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Reduce emissions when you go by coach

The greener way to travel

Travelling by coach is the most environmentally friendly form of transport, and travelling by Eurolines coach instead of by car or air, you could reduce your carbon emissions by up to 80%.

National Express and Eurolines are committed to growing the use of public transport, by making travel simpler, as well as taking steps to improve the efficiency of our operations. This is why National Express, Eurolines’ parent company, has joined The Climate Group's ‘We're in this together’ campaign.

Find out how the coach can be a carbon offset, and the role we have to play in the low carbon economy.

Eurolines President John Gilbert attended the Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen to promote the environmental benefits of using coach when travelling through Europe.

One of the biggest challenges facing policy makers following Copenhagen is how to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases in the transport sector.  There are two main reasons for this:

New low carbon technology is expensive and not yet commercially available

Demand for travel continues to rise

Most people think of the train as the most efficient form of transport, but the best low carbon way to travel is actually coach. 

By opting for Eurolines instead of plane or car, you can reduce your carbon footprint by approximately 80%. This is exactly the scale of reduction scientists are telling us we have to make to protect the environment.

The chart below has examples of typical European journeys and the carbon generated by different modes of transport.  Each Eurolines coach emits around 20g of CO2 per passenger kilometre - based on a loading of 38 passengers per journey.

Journey Modes of transport (kgCO2/pass journey)*


Modes of transport (kgCO2/pass journey)*





Coach (Euro

Coach (ferry)

London to Paris






London to Amsterdam






Copenhagen to Hamburg






Vienna to Prague






*Data from Ecometrica

John Gilbert, President of Eurolines, said: "Moving forward we see a far bigger role for the coach throughout Europe.  We know it is the greenest mode of public transport but most people don't realise this. To meet each individual country's carbon targets following the summit, we must change traveller’s awareness of coach travel."

"A lot of work is being done to promote electric cars but they are severely limited in the distance they can travel.  The coach network can support electric cars as it will allow people to use public transport when travelling long distances and electric cars when travelling locally. These simple steps will allow everyone to lower their carbon footprint without dramatically changing their lifestyle."

Using the coach is not only better for the environment; with Eurolines it is also an affordable way to travel to over 1,200 destinations in Europe, plus customers can enjoy the convenience of buying a single ticket for their journey, and travel across multiple countries.

Eurolines offers the most competitive fares with no hidden extras. Sea crossings, travel taxes and road tolls are all included in the price - what you see is what you pay. Eurolines services take you directly from city centre to city centre, with no need to pay for expensive transfers or taxis.

Eurolines is working in partnership with the International Road Transport Union's Smart Move campaign to promote green and safe travel in Europe.