Travel France by bus
Buses in France
Are you planning a trip to France and would like to visit more than one city? A bus is a right solution for you. The French bus network has been widely spreading since 2015, when the Macron act liberalized the market, letting several companies operate in the country. France, in the heart of Europe, offers every kind of landscape to those who visit it, from the southern beaches overlooking the Mediterranean sea to the Alps mountain chain, from art cities to smooth hills filled with vineyards.
Go through the Loire Valley from Tours to Orléans or get to Paris. Alternatively, travel along the French Riviera by bus, from Nice to Marseille, and then reach Avignon and the Provence. Compare all the bus companies available in France, on Wanderio: find all schedules and deals and buy your tickets straightaway- you’ll save time and money!
Bus Coverage in France
The most popular bus routes in France
If you’re thinking of starting your trip from the French capital and explore the neighboring areas, you could be interested in itineraries like the Paris to Nantes one or take buses that get from Paris to Tours, from which you can visit the Loire Valley and its renowned castles. Leaving from Lyon, the second hub for bus (and train) journeys, you can reach the major cities of the center and the South of the country. Travel from Lyon to Strasbourg or from Lyon to Toulouse, in the Western area. Buses from Nice to Avignon, as well as those from Montpellier to Marseille, will let you discover the beauty of sunny Southern France instead.
Map: bus coverage in France
Bus companies in France
All bus providers in France
Apart from public regional service and SNCF routes operated by bus, there are not many companies that offer bus routes at a domestic or international level in France, as they only started working after 2015 Macron act.
Nonetheless, the network is spread over all the regions and big and medium-sized cities are well connected. Moreover, companies such as Isilines let you reach even the smallest towns. If you want to buy your coach tickets, a quick search on the Wanderio site or App is enough in order to compare all the available providers on the route of your interest.
Ouibus is the bus provider part of the SNCF group, the French railway company. It covers more than 100 destinations in France, apart from operating in approximately 20 European cities like London, Amsterdam, and Barcelona.
Ouibus prices are often very low even a few days before the departure. Paris and Lyon are of course the hubs from which most of the lines leaves, for example, the Paris to Toulouse one, with prices starting from € 19 or the Lyon to Marseille from € 12.
This is undoubtedly one of the most widespread companies of Europe, resulted from the union of almost 30 companies. Its national routes link the most important cities of the country, from Bordeaux to Paris, from Lille to Lyon, passing through Strasbourg. More than 60 destinations are actually connected by Eurolines buses and tickets start from just € 9.
This popular low-cost bus company operates in France as well, with very cheap tickets and routes that connect dozens of French cities. Flixbus also absorbed the routes previously covered by Postbus, a German company that also worked within the French boundaries, with departures from Lyon, Strasbourg, Paris, Bordeaux, Nantes and more, which let you reach cities like Perpignan, Tours or Reims.
Actually part of the Eurolines group, Isiline's network is mainly focused in France, covering not only major cities, but also smaller towns, thanks to more than 2000 routes and thousands of daily departures__. This results in very competitive prices - you can even pay just € 14 for the super popular Paris to Lyon route!
The perks of traveling by bus in France
Coaches are a great alternative to trains and flights when it’s about moving from big cities to smaller towns. If traveling overnight, then, you will also have a few more hours to enjoy your destination. Whatever route you choose, you’ll arrive at well-connected stations or right in the city center, quite differently from taking a flight, as in this case you necessarily have to consider connections to and from the airport.
Especially if you book at the last minute, buses are usually cheaper than trains and flights; however, if you already planned to get a coach, we recommend you to book as early as possible so as to find better prices and availability. Wanderio integrates different providers, that way not only will you find the best fare for your favorite company, but also compare its prices to all the others available, letting you purchasing cheaper tickets for your next bus ride.
Although a long journey on a bus might concern someone, this won’t be actually much different from a trip on a flight or on a car for what regards comfort and services. Traveling by bus has its perks indeed. First, you have the chance of enjoying the most authentic landscapes of the country; in France, you can see the panorama changing while going through the Motorway of the Sun, which gets from Lyon to Marseille and the sunny beaches in the South (that’s where the name comes from) or experience the beauty of the snowy motorway in Britain.
On a more practical side, you undergo fewer restrictions about the size and weight of your luggage with respect to other means of transport. On longer routes, the coach stops from time to time to let you go to more comfortable toilets (even though there is one onboard) or have a good meal - which doesn’t generally happen on a plane. Finally, more and more coaches are now equipped with sockets and wi-fi connection, in order to offer the best comfort possible during the journey.