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National Express will begin running a limited timetable from Wednesday 1st July 2020. All services will be subject to change and will depend on the latest government advice.

 

If you're planning your next coach journey, you've come to the right place. With Trainline, you can buy your National Express tickets both through our app and our easy-to-use online booking system and travel to most major UK destinations with no hassle.

To find National Express tickets, simply start your search above, and we'll compare journey times and costs for train, coach and bus travel side by side, as well as highlight the fastest and cheapest journeys.

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. It also provides an alternative way of getting to and from the UK's major airports such as Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, Luton and Bristol. 

Taking the coach is a great way to travel across the UK, especially for those looking to travel on a budget without giving up comfort. All coaches have air-conditioning and provide free WiFi along with VUER, the onboard entertainment service. Most National Express coaches come with seat belts and power outlets at every seat, so charging phones and laptops won't be a problem.

There are often offers made available by 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, booking fee applies. Prices checked 7th January 2020 for travel between 7th January 2020 and 7th May 2020. More information and routes.

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.

WiFi

Free WiFi is available on most National Express coaches.

etickets

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

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 transfer, paying for parking nor 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 on board, so you've got plenty of space for holiday extras.

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.

Travelling with National Express

National Express coaches provide not only frequent services for their passengers across the country, but also 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 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.
  • VUER - an onboard entertainment system provided by National Express is available on most routes but cannot be guaranteed.

What's VUER?

Using the free onboard WiFi, 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 as a printed copy. Alternatively, you can download our app, meaning your coach ticket will only be a tap away whenever you need it.

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, 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 1970s and have grown from local buses to an international company with routes as far as Germany.

Good to know

Yes, toilets are available on all National Express services.

Yes. Free WiFi is available on most National Express services. To use it, simply search for the "National Express Wi-Fi" network on your device, then accept the terms and conditions and hit "Connect" on the login screen that pops up.

If you miss your National Express coach at the departure time you booked, unfortunately you will be required to purchase a new ticket.

Yes, most National Express coaches have a power socket at every seat.

A refund can now be obtained on Standard and Fully Flexible ticket types if requested 24 hours prior to your scheduled coach departure. This applies to journeys up to and including the 31st October 2020. Please note that you'll need to pay for a £5 cancellation fee for Standard tickets.

For journeys after the 31st October 2020, National Express normal fare types apply, with refunds only available on Fully Flexible tickets.