AnneMarie and Andrew

Annemarie and Andrew – Trekking Asia

Megabus – A Cheap Alternative

If you are planning to travel across Europe overland your first decision will probably be how to exit the UK. There are many options, the Eurostar to Paris or Brussels, a ferry to one many ports in mainland Europe, or a coach to a major city. The Eurostar is fine if you book it more than a month in advance and you can get one way fares for £39 mid-week. But if like us you do things last minute when we decided to take the overland route only four days before setting off you’ll find the fares are closer to £200. Megabus now have routes from London to major cities in Europe. The routes offer great value. We took the Megabus from Leeds to Cologne, via London and paid £35 each. It took 18 hours on the coach in total but at the price you can’t really complain. Cologne is a handy connection as there are a number of overnight trains which you can catch in Germany that will take you to many parts of Europe. Amsterdam, Paris and Brussels also all hand overnight trains heading around Europe, making the Megabus a great value exit from the UK. P.S. The only thing not mega about the Megabus are the dropoff locations. In Cologne the bus will drop you off by the stadium which is about a mile and a half walk from the train station. There are very few signs to navigate by, we saw one sign and headed in that direction until we saw the Dom. If you were to depart in Ghent you would find yourself quite some distance from the centre, the bus stopped by the Holiday Inn Express on the outskirts of the city. On a positive note, if you’re taking the Megabus to Brussels the bus will drop you off almost next to the Grand Place.

Posted from Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

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