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National Express is a leading coach and long-distance bus operator in the UK, offering fantastic value for money with tickets.

Travelling with National Express is a great way to travel across the UK, especially for those looking to get around on a budget, without giving up comfort. You’ll get a generous free luggage allowance with every ticket and the driver will help you safely load your bags. Once on board the fully air conditioned coach, relax in your reclining seat with plenty of legroom and a convenient charging point for devices, and free Wi-Fi to keep you connected. And, of course, you’re always guaranteed a seat.

As the UK’s number 1 coach company, National Express offers an unrivalled network connecting hundreds of towns and cities across the country including London, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff and Glasgow. This all comes with friendly customer service, reflected by over 30,000 five-star reviews on TrustPilot.

One of the most popular destinations is London, with coaches running regularly to the capital from major towns and cities. Once in London, there are plenty of attractions and landmarks to visit. From catching a show on the West End to seeing Big Ben or taking a ride on the London Eye, there's plenty to see. What's more, having bought a great value coach ticket, it will leave you with more spending money once you get there!

Peak hours

There are no specific peak times for National Express buses. However, ticket prices generally increase in high-demand periods.

Cycle policy

Non-folding bikes cannot be taken on any coach.


Free WiFi is available on most National Express coaches.


etickets are available on National Express bookings.

Contact Information

Customer relations: 0871 781 8181
Twitter Customer Help: @nationalexpress

Lost Property

Contact the National Express lost property office for more assistance.

National Express airport transfers

If travelling to or from the airport, National Express is often the simplest and most affordable choice. Services connect the UK's major airports such as Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted and Luton to multiple cities with high frequency services to London.

National Express provides an impressive airport transfer service across the UK with services running 24 hours a day on some routes. Drop-off and pick-up is right outside the airport terminals, so you don't have to worry about any transfer, paying for parking or where to meet the coach on your return journey.

National Express also offer a very generous free luggage allowance. Adult travellers can take one 20kg case plus one piece of hand luggage on board, with the option to purchase more if you need to.

National Express airport transfers include frequent services to and from:

With comfortable coaches offering air-conditioning, charging points and free Wi-Fi, getting to and from the airport just became a whole lot easier.

Fare-tastic for festivals

If heading to a festival or event, National Express can take you there. They offer special services to Glastonbury and many other festivals that drop you off close to all the fun. National Express is also the Official Coach Supplier to Wembley Stadium, making them the perfect choice for travel to and from the big match or concert.

Travelling with National Express

National Express coaches provide frequent services for their customers across the country and a number of onboard facilities to make the journey more comfortable. As standard all coaches offer:

  • Air-conditioning
  • Wi-Fi
  • Power sockets
  • Comfortable seats with seat belts
  • Generous free luggage allowance
  • Child booster seats - although we recommend you check the availability of these before arriving at the coach stop. If you have your own booster seat, you can bring it with you
  • Toilet facilities
  • Accessibility features

Receiving your National Express ticket

Your National Express ticket will be provided as an e-ticket, which you can display either on your phone or as a printed copy. Alternatively, you can download our app, meaning your coach ticket will only be a tap away whenever you need it.

Go greener

National Express is a greener travel option, with coaches’ greenhouse gas emissions per passenger km lower than cars (Department for Transport’s Transport and environment statistics, October ‘22). Also, National Express will only get greener thanks to huge, ongoing investment.

National Express routes

As well as airport connections, National Express also provide plenty of inter-city routes throughout the UK. One of the most popular destinations is London, with buses from Birmingham to London Victoria running once an hour, and can take less than three hours to reach Victoria bus station from the centre of Birmingham. Once you have reached London, there are plenty of attractions and landmarks you can see. From catching a show on the West End to seeing Big Ben or taking a ride on the London Eye, there's plenty to see. What's more, having bought a cheap coach ticket with us, it will leave you with more spending money once you get there!

About National Express

National Express cover routes across the UK, making it one of the most popular modes of public transport in the country. With most coaches providing leather seats, WiFi and a generous luggage allowance, it has become a trusted service for those travelling on a budget, with coach tickets typically being very affordable over long distances both for one-way and return journeys. The coach operator has been running services in the UK since the 1970s and have grown from local buses to an international company with routes as far as Germany.

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