Coach Travel in Europe

Safe, reliable and efficient, it’s a highly economical form of getting around…

Travelling by coach in Europe is a way of combining all the benefits of car-pooling with comfort, safety and access to a professional service.

The lower cost of bus fares means travellers can cross Europe even on the tightest of budgets… and seeing Europe by coach gives them a freedom and flexibility often not offered other forms of travel.

The largest regular coach network in Europe is known as Eurolines. Created in 1985, the Brand name Eurolines in fact groups 29 independent coach companies into Europe’s largest regular coach network. This network connects over 600 destinations, covering the whole continent. Every year, the Eurolines network transports 3.5 million of passengers to more than 600 destinations across Europe.


Importantly, Eurolines hosts a website dedicated to travel agents that allows them to book, print and send by email a Eurolines ticket, manage their bookings, get a free quotation for a group, or download timetables as well as General Terms and Conditions of Sale.

The “Eurolines pass” allows for unlimited coach travel between 41 destinations in 21 countries on the Eurolines network. It is only valid on international journeys and travellers are not allowed to repeat any route while using the pass.

“Busabout”, meanwhile, is Europe-wide hop-on hop-off bus network designed for backpackers. The network comprises a number of interconnecting bus routes connecting the major cities with a few out-of-the-way destinations thrown in. The network comprises travel to around 30 destinations in nine countries.

Meanwhile in 2012, the French (until then) rail operator SNCF launched out into road transport with iDBUS, as a “seamless , cost effective and comfortable transport alternative to travel across Europe. Available in France, the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Germany, iDBUS reaches 19 European destinations. iDBUS has been offering free Wi-Fi services to its passengers across its fleet thanks to a partnership with mobile operator Orange. It is reported that already 50% of iDBUS customers regularly connect to the internet during their trips.

According to Laurent Lenoir, Director of Information Systems at iDBUS, “Remaining connected while travelling has become a necessity, and Wi-Fi availability is among the top criteria for choosing our company”. Electrical power sockets are also available for travellers in order to use their laptops or charge other mobile devices.


When buying a bus or coach ticket, travellers may not be charged a higher price because of their nationality or the place in which they are buying the ticket. Passenger rights are firmly protected in Europe. Links to information can be found in the “Practical Information”, page 27.