- Kassel, Göttingen, Hamburg and Bremen added to growing network
- 13 German cities now served, with fares from €1* on all journeys
- €5m modern coach fleet equipped with free wifi, power sockets and toilets
- Tickets on sale now at megabus.com for travel from 21 April
megabus.com, Europe's leading low-fares, good quality coach operator, today (16 April 2015) announced a further expansion of its network in Germany.
Kassel, Göttingen, Hamburg and Bremen have been added to the company’s growing network in Germany, which now covers 13 locations. The number of daily services is also being doubled.
Services start running from 21 April 2015, offering travel from just €1*, and bookings are open now at megabus.com.
Customers will travel on the company’s €5m fleet of 11 new double-decker coaches. The disability accessible vehicles are equipped with free wifi, power sockets, toilets and state-of-the-art safety features.
megabus.com, which has run services for more than a decade, uses bigger coaches carrying up to 87 people. Standard coaches normally have around 50 seats. This allows the company to have a lower cost per passenger and lower fares.
For the first five days of travel, 21-25 April all tickets for the new services will be priced at €1*. Thereafter, megabus.com has confirmed that there will be €1* seats on every journey within Germany.
All other fares also represent excellent value for money, particularly when compared to other modes of transport. The average fare on megabus.com journeys within Germany is less than €7*.
The megabus.com network in Germany now covers the following 13 locations: Cologne; Frankfurt; Stuttgart; Munich; Nuremberg; Leipzig; Berlin; Hanover; Dortmund; Kassel; Göttingen; Hamburg and Bremen.
Passengers can also access international megabus.com connections to cities in the UK, France, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. In total, megabus.com links around 120 locations across Europe.
megabus.com Managing Director Edward Hodgson said: “This is more good news for people in Germany as we are adding further key locations to our network and opening up our great value services to even more customers.
“Our aim is to provide affordable and good quality travel for people who might previously have been excluded by high transport costs. We believe that our low-fares services will open up new transport links for more people, helping to boost tourism and the local economy in the locations we serve.”
megabus.com will operate the new services from its operational base in Munich and a crew base in Hanover. The company’s first services to and from Germany started in October 2013 with an international route linking Cologne. In December 2014, 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. Earlier this month, megabus.com launched a domestic route linking Munich, Nuremberg, Leipzig, Berlin, Hanover, Dortmund and Cologne.
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**. The company offers German, English, Spanish, French and Dutch language websites.
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. The European network also includes Paris, Amiens, Amsterdam, Brussels, Ghent, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Toulouse, Barcelona, Brussels, Lille, Luxembourg and London.
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.
megabus.com’s fleet in Germany has been manufactured by Belgium based coach builder VanHool. All vehicles have a level access for wheelchair users and those with reduced mobility. 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. 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 it also has stricter maintenance standards than legal requirements as part of its commitment to safety.
The success of megabus.com’s services has seen it create more than 400 jobs over the past decade in the UK and mainland Europe and a further 1,000 jobs in North America.
*All bookings are subject to a 50cent booking fee
**Pick up/drop off points:
- Cologne – Gummersbacher Strasse
- Frankfurt MAIN – Hauptbahnhof, Mannheimer Straße
- Stuttgart – Stuttgart (Obertürkheim Bahnhof)
- Munich – Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof, Hackerbrücke
- Nuremberg – Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof, Bahnhofstraße
- Leipzig – Goethestraße
- Berlin – Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof, Masurenallee
- Hanover – Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof, Raschplatzhochstraße
- Dortmund – Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof, Grünstraße
- Kassel – Bahnhof Wilhelmshöhe
- Göttingen – Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof
- Hamburg – Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof, Adenauerallee
- Bremen – Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof, Breitenweg