When it comes to travel, I'm sure the immediate thought is often sandy beaches, pristine pools and long haul flights, but when it comes to domestic travel there's one mode that shouldn't be underestimated: the humble coach. And while I admit, a megabus to the maldives would be painful to say the least, but when considering visiting different cities in your own country (particularly the UK), a coach journey should not be underestimated. Read more for our tips on bagging journeys for less than a regular latte (yes really), and how to travel in style when it comes to this modest mode of transport.
Across all coach companies, you could travel pretty much cross the whole of the UK via these trusty 'buses'. And although a few years ago a coach journey may have included cramped, sweaty seats, and being bursting for the toilet for 5 hours, vehicles now are much more advanced, with air conditioning, tinted windows, on board toilets, wifi and USB charging points.
Finding Low Coach Fares
There is little difference between coach companies in my experience, Megabus and National Express are the major operators in the UK and are extremely similar in price, but may take slightly different routes.
To find Megabus tickets, visiting their website is the most efficient way of comparing fares: https://uk.megabus.com/
If you have a NUS student card, you also can snag a discount off their already low prices.
If fancy a break but don't want to break the bank and don't know exactly where it is you want to escape to, you can use the megabus' 'Fare Finder' to compare cheap journeys across the UK from your chosen departure destination.
I've mostly had great journeys with megabus, the vehicles have always been clean, cool and often offer wifi.
For National Express you can easily compare the price of train and coach journeys for your specified route and time via trainline.com. This way you can compare the duration and prices of train versus coach and decide for yourself which mode of travel is better. Whilst I haven't yet travelled with National Express, I've just booked two return coach tickets from Birmingham to London for £7 that only take twenty minutes longer than the train, so I'm excited to see how they compare to megabus!
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Let me know in the comments below if you've ever traveled by coach and how you think it compares to other methods!