Stagecoach Introduces £1 UK To Europe Coach
Bus company Stagecoach has introduced new services to continental Europe from just £1, claiming it wants to take on the "over-priced" European coach travel market.
The company's budget coach operator megabus.com has started running daytime and overnight services from London to Paris, Boulogne, Brussels and Amsterdam.
But while it may be a cheap way to travel to the popular tourist destinations, the journey time might deter some: a trip to Paris takes nine and a half hours one way, and a single trip to Amsterdam takes 12 hours.
Stagecoach chief executive Sir Brian Souter said: "For too long, people in many parts of Europe have been paying too much for their coach travel.
"Our new network offers families, students and tourists great value fares and high-quality coaches.
"These services will deliver a long-overdue shake-up to the over-priced European coach travel market."
The company, which already operates a sleepercoach between Glasgow and London using specially-refurbished single-deck articulated coaches, may also introduce similar provision for the new routes to Europe.
It is currently in talks with Belgian manufacturer Van Hool on developing a sleepercoach fitted with 48 seats and tables for use during the daytime that could be converted into 43 bunks overnight.
The firm Megabus.com launched in Scotland nine years ago and now covers around 60 locations in the UK and more than 70 major cities in the United States and Canada.
Last month, the Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company launched a four-hour coach trip around the M25.
Tickets for the first guided tour, which cost £15 each, sold out.