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About National Express Coaches

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, UK

Bristol Pier: discover cities across the UK with National Express. Credit: Shutterstock

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London, Victoria Coach Station
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London, Victoria Coach Station
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London, Victoria Coach Station
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London, Victoria Coach Station
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London, Victoria Coach Station
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London, Victoria Coach Station
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London, Victoria Coach Station
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Major National Express bus stations and destinations

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.

Brighton pier UK England

National Express run regular buses between London and Brighton, perfect for a day trip by the sea. Credit: Shutterstock

National Express routes and destinations


National Express buses cater to hundreds of destinations across the UK. Travellers looking for cheap bus tickets can find the best tickets for their journey through booking with Omio. Whether you’re booking on the day, or months in advance, bus journeys offer an affordable way of exploring the country and getting to your destination.

National Express destinations

Not sure where to begin your National Express adventure? Check out these popular National Express destinations for travel details and nearby attractions:

National Express ticket types

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:

  • Restricted: This ticket cannot be refunded or exchanged. Tickets are only valid on the selected coach journey. Book this ticket type if you are certain of the time and date of your journey.
  • Standard:Exchangeable but non-refundable. Changes can be made an hour before departure to the date and time for a £5 fee.
  • Fully-Flexible: Can be amended and refunded for a fee up to 72 hours before departure.

National Express coachcards explained

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.

Facilities onboard

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

Popular National Express routes and timetable

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.

Route Duration Price from
Buses from London to Brighton 2h20 £1.00 - £5.87
Buses from Manchester to London 3h17 £5.00 - £49.00
Buses from London to Edinburgh 13h £49.00 - £70.00
Cornwall coastal village, UK

Discover coastal villages in Cornwall, UK Credit: Shutterstock

Flixbus: FAQs

How do I buy National Express tickets online?

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.

How far in advance can I book National Express tickets?

National Express tickets go on sale about 15 months in advance, giving travellers plenty of time to organise their trip. If your trip is over 15 months away, you can set up an email alert with Omio and we’ll let you know as soon as tickets are available for you to book.

How can I reserve a seat on National Express?

Selecting seats work on a first-come, first-serve basis when boarding the bus. If you would rather reserve a seat in advance you can do so for a £2 fee when booking your ticket, reserved seats are only available on the first five rows of National Express coach.

How do I collect my National Express ticket?

If you booked your ticket with Omio, you will have your ticket sent directly to your email. Alternatively you can download the app and choose a mobile ticket. It's that easy. For those who want a printed ticket, it’s possible to print your National Express ticket at a ticket office but only at select stations.

Do I need to show any form of ID when I show my ticket to board the coach?

National Express does not specifically ask passengers to show ID when boarding their coaches, although we suggest that passengers travel with a valid ID that includes your birthdate.

Who should I contact if I have a problem with my bus?

For late buses or problems during your journey contact our Customer Service team. Omio offers customer care 24 / 7 and in any language. We’re here to solve any of your travel problems.

What services are available for disabled passengers?

National Express coaches offer a passenger lift at the front entrance of the coach. If you are a passenger travelling in a wheelchair, please notify National Express at least 36 hours in advance of your departure at 08717 81 81 81.

What is the baggage policy?

Carry on baggage: One piece of soft hand luggage (45cm x 35cm x 20cm) is allowed on board provided it fits under the seat in front of you or in the overhead bins. With the exception of briefcases, no hard-shelled cases, wheeled bags or hard-framed rucksacks/backpacks are permitted on board. These items may be stowed in the hold area for no additional charge.

Hold Luggage: Each passenger is permitted up to two medium bags (70cm x 30cm x 45cm), weighing 20 kg max each in the hold. Additional baggage, oversized or special items* are subject to a fee.

Additional luggage: Passengers can purchase an allowance for additional baggage in person or online prior to departure.

Pushchairs and buggies: Passengers can stow pushchairs and buggies in the hold for no additional fee.

Can you bring bikes on board?

Only foldable bikes are permitted on board if they are stowed in a padded bag or hard case.

Can I bring my pet on board?

The only pets allowed onboard National Express coaches are assistance dogs. It’s important to let National Express know that they will be joining you, you can do this by calling their contact centre more than 36 hours before departure.
 
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