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Stagecoach to trial UK's first budget sleeper coach service

Posted in Industry news

  • Overnight service with beds to run between Glasgow and London
  • New service offers budget fares, free wi-fi, toilets and on-board refreshments

Stagecoach Group is to trial the UK’s first budget sleeper coach service between Glasgow and London from next month.

The new pilot service, operated by market-leading budget coach provider, will offer passengers their own berth as well as a standard seat for greater comfort during their journey.

Passengers will have access to a toilet, free wi-fi, on-board refreshments and a complimentary overnight pack containing a toothbrush, toothpaste, a bottle of water, an eye mask and a luggage label. Each berth has a reading light and curtain for extra privacy, as well as a duvet, pillow and blanket.

Fares on the new service, which is being operated with three specially-refurbished articulated coaches fitted with 24 berths and seats, will range from £1 to £40*.

The coaches have been safety certified by VOSA and are fitted with CCTV. For additional safety and security, each berth is equipped with a button to alert the driver in the event of an emergency. The vehicles also meet Transport for London’s new Low Emissions Zone (LEV) requirements which come into force in the capital in January 2012.

From next month, customers purchasing tickets online for the existing overnight services between Glasgow and London will be given the opportunity to upgrade to the new sleeper service.

Bookings for the sleeper coach can be made from 5 September by visiting The service will operate seven nights a week to the following timetable:

  • Depart Glasgow at 23:15 and arrive in London at 07:20
  • Depart London at 23.59 and arrive in Glasgow at 08:05

Stagecoach Group Chief Executive, Sir Brian Souter, said:

Travelling overnight is a great way to save time, and we’ve already seen growing demand for our night-time journeys. The new sleeper services will offer extra comfort and facilities, but still at excellent value for money prices.

We’ve always been at the forefront of innovative ways to make public transport more attractive and convenient for people. We believe the best way to find out if it’s a service our customers want is by offering them the chance to try it out for real. Travelling direct from city centre to city centre beats the hassle of a red-eye flight from an airport and is a greener, smarter way to travel. will be running passenger trials of the sleeper service during August before the first scheduled services go live.

For more information about services visit


London to Glasgow Megabus sleeper coach
The post that went out last week about the sleeper service said that it went live on August 15th.
However, it will actually be available from 5th September.

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