- Brussels-Luxembourg route extended as Strasbourg added to megabus.com network for the first time
- New service to link Rotterdam, Antwerp and Paris
- Extra service added to Amsterdam-Brussels-Paris route
- More than 110,000 passengers already carried on services from Belgium base
Europe’s leading low-fares coach operator megabus.com has announced a number of planned timetable improvements to its Benelux network.
From 18 May, the company is introducing new services as well as adding Strasbourg to the megabus.com network for the first time.
megabus.com – part of Stagecoach Group – opened its base in Brussels in October 2014 and operates services across the Benelux region, with fares from €1*. Already, more than 110,000 customers have used the services operated from the depot in Belgium.
As part of the planned timetable improvements, the company is extending its daily service between Brussels and Luxembourg to serve Strasbourg, once a day in each direction, seven days a week.
megabus.com is also introducing a new service, which will operate once a day between Rotterdam, Antwerp and Paris, as well as adding an extra service each day to the existing route between Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris.
As a result of low passenger demand, the company is discontinuing the route between Brussels and Lille, to enable the resources to be used on routes that will benefit more customers.
Changes are planned to the megabus.com stops in Rotterdam, where the new departure point will be at Central Station, and in Antwerp where the new stop will be located at Berchem, Boorsbeekbrug.
Some small timing alterations will also be made to a small number of routes to further improve the reliability of services – timetable information is available at www.megabus.com
In addition, megabus.com customers from Brussels can now also travel to Limoges, Brive-La-Gaillarde, Toulouse and Barcelona via a change in Paris.
Tickets for all journeys can be booked now at www.megabus.com
Managing Director of megabus.com Edward Hodgson said: “We are really pleased with the success of our Benelux network so far. We monitor all of our services, particularly those that are new, to find out where we can make improvements and we believe these planned timetable changes will benefit our customers.
“It’s great to welcome Strasbourg to the megabus.com network as it’s a vibrant city with lots to offer. It’s pleasing to know that so many people across the region have already benefitted from our great value fares and good quality services and we look forward to attracting even more passengers on to our greener, smarter and better value coach services in the coming weeks and months.”
Fares on all megabus.com routes start from just €1*. 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 uses bigger coaches with more seats carrying up to 87 people, compared to standard coaches which tend to have fewer seats. This allows the company to have a low cost per passenger and helps keep fares down, providing outstanding value for money.
Nine double deck Astromega coaches are based at the company’s depot in Belgium, representing an investment of over €4million. 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.
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 now links around 110 destinations in the UK and Europe. The European network includes Paris, Amiens, Amsterdam, Ghent, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Cologne, Toulouse, Barcelona, Brussels, Lille, Luxembourg, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Munich, Berlin and Hamburg.
All European locations are served daily, with routes to and from the UK operating during the day and overnight. An interchange at London Victoria Coach Station offers links to and from locations in Scotland, England and Wales.
megabus.com offers French, Dutch, Spanish and German 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 50cents booking fee