In recent times you may see more interest in long-distance coach transport. At first the trend has been only seen in America, but transport habits are also changing in the UK and continental Europe.
Due to the prevailing economic crisis, people are now looking for low-cost alternatives, also in passenger transport. Providers of these services started to adapt their products to the requirements of passengers (or rather to the current financial capabilities of average passenger). The real breakthrough occurred in intercity bus and coach transport, just because of this.
It was not exclusively about ticket prices, bus and coach carriers have made a lot more extensive changes and amenities. I am speaking of the creation of a wide network of connections and its development (national and international routes), timetables have been adapted to the passenger needs, modernization of owned bus fleet and also purchase of new vehicles.
In the UK and Europe we can see a rise of coach operators such as Megabus and National Express with cheap fares and brand new coaches equipped with Wi-Fi, power sockets, and reclining seats. Eurolines also has made many changes. The carrier continues to have the most extensive network in Europe, the lowest fares, but you have to take into consideration that it is not one company it is an alliance of European coach operators who synch up their timetables. Operators are seen as; Megabus good on-board entertainment and comfort for the money and National Express / Eurolines the most frequent schedule and onward connections.
- Baggage allowances: Megabus one bag / case and hand baggage, National Express 2 pieces of luggage plus hand luggage, Eurolines up to 2 pieces of luggage and hand luggage.
- Day and night connections: Megabus - yes, National Express - yes, Eurolines - yes.
- Seats reservation: Megabus - no, National Express - no, Eurolines - no.
- Free Wi-Fi: Megabus - yes (but not always), National Express - very few routes, Eurolines - usually does not offer Wi-Fi (currently only some links to Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris have Wi-Fi).
- Travelling with animals/pets is not permitted in Megabus, National Express and Eurolines. Guide dogs exclusively.
- Cheap tickets and promotions: Megabus - yes (from £1 + 50p one-way), National Express - yes (FunFares - from £1, £4, £5.50, £6.50, £7.50 etc one-way - depending on the route & Group Offers), Eurolines - yes (depending on the route from £ 9 or £ 29 single, or from £ 39 return)
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