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Journey Information

There are 114 intercity coaches per day from Leicester to London. Traveling by coach from Leicester to London usually takes around 3 hours and 14 minutes, but the fastest Megabus coach can make the trip in just one hour and 45 minutes.

Distance89 mi (143 km)
Shortest duration1h 45m
Cheapest price£1.69
Trips per day63
Most frequent serviceNational Express
Coach lines3

How much is a coach ticket from Leicester to London?

£6.10 is the average price of a bus ticket from Leicester to London. This is currently one of the best deals in bus travel. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Monthly average prices

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If you're on the hunt for the cheapest bus tickets from Leicester to London, mark your calendar for November. During this period, you can expect to find the lowest average ticket price of the year, just £12. However, taking the bus from Leicester to London during December is not so cheap. This time of year, ticket prices often reach an average of £20. The best way to find deals on a trip in December is to plan ahead and book your bus ticket as early as possible.

What coach companies travel from Leicester to London?

There are 3 bus lines from Leicester to London available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 80 daily trips, National Express usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:

CoachDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus222h 23m£8.87
Megabus182h 10m£9.02
National Express803h 52m£15.65
  • First launched in Germany in 2013, FlixBus has become one of the largest intercity bus companies in Europe. Its fleet travels through nearly every country in Europe, including the U.K. FlixBus operates an average of 22 trips from Leicester to London, and usually makes the trip in about 2 hours and 23 minutes. On your trip, you'll enjoy Wi-Fi and live GPS, as well as restrooms, air conditioning, and power outlets.

  • Founded in 2003, Megabus UK was created to provide travelers with greener, more straightforward and smarter travel. The carrier has routes all across the United Kingdom in England, Scotland, and Wales. The Megabus UK fleet, easily distinguishable by its dark blue and yellow colors, has free Wi-Fi, outlets and charging ports, onboard restrooms, and 20 kg luggage allowances on each bus.

  • National Express is probably the UK's best-known bus company, offering intercity services to London, Manchester, Southampton, and Edinburgh. Onboard the single and double-decker vehicles, travelers enjoy a good amount of legroom – roomier than airlines have in coach class – alongside WiFi, restrooms, and air conditioning.

Frequently Asked Questions

The coach takes an average of 3 hours and 14 minutes to cover the 89 miles from Leicester to London. However, the fastest coach only takes an hour and 45 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie. Keep in mind that your actual coach may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

"Travelers prefer riding the coach on Saturday to enjoy the weekend in London. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for coach travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the coach, traveling mid-week is your best bet."

The first coach leaves at 00:00 and the last coach leaves at 21:00. To see the times for all coaches from Leicester to London, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 114 scheduled coaches that travel from Leicester to London every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 63 direct coaches, where you can stay on the same coach without having to transfer to a connecting coach at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Leicester to London; ticket prices start at £27.00.

City Information

Leicester

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Leicester, located in the county of Leicestershire in the East Midlands, is a city with much to explore. Leicester's cultural diversity and large student population mean the city is filled with a wide variety of experiences.

Leicester Cathedral and Belvoir Castle are a must-visit for those looking to discover the past. Leicester is also famous for being the final resting place of King Richard III, with a visitor centre built around the location to tell the story of one of the most famous monarchs in English history. For a broader look at history, try the Leicester Museum and Art Gallery to learn about the Mesozoic era as well as Ancient Egypt.

If your interests lie more in futuristic endeavours, visit the National Space Centre to take a trip through time and space. Leicester is also home to many traditional English pubs and quaint cafes, making it a great place to sit back, relax and enjoy the moment.

Leicester is easily accessible by train, with Leicester Rail Station serving East Midlands and Thameslink trains. St Margaret's Bus Station is located centrally and serves National Express coaches. If you're travelling from further afield, East Midlands Airport and Birmingham Airport are both close to Leicester.

London

One of the most important cities in the world, London is where the traditional blends seamlessly with the modern. As a vibrant modern city, London has something for everyone. For visitors interested in the Royal Family as well as their history, check out Buckingham Palace. The palace is open all days in summer, but only on selected days in winter. The Tower of London, where the crown jewels are put on exhibition, is also a great spot to check out. For fans of history, you might not want to miss out on the famous British Museum, considered by many to be the best museum in all of London. The museum currently carries an impressive collection of 8 million historic objects from all around the world, making it an eye-opening destination for many.

London’s food scene reflects its multiculturalism. Here you can find restaurants serving cuisines from various countries around the world, from India to Malaysia. If you opt for a lavish dining experience, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, run by the famous chef himself, will be a great choice. Also don’t forget to stop by at a local pub and enjoy the beer like a true Londoner.

The city’s centers of intercity rail services are King’s Cross Station and Euston Station, from which you can take a train to other places in the UK or hop on the Eurostar train to Paris and beyond. The largest coach station in the city is Victoria Coach Station, serving big local carriers like National Express. The city’s air services are fulfilled by eight airports, of which London Heathrow Airport, located west of the city, is the busiest one.

Station Information

Where does the coach leave from in Leicester?

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Main departure station: LEICESTER, St Margarets Bus Station

Located slightly north of Leicester's city centre, St Margaret's Bus Station is a modern facility that is the first carbon-neutral structure of its kind in the UK. Containing a café, seating area, and real-time departures and arrivals information, the station serves both local buses and long-distance coaches. The latter are predominantly operated by National Express, with regular services to London, Manchester, Birmingham, Gatwick Airport, and Stansted Airport. There is a pedestrian link to Haymarket Bus Station, where additional local buses depart.

All coach stations in Leicester:

  • LEICESTER, St Margarets Bus Station

  • Braunstone (Hand Luggage)

  • Asda Bus Stop

  • Leicester St Margarets Bus Station

Where does the coach arrive in London?

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Main arrival station: London Victoria

London's Victoria Coach Station has its main entrance on Buckingham Palace Road. Well-signposted but slightly hidden in an attractive art deco office block, the station welcomes around 14 million passengers each year. The arrival and departure areas are at different ends of Elizabeth Street, with the departure zone containing food concession stands, left-luggage facilities, and restrooms. As London's largest coach station, most major coach companies, including FlixBus, Megabus, and National Express, operate from Victoria Coach Station. It is a ten-minute walk to rail and Underground services at Victoria Rail Station, whose 19 platforms include express services to Gatwick Airport.

Coach stations in London:

  • London Victoria

  • 235 Finchley Rd

  • London Marble Arch (Stop S)

  • Elephant and Castle

  • Dunton Rd (Stop WN)

  • Finchley Rd

  • London New Cross Gate

  • London Stratford Also for Westfield

  • Hammersmith Bus Station (Stop D)

  • Golders Green Bus Station

  • London Baker St Station

  • Bow Church Station

  • London Mile End

  • Hammersmith Bridge Road

  • 251 Whitechapel Rd

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