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BlaBlaCar Bus
BlaBlaBus Logo 2019.png
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BlaBlaBus at Saint-Denis
Service areaWestern Europe
Service typeIntercity coach service
National Express
Fleet46 coaches
Chief executiveMaria Harti

BlaBlaCar bus, formerly BlaBlaBus, Ouibus or iDBUS, operates coach services in Europe.[1] Currently, BlaBlaCar Bus serves Aix-en-Provence, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Genoa, Lille, London, Lyon, Marseille, Milan, Nice, Paris, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, San Sebastián, and Turin. The route network is expanding progressively. BlaBlaCar Bus has three major hubs; Paris-Bercy, Lyon-Perrache, and Lille-Europe. Founded in 2012 by SNCF, in November 2018 it was announced that it would be purchased by BlaBlaCar and rebranded as BlaBlaBus.


Ouibus logo used from 2015 to 2018
iDBUS logo used from 2012 to 2015

iDBUS was launched on 23 July 2012 with services to Amsterdam, London, and Brussels from the original hub at Paris-Bercy.[2] A domestic service between Paris and Lille was launched on 29 August 2012.

A second hub was created at Lyon-Perrache on 17 December 2012 to launch Milan and Turin destinations. On 23 May 2013, iDBUS began operating services between Marseille and Nice, Genoa and Milan. On 28 April 2014 iDBUS launched a service from Brussels to Amsterdam, London and Charles de Gaulle Airport.[3]

On 1 December 2014, iDBUS started operating into Germany, with a service from Paris to Brussels, Aachen and Cologne.[4] From 15 June 2015 iDBUS expanded further in the Benelux region, with Rotterdam and Antwerp added to the network. On the same date, a London to Lyon route started.

On 3 September 2015, iDBUS was rebranded Ouibus.[5] In July 2016, the Starshipper business was purchased.[6]

In February 2018, Ouibus entered a partnership with ALSA and National Express.[7] In November 2018, it was announced the business would be purchased by BlaBlaCar.[8]

Entering the German market in 2020, BlaBlaBus became the first major competitor of Flixbus since that company had achieved a nigh-monopoly in the German long distance bus market through market consolidation, mergers and acquisition of competitors.

Deadly accident[edit]

On 10 April 2022, an accident happened close to Antwerp, Belgium.[9] Two occupants of the bus were instantly killed, whilst several others were left in a life-threatening condition. Blame is initially given to the driver of the bus, whom tested positively for drugs just after the accident. Police also stated that driver of the bus was known for drug offences in the past.


BlaBlaCar Bus has a fleet of 46 Setra, Mercedes-Benz and Iveco coaches that meet the Euro 5 emission standard. The whole fleet is fitted with Wi-Fi, plug sockets and spaces for disabled passengers.

On a number of the services to/from Spain, a fleet of Irizar i6 coaches operated by Sarfa are used. These operate in the Ouibus livery.

The fleet is equipped with toilets and free WiFi, and offers power outlets at every seat.[10]


  1. ^ About Us Archived 5 June 2016 at the Wayback Machine Ouibus
  2. ^ SNCF Launches its First Coach Service Idbus 4 July 2012
  3. ^ Article about the launch of new services from Brussels (in Dutch)
  4. ^ Article about the launch of a new service to Germany (in French)
  5. ^ Idbus becomes Ouibus Coach & Bus Week issue 1214 10 November 2015 page 14
  6. ^ Starshipper becomes Ouibus SoBus
  7. ^ National Express strengthens cross channel and European services National Express 1 February 2018
  8. ^ SNCF to sell Ouibus to BlaBlaCar in multimodal partnership Railway Gazette International 13 November 2018
  9. ^ "Tweede dodelijk slachtoffer van busongeval is 17-jarige Franse vrouw, parket vraagt aanhouding buschauffeur voor onopzettelijke doodslag". Het Nieuwsblad (in Flemish). Retrieved 11 April 2022.
  10. ^ iDBUS Services

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