OUIBUS - formerly iDBUS - is a European coach (bus) company which offers services from Amsterdam to Lille, Paris, Antwerp, Brussels and London.
OUIBUS is owned by SNCF (French Railways) and brands itself as a premium coach service.
Started in 2012 as IDBUS, the outfit was rebranded as OUIBUS in late 2015. Note that whilst fares have been decreased, the timetabled journey times have increased significantly due to a merging of services - meaning more stops.
OUIBUS operates the following international coach services to/from Amsterdam:
Amsterdam-Lille: Runs up to 3x daily with the 300km journey to Lille currently taking anything up to 6 1/2 hours. Note, this journey used to take just 3 1/2 hours but the buses are now stopping in Belguim. Amsterdam-Lille (departure-arrival) times are 0900-1520, 1000-1620 and 1500-1950. Lille-Amsterdam scheduled times are 1240-1730 and 1420-2040. The cheapest standard tickets start at €9 one-way.
Amsterdam-Paris: This runs up to 6x daily with 5 daytime services and 1 night service. Amsterdam-Paris schedule times are 0730-1540, 0900-1840, 1000-1940, 1230-2040, 1500-2330 and 2250-0630. The journey duration varies between 7 hours 40 mins and 9 hours 40 mins. Coming back the other way, Paris-Amsterdam times are 0700-1440, 0900-1730, 1100-2040, 1330-2140, 1530-2340 and 2315-0655. Fares start from €15 one-way.
Amsterdam-London: OUIBUS operates a 2x daily service between Amsterdam and London - one by day and one overnight. Amsterdam-London times are 1130-2120 and 2000-0550 (10 hours 50 minutes journey time); London-Amsterdam scheduled times are 0700-1950 and 2200-1050 (11 hours 50 minutes journey). Channel crossings are done either via the Eurotunnel train or ferry. Fares for Amsterdam-London start at €19 or £14 one-way.
Amsterdam-Brussels: Runs up to 5x daily with Amsterdam-Brussels times 0730-1130, 1130-1430, 1230-1630, 1500-1800 and 2000-2300; Brussels-Amsterdam buses are scheduled for 0650-1050, 1430-1730, 1550-1950, 1740-2140 and 1940-2340. Journey times are either 3 or 4 hours. Fares for Amsterdam-Brussels start at €9 one-way.
Amsterdam-Antwerp: Runs up to 2x daily with Amsterdam departures 0900-1250 and 1000-1350. From Antwerp there is a single service 1650-2040. Journey time is timetabled at 3 hours 50 minutes, longer than some Brussels services! Fares for Amsterdam-Antwerp start at €9 one-way.
Note that OUIBUS also serves Rotterdam in Netherlands with buses to Antwerp, Brussels, Lille and Paris.
OUIBUS also has a number of other bus routes from its Paris hub including many domestic French cities, Milan and Turin (Italy) and Barcelona (Spain).
Watch for occasional promotional fares which are cheaper than the standard fares.
Tickets can be purchased online (ouibus.com) and printed out at home. Passengers must travel with a valid ID card or passport and should arrive at least 30 minutes before departure. 1 item of hold baggage is permitted plus 1 piece of hand-luggage on board.
OUIBUS coaches have 48 adjustable seats on board with leather headrests that offer 84cm (33") seat pitch. Each pair of seats has a power outlet (European), there is free WiFi and TV screens show the geolocation of the bus in real time. Seating is assigned by number and passengers can choose their seat when they book. The buses are wheelchair accessible and there is a toilet on board.
OUIBUS competitors: Eurolines has an extensive coach network - from Amsterdam it serves London, Antwerp, Brussels, Lille and Paris plus many other Euro destinations. Megabus (Stagecoach) also serves Lille, Paris, Brussels and London from Amsterdam. Flixbus offers cheap bus fares to Antwerp, Brussels, Paris and dozens of German destinations.
OUIBUS coach stops
In Amsterdam the OUIBUS coaches currently depart/arrive from Amsterdam Sloterdijk Station (address: Radarweg, 1043 Amsterdam) in the west of the city. This can easily be reached by NS train, tram 12, metro 50 and various buses (15, 36, 48, 61, 64, 69, 82, 395). There is a very convenient Holiday Inn Express located at the station.
In Rotterdam the OUIBUS stop is outside Rotterdam Central Station on Conradstraat.
At the Lille hub, the OUIBUS stops at Boulevard de Turin - very close to Lille Europe station and the Euralille shopping centre. There is a Crowne Plaza hotel next to the bus stop. Lille Flandres station is about 500m away.
In Paris the bus stop location is 48 bis Boulevard de Bercy at Paris-Bercy Station - this is in south-east Paris (12th arrondissement). This can be easily reached by Metro or from the nearby Gare de Lyon. In the area there is a Novotel hotel and Palais Omnisports arena.
In London, OUIBUS coaches arrive and depart from London Victoria coach station near Victoria underground station. Departures are usually from bay 13.
OUIBUS Brussels coach stop is at Brussels Zuid/Midi station (86 Rue De France) where the Eurostar and Thalys trains operate.
In Antwerp the OUIBUS coach stop is at Plantinkaai 19, near the cruise ship terminal.