- Company to provide free promotion of Arbeiterkind.de charity
- Agreement marks one year of megabus.com domestic travel in Germany
- Organisations share goal to aid mobility
Leading low fares, hiqh quality coach provider megabus.com has celebrated its first year of providing domestic travel in Germany by joining forces with one of the country’s nationwide charities, Arbeiterkind.de. The launch of the charity support enables the coach company to play a greater role in the communities it serves in Germany.
Today marks the official launch of megabus.com’s support of nationwide educational initiative ArbeiterKind.de. Five megabus.com vehicles will promote the charity on routes across Germany with the Arbeiterkind.de logo added to the outside of the vehicle. The charity is also being promoted on board through the company’s wireless homepage and megabus.com has also made a financial contribution to the charity.
ArbeiterKind.de aims to make academic education accessible for everyone, regardless of their social background. The charity provides information and practical support to help and encourage young people from previously non-academic families to go on to further study.
“We are very happy with the support from megabus.com, as this way we are able to reach many young people and make them aware of the extensive information and support from ArbeiterKind.de,” said Katja Urbatsch, founder and managing director of ArbeiterKind.de.
With this campaign, the partners want to lay the foundation for a long-term involvement in which megabus.com could also potentially provide ArbeiterKind.de-mentees with advice when they are about to enter employment for the first time.
megabus.com Managing Director Edward Hodgson said: “We want to make travel and mobility affordable for as many people as possible. By offering fares from €1*, our services are very popular with young people and we help many students travel home from university to visit their families at little expense. Education and mobility open up new perspectives for young people. We are therefore particularly excited to promote the initiative with ArbeiterKind.de, a group who are truly dedicated to this social mission."
megabus.com has had a successful year since it began offering it’s first domestic travel in Germany in December 2014.
Edward Hodgson added: "During our first year, customers have benefitted from an average fare of less than €10* and our buses have covered more than 250,000km within Germany. We look forward to attracting even more people on to our low-fares and high quality services in the future.”
megabus.com, part of Stagecoach Group in Scotland, has operated since 2003. It expanded from the UK to North America in 2006 and has served mainland Europe since 2012. There are now around 160 destinations on the megabus,com network in Europe, including Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, London, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Lyon, Toulouse, Barcelona, Lille, Rome, Milan and Naples.
megabus.com carries more than 15 million passengers a year across Europe and North America. The number of passengers using the company’s growing coach network in Europe is up more than 330% in the past year. The current average fare on the megabus.com network in mainland Europe is around €10*.
megabus.com offers German, French, Italian, English, Spanish and Dutch language websites. Services are popular with families, students and tourists looking to save money on travel and spend extra on entertainment when they arrive at their destination.
All megabus.com drivers undertake a detailed operational and customer service training programme. It includes route familiarisation and driving assessments and this is in addition to meeting all of the EU standard qualifications for professional bus, coach and lorry drivers. megabus.com ensures full compliance with relevant EU working time legislation and 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 600 jobs over the past decade in the UK and Europe and a further 1,000 jobs in North America.