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Buses in Europe: Everything You Need to Know

Across Europe, traveling by bus is a popular choice for locals and tourists alike!

Buses are a safe and reliable option for both traveling within European countries such as France and Spain as often buses offer routes not only between cities but also to smaller locations that are harder to reach—even by train! Buses are also a great option for traveling across countries, with lots of companies offering intercontinental routes.

The biggest perk of traveling by bus is that it often the most cost-effective choice. Prices don't fluctuate as much meaning buses are a great option for those on a tighter budget or those who want to be more flexible with their plans.

With Omio, you can also book bus airport transfers.

Popular Bus Routes in Europe

Bus services vary across Europe according to provider and destination. Travelers can expect services ranging from transit buses to comfortable coaches, short distance connections to long-haul services, and overnight journeys on select routes. Many bus operators provide scheduled bus times that are similar or at the same time each day, making planning last minute trips easy, as well as making pre-booking possible to ensure there is a space on the bus. Peak and off-peak times usually are not applied to bus services in the same way as trains; however, prices can vary according to the popularity of a particular service.

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Buses from London to Paris
Alsa
Buses from Barcelona to Madrid
Quibus
Buses from Paris to London
Ouibus
Buses from Paris to Brussels
Nettbus
Buses from Stockholm to Oslo
alsa
Buses from Madrid to Barcelona
avanza
Buses from Madrid to Valencia
eurolines
Buses from Paris to Amsterdam
Regiojet
Buses from Budapest to Vienna
Trenitalia
Buses from Madrid to Malaga

 



Cheap Bus Tickets in Europe

Europe has a number of budget-friendly bus companies operating nationally and on trans-European routes. Bus services vary according to provider and destination, however to bag the cheapest bus tickets it’s best to buy in advance. Unlike trains, peak and off-peak times do not usually apply; however prices can decrease or increase depending on the popularity of the service – particularly between busy routes such as London to Paris. With hundreds of destinations to buzzing cities in Europe, the easiest way to find cheap tickets is through the Omio search tool or app. We’ve gathered the latest routes, timetables and greatest deals on bus tickets in one place, so it’s easy to book no matter which language or currency you’re working with.

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Take the bus to Prague in the Czech Republic. Credit: Unsplash

Popular bus companies such as FlixBus, BlaBlaCar Bus and Megabus have a wide network of routes across Western Europe, with a regular schedule of buses between France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Most long-haul, trans-European services offer comfortable seating and toilets on board, with many now also providing WiFi and charging points.

Which country do you want to visit?

Germany | Spain | Italy | United Kingdom | France

 

Popular international routes by bus in Germany


Thanks to Germany’s central location in Europe, it’s easy to get buses across its eastern and western borders and into countries across the continent. Cities like Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Dresden, Düsseldorf and Munich all have regular connections to the Czech Republic, Austria, France, Belgium, Spain, Poland and more! Take a trip across Europe by bus and see the stunning countryside around the Black Forestor through Bavaria, before landing in your next European destination. The main bus providers in Germany are Flixbus, IC bus and Lufthansa Express Bus. Find out more about traveling bus in Germany with our comprehensive guide.

Popular international routes by bus in Spain


From the Sierra Nevada mountains to the glittering waters of the Costa Brava, traveling across Spain by bus is the perfect way to sit back and discover its dramatic landscapes. The main bus providers in Spain are Alsa, Avanza and Flixbus, each with a wide network that reaches small mountain towns and idyllic seaside resorts. There are frequent buses between Spain’s biggest cities, such as Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Alicante, Malaga, Toledo to destinations across Europe. Find out more through our comprehensive guide to buses in Spain here.

Popular international routes by bus in Italy


Discover Italian history, art and culture by traveling to historic cities such as Rome, Milan and Naples by bus. Inter-city buses connect hundreds of destinations across Italy’s gorgeous landscapes, but importantly buses in Italy give access to smaller towns which are not easily accessible by train. International routes from Italy to neighboring countries run predominantly from big cities such as Bologna, Trieste, Florence or Milan and go to Germany, Spain, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. The main bus providers on international routes from Italy are FlixBus, Marino Autolinee and Itabus Find out more through our comprehensive guide to buses in Italy here.

Popular international routes by bus from the UK


Want to visit the rugged moorlands of Devon in the West Country, or looking to take a dip under the chalk cliffs of the Southern coast? Buses in the UK travel to big and small cities up and down the country. The central bus station in London is London Victoria, which connects Manchester, Liverpool, Exeter, Bristol, Edinburgh, Birmingham and many more! The main bus companies in the UK are National Express, Stagecoach and Megabus. Read more about traveling by bus from London here.

Popular international routes by bus in France


Explore quaint rural towns nestled in the wine regions of Provence, or experience the buzz and soul of great French cities like Paris or Marseille. Traveling by bus in France is an easy and affordable way to discover hidden gems across the country. The main bus providers in France are FlixBus and Blablacar Bus, which provide affordable and comfortable journeys between French cities and other destinations in Europe. Find cheap bus tickets between French cities and Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Spain. Find out more through our comprehensive guide to buses in France here.

The London to Paris Bus

Getting the bus to mainland Europe from the United Kingdom is a popular and affordable option for travelers on a budget. There are over 20 daily buses between London to Paris, running from 6 a.m. in the morning to around 9 p.m. at night. The services are run by multiple bus companies, including FlixBus, National Express and Megabus, most of which offer plug sockets, WiFi as well as toilets aboard. The 253 miles takes between 8 to 9 hours, setting off from London Victoria Bus Terminal and arriving in Paris Bercy. The London to Paris bus doesn’t charge for luggage (unless you’re traveling with two or more large suitcases) and gets passengers directly into the city center, making it a convenient alternative to flying. Load up your backpack, sit back and relax on your next bus journey from London to Paris.

Which European city do you want to visit by Bus?

London | Barcelona | Rome | Berling | Paris

 

Popular Bus Routes from London


Welcome to the Big Smoke! Discover cheap tickets and bus routes from London to multiple cities across the UK. Visit our dedicated page for buses in London and get inspired for your next trip across the UK.

Popular Bus Routes from Barcelona


Bienvenida a Barcelona! Discover the delights of the capital of Spain’s Catalonia region. Buy cheap tickets and find the best bus routes from Barcelona to multiple cities across the Spain. Visit our dedicated page for buses in Barcelona and get inspired for your next trip across the Spain.

Popular Bus Routes from Rome


Benvenuto in Italia! Discover art, architecture, food and history in Rome. Buy cheap bus tickets to Rome and find the best routes to multiple cities across Italy. Visit our dedicated page for buses in Rome and get inspired for your next trip across Italy.

Popular Buses Routes from Paris


Bienvenue à Paris, the City of Lights! Discover cheap tickets and bus routes from Paris to multiple cities across France. Visit our dedicated page for buses in Paris and get inspired for your next trip across the France.

Popular Bus Routes from Berlin


Herzlich willkommen in Berlin! Discover cheap tickets and bus routes from Berlin to multiple cities across Germany. Discover the beauty of the Bavarian landscape, or take a day trip to Rostock and the Baltic sea. Visit our dedicated page for buses in Berlin and get inspired for your next trip across Germany.

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Buses from London to Paris
Alsa
Buses from Barcelona to Madrid
Quibus
Buses from Paris to London
Ouibus
Buses from Paris to Brussels
Nettbus
Buses from Stockholm to Oslo
alsa
Buses from Madrid to Barcelona
avanza
Buses from Madrid to Valencia
eurolines
Buses from Paris to Amsterdam
Regiojet
Buses from Budapest to Vienna
Trenitalia
Buses from Madrid to Malaga

 



Top Bus Companies In Europe

There are lots of different bus companies in Europe. Some are regional and only serve one country whereas others travel across Europe. Below is a list of the biggest bus companies in Europe.


Alsa: ALSA or Automóviles Luarca, S.A. is the primary bus company in Spain. Most Alsa buses are equipped with WiFi, air conditioning, onboard restrooms, and power outlets at every seat. Since 2005, Alsa has functioned as a Spanish subsidiary of National Express.


Avanza: Avanza is a Spanish bus company primarily operating out of Madrid. Avanza buses travel between Madrid and other major cities in Spain including Valencia, Barcelona, Zaragoza, and Salamanca as well as Portugal's capital city, Lisbon.


Baltour: Baltour, now part of Flixbus, is the main bus company in Italy and the Adriatic zone.


Nettbuss: Nettbus (now, Vy Bus) buses run between several different locations in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, including Gothenburg, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo.


BusCenter: Buscenter is one of Italy's main bus companies, combining 5 different bus lines under one brand. Segesta, Interbus, Onbus, Etna Trasporti and Sicilbus all operate as BusCenter in Italy and abroad. BusCenter's head office is located in Palermo and also offers a regional transport service in Sicily which connects to Italy's mainland.


Ecolines: Ecolines is a popular bus company that operates primarily in Poland, BeNeLux, eastern Europe, the Baltic states, and Russia. Ecolines uses Berlin, Hamburg, and Warsaw as transport hubs. Ecolines destinations include Amsterdam, Kiev, Minsk, Odessa, Moscow, and Saint Petersburg.


FlixBus: FlixBus is the leading bus company in Germany and is now rapidly expanding its coverage across Europe. FlixBus also operates nationally in France, Italy, and the Netherlands as well as international routes to cities in the UK, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Sweden, Denmark, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, Croatia, and the Czech Republic.


National Express: National Express is the main bus company in the United Kingdom. National Express also offers buses in Spain, Portugal, and Germany as well as long-distance buses which travel throughout Europe.


BlaBlaCar Bus : BlaBlaCarBus is one of the largest bus companies in France. A subsidiary of the French Comuto, better known as the BlaBlaCar ride-sharing company. The long-distance bus provider operates on an increasing number of routes in Central Europe. BlaBlaCarBus advertises comfort, plenty of legroom, affordable prices and exchangeable tickets for maximum flexibility. A special bonus is the relatively high free baggage allowance. It offers numerous routes from major French cities as well as traveling to Turin and Milan, Barcelona, London, Brussels Amsterdam.


RegioJet: RegioJet is the main bus company in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. RegioJet also offers international connections to other European destinations including London, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Munich, Berlin, Paris, Budapest, Rome, Naples, Venice and Zurich.



Cheap Bus Tickets in the USA

Traveling by bus in the United States is often a cheaper and more convenient way to explore. In the US, buses can reach some smaller cities and towns that are otherwise hard to access, allowing for a cheap way to discover unique landscapes and urban cityscapes. The biggest bus company in the US is Greyhound, the USA’s iconic flagship bus company, which makes cross-country journeys between cities such as Miami, Orlando and Los Angeles to New York. Budget bus lines Megabus and FlixBus also run long-distance routes through the US and offer cheap bus tickets, even when buying a few days before departure. Omio allows you to easily compare bus services, find the cheapest bus ticket and the most convenient route for your journey.

Cheap Bus Tickets in Canada

Canada is the second largest country in the world, with the majority of its population in the southern and coastal regions, and is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes. Traveling by bus in Canada offers a great opportunity to discover the country at an affordable price, particularly when looking to travel outside urban centers. The two most popular bus providers in Canada are Megabus and Greyhound Canada, both offer cheap bus tickets to the US and between major Canadian cities including Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. To find the cheapest bus tickets it’s best to book well in advance, although tickets can still be affordable in the days running up to departure (when compared to train or flights). Find the latest bus schedules via the Omio platform, where we gather the cheapest tickets and latest timetables just for you.

FAQs

Where can I find cheap bus tickets?

Booking cheap bus tickets is easy with Omio. Once you know your route simply put the departure and arrivals points—along with the date you wish to travel—into the search and within seconds you’ll be given all the route options, including cheapest tickets and latest deals from all bus providers. To buy your ticket, simply follow the steps and within a few minutes, you’ll have your ticket for your saved.

Should I print my bus ticket?

With Omio, tickets can be sent directly to your email or stored on your phone via the Omio app. All you have to do is show your digital ticket to the bus driver. Will recommend to bring the print version (depending on the company you are traveling with)

Good to know: Although most buses leave from a bus station, they can sometimes leave from other bus stops around the city. We recommend checking the address of the bus stop before you leave and give yourself plenty of time to find the station.

What amenities are on buses?

All long-distance buses will have a bathroom onboard. It is also becoming more frequent for buses to provide WiFi and power sockets — particularly useful for longer trips. However, every different bus company will provide different services aboard their buses – with some offering extra wide seats, air conditioning and even the option to buy food from the friendly bus driver. You can find out about what to expect on your journey by searching for your provider on the Omio pages, where we detail amenities and popular routes for each bus company.

What luggage can I take onboard?

Unlike airlines, buses tend to have generous luggage allowances that don’t come at an extra cost. Company policies do vary so it is best to check with the company to be on the safe side. However, the general rule is that you are allowed a bigger bag to go in the hold and a smaller bag, one that fits above or underneath the seat, with the price of your ticket.

Can I take pets onboard?

Pet policy varies from company to company so it is always best to check with the bus company directly. Buses generally allow guide dogs, however, the bus company should be notified before you travel. Some bus companies, such as Flixbus, allow small animals (no bigger than a domestic cat) onboard if they are in a proper animal carrier.

Can I cancel my ticket and get a refund?

Refunds depend on the company you are traveling with and the type of ticket you originally bought. If you bought a flexible ticket then it is likely you can change the bus you are meant to be traveling on and, in some cases, get a refund. However, if you bought a non-flexible ticket then it is unlikely you would get a refund if you decide to cancel your journey. To check if you apply for a refund it is best to check with the bus company directly or you can speak to some in our Customer Service department.

Do children travel for free?

Traveling with children varies from bus company to company as well as country to country. Babies and toddlers can often travel for free if traveling with an adult but will need a car seat for safety. With most companies, children under 15 will be able to travel at a discounted rate. If you are unsure then we recommend checking with the bus company you are traveling with directly to find out their child policy.

What if my bus is delayed or canceled, do I get a refund?

In the case of delays or cancellations, most bus carriers will find alternative bus options to get you to your destination. The Omio Customer Care team are also on hand to help in the case of any disruptions to your journey. Refunds are made according to each bus providers policies so it’s best to check with them, or get in touch with us!

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