Significant growth in the popularity of low-cost inter-city coach travel in Europe is to see megabus.com launch a new network of services in the Benelux region from next month, and open a dedicated base in Belgium.
The number of passengers using megabus.com’s growing coach network in Europe increased by more than 50% between 2012-13 and 2013-14.
Megabus launched low-cost coach services between London and mainland Europe in 2012 and already links around 100 destinations in the UK and Europe. Last year, it introduced a fleet of 10 new 72-seat coaches to operate on its network in Europe.
A further six coaches representing an investment of over €2m are set to be introduced on the European network in Belgium from 6 October. The 72-seat Van Hools will be equipped with free Wi-Fi, power sockets and toilets.
Managing Director Elizabeth Esnouf says: “This will be our first base in mainland Europe and gives us scope to operate these new services, as well as increasing the frequency on a number of our existing routes to and from Brussels.
“We have been operating in Belgium for a couple of years now and we are seeing an increasing number of people choosing coach travel for long journeys. We’re pleased to be able to offer even more travel options to people living and working in Belgium, and visitors to the country, and we look forward to attracting even more people on to our greener, smarter coach services.”