In Southeast Asia and North America, travelling by bus is a popular option, contrary to Europe, where this method of transportation is not very developed. Frequent air connections are available at rock-bottom prices thanks to the arrival of low-cost airlines and the rail network is very widespread in most European countries. Consequently, buses are often avoided by passengers. Yet, it could be an interesting alternative when compared with its competition.
The proportion of travellers getting around by bus is well below those who use others methods of public transportation. Travelling by bus often takes longer and is more uncomfortable than travelling by train or aeroplane. This being the case, companies play with the one advantage that largely makes up for this: the price. Despite the inconveniences, bus trips are generally less expensive than other methods of transportation.
As for international connections, there are a few companies which rule the market. Eurolines is the most widespread. It offers connections to 500 different destinations in Europe and even Morocco. It groups together 32 independent coach companies, operating Europe's largest regular coach network. It is particularly specialised in event-based trips and provides passengers with transportation to various musical festivals in summer, like Rock Werchter in Belgium and the Sziget Festival in Budapest, some of the largest music festivals in Europe.