Eurolines

Eurolines is a brand of intercity coach service owned by an international non-profit organisation according to Belgian law.[1] It is used on a transnational network operated by member bus companies claimed in 2018 to include over 600 destinations in 36 countries of Europe, plus Morocco.[2] It was founded in 1985. Its forerunner was the Europabus brand network created by the Union des Services Routiers des Chemins de Fer Européens (URF), a consortium of 11 European national railway companies, in 1951.[3]

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Eurolines Bova. AB 2009-5, Minsk, Belarus. ЕВРОЛАЙНС, Минск, Беларусь.jpg
Belintoustri Bova Futura
Founded1985
HeadquartersMetrologielaan/Avenue de la Métrologie 6, 1130 Brussels, Belgium[1]
Service areaEurope
Service typeTranscontinental coach services
Stops48 European cities
Annual ridership4 million
Operator29 coach companies
Websitewww.eurolines.de, www.eurolines.com, www.eurolines.lt

In 2019, Eurolines had a network of 29 co-operating coach companies from all over Europe offering partially integrated ticketing and extensive connections, rather than a single company. As at March 2019, it was operating in 25 countries.[4]

In the late 2010s, the Eurolines network began to change:

  • In January 2018, National Express withdrew from the Eurolines organisation, preferring to partner with Ouibus.[5]
  • The Eurolines operating businesses in France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic and Spain, and the Isilines brand, all of which were formerly owned by Veolia Transport and later Transdev, were acquired by Flixbus in April 2019.[6]

The liquidation of the Flixbus-owned company was announced in July 2020.

Eurolines operators continue to operate in Germany, Austria, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia.

OperatorsEdit

  • Austria: Deutsche Touring[7]
  • Belgium: FlixBus[6]
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina: Centrotrans Eurolines [8]
  • Croatia: Eurolines Autotrans by Arriva [9]
  • Czech Republic: FlixBus[6]
  • Estonia: Eurolines Lithuania [10]
  • France: FlixBus [11]
  • Germany: Deutsche Touring[12]
  • Ireland: Bus Éireann trading as Expressway Eurolines[13]
  • Latvia, Lithuania: Eurolines Lithuania [10]
  • Netherlands: -> Eurolines By FlixBus[14]
  • Romania: FlixBus[15]
  • Spain: Eurolines Peninsular SA[16]
  • Switzerland: Autourisme Léman SA (ALSA) and Eggmann Frey AG [17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "620147 - Eurolines". WIPO Madrid. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  2. ^ About Us on eurolines.com website, archived 2018-02-01 by Internet Archive
  3. ^ Driving Europe: Building Europe on roads in the twentieth century, Proefschrift Frank Schipper, 14-8-2008 Archived 11 September 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Flixbus set to buy Eurolines and Isilines Buses issue 769 April 2019 page 20
  5. ^ Eurolines Bus & Coach Buyer 7 February 2018
  6. ^ a b c "Negotiations successfully completed: FlixBus buys Eurolines/isilines from Transdev Group". Transdev. 2 May 2019. Archived from the original on 13 June 2019. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  7. ^ Eurolines Austria website, viewed 2020-01-19
  8. ^ Centrotrans Eurolines website, viewed 2020-01-19
  9. ^ Eurolines Autotrans website, viewed 2020-01-19
  10. ^ a b Eurolines Lithuania website, viewed 2020-01-19
  11. ^ Eurolines.fr website, viewed 2020-01-19
  12. ^ Eurolines.de website, viewed 2020-01-19
  13. ^ Bus Éireann website, viewed 2020-01-19
  14. ^ Eurolines.nl website, viewed 2020-01-19
  15. ^ Flixbus.ro website, viewed 2020-01-19
  16. ^ eurolines.es website, viewed 2020-01-19
  17. ^ Eurolines.ch website, viewed 2020-01-19

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