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  1. Steve
    May 10, 2017 @ 1:42 pm

    I use them regularly and LOVE them. This week it was Málaga to Alicante which is part of the Algeciras to Barcelona mega journey. Their website NOW is good although it used to be absolutely terrible and I have had HUGE arguments when trying to use their APP or mobile site but they have caught up. (Ironic really as they are part of National Express that has a superb site.

    Alan has been honest in his subjectivity and in reality would not have liked any bus so I guess his review is as good as it gets.

    The main problem is their excuse for a network. In most of Spain it is fairly thin. Obviously the advent of low cost air hits them too. Why sit for 18 hours on , say a Málaga to Barcelona bus, when you could do it for mush less in two hours!

    Sad not to see you on another adventure, amigo

  2. Alan Gandy
    May 11, 2017 @ 7:20 am

    Steve, you are absolutely right. I just wouldn’t have been comfortable on any bus.

    On the whole, I thought it a pretty good service! Bus travel is just not for me….

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