First UN Wonder Woman Day: National Express celebrates women in the transport industry

First UN Wonder Woman Day: National Express celebrates women in the transport industryFor the last 75 years, Wonder Woman has inspired young girls and women from all over the world. The DC comic book heroine filled a void in the otherwise male-dominated comic sphere, which is why the United Nations have decided to celebrate the iconic role-model by honouring her with a day of her own. Continue reading

British Company Taken Over by FlixBus: megabus Withdraws from Continental Bus Market

British Company Taken Over by FlixBus: megabus Withdraws from Continental Bus MarketAs of 1 July, the German coach company FlixBus will take over megabus’ Continental bus routes as well as cross-border connections to and from the UK. Starting from next Friday, the German market leader will be in charge of the planning of timetables, marketing strategies, sales and distribution as well as pricing. Continue reading

The European Championships 2016: Accessible for Everyone?

The European Championships: Accessible for Everyone?It’s a good time for football fans: The leagues have ended, the Champions League Final was decided and the Euros are only a few days away. However, whenever big tournaments take place, there is also an aspect about them that is often glossed over: the accessibility of the football venues. In 2014, a BBC Continue reading

Europe is Just a Coach Trip Away: New FlixBus Connections to the Continent

Europe is Just a Coach Trip Away: New FlixBus Connections to the ContinentOn 24 March, the coach company FlixBus has set foot on the British Isles for the very first time by launching an intercity bus connection from Paris to London. The German market leader, which set out to conquer the whole of Europe, reports that the new coach route turned out to be a great success Continue reading

Bizarre Bus News: Alien on Board and Where Does the Fox Go?

Bizarre Bus News: Alien on Board and Where Does the Fox Go?There’s a lot of things going on in the world of buses and coaches. While the launch of a new bus connection, attractive deals or the achievements of individual coach companies count amongst the more normal pieces of information, from time to time a more bizarre one pops up. We have collected the Continue reading

German Market Leader FlixBus Launches First Budget Bus Route to London

German Market Leader FlixBus Launches First Budget Bus Route to LondonThe German intercity coach market was liberalised in early 2013 and bus providers have been fighting over customers ever since. Active competition has resulted in particularly inexpensive ticket prices and in a high level of comfort on intercity coach trips. While free WiFi and a vast amount of power outlets are standard Continue reading

Accessibility of Long Distance Coaches: A Bus for Everyone(?)

A Coach for Everyone: Accessibility on Long Distance BusesIn the UK about 11 million people suffer from a long-term illness or disability1 and around 9 per cent of the population report having mobility difficulties.2 Although society is working towards the integration and inclusion of people with disabilities, their impairments can still result in obstacles to be overcome in everyday life. Continue reading

The History of the UK Coach Industry

The History of the UK Coach IndustryWhile coaches are a familiar sight on the UK’s motorways, other European nations such as Germany and France have only recently liberalised the market for intercity bus transport. In Great Britain, horse-drawn stagecoaches had been in use between the 1500s and the 1830s and 1840s, when the invention and Continue reading

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Coach Stations around the World

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Coach Stations around the WorldThe comfort of coach journeys depends not only on the on-board features of the respective companies but also on infrastructure issues – for instance on the facilities, which can be encountered at the coach station. The passenger usually benefits from a good location in the centre of the city and from basic features such Continue reading

French intercity bus market kicks things off with cheap fares

French intercity bus market kicks things off with cheap faresAs a result of the passage of the so-called Macron Law, the French intercity coach market is booming. While prior to the liberalisation of the market for long distance bus travel, only cross-border routes were allowed to be operated, national bus routes may also be provided as of now. As transport companies in Continue reading