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London to Plymouth by National Express & Megabus


National Express coach from London to Plymouth

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Coach services from London to Plymouth 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 Plymouth. There is no other coach operator, which offers similar shuttle service between these two cities.
National Express offers more than 9 direct services per day, while Megabus has about 3 connections a day.
Some National Express and Megabus services terminate in Plymouth, but most of them are not intended to serve the route from London to Plymouth only, the coaches run on larger distances and Plymouth is only an intermediate stop.
The National Express direct coach line between London and Plymouth is 500 and other carriers’ routes passing through Plymouth. There are also some indirect routes between these cities, which require connecting at Exeter Coach Station. M6 is the Megabus line from London to Plymouth.

Megabus direct coach link from London to Plymouth

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

Useful links to coach timetables & fares

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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 Plymouth with National Express and Megabus takes about 5¾ hours. This is one of the cheapest transport options between Central London and Plymouth.

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

Timetables and fares...

London to Plymouth by National Express

National Express service number 500 504 504 500 500 501 404 406
Days of operation Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily
Period(s) of operation - - - - - - 2 3
LONDON, Victoria Coach Station Dep. 8:00 11:00 13:00 16:00 17:30 21:00 23:00 23:30
HEATHROW AIRPORT, Central Bus Station
Dep. 8:50 11:50 13:50 16:55 18:20 21:45 23:40 0:15
SEDGEMOOR SERVICES (Pause) Time 20mins 20mins 30mins 20mins 20mins - - -
TAUNTON DEANE (Pause) Time - - - - - - 30mins -
EXETER SERVICES (Pause) Time - - - - - - - 30mins
PLYMOUTH, (Marsh Mills)
Arr. 13:25 16:10 18:20 21:15 23:10 2:15 5:45 -
PLYMOUTH, Bus Station
Arr. 13:55 16:35 18:45 21:25 23:15 2:20 6:05 5:45

Plymouth to London by National Express

National Express service number 501 532/501
500 500 504 504 500 404 406
Days of operation Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily
Period(s) of operation - - -
- - - - 1 1
PLYMOUTH, Bus Station Dep. 3:35x 5:15g 7:05 8:30 9:55 12:10 16:15 23:20 23:59
EXETER SERVICES (Pause) Time - - - - - - - - 30mins
BRIDGWATER SERVICES (Pause) Time - - - - - - - 30mins -
LEIGHT SERVICES (Pause) Time - - 20mins 20mins 20mins 30mins 20mins - -
EXETER, Interchange only
Arr. direct ©6:10g direct direct - - - - -
EXETER, Interchange only Dep. - 6:15g - 9:40 - - - - -
HEATHROW AIRPORT, Central Bus Station Arr. 8:10g 9:55 11:35 13:20 14:25 17:05 21:00 5:30 5:30
LONDON, Earl's Court Arr. 9:10 10:45 12:25 14:10 15:10 17:50 21:35 6:10 6:05
LONDON, Victoria Coach Station Arr. 9:20 10:55 12:35 14:20 15:20 18:00 21:45 6:20 6:15

1 = Does not operate 24 December but operates additionally 26 December & 1 January.
2 = Departure on 24 December from London terminates at Plymouth (arr. 0550) but operates additionally 26 December & 1 January.
3 = Does not operate 26 December but operates additionally 1 January.
g = Operates 15 minutes later Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays (also 28 - 30 December).
x = Operates 30 minutes later Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays (also 28 - 30 December).

Bus and coach boarding points

LONDON, Victoria Coach Station, Departure Hall
LONDON (Earl's Court), West Cromwell Rd, Stop D, near Tesco (to London only)
HEATHROW AIRPORT, Central Bus Station
EXETER, Bus & Coach Station, Paris Street
PLYMOUTH, (Marsh Mills), Bus Lay-by, o/s Sainsburys (from London)
PLYMOUTH, Bus Station, Bretonside

Prices for online tickets

London to Plymouth by National Express
Adult Youth/Senior Child Online Booking
Single Return Single Return Single Return
London to Plymouth (Standard)
£29.90 £52.80 £23.90 £42.20 £14.95 £26.40
London to Plymouth
Plymouth to London (Standard) £29.90 £52.80 £23.90 £42.20 £14.95 £26.40 Plymouth to London
London to Plymouth (APEX/Funfare) from £7.50 one way from £7.50 one way from £7.50 one way London to Plymouth
Plymouth to London (APEX/Funfare) from £7.50 one way from £7.50 one way from £7.50 one way Plymouth to London
  • Age categories: Children: 3-15 years, Seniors: 60+ years. Children aged under 3 travel free.

Timetables and fares...

London to Plymouth by Megabus

Various services MB6
MB6 MB6
Days of operation Daily Daily Daily
LONDON, Victoria Coach Station Dep. 9:00 17:30 23:45
PLYMOUTH, City Centre Royal Parade Arr. 14:50 23:00 5:40

Plymouth to London by Megabus

Various services
MB6 MB6 MB6
Days of operation Daily Daily Daily
PLYMOUTH, City Centre Royal Parade Dep. 1:00 7:45 16:00
LONDON, Victoria Coach Station Arr. 7:05 13:15 21:55

Bus and coach boarding points

LONDON, Victoria Coach Station, Departure Hall
PLYMOUTH, City Centre Royal Parade

Prices for online tickets

London to Plymouth by Megabus
Adult Youth/Senior Child Online booking
Single Return Single Return Single Return
London to Plymouth
from £1+50p one way from £1+50p one way from £1+50p one way London to Plymouth
Plymouth to London from £1+50p one way from £1+50p one way from £1+50p one way

Plymouth to London

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

Route Carrier Frequency Travel time Timetable Online prices Bookings
London to Plymouth National Express 9 per day approx 5:45 stops & times from £7.50
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Plymouth to London National Express 9 per day approx 5:45 stops & times from £7.50 Book now
London to Plymouth Megabus 3 per day approx 5:45 stops & times from £1+50p Book now
Plymouth to London Megabus 3 per day approx 5:45
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How to buy tickets online for travel from London to Plymouth?

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 and Megatrain 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 Plymouth 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 Plymouth. 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 Plymouth 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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