A new direct coach service from from Stratford and Greenwich to Brussels will start running daily from this coming Friday 25th August.
It was recently covered here and at the time it was not possible to book tickets from Greenwich despite stopping but after being contacted Flixbus confirmed passengers can board in Greenwich and tickets were then made available.
It is of course a fair bit slower than Eurostar but that is alleviated to some degree by being able to get off the coach when on the cross-channel ferry to eat and wander about.
On occasion coaches to the continent do use Le Shuttle so it’s always worth checking when booking if you’d prefer to stretch your legs on a ferry. However looking at forthcoming trips and most do appear to be via DFDS ferry.
Eurostar now require passengers to be at departure stations 90 to 120 minutes before leaving whilst 120 minutes after arriving at Greenwich on a coach you could already be at the coast.
Coaches are often a fair bit less than Eurostar too (though Eurostar do run regular sales with trips from around £35) with this new service appearing to start at £25.99 compared.
The pick-up point is beside North Greenwich bus station on Millennium Way and not at the bus station itself.
So as ever, swings and roundabouts but being abele to avoid heading into central London before heading out again is a benefit, and certainly when compared to coaches leaving from Victoria.
From Calais the coach will then take about 3-4 hours to reach Brussels with a stop in Lille.
Services commence daily from this Friday.