Megabus to offer Nashville service to Memphis, Knoxville

Company will offer free rides to first 1,000 customers to launch new route

Megabus officials announced Thursday they will begin offering daily express bus service between Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis starting Feb. 29.

The announcement follows a Jan. 17 announcement that Megabus will provide service connecting Nashville and Chicago, via Indianapolis, beginning March 17.

A subsidiary of Coach USA, Megabus.com has provide a Nashville to Atlanta route, via Chattanooga, since late 2011. 

"Megabus.com has rapidly become the travel option of choice for millions of people and today we’re excited to expand our offerings in Tennessee,” Dale Moser, Megabus president and COO, said in a release. “As Americans continue to look for ways to stretch their income, we will continue to provide safe, convenient and affordable travel.”

To celebrate the expanded service, megabus.com is offering free seats to the first 1,000 customers using the Knoxville-Nashville-Memphis route.

Founded in 2006, Megabus is able to offer low fares — often no more than $10 per ticket and sometimes only $1 — because it does not have the high-cost infrastructure and expenses associated with conventional bus line companies. For example, there are no Megabus terminals (Coach USA leases space), and the buses are serviced at existing Coach USA maintenance facilities. In another cost-saving move, Megabus does not offer cross-country trips. Ticket prices are based on availability, with the cost increasing as buses fill to capacity.

Megabus launched in April 2006 and is one of the largest intercity express bus service providers in North America, transporting more than 15 million travelers. In addition to affordable fares, megabus.com offers customers state-of-the-art environmentally friendly, double-decker buses with free Wi-Fi, power outlets and restrooms.

Coach USA operates its headquarters in Paramus, N.J.