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Supermarket Aldi starts budget bus lines
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Supermarket Aldi starts budget bus lines

Published: 28 Mar 2013 16:05 GMT+01:00
Updated: 28 Mar 2013 16:05 GMT+01:00

German discount supermarket Aldi is hitting the open road - from next week it will sell cheap intercity bus tickets. Until this point, a rail monopoly meant strict laws left no room for long distance bus travel.

From April 19th, Aldi and Bonn-based coach company Univers will be chartering 60 bus trips around the country each day, the Bild newspaper said on Thursday.

Tickets will start from €9.90 and be available to buy either online over over the phone. A trip from Berlin to Hamburg should set travellers back €24.99 while getting from Cologne to Hamburg will cost €39.99.

There will be 10 routes in total, along which buses will run multiple times daily. Berlin and Hamburg will have 12 journeys while Cologne to Hamburg two per day.

“We're not offering any gimmicks, just fixed prices and a guaranteed seat,” Univers head Eberhard Penz told the paper.

Until January 2013, rail operator Deutsche Bahn had a monopoly on long distance travel around Germany. As this ended, a number of different bus companies have cropped up offering an alternative to the train or plane.

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23:26 March 28, 2013 by simski
Finally the Bahn gets some competition!
08:45 March 29, 2013 by Johnne
This is very good news for us that are used to the UK coach system. Germany waking up! DBahn here is competition for you.

Johnne aus Edinburgh!
09:35 March 29, 2013 by DoubleDTown
the competition with DBahn should be good for everyone. But, has anyone checked if the air conditioners on the buses are engineered to work in the summer? :-)
12:09 March 29, 2013 by Englishted
If they are like the checkouts they will not start the journey till there is a queue of more people than fit on the bus.
02:55 March 30, 2013 by RainerL
Great stuff! perhaps Aldi could expand here to Australia some time in the near future

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07:51 March 30, 2013 by Tilak RaJ
It is good for the people.
21:54 March 30, 2013 by piper1
"Great stuff! perhaps Aldi could expand here to Australia some time in the near future"

Won't happen... inter city flight prices are rock bottom as it is.. $39 Melb-Syd, $59 Brisbane-Melbourne ..

ALDI Couldn't fill the bus for the 12 - 24 hour journey by road
16:10 March 31, 2013 by Big L
Here in South Africa we have this service on a large scale, more than 10 major operators are involved and they cover every part of the country. Prices are reasonable and the service is very popular. Even the US Greyhound company operates here. On the down side (if you consider it so!)) - this might kill DB. It did that here in SA - we have almost no more official long distance passenger train service.
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