Supermarket Aldi starts budget bus lines
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.