Coach transport in the UK is operated by private operators. British coach network is very complex and the coach ticket prices are very attractive, compared with the prices of train tickets or air tickets. The largest coach operators in the UK are:
About National Express
National Express coach BOOK TICKET NOW
National Express offer Britain’s only scheduled coach network reaching around 1000 destinations in England, Scotland and Wales. National Express Coach carries more than 16 million passengers each year offering customers easily the best value way to travel throughout the UK, to airports and into Europe.
National Express Airport coach services also serve the major UK airports with additional dedicated 'on-airport' coach and bus services operated by Airlinks who are based at Heathrow and Gatwick. Airlinks services include a Hotel Hoppa service, linking Heathrow hotels to the airport terminals. Other dedicated airport operations by Airlinks help to serve British Airports Authority (BAA) and the wider airline community at these increasingly busy locations.
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Useful links and main products
- National Express stop finder
- National Express low fare finder
- Over 60's Discount Travel (Routesixty)
- The Young Persons Coachcard
- The Family Coachcard
- The Brit Xplorer
- The "Open Jaw" journey planner
- Luggage, wheelchairs, animals
Megabus coach BOOK TICKET NOW
megabus.com provides low cost UK inter city travel, with prices starting from as little as £1 + 50 pence booking fee. It has some of the country’s most modern coaches and now carries more than 2 million passengers a year.
Launched in 2003 megabus.com has since grown rapidly and now links around 50 destinations in the UK. The UK network stretches from the Highlands of Scotland to south-west England, connecting some of the UK’s most popular destinations, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cardiff.
How does megabus operate?
megabus.com is the market leading budget inter-city coach operator in the UK and North America. It is a part of the Stagecoach Group, the international transport group, which offers greener smarter travel at great value prices.
Launched online megabus.com offers seats from just £1 + 50p booking fee.
Booking a seat can be done quickly and easily through the website www.megabus.com.
Here you are able to view all destinations and bus stops (on a street map), search and buy for the cheapest tickets available and purchase effortlessly. Passengers can also request to receive their unique booking reference by text message (a 10p charge is passed on to the recipient of the mobile). This saves on unnecessary paperwork and unnecessary environmental waste.
To travel you simply need your booking reference, which you will have to show to the driver when boarding your coach or train.
You can manage your reservations through the website, by logging in, in the customer service section.
Is megabus just coaches?
Since its launch megabus.com has expanded to offer customers low cost travel on coach and rail. Megabus also offers linked coach and rail journeys (megabusplus).
megabus: megabus coaches are easily recognisable by their distinctive blue and yellow branding. megabus operates coaches equipped with on board toilets. Rest stops will be provided on our longer journeys and selected services.
megabusplus: The innovative coach-rail service, megabusplus.com, is the first of its kind in the UK. It gives passengers a fast, integrated journey between Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and London by comfortable coach and high-quality train, provided by East Midlands Trains.
megatrain: Offers passengers the opportunity to acquire low priced rail tickets by booking through megabus.com. megatrain travels to a number of destinations throughout the UK: From London as far North as Glasgow, London to destinations such as Sheffield, Nottingham and Peterborough and London to the South West, such as Portsmouth, Exeter and Bath.
megatrains are served by a number of Stagecoach partners; Southwest trains, Virgin trains and East Midlands trains.
Are there any offers?
You can usually book megabus tickets up to 6 weeks in advance but from time to time megabus will open up their sales windows to allow booking even further in advance. This allows passengers to search and buy their tickets even earlier, meaning there are likely to be more £1 (+ 50p booking fee) seats left!
If you are a student, and you have a Valid NUS Extra card, you can place your card number into the relevant box on the website and get a further 10% off.
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With a simple to use website and prices from as little as £1 + 50 pence booking fee www.megabus.com/uk is certainly worth a look.
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|Destinations served by Megabus:|
|Aberdeem, Aviemore, Birmingham, Birmingham Airport, Bolton, Bradford, Bristol, Camborne, Cambridge, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Chester, Coventry, Cwmbran, Dundee, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Airport, Exeter, Glasgow, Gloucester, Halifax, Hudedersfield, Inverkeithing, Inverness, Kinross, Leeds, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Newport, Newquay, Oxford, Penzance, Perth, Pitlorchy, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Preston, Reading, Redruth, Rugby, Scotch Corner, Sheffield, Southampton, Stirling, Sunderland, Swindon, University of West England, Wakefield, Winchester.|
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Eurolines coach BOOK TICKET NOW
Eurolines is National Express' international service to 500 destinations across Europe and Ireland with competitive prices starting from just £38 for an advance return to Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels and Rotterdam which can be booked up to seven days before outward travel.
Eurolines' modern air conditioned coaches run city centre to city centre, avoiding the need for expensive airport transfer costs, and offer reclining seats with plenty of legroom, on board toilets and a free luggage allowance of two medium sized suitcases which are stored securely in the hold.
Eurolines is the most carbon-efficient from of travel across Europe, reducing your carbon footprint by around 80% compared to air travel.
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