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National Express

Buy UK bus and coach tickets from £5*

National Express


National Express is a leading coach and long-distance bus operator in the UK, offering fantastic value for money with tickets starting at just £5* one-way.

National Express connects hundreds of towns and cities across the country including London, Manchester, Brighton, Birmingham, Cardiff and Glasgow. National Express also provides an alternative way of getting to and from the UK's major airports such as Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, Luton and Bristol. 

Taking a coach is a great way to travel across the UK. Especially for those looking to travel on a budget whilst still travelling in comfort. All coaches have air conditioning and provide free WiFi along with VUER, the onboard entertainment service from National Express. All coaches come equipped with seat belts and most National Express coaches also have power points at every seat, so charging phones and laptops shouldn't be a problem.

There are often offers made available from National Express for special events and group discounts. Bookmark this page or sign up for ticket alerts to find out more about these offers as they become available. 

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*Limited availability, prices checked 20 November 2018 for travel between 20 November 2018 and 20 March 2019. More information and routes. More information and routes.

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Peak Hours

Peak Hours

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

Journey Information

Contact Information

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

Bike Policy

Cycle Policy

Non-folding bikes cannot be taken on any coaches.



Free WiFi is available on a majority of National Express coaches.



etickets are available on National Express bookings.

Lost Property

Lost Property

Contact the National Express lost property office for more assistance.

National Express airport transfers

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

National Express also offers a very generous luggage allowance. Adult travellers can take two 20kg cases plus one piece of hand luggage onboard. So you've plenty of space for holiday extras or bringing back a suitcase of goodies from your holiday.

National Express airport transfers include frequent services to and from:

  • London Heathrow
  • London Gatwick
  • London Stansted
  • Manchester Airport
  • Birmingham Airport
  • Bristol Airport
  • Liverpool Airport
  • Luton Airport
  • Exeter Airport

With coaches packed full of comfort including WiFi, air-conditioning and power sockets getting to and from the airport just became a whole lot easier.  


Man at airport looking at departure board

National Express Travel

Travelling with National Express

National Express coaches provide not only frequent services for their passengers across the country but also provide as standard a number of onboard facilities to make the journey more comfortable. As standard all coaches come with:

  • air conditioning.
  • WiFi.
  • power sockets.
  • comfortable seats with seat belts.
  • child booster seats - although it is highly recommended you check the availability of these before arriving at the coach stop. If you have your own booster seat, it is advised you bring that with you.
  • VUER - an onboard entertainment system provided by National Express is available on most routes but cannot be guaranteed.

What is VUER?

Using the free WiFi onboard you can sign-up to the VUER entertainment system without the fear of draining the battery on your laptop, tablet or smartphone. With TV shows, movies and sport all available for free on the VUER app, it will make any bus journey fly by in no time at all. This comes at no extra cost.

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 print off a paper copy. Alternatively, you can download our app, meaning your coach ticket will only be a tap away whenever you need it.

Popular Routes

As well as airport connections, National Express also give passengers 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 is 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, onboard entertainment 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 1970's and have grown from local buses to an international company with routes as far as Germany.

Popular National Express coach routes

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