,000 jobs in North America.
*all bookings are subject to a 50p booking fee
**Pick up/drop off points:
- Cologne – Gummersbacher Strasse
- Frankfurt MAIN –Hbf, Mannheimer Straße
- Stuttgart - Stuttgart (Oberturkheim Bf)
- Munich - Zentral Omnibus Bahnhof, Hackerbrücke
- Nuremberg –Zentral Omnibus Bahnhof, Bahnhofstraße
- Leipzig –Goethestraße
- Berlin – Zentral Omnibus Bahnhof Masurenallee
- Hanover –Zentral Omnibus Bahnhof, Raschplatzhochstraße
- Dortmund –Zentral Omnibus Bahnhof Grünstraße