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Everything you need to make the right decisions

Providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and analysis of the Intercity Buses in Europe market, and the behaviours, preferences and habits of the consumer.

Mintel has the answers you’re looking for

What are the key challenges facing the industry? Who is the consumer and what do they want? Where are the opportunities, where are the risks and what lies ahead?

Key points included

  • What is the Trans-European Networks programme (TEN-T)?
  • Is the travelling public ready for driverless buses?
  • What advantages do intercity buses have over other forms of transport?
  • How is Europe’s greying population having an impact on bus and coach transport?

Expert analysis from a specialist in the field

Written by Jessica Kelly, a leading analyst in the Tourism sector, her extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.

The transition to a low-carbon economy clearly has its challenges but local and regional governments, as well as deep-pocketed investors, have a leading role to play in creating energy-efficient, sustainable transport networks across Europe. State-of-the art intercity buses and coaches are certainly very much part of that scenario. Jessica Kelly
Senior Tourism Analyst


What's included

What's included

Table of contents

Table of contents

  1. Introduction

    • Data Sources

      • Overview of European Tourism

          • Figure 1: Top 10 most popular destinations in 2017, showing international arrivals & comparing rankings in 2016
        • International and domestic tourism continue to grow
          • Selected countries
            • Figure 2: International tourist arrivals & domestic trips, 2012-16 & 2010-17
        • History of the Omnibus

            • Buses – An integral part of the tourism industry
              • Intercity and long-distance buses
              • Snapshot of Selected Countries

                  • Figure 3: Overview of selected countries showing size of population, land area, number of border countries & capital city, 2018
                • Economic overview
                  • Figure 4: Economic overview of selected countries, 2017
                • Denmark
                  • France
                    • Germany
                      • Italy
                        • Spain
                        • Land Transport – Distance Makes a Difference

                            • Figure 5: Number of buses in selected countries of the EU-28, 2012 & 2016
                            • Figure 6: Passenger land transport by mode of travel in selected countries, expressed as a percentage, 2015
                          • Intercity coaches vs trains
                            • In praise of buses
                            • Who Travels by Bus?

                                • Figure 7: A comparison of the cost & travel times by mode of transport for three randomly selected city pairs, 2018
                              • Students and young people love intercity buses too
                                • Asylum seekers and migrants
                                  • Migrants augment the workforce
                                    • A ‘greying’ population
                                      • Figure 8: Demographics of selected countries, showing the ageing of the population, 2015, 2030 & 2050
                                      • Figure 9: Median age in selected countries, 2015, 2030 & 2050
                                    • Why is Europe ageing?
                                      • Economic challenges of an ageing population
                                        • The upside
                                          • The ‘grandparent boom’
                                          • Europe’s Road Networks

                                            • Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T)
                                              • Integrating the highways
                                                • Ongoing challenges
                                                  • Road networks in selected countries
                                                    • Figure 10: Length of road networks in selected countries, 2007-17
                                                • Safety Issues

                                                  • Road accidents
                                                    • Traffic congestion
                                                      • Figure 11: Hours spent in traffic jams (annually) & road fatalities – Selected countries, 2015-16*
                                                  • Bus and Coach Manufacturing

                                                    • A global industry
                                                      • Europe’s bus and coach manufacturers
                                                        • MAN Truck & Bus AG
                                                          • Evobus-Mercedes (DE)
                                                          • Buses and the Environment

                                                              • The Paris Agreement
                                                                • Bus manufacturers are paying attention
                                                                  • The EC promotes clean air and sustainability
                                                                    • The switch to alternative fuels
                                                                      • Denmark
                                                                        • France
                                                                          • Germany
                                                                            • Italy
                                                                              • Spain
                                                                                • The pros and cons of green energy for buses and coaches
                                                                                  • Alternative fuels
                                                                                    • The ‘gases’
                                                                                      • Hydrogen
                                                                                        • Biodiesel
                                                                                          • Electricity
                                                                                            • Hybrid buses
                                                                                              • The European Alternative Fuels Observatory (EAFO)
                                                                                                • Automated buses vs autonomous vehicles
                                                                                                  • Is the public ready for driverless buses?
                                                                                                    • What are automated buses?
                                                                                                    • Intercity Bus Companies

                                                                                                      • The deregulation of the market
                                                                                                        • Denmark
                                                                                                          • France
                                                                                                            • Germany
                                                                                                              • The phenomenon of FlixBus
                                                                                                                • Spain
                                                                                                                  • Italy
                                                                                                                  • Interactive Websites and Bus Passes

                                                                                                                    • Booking a bus is easy
                                                                                                                      • Bus passes offer a good deal
                                                                                                                        • InterFlix
                                                                                                                          • Eurolines Pass
                                                                                                                            • Busabout
                                                                                                                            • Auto Shows and Trade Fairs

                                                                                                                              • What Next?

                                                                                                                                About the report

                                                                                                                                This report will give you a complete 360-degree view of your market. Not only is it rooted in robust proprietary and high-quality third-party data, but our industry experts put that data into context and you’ll quickly understand:

                                                                                                                                • The Consumer

                                                                                                                                  What They Want. Why They Want It.

                                                                                                                                • The Competitors

                                                                                                                                  Who’s Winning. How To Stay Ahead.

                                                                                                                                • The Market

                                                                                                                                  Size, Segments, Shares And Forecasts: How It All Adds Up.

                                                                                                                                • The Innovations

                                                                                                                                  New Ideas. New Products. New Potential.

                                                                                                                                • The Opportunities

                                                                                                                                  Where The White Space Is. How To Make It Yours.

                                                                                                                                • The Trends

                                                                                                                                  What’s Shaping Demand – Today And Tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                Please Note: This is a sample report. All of the figures, graphs, and tables have been redacted.