Just got back from our trip to Amsterdam. First impressions weren't good- our bus turned up on time but drove straight out of Victoria with nobody on! We were led outside and the reason became clear. We'd got a brand spanking new bus which the driver had driven straight from the factory to us, and hadn't had a chance to pick up a hi vis vest, which is a requirement to load passengers at Victoria coach station! Anyway we all got on and had the perfect trip. Full leather seats were very comfy, WiFi was working and the driver was friendly. Despite leaving Victoria a few minutes late we arrived into Amsterdam 1.5hrs early. The return trip was great too- the bus left exactly on time (European efficiency!) and made good progress. We got all the way to the Channel Tunnel entrance but had a delay of two hours due to a tunnel inspection (guess looking for people trying to walk across?!) being done. Eventually we got going and it was smooth sailing from there. Due to the bus making very good time through Europe, we actually still arrived early into Victoria (despite the 2 hour delay- I guess ouibus build in some padding). Great trip all in. This is clearly a company who know what they're doing and do it well (unlike Eurolines!)
I think Eurostar to Paris in the winter months is only £70 return - much shorter travel time than bus and less stressful than plane. Also they just started renovating all the trains so they are a lot nicer.
No problem. I wouldn't want anyone to go through what we went through with Eurolines. It was a genuinely scary experience as the driver had already claimed to us that he was tired- and proceeded to drive the coach with a fogged up windscreen. I've been on loads of coaches both to, from and around Europe and I hope my eurolines experience won't put people off travelling by coach. Every other operator has been nothing short of excellent- Megabus, MeinFernBus (Germany), Student Agency (Prague- free hot drinks and snacks on their coaches!), WESTbus (Austria /Hungary) are the operators I've used. All modern comfortable coaches with power sockets and most had Wi-Fi
Thanks for sharing
Wi-Fi, leather seats and air con. We are going from London to Amsterdam with iD bus at the end of this week... Will report back! I urge you not to go with Eurolines... Our last journey from Amsterdam to London was absolutely awful! They sub contracted the journey to a local operator so we got an old coach with no plug sockets or Wi-Fi and uncomfortable seats. The driver demanded everyone hand their passports over to him and called the police when people refused. When the police turned up and sided with the passengers, the driver refused to drive any further claiming he was tired! We were stuck at some random service station in the Netherlands for 2 hours. NEVER AGAIN. When the coach eventually got to Calais there was an iD Bus behind us in the queue... It was brand new, clean, air conditioned and had working Wi-Fi (which I used whilst we were waiting for the ferry lol). Got a half hearted apology from eurolines