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London to Leeds by National Express and Megabus


National Express coach from London to Leeds

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Coach services from London to Leeds are operated by two UKs’ well-known carriers - National Express and Megabus.
National Express and Megabus provide a direct intercity coach service between London and Leeds. There is no other coach operator, which offers similar shuttle service between these two cities.
National Express offers more than 20 direct services per day, while Megabus has about 8 connections a day.
Some National Express and Megabus services terminate in Leeds, but most of them are not intended to serve the route from London to Leeds only, the coaches run on larger distances and Leeds is only an intermediate stop.
The National Express main direct coach line between London and Leeds is 561 but there are few other carriers’ routes passing through Leeds. M12 is the Megabus line from London to Leeds.

Megabus coach service from London to Leeds

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Most of the services from Leeds to London begin their journey at one of the UKs’ northern cities or towns, however, all terminate at Victoria Coach Station in London (see details below).

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National Express & Megabus’ coaches are high-class vehicles, equipped with toilet, air conditioning, reclining seats and radio. Both carriers put the safety and comfort of passengers first, so the vehicles are equipped with a large number of safeguards. The operators are using modern vehicles with large panoramic windows and increased legroom. Some coaches on this route provide free Wi-Fi and can take passengers in wheelchairs on board the bus.
Travelling between London and Leeds with National Express takes about 4 hours 20 minutes and 4 hours  40 minutes with Megabus. This is one of the cheapest transport options between Central London and Leeds.

Go to National Express or Megabus website to check current timetable and prices and book a ticket for your journey.

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Timetables and fares...

London to Leeds by National Express

NX service number 561 561 425 561 561 561 563 561 561 561
Days of operation Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Fr,Su Daily Daily Daily Daily
Period(s) of operation - - - - - 1 - - - -
LONDON, Victoria Coach Station Dep. 8:00 9:00 9:30 10:30 11:30 12:30 12:30 13:00 14:00 15:00
LONDON, Golders Green
Dep. 8:35 - 10:05 - 12:05 - - - 14:35 -
LEEDS, Bus & Coach Stn.
Arr. 12:30 13:20 14:00 14:45 15:50k 16:40k 16:45k 17:30k 18:25k 19:15k
LEEDS, (Moortown) Arr. - - - - - - - 17:50k - -
LEEDS (Bramley) Arr. - - - 15:05 - - - - - 19:35k

London to Leeds by National Express

NX service number 561 561 561 561 561 561 561 561 561 561 465
Days of operation Daily Daily Fr,Su Daily Fr,Su Daily Su Daily Daily Su Daily
Period(s) of operation - - 1 - 1
- 2 - 3 2 4
LONDON, Victoria Coach Station Dep. 16:00 17:00 17:30 18:00 18:30 19:00 19:30 20:00 21:00 22:00 23:30
LONDON, Golders Green
Dep. 16:35 - - 18:35 - - - 20:30 - - 23:55
LEEDS, Bus & Coach Stn. Arr. 20:20k 21:20k 21:40 22:20 22:40 23:00 23:30 0:10 1:00 1:55 5:20
LEEDS, (Moortown) Arr. 20:35k - - - - - - - - - -
LEEDS (Bramley) Arr. - - - - - 23:15 - - - - -

M = Monday, T= Tuesday, W = Wednesday, Th = Thursday, Fr = Friday, Sa = Saturday, Su = Sunday
1 = Does not operate 28 August, 23, 30 December, 6, 8 April & 6 May 2013, but operates additionally 29 August, 2 January, 5, 9 April & 7 May
2 = Does not operate 29 May, 28 August, 8 April & 6 May, but opertaes additionally 29 August, 2 January, 9 April & 7 May
3 = Does not operate 24 & 31 December
4 = Does not operate 24 & 31 December, but operates additionally 26 December & 1 January
k = Operates 15 mins later Friday

Leeds to London by National Express

NX service number 561
561 561
561
561
561 563 561
561 561
Days of operation Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Fr,Su Daily Fr,Su
Period(s) of operation - - - -
- - - 1 - -
LEEDS (Bramley) Dep. - - - - - - - - - -
LEEDS, (Moortown) Dep. - - - - - 9:50 - - - -
LEEDS, Bus & Coach Stn. Dep. 5:20x 6:45x 8:00g 9:00 9:40 10:20 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30
LONDON, Golders Green Arr. - - 11:50 - - 14:05 - - 15:45k -
LONDON, Marble Arch Arr. 10:00 11:05 12:25 13:20 13:55 14:40 15:05 15:50k 16:20k 16:40k
LONDON, Victoria Coach Station Arr. 10:10 11:15 12:35 13:30 14:05 14:50 15:15 16:00k 16:30k 16:50k

Leeds to London by National Express

NX service number 561
561 561 561 561 561 561 425 561 561 465
Days of operation Daily Su Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Fr,Su Daily
Period(s) of operation - 2 - - 3
2 - 3 3
1 4
LEEDS (Bramley) Dep. - - 13:35 - - - - - - - -
LEEDS, (Moortown) Dep. 12:30 - - - - - - - - - -
LEEDS, Bus & Coach Stn. Dep. 13:00 13:30 14:00 15:00 16:00 16:30 16:45 17:30 18:15 19:00 0:20
LONDON, Golders Green Arr. - - 17:45k - - - - 21:25 21:40 - 5:50
LONDON, Marble Arch Arr. 17:25k 17:40 18:20k 19:15k 20:15k 20:35 20:55k 21:55 22:10 22:40 6:10
LONDON, Victoria Coach Station Arr. 17:35k 17:50 18:30k 19:25k 20:25k 20:45 21:05k 22:05 22:20 22:50 6:20

M = Monday, T= Tuesday, W = Wednesday, Th = Thursday, Fr = Friday, Sa = Saturday, Su = Sunday
1 = Does not operate 28 August, 23, 30 December, 6, 8 April & 6 May 2013, but operates additionally 29 August, 2 January, 5, 9 April & 7 May
2 = Does not operate 29 May, 28 August, 8 April & 6 May, but opertaes additionally 29 August, 2 January, 9 April & 7 May
3 = Does not operate 24 & 31 December
4 = Does not operate 24 & 31 December, but operates additionally 26 December & 1 January
k = Operates 15 mins later Friday

Bus and coach boarding points

LONDON, Victoria Coach Station, Departure Hall
LONDON, (Marble Arch), Park Lane (to London only)
LONDON, (Golders Green), Bus Station, Stops GD/GE
LEEDS, Bus & Coach Station, Dyer Street
LEEDS, (Moortown), Bus Shelter, Harrogate Road/Belvedere Avenue (to London only)
LEEDS, (Moortown), Lay-by, St. Johns Church
LEEDS (Bramley), Stanningley Road, near Church of Venerable Bede

Prices for online tickets

London to Leeds Adult Youth/Senior Child BOOK NOW
Single Return Single Return Single Return
London to Leeds (Standard)
£25 £46.60 £20 £37.30 £12.50 £23.30 London to Leeds
Leeds to London (Standard)
£25 £46.60 £20 £37.30 £12.50 £23.30 Leeds to London
London to Leeds (eg. APEX/Funfares)
from £5.50 one way from £5.50 one way from £5.50 one way London to Leeds
Leeds to London (eg. APEX/Funfares) from £5.50 one way from £5.50 one way from £5.50 one way Leeds to London
  • Age categories: Children: 3-15 years, Seniors: 60+ years. Children aged under 3 travel free.

Timetables and fares...

London to Leeds by Megabus

Megabus service number

MB12 MB12 MB12
MB12 MB12 MB12 MB12 MB12 MB12 MB12 MB12
Days of operation Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily
LONDON, Victoria Coach Station Dep. 8:00 9:00 11:30 13:30 15:00 16:00 16:30 17:00 18:00 19:00 23:30
LEEDS, Kirkgate Stand K14 Arr. 12:30 13:30 15:45 18:00 19:30 20:30 21:00 21:15 22:25 23:15 5:00

Leeds to London by Megabus

Megabus service number MB12 MB12 MB12 MB12 MB12 MB12 MB12 MB12 MB12 MB12 MB12
Days of operation Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily n Sa,Su
Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily
LEEDS, Kirkgate Stand K14 Dep. 2:00 5:50^ 9:20 10:20 10:50 11:30 12:30 13:30 16:15 16:15 18:30
LONDON, Victoria Coach Station Arr. 7:30 10:30 14:00 15:00 15:30 16:00 17:00 18:00 21:00 20:45 23:00

M = Monday, T= Tuesday, W = Wednesday, Th = Thursday, Fr = Friday, Sa = Saturday, Su = Sunday, n = Daily except...
^ = Operates 30 mins later on Saturdays & Sundays

Bus and coach boarding points

LONDON, Victoria Coach Station, Departure Hall
LEEDS, Kirkgate Stand K14

Prices for online tickets

London to Leeds
Adult Youth/Senior Child BOOK NOW
Single Return Single Return Single Return
London to Leeds
from £1+50p one way from £1+50p one way from £1+50p one way London to Leeds
Leeds to London
from £1+50p one way from £1+50p one way from £1+50p one way Leeds to London

Printable timetables, frequency, travel times and fares for coach services between London and Leeds

Route Carrier Frequency Travel time Timetable Online prices Bookings
London to Leeds National Express 20 per day approx 4:20 stops & times from £5.50
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Leeds to London National Express 20 per day approx 4:20 stops & times from £5.50 Book now
London to Leeds Megabus about 11 per day approx 4:40 stops & times from £1+50p Book now
Leeds to London Megabus about 11 per day approx 4:40 stops & times from £1+50p Book now

How to buy tickets online for travel from London to Leeds?

To purchase tickets online for National Express routes you can do it directly at the Europebus home page using a journey planner provided. You can also do it on the National Express website. For Megabus connections visit Megabus website. Simply fill out all fields in the journey planner and follow the instructions to buy a ticket. Discounted tickets are also available for youths, children and seniors. If you book early and your travel dates and times are flexible, you may get ticket with a discount. Early booking is highly recommended, because services between London and Leeds are very popular and the coaches are fully booked on some days.

Carriage of luggage and bikes

The National Express’ coach driver will load and unload customers’ luggage but customers are responsible for seeing their own luggage onto and off the coach on which they are travelling.
Each customer has a free luggage allowance of two medium sized suitcases, weighing no more than 20 kilograms each and 1 piece of hand luggage, which must be located on the shelf above your head or under the passenger seat.

Megabus doesn’t check luggage or provide receipts for luggage transported on the bus by the passenger.  Passengers are advised that Megabus will accept up to one piece of luggage per passenger. For guidance this should be no more than the size of a standard suitcase and should not weigh more than 20kg.  Passengers can also take on board one small piece of luggage that must fit either on your lap or under the seat in front of you.

Of course you can take a bike but... In a bike bag as carry-on luggage, semi-dismantled, free of charge. You can take a bicycle with you as carry-on luggage free of charge on any coach, if you put it in a zip-up 'bike bag', with wheels and pedals removed and handlebars turned. Bike bags are available from most cycle shops, for example www.wiggle.co.uk

Overview of alternative transports between London and Leeds. Trains & airlines services within the UK.

If our information is insufficient for you to convince you to travel by coach, or simply you don’t like this transportation arrangement then we encourage you to take advantage of rail or in some cases flight services. If you want to travel for example from London to Leeds or vice versa by train we suggest you to visit the Train Line website, while good flights between British cities are recommend on the Budget Air’s website

Rail services in the UK are fast, frequent and convenient. Tickets can be bought in advance easily via a train reservation service available at the Train Line website
Regular air links to distant cities in Britain can be checked and booked at www.budgetair.co.uk. Flights connections are available to various destinations in the UK, Europe and worldwide.

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