National Express is the United Kingdom’s biggest coach company operating under the Mobico Group umbrella. Its name first made an appearance on UK coaches in 1972 and since then National Express coaches have gone from small local buses in the UK to a growing national and international coach service which operates on mainland Europe, North Africa, North American and the Middle East.
Today, National Express have around 30,000 coaches connecting large cities, airports, international destinations, rural villages and seaside towns. National Express aims to provide comfortable travel at an affordable price, contributing towards more sustainable travel with its small but growing fleet of electric buses. We’ve put together a guide on National Express destinations, facilities on board the bus, National Express routes and timetables, how to get hold of cheap National Express tickets and where to find major bus stations. Read on and book your ticket with Omio today!
Bristol Pier: discover cities across the UK with National Express. Credit: Shutterstock
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Whether you’re preparing for a day trip from London to Margate, travelling from Glasgow to Edinburgh to visit the book festival, or holidaying in the West Country and need a bus from Bristol to Exeter, Omio finds the best and cheapest bus tickets for your journey.
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London Victoria Coach station: this is the major coach depot in London, with buses arriving and departing to hundreds of destinations across the UK and Europe. Situated just 300 metres from London Victoria Train station, the station is easily accessed by bus, train, or taxi. Amenities at the station include toilets, waiting facilities, charging points, ticket machines, ATMS, coffee and food vendors.
Bristol: centrally located, this is a small but efficient coach station with all the basic amenities. There is a coffee station and snack bar, ticket machines, an onsite payphone and toilets.
Briminghan: located near the city centre, Birmingham coach station is a popular interchange station with many conveniences on site. Its facilities include: toilets, ATMs, Wi-Fi, charging points, coffee and snacks, waiting facilities and a nearby taxi rank. Please do note that Birmingham Coach station is located within the city’s Clean Air Zone, so if you are driving to the station check that your vehicle meets the requirements to avoid a charge.
Manchester Chorlton Street Station: located very close to some of the city’s top attractions as well as Piccadilly train station, which is just a 5 minute walk away. Manchester coach station has an onsite cash point, ticket machines, charging facilities, toilets and car parking available.
Leeds City Bus station: centrally located to the east of the city centre, Leeds City Bus station provides connections for National Express buses going to Manchester, Birmingham and destinations across the UK. Facilities include toilets, ATMS, charging points, and an on-site payphone. Newsagents and food vendors can be found nearby.
National Express run regular buses between London and Brighton, perfect for a day trip by the sea. Credit: Shutterstock
Not sure where to begin your National Express adventure? Check out these popular National Express destinations for travel details and nearby attractions:
National Express tickets are split into three types which vary in price according to their flexibility. There are no seating class differences with National Express. Seat reservations are possible for a fee of £2 per person but can only be reserved for the first five rows on the coach. National Express tickets types are:
|Name of coachcard||For passengers...||Savings...|
|Senior Coachcard||Over 60 years old.||£78 saved when travelling London-Brighton three times a year.*|
|Young persons railcard||Between 16 and 26 or a mature student.||£13 already saved when travelling London - Edinburgh one way.|
|Disabled coachcard||You just need to be registered as disabled.||1/3 off of all train travel across the UK|
*Compared to taking return journeys on this route by train.
National Express buses are comfortable as well as budget-friendly. The seats are generous, have plenty of legroom and include air conditioning control. There are toilets, free Wi-Fi as well as USB points to keep your devices charged up. Wheelchair access is available via a lift at the front of the coach. Coaches are also equipped with high spec safety controls such as fatigue monitoring for the driver, lane departure assist and drive cam. Sit back, relax and enjoy the journey on National Express buses
The most popular National Express routes are listed below, each service multiple departures every hour. If your chosen journey is not listed here, simply use our search bar at the top of the page to discover other National Express destinations.
|Buses from London to Brighton||Every 1 hour||from 2h20||£1.00 - £5.87|
|Buses from Manchester to London||Every 1 hour||from 3h17||£5.00 - £49.00|
|Buses from London to Edinburgh||3 per day||from 13h||£49.00 - £70.00|
Discover coastal villages in Cornwall, UK Credit: Shutterstock
The Omio website and app offers easy and accessible options to buying National Express tickets online. With Omio, passengers can choose between a number of travel options using our language filters and ticket filters, which can be adjusted according to ticket price, departure times or the journey duration to ensure you find the best ticket for your journey. Once booked, we’ll send the ticket directly to your phone so all you have to do is show it to the bus driver. Download the free Omio app today.