Hi, my name is Carol, and I posted earlier that I was going to Germany/Europe during the summer ( I still am ^^)
Anyways, I was browsing the site Eurolines and it looks like a pretty great deal through bus. Though, there wasn't too much contact information, and I'm kind of iffy on the whole service in general.
Has anyone ever used Eurolines or heard about it? If so, what do you think about it? Was it comfortable? Reliable?
I need a cheap way to travel, and it seems the bus is the best route for me and my friends ^^.
Any info would help, thank you!
Eurolines is mostly only suitable for long-distance international journeys. For short-distance (inter-) national travel you will probably be better off using the local means of transport. Besides, train and bus links are excellent and reliable in Germany.
We planned on flying into Amsterdam then from Amsterdam start traveling around Europe... then at the end of the 15 days we'll end the trip in Berlin. From Berlin we'll just hang out my friends place :P
I went from amsterdam to berlin and back, amsterdam rome and back and amsterdam edinburgh with eurolines.. rome was a bit far, of better said, too long to be without a shower
but i really liked to travel with it, sometimes it takes forever to get trough a country *for example belgium* because it can stop quite often, but this depends on the route and timetable.
but the busses are comfortable, they are most of the time, perfect on time, sometimes you even arrive too early and you meet a kinds of other people along the way. most of the time very interesting people and the busdrivers are nice aswell
yes, i like it, even enough to go with eurolines to paris with my parents :mrgeen:
and indeed, within countries, the local busses can be easier and sometimes flying is cheaper, but if not, it can be a really good alternative.
I travelled extensively with eurolines during my university years and just loved it. I could see a bit of countryside, sometimes I was lucky and meet few people, sometimes people were really scary and I just slept all the way.
It´s a cheap way of transport and reliable. The special ticket for 15,30... days are excellent can get you through europe for nearly nothing.
You should also check out skyscanner.net to get an idea what flights are going to cost you. (But book the flights not through skyscanner, but the individual airlines website!)
Sometimes flying is the same price or cheaper than Eurolines or the train.
Eurolines is a network of individual, national bus companies, so the quality varies. But I've found them to be the fastest and most reliable for international bustravel in Europe. (Getting tickets can be a bit of a problem, though, because of the many companies that actually make up the service.)
You should also consider going some distances by rail, since you have so little time. Amsterdam to Brussels is only 1 1/2 hours by train, but more like 4 to 5 hours by bus. Of course, train is a bit more expensive.
they do a standard of the busses, only the rules about it vary from country to country. Royal class means in holland something different than it does in spain seen the legroom and age of the bus.
- daughter of a busdriver with very long legs and less space in french busses *
Thanks everyone for your advice! It really helps
I see Eurolines seems to be a great deal, so I'll definietely be going with that!