megabus.com also already provides domestic travel between Paris and Toulouse.
megabus.com Managing Director Edward Hodgson said: “The new law brings the prospect of more exciting travel opportunities for millions of people across France. As Europe's leading low fares and high quality inter-city coach operator, we are well placed to help the government meet its objectives to grow what is a key sector of the economy.
“Our low fares will help put millions of euros back into the pockets of consumers through savings on their travel and our investment in France will also support new jobs. This is the first phase of our plans for domestic services within France and we look forward to expanding our operations further in the future to benefit people across the country.”
Fares on every megabus.com journey start from just €1* - less than the price of a cup of coffee. All services operate using state-of-the-art vehicles with free Wifi, power sockets, air conditioning and a toilet.
megabus.com recently announced the launch of a new base in France, with the creation of 35 jobs at an operating base in Belleville-sur-Saône, north of Lyon.
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 330% in the past year. The current average fare on the megabus.com network in mainland Europe is around €15.
megabus.com offers French, Italian, German, 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 500 jobs over the past decade in the UK and Europe and a further 1,000 jobs in North America.