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Information about coach companies going to, and operating in France and Belgium – Day-tripper.net the web magazine for visitors to France.

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Coach travel - Daytrips to France and Belgium

Links and telephone numbers for bus and coach companies in Calais. Coach companies that travel to France and Belgium. We are keen to update and expand our list companies serving day-trippers. If you have a telephone number or other details of companies running shopping trips please let us know

Please note that due to over zealous behaviour by HM Customs and Revenue, few coach companies run a regular service. With frequent stops and delays it is almost impossible for coach companies to run a scheduled service. We suggest you ring your nearest company and see if they still run or will be running a service. The companies we list are those we have seen in Adinkerke or Luxembourg. Expect to pay anything from £20 to £40 for a trip.

National Express and Eurolines coaches

Factory shopping? Coach driver? McArthur Glen at Troyes and Roubaix will provide you with a meal voucher.

Belgium Tobacco shop coaches. www.realtobacco.be

IT IS A RESTRICTION ON YOUR RIGHT TO TRAVEL FREELY !

Coopers Tourmaster Travel of Sunderland have suspended their 4 times a week shoppers trips to France and Belgium – after their coach was seized (and returned on payment of a "fine"), and passengers stopped travelling because they were "scared of customs" (August 2003)

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Bus and Coach Companies

daytrips to france – Busabout. "We linked up the best cities and destinations in Europe with a commitment to the independent traveller to make their time, cash and experiences go further. By being the alternative choice we have remained dedicated to our freestyle form of travel and our unique hop-on hop-off flexible coach network". www.busabout.com

EurolinesEurolines. You can travel to Calais with Eurolines and PO Ferries from London (Victoria) for £34.00 (the coach does not go to Calais though). Tel: 08705 143 219 or 01582 404 511. Eurolines travel Shop, 52 Grosvenor Gardens, London. SW1W 0AU. Tel: 0207 730 8235. www.eurolines.com

National Express

– iDBus, run by SNCF in France. Fares from London to Paris and Lille. Offers a total of 7 daily return journeys to Paris and 4 daily return journeys to Lille. www.idbus.co.uk

– Megabus. www.megabus.com

Independent article about the new Megabus service by Simon Calder. www.independent.co.uk

megabus coaches

National ExpressNational Express. You can book a day-trip by coach via the National Express web site. Help line; 0121 423 8477. Between 8.00am and 10.00pm. Monday to Friday. Other ports are served as well. To get the best fares, book 15 days before departure and book a "Super Apex" fare. www.nationalexpress.com

Eurocity Express coach – Eurocity Express, a new (2010) coach company offering a service between London and Paris. Services Thursday to Sunday, journey time of seven hours aprroximately. www.eurocityexpress.com

Calais Bus Service – SIPAC. Tel: 0033 321 00 75 75. More about transport in Calais

ze bus – Ze Bus is a new concept giving backpackers and independent travellers the possibility of going by bus through the West of France on a hop on hop off basis. Buy a bus ticket valid from June to October and you can travel at your own leisure.

Ze Bus travels twice a week through over 35 towns including touristic sites such as Mont Saint Michel, the châteaux of the Loire and the landing beaches. It will also include the best beaches and the best spots for surfing such as Lacanau, Hossegor and Biarritz, the best natural sites such as the Pyla dune, the standing stones of Carnac, the Bordeaux vineyards and some of the best summer festivals such as the Vieilles Charrues in Brittany or the Francofolies in La Rochelle.

You can stop wherever you want for as long as you want. Ze Bus stops in the different towns between 15 minutes and 2h30mn and will take you right to the sites. Ze full tour ticket costs 299€, Ze Western tour ticket 199€ and Ze wine and surf tour ticket 99€ (2007). www.ze-bus.com

Coach Companies offering day trips to France and Belgium or who pass through Calais

Foot passengers

By and large you get on around 11pm and get off 24 hours later, if travelling from the North.

If you have telephone numbers and trip details for any companies, please let us know

Warning – due to excessive Customs activities many companies have either curtailed or abandoned altogether shopping trips to Europe. Please contact the companies listed (ones we have seen at shopping centres to check

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Where from / to

Five Star Travel Group – Five Star Group Travel, Sanpe Gate, Fox's Bank Lane, Merseyside. L35 3SS. Tel: 0151 481 0000. www.fivestartravel.co.uk

Single seat £50, Double seat £80. 2 x a week a week from Liverpool to Luxembourg, but stops off for pick ups along the M6, M1 and Dover or Maidstone Services. (Shopping trips to Belgium and Spain as well.)

A2Z TravelA2Z Travel. Walsall, West Midlands. Birmingham. Tel: 0044 1902604090. Mob: 0044 7976328250. (Luxembourg)

AJK TravelAJK Travel. Walsall, West Midlands. Birmingham. Tel: 0044 7968979637. Mob: 0044 7968979637. (Luxembourg)

Abbey TravelAbbey Travel Ltd. 27 Amberley Road, London. SE2 0SG. Tel: 020 8312 9514. www.abbeytravel.com. (France and Belgium) – (Pick ups: Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and North London)

Ace Eurotours, The Yard, 3 Newfield Lane, South Cave, Brough, Yorks, HU15 2JW. Tel: 01430 422111.

Amber Coaches Ltd – Rawreth Ind Est., Rawreth Lane. Rayleigh. Essex. Tel: 01268 786 556. www.ambercoaches.com (Frequent trips from Essex)

Anderson ToursAnderson Tours, 81 Charlotte Street, London. W1T 4PP. Tel: 020 7436 9304. www.andersontours.co.uk. (Holiday tours to France)

Andrews of Tideswell, Anchor Garage, Tideswell, Buxton. Derbyshire, SK17 8RB. Tel: 01298 871222. www.andrews-of-tideswell.co.uk

angela Holidaysangela Holidays. Oaktree House, Lowford, Bursledon, Southampton SO31 8ES England. Tel: 023 8040 4536. www.angelaholidays.co.uk. (Belgium)

Avista by CoachAvista by Coach, 35 Rose Hill, Chesterfield. S40 1TT. Tel: 01246 220300. www.avistauk.com

Pick up Points. Chesterfield: New Beetwell St Bus Station Coach Stop A: Rose Hill, Barnsley : Interchange Coach Stop Stand 24. Sheffield Coach Stop E1 has been moved (again) to Pond Hill (by Penny Back Pub) due to continuing construction, Rotherham: Corporation St: Bus Stop by Wilkinsons. Local pick-ups by arrangement.

Shoppers every other Friday to Bruges and Adinkerke

3 Day mini-cruises via P and O from Hull to Zeebruuge

Atlantic Coast PLC, The Shareware Village, Station Road, Colyton, Devon, EX24 6HA. Tel: 01297 552222. Contact; Stephen Lee, Chief Executive. Mobile; 07768 211612. "The world's largest sleeper coach anywhere in Europe. All comforts and amenities." www.jumbocruiser.com

B and M Starsleeper, 8 Mill Crescent, Southam, Warks, CV47 0LL. Tel: 01926 814271.

Bakers Dolphin CoachesBakers Dolphin Coaches. Tel: 01934 415 000. www.bakersdolphin.com

Pick ups – Taunton, Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol Tesco Eastville, Weston-s-Mare, Worle, Burnham-on-sea, Bridgwater, Gordano Services, Clevedon, Nailsea, Leigh Delamere Services, Trowbridge, Chippenham, Frome, Westbury, Wilts, Devizes.

Barcroft ToursBarcroft tours, 60 Queens Road, Hastings. East Sussex. TN34 1RE. Tel: 01424 200 201.

Pick ups; Southampton, Portsmouth, Chichester, Worthing, Brighton, Newhaven, Eastbourne, Bexhill on Sea, Hastings, Rye, Ashford, Folkestone, Dover (Plus Thurrock Services, Maidstone Services). www.barcrofttours.co.uk

Hove, Brighton, Eastbourne, Bexhill on sea, Hastings, Rye, Ashford, Tunnel.

South Coast area.

We travel to Belgium 2/3 times a week and Luxembourg every week.

Belgian Shoppers. Tel: 01299 253 256. (From the West Midlands)

BELGIUM SHOPPER. Tel: 01922 410 576 / 07717 160 677. Pick up points from West Midlands Areas. (To Belgium and Luxembourg)

Belle Vue coachBelle Vue (Manchester). The Travel Centre, Discovery Park, Crossley Road, Stockport. SK4 5DZ. Tel: 0161 947 9477. www.bellevue-mcr.com. (From Manchester City Centre and Knutsford)

BHC. Tel: 07932 961967. Price £35 or £45 if buying beer, pay on boarding. Goes to Melanie's in Poperinge, Belgium. Order taken on boarding, and phoned through. Goods ready for collection on arrival. No freebies. Smoking permitted on coach, no boozing. Runs six nights per week from Newcastle area, from 1.00pm, picking up at various points on the A1 and on to tunnel.

Blades TracelBlades Travel. 93 St Johns Road, Waterloo. Merseyside. L22 9QD. Tel: 0151 474 2413. Mondays and Thursday. (From Merseyside to Luxembourg – Pickups along M6, M1, M25 and M20)

BM Coach company – BM Coach Company. www.bmcoaches.co.uk

Boozecruise (Calais and Back). Tel: 01661 854 240. (From Newcastle)

BoozecruiseUKBoozecruiseuk – Tel: 01895 273 627.

Blue Bird CoachesBlue Bird Coaches (Weymouth) Ltd. Tel: 01305 782 353. www.bluebirdcoaches.com

Bowens (Tamworth). Bruges, occasional shopping trips organised.

Brian Jones CoachesBrian Jones Coaches. 145 Blithdale Road, Abbeywood. London. SE2 9QE. Tel: 020 8311 7341 / 020 8333 8723. www.brianjonescoaches.com

Brittania CoachesBrittania Coaches. North End, Bury Mead Road. Hitchin. Herts. SG5 1RT. Tel: 01462 436 125. www.britanniacoaches.co.uk. (Occassional trips run)

Buzz LinesBuzz Lines Coaches (Folkestone). Tel: 01303 261 870. www.enroute.co.uk. (Kent)

Caroline Seagull – 59 Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth. NR30 2EJ. Tel: 01493 843560 / 844471. Closed March 2008. (Gt. Yarmouth. Trips to; Adinkerke / Calais. Days: Saturday and Wednesday)

Caroll – 0797 421 6174. (Leeds)

Chambers Coaches -. Tel: 01787 227 233. High Street, Bures, Suffolk. CO8 5AB. www.chamberscoaches.co.uk (Pick up points include: BURES, GT. CORNARD, SUDBURY, HALSTEAD, BRAINTREE and WITHAM AREAS.)

Chenery TravelChenery Travel, 3 Castle Meadow, Norwich. NR1 3PY. Tel: 0870 890 0545. www.chenerytravel.co.uk. (The De Panne excursion only operates between May and September)

Coach innovations. Tel: 01562 743 138. www.coachinnovations.co.uk

Picking Up Points: Kidderminster Train station, Dudley Zoo, Wolverhampton Faulkland Street, Walsall Hatherton Road, Birmingham St. Chads, Coventry Pool Meadow, Warwick Services M40, Oxford Services M40, Clacket Lane M25 and Maidstone Services M25. Visits Real Tobacco

Coach Leasing. Unit 4, Pool Road, Pool Road Industrial Estate, Nuneaton, CV10 9AE. Tel: 024 7632 5515 / 07971 809 641.

Coliseum CoachesColiseum Coaches. Coliseum Garage, Botley Road, West End, Southampton. Tel: 023 8047 2377. www.coliseumcoaches.co.uk

Run a nonstop coach to Adinkerk two or three times a month leaving their depot at Botley at 9.00am returning in the evening. Dates can be found on their website. Fares from £36

John Barleycorn Pub, Lower Northam Road, Hedge End, Safeways, Bitterne, Titanic Memorial opposite the Cenotaph, Above Bar Street, Southampton, Eastleigh Bus Station, Eastleigh, Leigh Road Bus Stop at side of Holiday Inn Hotel. Just past junction with Passfield Avenue.

Cresswells coachesCreswells. 1 Market Place, Burton Upon Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 1HA. (Occasional shopping trips organised)

Coopers coachesCoopers Tourmaster Travel. Tel: 01670 824 900. Sunderland.

August 2003 – SHOPPERS TRIPS CANCELLED! After their coach was seized and passengers stopped travlling because they were "scared of customs", Coopers have suspended their 4 times a week shoppers trips to France and Belgium. (Pick ups in Teeside, Sunderland and Northumberland.)

Cropley coachesCropley Coaches. Fosdyke, Boston, Lincolnshire. PE20 2BH. Tel: 01205 260226. www.cropleycoach.co.uk. (Belgium and France)

Crossbow coachCrossbow. 322 Church Road, Northolt, Middlesex, UB5 5AP. Tel: 020 8841 3487. www.crossbowtours.co.uk

Crosskey coaches – Crosskeys Coaches, Hythe, Kent. You can park your car for free at the 24 hour Tesco car park in Cheriton and be at Cite Europe 1hr, 50 minutes. later. July and August they go every day and Friday Saturday Sunday other months. Extra dates on Public Holidays. Euroshopper day trips Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from Ashford, Maidstone and Folkestone for £14.50. www.crosskeys.uk.com. (Operate 2 services a day on Eurotunnel from Canterbury via Folkestone to Calais and Boulogne from a reasonable £15.50.)

Dartford TLC coachesDartford TLC Travel. Tel: 01322 225 505 or 0796 000 3803. (Runs twice weekly trips to France and Belgium)

Delta HolidaysDelta Holidays. Tel: 01642 674 674. Bowesfield Industrial Estate, Stockton-on-Tees. TS18 3EG. www.delta-holidays.co.uk. (Holidays)

Ebdon's Coaches, 138 High Street, Sidcup. Kent. DA14. Tel: 0181 300 7606. (Holidays)

Effingham Minibuses. Tel: 01372 456 616 / 07802 749 035. (Going To: Anywhere Anyplace Anytime)

Eurolines coaches – Eurolines – coaches to France. www.eurolines.com. (You can travel to Dover with Eurolines from London (Victoria)

Eyms Coach Company. Tel: 01482 222 444. www.eyms.co.uk. (Holidays and daytrips)

Eurosun coaches – 23 Regent Road, Lowestoft. Suffolk. NR32 1PA. Tel: 01502 501 015 (Freephone 0500 699 299). www.eurosuncoaches.co.uk. (To Adinkerke)

EuroStar. Tel: 0774 249 7489, ask for Jason. (Rochdale to Luxembourg – Friday evening)

Excalibur coachesEXCALIBUR COACHES. A London based coach company that offers shopping day trips to Calais. Pick ups in SW London – A group of 10 passengers or more local pick ups can be arranged. Tel: 020 7358 1441 for bookings. www.excaliburcoaches.com

Nyes Wharf, Frensham Street, London SE15 6TH. (Our trips include visits to Cite Europe, Centre L'Usine Cote d'Opale and a wine and beer outlet.) – Clapham Jct (Meryick Arms) departure 6.30am, Elephant and Castle (Shopping Centre) departure 6.45am, New Cross (Bus Station) departure 6.50am, Lewisham (Police Station) departure 7.00am.

Exclusive Travel. Tel: 07940 288 228 or 07792 361 232. Tuesday and Friday departures. Tickets cost from £35 to £45 per person. (A twice weekly coach with pick up points in various parts of LEEDS and en route via M1.)

Executive Travel. Tel: 01797 964 5269. (Sheffield)

Exodus coaches – Exodus Coach Company. Tel: 01525 270 911. (Private hire, no scheduled service.)

Express Travel. Tel: 01634 848 484. (Picking Up Points: Strood, Chatham, Sittingbourne, Gillingham, Rainham, Hoo.)

Farnham coachesFarnham coaches. Tel: 01252 724 010. Odiham Road, Ewshott. Surrey. www.farnhamcoaches.co.uk

Filers TravelFilers Travel. Slade Lodge, Slade Rd, Ilfracombe, Devon. Tel 01271 863 819. www.filers.co.uk. (Belgium)

First Choice Coaches. Tel: 020 7370 2507. (Stanley, Co Durham)

Focus coachesFocus Coaches. Unit 4 Longton Business Park Preston, Much Hoole, PR4 5LE. Tel: 01772 616699. (Preston)

G and G Travel – North East. Tel: 0191 517 3336 / 0779 516 3270. (Yorkshire)

Gary Sampson. Tel: 07745 724 433.

Galloway coach hireGalloway Coach Hire. Denters Hill, Mendlesham, Stowmarket, Suffolk. IP14 5RR. Tel: 01449 766 323. www.gallowayeuropean.com. (Coach hire / day trips)

GLC Travel (Essex). Tel: 07800 735 867. Basildon. Essex. (Essex Southend, Basildow Thurlock, Maidstone, Folkstone and Dover – to Belgium / Luxembourg)

Godson Luxury coachesGodson Luxury Coaches. 65 Station Road, Crossgates. Leeds. LS15 8DT. Tel: 01132 646 166. www.godsonluxurycoachesleeds.co.uk. (Belgium and France)

Grosvenor coachesGrosvenor Coaches. Tel: 0121 474 6888 / 0116 863 1180. Pick up points; Birmingham North and South. www.grosvenorcoachandbus.co.uk (Trips to; Calais and Adinkerke. Days: Wednesday and Friday.)

Haslbury Travel – Halsbury Travel. Tel: 0115 9404 303. www.halsbury.com. (Day trips by Coach from all over the United Kingdom.)

Harry Shaw. Mill House, Mill Lane, Binley. Coventry. CV3 2DU. Tel: 024 764 555 44. www.harryshaw.co.uk. (From Coventry)

Hellyers Coach Travel – HELLYERS of Fareham, Fort Fareham Business Park, Newgate Lane, Fareham, Hampshire, P014 1AH. Tel: 013 2928 5432. (South of United Kingdom pickups)

Heritage coachesHeritage Coaches. Station Road, Henfield. West Sussex. N5 9UP. Tel: 01273 492611. www.heritage-coaches.com (Sussex)

HI-WAY TRAVEL LINCOLN. Tel: 01522 791 293. Mobile; 0794 11 55 104. (France and Belgium trips)

Hodges TravelHodges travel. 100 Yorktown Road, Sandhurst, Berks. GU47 9BH. www.hodges-coaches.co.uk

Hoverland coaches – Hoverland Company (Walsall). Tel: 01922 614 444. www.hoverland.com. (From – Newcastle, Stoke, Hanley, Telford, Cannock, Wolverhampton, W. Bromwich, Walsall, Birmingham, Coventry, Northampton, Milton keynes, Luton, Dover.) – 3 trips a week.

In Style Coaches. Tel: 01670 817488. This company stays overnight in France, either at the Hotel Du Golf on the seafront or The Kyriad Hotel at Coquelles (next to Auchan Hypermarket). They sell the trips themselves or are on hire to organisers. (From the North East, pick ups en route.)

Jackies. Tel: 0793 963 8870. (Midlands)

Jayline coachesJayline Band Services Ltd, Unit 8A, Kilburn Drive, Sea View Industrial Estate, Horden, Peterlee, Co Durham, SR8 4TQ. Tel: 0191 586 5787. www.jaylinetravel.com

JKT International – Lime Lame, Pelsall, Walsall. Birmingham. Tel: 0044 1543360123. (Luxembourg)

JLA Travel. Tel: 0800 783 7938. (Barnet in London, to Boulogne.)

Kelker. (To Luxembourg)

Kings Ferry Travel – Kings Ferry Travel Group. Tel: 01634 377 577. www.thekingsferry.co.uk

Lewis Travel Services Ltd., 87 Westmoor Street, Charlton. SE7 8NQ. Tel: 020 8858 0031. www.lewistravel.co.uk. (South East London to France and Belgium)

L J Edwards coachesL.J. Edwards. Executive Coach and Car Hire. Tel: 01323 844 434. www.ljedwards.co.uk. (Sussex)

Llew Jone coaches – Llew Jones. Tel: 01492 640320. www.llewjones.co.uk. (Wales)

Luxemburg Shopper – West Midlands, Birmingham. Call Pete: 0044 7738621314. (Luxembourg)

Mainline coachesMainline Travel. Kings Head Garage, Glannant Road Evanstown. South Wales CF39 8RL. Tel: 01443 670095 / 01443 671671. (Wales)

Marchants coachesMARCHANTS COACHES. 61 Clarence Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3LB United Kingdom Tel: 01242 257 714. www.marchants-coaches.com. (France / Belgium)

Mike de Courcey coaches – Mike De Courcey Travel, Rowley Drive, Coventry, CV3 4FG, United Kingdom Tel: 024 7630 2656. www.traveldecourcey.com. (Coventry) 2/3 per week (quick turnaround but only Calais)

Minibus Service. Tel: 020 8327 0002. (Pickups in Edgware, Ruislip and West Drayton. 16 seater minibus.)

Motts HolidaysMotts Travel. Motts Holidays, 4 Buckingham Street, Aylesbury, Bucks HP20 2LD. Tel: 01296 336 666. www.mottstravel.co.uk. (Pick up points; Bedfordshire, Kent, Essex, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Bucks.)

Newport. Tel: 07742 233 976. Pickups; Carmarthen, Llanelli, Swansea, Newport. (Every Friday)

Nova TravelNova Travel. 20 Old Lydd Road, Camber, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7RH. Tel: 01797 225528. www.rye-minicoaches.co.uk

Options. Tel: 01706 713 966. (Rochdale to Luxembourg (Friday evening)

P and E Coaches, 45 Endeavour Close, Seaton Carew. Hartlepool. Cleveland. TS25 1YE. Tel: 01429 261 623. (Holiday company)

Pete's Free Bus. Tel: 0786 1277 445. Pick up points; Dover. (Trips to; Adinkerke. Days: 9.30am daily – back 4-5pm.)

Phoenix ToursPhoenix Tours. 244 Lucey Way, Bermondsey. London. SE16 3UG. Tel: 0207 231 11 18. www.phoenixtours.co.uk.(London based

Poynters Coaches, Wye. Kent. Tel: 01233 812 002. (Seen in Adinkerke)

Plan-it Travel.

Rambler coachesRambler Coaches. Westridge Manor, Whitworth Road, St.leonards-on-Sea. East Sussex. TN37 7PZ. Tel: 01424 752505. www.ramblercoaches.co.uk. (Coach hire)

Reading and Wokingham Coaches. Tel: 0188 979 3933. www.coachhireberkshire.com. (European tours)

Red Arrow coachesRed Arrow Coaches Ltd. 47a Colne Road, Huddersfield HD1 3AY. Tel: 01484 351 832. No smoking permitted on coach, but stops at intervals. £40, or £45 with insurance, pay in advance by cheque or CC. www.redarrowcoaches.co.uk. (Runs first Friday of each month. Based in Huddersfield, begins journey at Leeds. Via M1, and ferry. Goes to Adinkerke, Pidou and Cite Europe.)

Richardson TravelRichardson Travel Ltd. Tel: 01730 813 304. Russell House, Bepton Road, Midhurst. West Sussex. GU29 9NB. www.richardson-travel.co.uk

Ross Travel groupRoss Travel Group. Tel: 01977 792 106 / 791 738. www.rosstravelgroup.co.uk. (Trips to; Adinkerke, Calais for Beer and Wine. Days: Tuesday and Friday evening departures) – Pick up points; Wakefield, Normanton, Castleford, Featherstone, Pontefract, Knottingley.

Sania International – Walsall. Tel: 01922 722 506. (Walsall)

Selecta Travel. Manchester. Tel: 0870 603 0028. Credit cards accepted. (From Bolton, Manchester, Aashton-under-lyne, Stockport, Knutsford, Sandbach, Stoke-on-trent, Walsall, Dover docks.)

Belgium shopper – Friday evening departure (£39.95)

Luxembourg Euro Shopper – Friday evening (£69.95) includes overnight stay.

Silvergray carriage companySilverGray Carriage Company. Unit 7, Rye Wharf, Rye Harbour Road, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7TE. Tel: 01797 226296. www.silvergray.co.uk

Solitaire Select Holidays Ltd. Nottingham. Tel: 0115 950 7666.

Stafford Coaches. Tel: 01785 600 786. 72 Wolseley Road, Stafford, Staffordshire. ST16 3XW. (Luxembourg)

Star Line. Tel: 01275 878 212. From Blackburn and various Lancashire pick ups. (Twice a week)

Starcraft Executive Travel, Fleet, Hampshire. Tel: 01252 812328.

Sterling European Ltd. – 49/51 Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff on Sea. Essex. SS0 9EY. Tel: 01702 331 111. www.sterling-european.co.uk. (Belgium)

Summerfield Coaches, 247 Aldermoor Road, Southampton. Hampshire. SO16 5NU. Tel: 02380 778717.

Supreme coachesSupreme Coaches. The Old BT Depot, Stock Road, Southend-on-Sea. Essex. SS2 5QA. Tel: 01702 440 230. www.supremecoaches.co.uk. (Pick up points throughout Essex and East London)

Suzanne's Coaches Ltd. 26 Asbury road Wednesbury. Birmingham. Tel: 0044 7944 869 223. Mobile; 07944 86 92 23. (Luxembourg)

Talisman coachesTalisman Coaches. Tel: 01206 252 472. www.talismancoachlines.co.uk. From Suffolk and Essex)

Taurus Self Drive Ltd, 55 Wyverne Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 0ZW. Tel: 0161 434 9823.

Top Balcony coachesCoach Innovations – 37 Maple Drive, Hartlebury Trading Estate, Hartlebury, Kidderminster, Worcs, DY10 4JB. Tel: 01562 743138. www.coachinnovations.co.uk. (* Non stop express coach service. * Direct to Tobacco / beer warehouse. * Smoking seats only. * All channel crossings via tunnel.) Sometimes does Belgium and Luxembourg trips.

ToursRus – Shot Farm, South End Road. Wickford, Essex. SS11 8RX. Tel: 01268 732 266. www.toursrus.uk.com. (Luxembourg)

Trans European Coachlines. Tel: 01268 767 682. (Essex pickups)

Trathens Star RidersTrathens Star Riders. Walkham Park, Burrington Way, Plymouth, Devon, PL5 3LS. Tel: 01752 772000.

Travelscope, Pioneer Avenue Gloucester, Gloucestershire GL34AW. Tel: 0044 8704104507. Gone into liquidation (December 2007)

Travelstar European Limited, 49 Princes Avenue, WALSALL. WS1 2DG. Tel: 01922 647 100. www.travelstareuropean.com. (Hanley, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Cannock, Telford, Wolverhampton,Dudley, Walsall, Birmingham, Corley, Northampton Services Southbound, Newport Pagnell, Thurrock, Maidestone, Folkestone and Dover) – Going To: Adinkerke, Veurne and Ostend every Wednesday and Friday.

Turners coachesTurners Coaches. Tel: 0117 9555 333. www.turners-coachways.co.uk. (West Country)

VIP Contracts – VIP Contracts Ltd., Wharf Street, Hockley, Birmingham. B18 5HS. Tel: 0121 551 3330. www.vipcontractsltd.co.uk. (Midlands)

Voel CoachesVoel Coaches. Tel: 01745 570 154. Rhyl, Denbighshire. www.voelcoaches.com. (Xmas Shopping)

Webberbus LtdWebberbus Ltd. Brue Avenue, Colley Lane Industrial Estate. Bridgwater TA6 5LT. Tel: 01278 452086. www.webberbus.com

Wise coachesWise Coaches Limited – 74 High Street, HAILSHAM. East Sussex. BN27 1AU. Tel: 01323 844 321. www.wisecoaches.co.uk

Woods coachesWoods Coaches. 221 Gloucester Crescent, Wigston. Leicester. LE18 4YH. Tel: 0116 278 6374. www.woods-coaches.co.uk. (Leicester areas- French trips)

Other coach holiday companies. www.thelocalweb.net

Coach Trips. www.coachtrips.com

Contiki. www.contiki.com

Find a coach holiday. www.findacoachholiday.com

Insite Vacations. www.insightvacations.com

Leger Holidays – Leger Holidays. www.leger.co.uk

Shearings coaches – Shearings. www.shearings.com

Thomas Cook. www.thomascook.com

Titan Tours. www.titanhitours.co.uk

Top Deck. www.topdecktours.co.uk

Spanish coaches and buses

Avanza Bus Spain – Avanza Bus, for buses all over Spain. www.avanzabus.com

Ferry fares for coaches

Most cross channel companies have a dedicated department to deal with coaches. Competition is fierce so do ring around. It is normally cheaper to get the coach operator to book the fare as they get special rates.

DFDS Ferries coach fares and booking information. www.dfdsseaways.co.uk

PO Ferries coach fares and booking information. www.poferries.com

Useful Outside links

Coach Direct service – Coach Direct Web site. www.coachdirect.co.uk

Want to hire a coach? Try these links to lots of United Kingdom based coach companies offering this service.

Coach Tourism Council – The Coach Tourism Council. Good list of British coach companies. www.coachtourismcouncil.co.uk

National Express Coaches. www.nationalexpress.com

Coaches2hire – Coaches2hire. www.coaches2hire.co.uk

VOSA – Vehicle and Operator Services Agency. The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency was replaced by Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency in April 2014. Check the company you will be using is safe to use. www.gov.uk

say no to 0870 – Say NO to 0870. www.saynoto0870.com

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