The route between Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Cologne and Brussels, provides both international services and domestic travel. Fares on the route start at just €1 which is drastically lower than fares currently offered on other modes of transport and by other coach operators in Germany.
For the first time in mainland Europe, megabus.com will provide domestic inter-city travel along the route. The new services will enable people to travel between any points on the route within Germany - Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart or Munich.
megabus.com has announced that the new route is part of the company’s free seat sale which is currently underway across the UK and mainland Europe. As a result, hundreds of free seats have been made available on the new route for travel between 12 January and 12 February 2015.
The company also revealed that all seats on every service within Germany will be priced at just €1 for those travelling on the first three days of the new service (on 16, 17 and 18 December). Thereafter, megabus.com has confirmed that there will be €1 seats on every journey.
The services will also operate as normal throughout Christmas and New Year, including on Christmas Day.
The new route will cover some of the biggest population centres in Germany which have a combined direct population of more than 3.8million people. It also includes Brussels which is the capital of the European Union and has a population of 1.2million.
The new services will 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 new domestic transport options will make it even easier – and more affordable - for people in Germany to travel from city to city. In addition, the cross-border element of route to and from Brussels will help boost the number of people travelling from across Europe to key German cities. It will also open up a host of new transport options for people in Germany to travel to more than 110 destinations on the megabus.com network across the UK and mainland Europe.
megabus.com Managing Director Edward Hodgson said: “It’s great news for people in Germany that we have introduced these services to cut the cost of inter-city travel across key parts of the country. We are the only coach operator in Europe to offer €1 fares on all services across all routes.
“We believe consumers make their travel choices based on low fares and high quality services over the long term and we aim to be number one on both. We look forward to attracting people on to our greener, smarter and better value coach services. “
Tickets for the new routes are on sale now at www.megabus.com
The services are being operated from megabus.com’s base near Brussels, which is the company’s first depot in mainland Europe.
The number of passengers using megabus.com's growing coach network in Europe increased by more than 50% between 2012-13 and 2013-14 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 uses bigger coaches with more seats carrying up to 87 people, compared to standard coaches which tend to have around 50 seats. This allows the company to have a low cost per passenger & helps keep fares down to provide outstanding value for money.
megabus.com launched low-cost coach services between London and mainland Europe in 2012 and already links around 110 destinations in the UK and Europe. The European network already includes Paris, Boulogne, Amsterdam, Brussels, Ghent, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Cologne, Toulouse, Barcelona, Brussels, Lille and Luxembourg.
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. Coaches feature free wi-fi allowing passengers to stay connected on the move.
Three double deck Astromega coaches will operate on the route between Brussel and Munich. They are among nine vehicles based at the company’s depot in Belgium, representing an investment of over €4million. The vehicles have all been manufactured by Belgium based coach builder VanHool, and have free Wifi and power sockets. They also have onboard toilet facilities for additional comfort and convenience.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. The 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 the company also has stricter maintenance standards than legal requirements as part of its commitment to safety.
megabus.com was launched in the UK in 2003 and expanded its services to North America in 2006. After launching services in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Germany, the company introduced a service to Barcelona, Spain, which has also proved popular.
All European locations are served daily, with routes to and from the UK operating during the day and overnight. An interchange at London Victoria Coach Station offers links to and from locations in Scotland, England and Wales.
megabus.com offers German, Spanish, French and Dutch language websites.
See also http://focustransport2011.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/new-european-network-from-megabuscom.html