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Omio is the booking and comparison site for trains, coaches and flights, and official partners to major bus providers all across Europe. We work closely with bus and coach companies such as National Express, Megabus and many more. With Omio you can always find the best coach ticket for you in the UK and all over Europe, helping you to save both time and money. All payments are protected and secure and we offer mobile tickets on thousands of routes thanks to our co-operation with more than 800 providers to help you find the best ticket for your journey.

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Ready to start planning and book your coach tickets for your next journey? Use our search tool at the top of the page to look up departure and arrival times for bus journeys on your chosen route and to book cheap coach tickets. In need of inspiration? Take a look further down our page or click the buttons below for a selection of popular coach journeys, how to save money on coach travel and expert travel advice.

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Coaches in the UK

As the birthplace of London's iconic red double-decker buses, it is no surprise that bus travel is a popular method of inter-city, urban and rural travel in UK. They are also regularly used as a means of transport between airports and urban areas. Even with the strength of the trains in the UK, buses and coaches have long played an important part in traversing the UK. Weekend journeys are sometimes run on a reduced service, however, the majority of locations are still able to be reached. Planning a coach trip in the UK can offer travellers a lot of options in terms of price and destination, while also being one of the most common ways to get around.

Popular Coach Routes in the UK

Although bus routes connect much of the UK, many of the more popular journeys are intercity. Bus connections are often a cheaper alternative to train journeys, and the well-connected system means they serve all popular destinations throughout the country. Coach routes—sometimes through the use of local postal services—also serve extremely rural areas that train services don't operate to. Coach and bus services in the UK take great advantage of the large network of motorways that cross the country, as well as some of the smaller or regional road networks to provide services just about anywhere. This can be important in places such as Wales, where there are no large motorways in most of the country.

Coaches to and from London

Coaches to and from the capital going elsewhere of course remain the most popular journeys throughout the UK, and travellers can find a wide variety of short distance and long distance services. The Oxford Tube is a popular coach service offering coaches from London to Oxford and return daily, and Megabus offer an overnight sleeper coach service from London to Edinburgh. There are also a number of bus routes which drive straight past world-famous attractions such as Stonehenge or the Angel of the North. Booking coach and bus tickets is also a great and affordable choice between the UK and Europe, and popular journeys such as coaches from London to Paris can be found from London Victoria Coach Station offering cheap coach tickets on high-speed​ rail options.

Major Bus Providers in the UK

As bus travel is a popular way for many to journey across the UK and Europe, and it can often be done so with cheap coach tickets and regular services by a variety of national and regional coach providers. National Express, Megabus and Scottish Citylink are some of the main coach and long-distance journey providers found across the UK bus network. Since the appearance of other large national coach providers into the coach travel market, most coach companies offer low fares and no frills services. In addition to these there are many regional services provided by companies such as Arriva Bus, Lothian Buses, Metro Bus and Stagecoach. Major coach providers making journeys to continental Europe include Eurolines and iDBus.

Types of Coach Services in the UK

Both long distance and short distance buses are available in the UK. Nationwide coach companies operate alongside many regional companies who may serve one particular area. Large nationally operated coach and coach services are usually the best choice for intercity journeys, and smaller services are a good choice when travelling through some of the most rural locations in the country. Municipal services are also available within urban areas, and often are the best way to travel within cities at night when many or all of the train services have stopped running.

Onboard Facilities and Services

Many larger providers now include WiFi and air conditioning as standard facilities on their services. Passengers requiring child seats may also find the transport company can provide these, however it is always best to check ahead of time. Most on-board facilities are only provided on service from larger companies covering long distances. Many transit coach services throughout the UK however, offer low-entry vehicles for those with limited mobility, clear stop displays and announcements. Free WiFi is being introduced more and more in some regional transit networks.

Coach Tickets for Less Than £10
Bus Tickets & Travel in the UK - FAQ
How to get through a long coach journey


How to find cheap bus tickets: all you need to know about getting the best price

Compared to flights and trains, finding a cheap coach ticket is much easier. It can be commonly found that next-day coach departures can cost less than £20, even for longer journeys. But there are always more savings to be made. Check out our list of tips on how to find cheaper coach tickets to start saving money on coach travel.

  • Be flexible: If you want to find the cheapest coach ticket for your desired route don't be picky about the time of departure. The cheapest buses tend to depart during off-peak hours so keep this in mind when before you start searching.
  • Book well in advance: Perhaps the oldest trick in the book, but purchasing your trip well in advance is the key to getting the cheapest price. We recommend to start scouting for prices at least one month prior to departure.
  • Check if overnight buses are cheaper: Depending on the route, overnight buses can actually be much less costly than other departure times. There is also an added bonus of saving money on accommodation if you're going on holiday.
 

Coach routes that cost less than £10

We decided to showcase the potential savings passengers can make by switching to bus travel. We're not talking about minor bus routes either, but some of the most popular connections in the UK. Not to mention an array of our selected bus routes take in-or-around the same time as their train counterpart. Take a look at out results below and start saving some pocket money on your coach ticket.

Route Coach Train Savings
Exeter to Plymouth £2 £5 £3
Leeds to Nottingham £4 £8 £4
Edinburgh to Glasgow £5 £9 £4
Newcastle to Middlesborough £7 £12 £5
Sheffield to Leeds £3 £5 £2
Newquay to Plymouth £6 £10 £4
Cardiff to Bristol £7 £10 £3
Manchester to Chester £8 £11 £3

Coach and Bus Tickets: Travel in the UK - FAQs

We get that sometimes taking the coach can be a tad more complicated than it needs to be. At Omio we care about our customers getting from a to b without getting a headache in between. That’s why we answered our most regularly asked questions regarding bus and coach tickets and travel so you can feel at ease before boarding the coach!

Can I bring my pet on the bus?

Each passenger is permitted to bring their guide dog on their coach journey in the UK. However, pets and livestock are not allowed.

How much luggage allowance do I get with my bus ticket?

Passengers travelling with National Express coaches are free to bring up to two medium sized suitcases, and a small piece of hand luggage. Suitcases can be up to 20kg in weight. The piece of hand luggage must fit either under the seat in front of you or in the compartment above your seat.

How old do I need to be to travel alone?

National Express do not accept unaccompanied passengers under the age of 14.
 

Travelling by coach in Europe

European coach travel is one of the most efficient and cheapest ways to explore the continent. This is what makes taking the coach around Europe so popular. There are plenty of bus companies which provide thousands of connections city to city, country to country. With Omio you can search, compare and book coach trips in Europe with ease. You can also explore our most popular European bus destinations below for some inspiration!

 

Popular Coach Routes Across Europe

Ouibus
Coaches from London to Paris
Alsa
Coaches from Barcelona to Madrid
Quibus
Coaches from Paris to London
Ouibus
Coaches from Paris to Brussels
alsa
Coaches from Madrid to Barcelona
avanza
Coaches from Madrid to Valencia
eurolines
Coaches from Paris to Amsterdam
Regiojet
Coaches from Budapest to Vienna
Trenitalia
Coaches from Madrid to Malaga

 


Popular Coach Routes in Spain

Popular Coach Routes in France

Tips to get you through a long coach journey

Long coach journeys can be tough if you're not fully prepared, the boredom can take over, and sleep can be difficult against a window. At Omio we understand that it can seem too much like hard work to get to your destination by bus. If you're well prepared, long bus journeys can be a breeze, check out the tips below to see what you should grab before you set off on your adventure.

  • Food and snacks such as sandwiches and fruit as well as plenty of water.
  • Something to rest your head on - pick up a travel pillow for maximum comfort.
  • A blanket or comfy jumpers. The clothes you wear will contribute a lot to your overall comfort, make sure you've got some soft clothes and a small blanket in case the A/C is too cold.
  • You'll probably need some ear plugs to block out the sound of chatty fellow travellers, especially if you're planning on getting some sleep.
  • Speaking of getting some shut eye, something to block the light out will also be useful like an eye mask.
  • If you suffer from travel sickness get yourself some remedies such as sea-bands that go around your wrists, adding pressure to a point that relieves nausea and dizziness.
  • Of course you'll also need some entertainment, pack a book or a kindle as well as a couple of magazines. If you have a tablet or laptop get prepared by getting some films or TV series.

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