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National Express

The coach company National Express is the reference to travel by bus to over 1,000 destinations throughout the United Kingdom including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool… Equipped with Wi-Fi, power sockets and reclining seats, the company offers a high level of services for travellers. Every day National Express offers cheap coach tickets and discount cards to travel for even less.

National Express history

National Express coach company is a subsidiary of National Express Group, which operates bus, coach and rail services in the United Kingdom, North America, Germany, Spain and Morocco. The coach company National Express operates intercity journeys in England, Wales and Scotland.

Launch in 1972, National Express coach carries over 21 million passenger journey every year across around 1,000 destinations in the United Kingdom. The historic national bus company offers also airport transfers by coaches including London airports Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton…

In August 1989, Eurolines UK became a part of the company allowing international trips between the United Kingdom and European cities, allowing you to reach Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels by bus.

If you are looking to visit your family or friends during the holidays, National Express coaches can get you where you need to be thanks to their 550 coaches covering 72 million miles per year.

National Express best fares

If you're looking for cheap National Express tickets, you've come to the right place. Everyday many National Express coaches are running throughout the UK, below are the best coach ticket prices we have found for the coming days.

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National Express destinations

Every day, National Express connects cities from England, Wales and Scotland. In addition, shuttle services between the airport and the cities are also available.

National Express destinations

Main National Express destinations

Main cities served by National express coaches are:

Milton Keynes

National Express services

National Express coaches offer a great range of services. Discover all general information about the services available on board for your next bus journey.

National Express coaches

Services available on board

In recent years, National Express has made significant changes to its coaches to make them more comfortable for passengers. Coaches are fitted with reclining comfortable seats, setback tables, power sockets and ample leg room. Wi-Fi is available on board for some journeys, so you can use your laptop and tablet during your travel!

National Express Coach Tracker

National Express has created a tool allowing you to track your bus online in real time and anywhere. Before travelling you can check if your coach is on time, so that you will be aware of any delays. You can view your bus on a map during your travel, so you are kept fully up-to-date on your journey's progress.

Coach stations facilities

The coach company have equipped their stations to give you the best facilities and comfortable seats before departure. Most stations have a customer service desk to inform you about your travel or to book a journey or to amend a ticket. You will have access to free Wi-Fi and have the possibility to charge your phone. There is a shopping area where you can buy food, drinks, newspapers, magazines and books for your journey.

National Express App

With the National Express app, available for your phone you can easily book your coach tickets and view live departure and arrival times for coaches in the UK.

Luggage allowance

National Express allows passengers to bring two pieces of luggage with a maximum weight of 20 kg and one piece of hand luggage. If you want to bring more luggage additional fee will be apply.

1 bag Extra bags Up to three bags
One-Way £8 £10 each bag £16
Return £12 £15 each bag £24

Fares observed on 14/10/2014

For your information, pets are not allowed on National Express coaches except for guide or assistance dogs.

National Express timetable

Every day, National Express coaches run across England, Wales and Scotland. You can find all the information you want about timetables directly on the National Express website.

National Express fare types

The coach company offers several bus tickets types to travel across the UK. National Express Funfare tickets are the cheapest ticket offered by the company. Funfare tickets are only available when you book online in advance: prices goes up when the day of departure get closer. These cheap bus tickets are sold in limited amounts so when they are available online you must be quick.

The company offers best prices for people who travel in groups. National Express offers discounts for those travelling in a group by coach. You can save 25% on standard fares if you travel in a group of four or more. To take advantage of this offer, simply book your seats at least three days in advance.

To get the best National Express fare the company advises you to:

  • Think ahead and book your bus ticket well in advance
  • Travel during off-peak period as tickets are usually cheaper
  • Be flexible with dates and times

National Express Coachcards

National Express offers funfares, reductions, discounts, and more! Travel for even less in the United Kingdom with a coachcard or a pass offered by the company.

Save 1/3 on standard fares for one year by buying a £10*discount card. National Express offers three different cards:

  • Young Person Coachcard: discount card for people aged 16-26 years or full-time students
  • Senior Coachcard: discount card for people aged 60 and over
  • Disabled Coachcard: discount card for people with disabilities

Are you travelling as a family? Buy one of the two Family Coachcards and save money on your coach tickets:

  • Family 1plus1 Coachcard costs £8 for 1 year*: a child can travel free when with a full fare paying adult
  • Family 2plus2 Coachcard costs £16 for 1 year*: two children can travel free when with two full fares paying adults

Do you want to discover the United Kingdom? With one of the Brit Xplorer passes you can go where you want at a low price:

  • Hobo: 7 days for £79*
  • Footloose: 14 j days for £139*
  • Rolling Stone: 28 days for £219*

*Fares and discounts observed on 14/10/2014

Barometer of National Express ticket fares

The prices offered by National Express can change over time. Here is a price barometer for the main coach journeys indicating the minimum price observed and the maximum price for a single ticket.

National Express Destinations Fare observed
London to Manchester From £5.99 to £47.49
London to Birmingham From £3.99 to £31.73
London to Bristol From £2.99 to £45.60
London to Leeds From £4.99 to £35.49
London to Edinburgh From £14.99 to £70.20
London to Glasgow From £8.99 to £56.48
London to Newcastle upon Tyne From £6.00 to £44.68
London to Liverpool From £6.00 to £48.20
Manchester to Birmingham From £3.49 to £20.99
Newcastle upon Tyne to Manchester From £6.00 to £25.99

National express fares observed from the last 6 months

National Express booking

There are three ways to book National Express tickets. Coach Tickets can be purchased online (£1 booking fee), by telephone (£2 booking fee) or in an agency. Tickets can also be purchased when boarding the bus from the driver: he will only accept cash. Note that tickets are not refundable and each ticket has specific "terms and conditions".

The different steps to book a National Express ticket online:

  1. Select your departure station and your arrival station for the date of your choice
  2. Select the coach ticket you want
  3. Enter your details and make online payment
  4. Once you have purchased the ticket, you will receive a confirmation of your booking by email
  5. You can choose 4 modes to receive your tickets:
    • E-ticket: Print your ticket
    • M-ticket: Receive your ticket on your mobile (50p + charges)
    • Collection: Get your ticket to an agency (50p + charges)
    • Post: Receive your ticket by post (+ £1.50 charge)
  6. National Express asks their passengers to arrive at least 10 minutes before departure for boarding
  7. Once check in is completed, you can go to your seat and enjoy your trip!

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