- New service to link London with Lille, Paris, Lyon, Turin and Milan
- First megabus.com route to provide direct route between UK and Italy
- Fares on all journeys to start from just £1*
- Tickets on sale now at www.megabus.com for travel from 8 July
Europe’s leading low-fares coach operator megabus.com today (2 July 2015) announced a new international route linking the UK with Italy for the first time.
From 8 July the company is to operate two services a day in each direction between London, Lille, Paris, Lyon, Turin and Milan.
The new route – which will be the only direct coach link between London and Milan - is the first megabus.com connection between the UK and Italy and for the first time also provides a direct link between London and Lyon.
The route connects Britain with the new domestic megabus.com network in Italy which covers 13 cities including Rome, Milan, Naples, Venice and Florence.
Fares on every megabus.com journey start from just £1*. All services will operate using state-of-the-art vehicles with free Wifi, power sockets, air conditioning and a toilet.
megabus.com Managing Director Edward Hodgson said: “This new route is great news for our customers in the UK who now have access to even more great value coach links across Europe as well as linking into our new low-fares domestic network in Italy for the first time.
“These new services will also deliver a further boost for tourism by making it even easier to access affordable travel to and from Britain for people who may previously have been prohibited by the cost of travel. We are the only coach operator in Europe to offer €1* fares on all services across all routes.”
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 almost 150 destinations on the megabus,com network in Europe, including London, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Lyon, Toulouse, Barcelona, Lille, Luxembourg, Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, 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 60% in the past year.
megabus.com offers English, Italian, French, German, 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 500 jobs over the past decade in the UK and Europe and a further 1,000 jobs in North America.