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the long-distance coach market
France

Update 30/09/2019

MARKET SUMMARY

1.1 INTRODUCTION

The coach long distance is a means of transport that can hold several passengers when medium and long distance long distance links but also during the tourist trips and during the school services .

The market of the long-distance coach has been booming in France since 2010. Indeed, since 2009, legalization has been changing and the idea of a full liberalisation of national services The Macron law, long desired by professionals, is defended by the government: in 2015, the Macron law authorizes the opening of additional regular bus lines. While the sector represents only 0.0005% of the passengers carried on long distance every year, there are more and more projects for lines linking European capitals. Between 2016 and 2018, the market is booming, with a more frequent choice of coach for long-distance journeys

The market, currently dominated by Eurolines attracted new entrants such as the SCNF subsidiary and Blalbabus or Megabus and Flixbus . The long-distance coach has many advantages: it is on average two to three times cheaper than the train, more flexible (it can serve communities of all sizes) and the infrastructure it requires is less expensive than other means of transport long-distance transport . Finally, according to the Competition Authority, the environmental impact of the coach would not necessarily be worse than that of the train. The very strict legal framework regulating the use of long-distance coaches is currently being reviewed, and this trend has accelerated since the publication of the Competition Authority's investigation in February 2014. The actors in the sector are therefore anticipating job creation and better services. In 2016, more than 250 jobs were created and 150 cities served in France. However, the growth of the market is raising great fears for some rail lines. New low-cost players such as OUibus and Megabus are entering the market. The Macron law liberalized bus transport, allowing regular travel offers over distances of more than 100km.

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