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National Express To make life easier for UK travellers, the National Bus Company called for the merging of all individual state-run bus companies in 1972. While the resulting bus conglomerate was initially called “National”, it received its final name – “National Express” – only two years later. Today National Express successfully operates intercity bus services within the UK.
Travellers can, for instance, take the coach from London to the coastal town of Brighton or to the university city of Cambridge. Overall, the National Express bus network covers 674 destinations on a total of 69101 bus connections.

National Express COVID-19 Updates

National Express Network

National express services remain suspended. However, a new restricted time table will be scheduled to resume from Wednesday 1 July 2020. It’s worth noting any services are subject to change based on government advice.
National Express Discounts Temporary Route Map
Popular connections, such as London ↔ Manchester, Glasgow ↔ Edinburgh or Birmingham ↔ Leeds will be available with the reduced schedule starting 1 July. The map above shows the connections available via London as well as regional services.

National Express Rebooking and Cancellation

To support customers during this time, National Express will offer free rebooking for passengers to change their travel date within the next 12 months or receive a full refund.

Information on National Express on-board features and services

free:
  • WiFi on Board
  • Toilets
  • Air-conditioning
  • Extra legroom
  • Compartments for hand-luggage
  • Luggage transportation
  • Bulky luggage transportation
  • Discount for frequent passengers / members
extra charges:
  • Bike storage

136 customer reviews for National Express

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, 04/03/2020
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National Express Discounts, Deals and Promo Codes

National Express Discounts, Deals and Promo Codes Taking the coach is an affordable way of travelling anyway, but you can get even more bang for your buck thanks to National Express offers. If you travel in a group, then you can benefit from reduced fares. If you are a senior citizen, a young adult or if you travel with your family then you should think about purchasing a National Express Coachcard, which will get you discounts on any trip for the next 12 months.

Overview over National Express Discounts

OfferDiscountConditions
Group Deals25% off Standard FaresBook a trip for a group of four or more at least three days in advance.
Group Deals for Airport Transfer£20 per one-way ticketBook a trip to any of London’s four major airports for a minimum of three travellers
Senior CoachcardSave 1/3 on Standard Fares (valid for 12 months)Valid for travellers 60+: Pay £12.50 for your Senior Coachcard
Disabled CoachcardSave 1/3 on Standard Fares (valid for 12 months)Valid for travellers with a disability: Pay £12.50 for your Disabled Coachcard
Young Persons CoachcardSave 1/3 on Standard Fares and get 10% off on trips to festivals and other events (valid for 12 months)Valid for travellers between the age of 16 and 26 or full-time students: Pay £12.50 for a one-year Coachcard of £25 for a three-year Coachcard

National Express Coachcards

Coachcards are not only a smart option if you are planning to travel a lot. Basically, if the ticket price for a journey is over £30, you instantly make up for the cost of your Coachcard (i. e. £12.50). What’s also good is that some of the Coachcards come with additional offers. If you buy a Young Persons Coachcard, for instance, you do not only get 1/3 off every Standard Fare but you will also get a 10 per cent discount on trips to festivals and other events. Owners of a Senior Coachcard benefit from a Money-back guarantee: if they can’t manage to save the cost of the Coachcard within a year, they get a full refund. They can also claim a free return journey if their bus is delayed by an hour or more. Coachcards are valid on any National Express Standard Fare. Excluded are Fun Fares and trips operated by third party providers. In order to claim your discount, you only need to tick the Coachcard box while buying your ticket and insert the number of your individual Coachcard. Don’t forget to take it with you on the journey as you will have to show it to the driver.

Fun Fares

Looking for a Fun Fare is another way of saving money when travelling with National Express. Fun Fares are the cheapest tickets and they are available exclusively online. You can easily find them with the CheckMyBus search engine: simply type in your travel details and look out for the cheapest price. Remember, though, that a Fun Fare ticket is not refundable, however you can amend your booking should you decide to take an earlier or later bus. Fun Fares cannot be combined with other forms of discounts. Promo Codes and Special Deals: National Express frequently gives out promotional codes or offers reduced fares on select days or routes. To keep up to date you should check out all current National Express Deals.

National Express Skimmer Pass

In spring 2017, National Express launched their Skimmer Pass: customers, who are planning on travelling fairly frequently in the upcoming weeks, can purchase this pass to buy unlimited travel across England, Scotland and Wales for a limited amount of time. The Skimmer Pass is available in three versions: 7 days, 14 days and 28 days. It costs £69, £119 or £199 respectively. If you’re interested you can buy your unlimited travel pass online on the coach company’s website. This is also where you can select the dates, for which you want your pass to be valid. Once you’ve received it including the individualised serial number, you can easily book bus trips online – you will be charged nothing when you enter your Skimmer Pass number.

National Express Coach Times

National Express Timetable Connections throughout England, Scotland and Wales are operated by National Express. You can book intercity trips, such as from London to Glasgow or from Manchester to Cardiff, as well as shorter trips from town to town. The company also offers connections that require a changeover, which basically enables passengers to travel from any location in the UK to their desired destination. National Express also operates connections to all of the UK’s major airports including Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted and Manchester Airport.
The connections are operated as 24 hour services and most of them are even available on Christmas Eve, when National Express adds more seats in order to offer travellers an alternative in times of the annual Christmas rail shutdown.

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National Express History

National Express History The first motorbuses appeared on streets throughout the UK by 1918, however it wasn’t until 1968 that the National Bus Company was created. This brought independent coach operators together under one name, and just six years later the National Express name was used for the first time. By the 1980s, National Express faced some stiff competition around the country, particularly for routes to and from London, however thanks to the introduction of new services and lowered ticket prices, the company was able to come out on top, winning the “coach wars.”
By the 1990s, the company continued to grow, expanding services to airports, and also building coach stations in Liverpool, Leeds and Southampton. Today, National Express is the UK’s market leader, with routes all over the country.
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Customer reviews for National Express in the UK

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CheckMyBus-Team, 04/03/2020
Dear Abby, Thank you for your message. If you have any questions, please feel free to either write them here, via our e-mail address or social media channels and we’d be more than happy to get back ... Dear Abby, Thank you for your message. If you have any questions, please feel free to either write them here, via our e-mail address or social media channels and we’d be more than happy to get back to you. Best regards, Your CheckMyBus Support Team


, 21/02/2020
There is no perfect public transport service, but I have always gone back to National Express after trying anything else. They have the routes, the experience and the quality of coaches. You don't get ... There is no perfect public transport service, but I have always gone back to National Express after trying anything else. They have the routes, the experience and the quality of coaches. You don't get a jobsworth ticket inspector, you do actually get a friendly driver checking you in and I appreciate that .. I genuinely believe they have the best interest of the customer at heart.


, 11/01/2020
Totally rubbish, i'd rather hitch-hike with a trucker than use these clowns again. They made me late for my flight by driving the wrong way and then only gave me back the £20 coach fare.
CheckMyBus-Team, 13/01/2020
Dear George, Thank you for your message. We are sorry to hear that you had those issues during your journey. Please notice that CheckMyBus is only an online bus provider comparator. We don´t sell ti ... Dear George, Thank you for your message. We are sorry to hear that you had those issues during your journey. Please notice that CheckMyBus is only an online bus provider comparator. We don´t sell tickets or operate with buses directly. We recommend you to contact National Express and raise this issue with them directly. Kind regards, Your CheckMyBus Customer Support Team


, 10/01/2020
The drivers all seem so worked up and unhappy and can be very rude .This is an unhappy express . It needs help


, 06/01/2020
hi having read your reviews i will try it a differant way to get thetickets i need depart from birmingham 24.5.2020 to leave St yves 30.5.2020
CheckMyBus-Team, 08/01/2020
Hi Adrian, please use our website http://checkmybus.co.uk to see your available options for your trip. There you can see and compare prices, operators, times and route. If you have more specific quest ... Hi Adrian, please use our website http://checkmybus.co.uk to see your available options for your trip. There you can see and compare prices, operators, times and route. If you have more specific questions, we ask you to please check with National Express or any operator you choose directly. Thanks and let us know if you have any further questions - Your CheckMyBus Team


, 10/12/2019
The driver s could do with a smart uniform to make them feel proud of working for National Express . And to make your customers feel they are being looked after as well


, 10/12/2019
Bus is always cold in winter and to hot in summer Someone should teach the drivers to use the temp controllers properly


, 30/10/2019
Absolutely hopeless website. All I wanted was details of a coach trip from London to Winchester on Saturday 9th. November.
CheckMyBus-Team, 31/10/2019
Dear Boulting, Thank you for your message. We’re sorry to hear about your experience. Which information about the route were you looking for? On 9 November, There are coaches available throughout th ... Dear Boulting, Thank you for your message. We’re sorry to hear about your experience. Which information about the route were you looking for? On 9 November, There are coaches available throughout the day between London and Winchester with prices starting from £10.70, departing from 1:00 to 23:59. For a more comprehensive look at the bus schedules or for more information regarding amenities, you can enter your travel details in the CheckMyBus search engine and compare results for the best deal. If you have any further questions, please feel free to get in touch with us again. Best regards, Your CheckMyBus Support


, 29/10/2019
Brilliant, no fuss, easy way to travel. Cheaper than train. Comfortable. Plenty of room for luggage.
Ross, 10/01/2020
I don't believe you every one has problems with this company I have seen it when waiting for the bus Lots of times


, 20/10/2019
fine but before making this comment couldnt book ticket

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