Bus Travel in France
France is renowned for the beauty and variety of its landscape, therefore travelling through France by bus is a pleasure. Although the train has long stood out as the preferred method of transport by the French, the French Governments approval of the Macron Law, a bill designed to modernise France’s economy, speed up growth and deregulate many industries intends on open up the bus market in France and is expected to bring in in excess of 5,000,000 new coach passengers within the next year, resulting in an extra 22,000 jobs created. As a result, the travel industry will also experience the opening up of long distance coach operations across the country. While this extensive bus and road network is a great option for taking travellers across France, it should be noted that congestion during school holidays may significantly slow down journey times.
The deregulation of the market is also expected to see a 10% to 70% drop in ticket prices over the next year as more operators come into the market. British companies, such as National Express, Megabus, are expected to expand their services into other areas of France outside of Paris. France experiences 14 million arrivals from the UK each year, with 6.9 million people arriving or using the French rail service whilst there. The Macron Law is expected to encourage a further 800,000 Brits to use coach transportation services in the years to come.
Download the map in PDF format
Popular Bus Journeys in France
The most popular bus journeys in France take place between the country’s capital of Paris and other major French and European cities such as London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Barcelona, Lyon or Marseille. Travellers will appreciate the services running through the South of France including the A9 road to Barcelona and the A7 ("Highway of the Sun"), which has been deemed the most beautiful motorway in France.
Major Bus Providers in France
The main bus providers operating in France include Eurolines, which provides many journeys across Europe, and iDBUS. There are also a number of regional companies operating in smaller, more concentrated areas like Les Cars Phocéens who run a regular service between Marseille and Nice. Many of the large cities in France also have transit buses that provide reliable transport within the urban centres.
Onboard Facilities and Services
Depending on the company and the particular journey chosen, onboard facilities can vary but usually include comfortable seating with reclining seats, air conditioning, toilets, Wi-Fi, and entertainment such as films and magazines. Many of the bus providers also have accessible buses for passengers who require assistance.