The French car-sharing platform unicorn BlaBlaCar has today officially launched the BlaBlaBus network in the Netherlands with a first bus ride from Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Paris. It was only in March 2019, when we reported that the company will announce its bus lines in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands soon. By expanding its presence into Germany, the new bus service by the company is all set to compete against the likes of Flixbus.
Further, BlaBlaBus will run starting this summer via 16 different routes through the Benelux. Travellers can make reservations from today through BlaBlaCar platform. The starting price for a ticket from Amsterdam to Brussels is € 4.99.
In the Netherlands, BlaBlaBus connect nine different routes to Amsterdam Sloterdijk, Schiphol Airport, Utrecht, Rotterdam and The Hague with cities in France, Belgium and the UK, including Brussels, Paris and London.
More than 70 European bus routes in 2019
With the launch of BlaBlaBus BlaBlaCar offers passengers the opportunity to comfortably and to travel an affordable price. This year BlaBlaCar open more than 70 routes throughout Europe. This allows passengers will soon be able to travel more than 400 different destinations in ten European countries.
“We noticed that our members had an increasing demand for various destinations, such as the route Paris -. Brussels with the launch of BlaBlaBus we want to respond to this Our network BlaBlaCar users gives us a solid foundation for rolling out the network quickly. in the Netherlands and to expand to the rest of Western Europe, “says Audrey Wolfovski, General Manager France & Benelux at BlaBlaCar.
The buses come equipped with WiFi and power outlets and will be operated by BlaBlaCar Ouibus’s partner, a subsidiary of SNCF and market-leading French bus operator. Back in November 2019, Blablacar raised €101 million funding to acquire Ouibus with an aim to move beyond carpooling and plan foray in online bus service.
The newly-announced BlaBlaBus routes include:
Amsterdam – Paris
Amsterdam – Utrecht – Brussels – Brussels – Paris
Amsterdam – Rotterdam – Brussels – Brussels – Paris
Amsterdam – Rotterdam – Antwerp – Paris – Antwerp
Amsterdam – Antwerp – Lille – Paris – Antwerp – Lille
Amsterdam – Amsterdam – Amsterdam Airport – The Hague – Lille – Paris CDG Airport – Paris CDG Airport – Paris
Amsterdam – The Hague – Rotterdam – Dover – London
Amsterdam – The Hague – Rotterdam – Brussels – London – Amsterdam – The Hague – Rotterdam – Brussels – London
Amsterdam – Utrecht – Antwerp – Bruges – London – Amsterdam – Utrecht – Antwerp – Bruges
With over 75 million members in 22 countries, BlaBlaCar connects carpool largest community in the world together. The platform brings together drivers and passengers travelling together in the same direction and allows them to share the travel and associated costs. With the integration of the buses and car-pooling BlaBlaCar wants the bearer to be shared in the area of mobility.
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