If you're traveling to or from another country, train service can be just as economical as bus travel, if not more so. The largest international operator is Eurolines France, whose main terminal is in the Parisian suburb of Bagnolet (a half-hour métro ride from central Paris, at the end of métro Line 3). Eurolines runs many international routes to more than 37 European destinations, including a route from London to Paris, usually departing London at 8 am, arriving at 4:30 pm; noon, arriving at 9:30 pm; and 9:30 pm, arriving at 7:15 am. Fares are €79 round-trip. Other Eurolines routes include: Amsterdam (7 hrs, €49); Barcelona (15 hrs, €93); and Berlin (10 hrs, €93). There are economical passes to be had—15-day passes run €180–€350, a 30-day pass will cost €245–€460. These passes offer unlimited coach travel to all Eurolines European destinations.
France's excellent train service means that long-distance bus routes in France are rare; regional buses are found mainly where train service is spotty. In rural areas the service can be unreliable, and schedules can be incomprehensible for those who don't speak French. Your best bet is to contact local tourism offices.
Eurolines France (08–92–89–90–91 in France [€0.34 per min]. www.eurolines.fr.)
Le Pilote (www.lepilote.com.)
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