Huge sprout in passengers to Brussels leads Eurolines boom
Journeys to Paris and Amsterdam also up
Eurolines is leading the way in affordable travel to Europe with record numbers choosing to explore the continent in 2012 on its coaches.
A £2 million investment in the Eurolines network, which is part of National Express Group, saw passenger numbers soar in 2012.
Across the network, which serves 29 countries and connects to 500 different destinations, numbers have increased year-on-year.
Leading the British invasion are services to Brussels, which saw record passenger numbers, up over 50 per cent year-on-year compared to 2011.
Originally launched as a seasonal summer service, popular demand has seen Eurolines develop a year-round Brussels service, more than doubling the number of coaches on the network. Services now operate from London Victoria up to seven days a week during peak summer season.
Passenger numbers to Paris and Amsterdam are also up, with an extra 10,000 people choosing Eurolines to get to these destinations compared to 2011.
Eurolines Europe President John Gilbert said: "There is a huge appetite to affordable travel to the continent as the numbers taking advantage of our services show. In particular, our increased frequency Brussels service has proved phenomenally popular. We are looking forward to building on our success in 2013 and people should watch this space for a new menu of services to choose from."