Last summer I decided to travel through Europe by bus. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money and after doing a lot of research, I found out the cheapest way to travel through Europe is by bus. There are a lot of options and those vary also a lot in prices and destinations. In my research I found 5 bus companies to travel with through Europe, which were the most active and biggest ones I could find.
Like I said, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. Flixbus offers low cost bus travels around (West-) Europe. From the Netherlands to Bremen, to Copenhagen, to Berlin, to Frankfurt, to Luxembourg was only €127,-. I had three overnight busses and most of the busses got free Wi-Fi and charging points. So you get a great value for your money and I really recommend this operator for traveling around Europe. This summer was my first time with Flixbus, but definitely not the last time.
I think Eurolines is the biggest bus operator of Europe. I’m not sure about that, but I know they have over 600 destinations all over Europe. From Austria to Great Britain, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Belgium and so on. I never traveled with Eurolines, but if I compare it with Flixbus I think the prices are quite high. The company also offers Wi-Fi in the bus and you’re allowed to bring three pieces of luggage, which is the same as Flixbus. Something which is different from the other companies is the 15-days ticket they offer. It’s an unlimited ticket to travel between 53 cities around Europe for only €195,- in the 15 days. I think it’s definitely worth a look when you want to travel around Europe!
Maybe you can guess it by the name, but this company has a lot of destinations in France. There are a few other destinations outside of France, like London, Antwerp or a few in Italy. But the main focus is on France. This company just had a transformation. It was first iDbus, but they changed it into Ouibus. The busses look quite nice and they have also Wi-Fi and plugs in the bus, just like Flixbus and Eurolines. The prices are not that bad and I think it’s comparable to Flixbus. So when you want to travel to France or around France, you can try both of the companies to compare which one gives you the best price.
Megabus is not only an active company in Europe, but also in Canada and the USA. The destinations in Europe are more on the West side of the continent, like France, United Kingdom, Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) and Germany. If you compare their website to the websites of the other companies, it looks a bit poorly and old. The prices are a bit higher than Flixbus, but they aren’t too expensive. So again compare the prices with the other companies, because the prices can vary everyday.
Do you want to travel through the United Kingdom? Than is National Express the perfect bus company to choose. National Express is based in the UK, which provides a lot of connections from and to cities in the UK. The prices are great and if you are planning on traveling multiple times with this company, there is also an option to get a discount card. They are sister company of Eurolines, so if you want to travel with the National Express to continental Europe, it will be a bus ticket from Eurolines. So in that case I should compare the prices with the other companies, because I think the prices are a bit high at Eurolines.
I think all of the companies offer the same facilities, like free Wi-Fi and toilets. The only thing which vary the most are the destinations and the prices. So there is not one perfect coach company, but it’s always a matter of comparing the companies. From my experience I can tell Flixbus was definitely worth the price and most of the times they offer the cheapest tickets. So if you want to travel trough Europe by bus, you should check the Flixbus site.