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There are 95 intercity buses per day from London to Leicester. Traveling by bus from London to Leicester usually takes around 3 hours and 17 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus bus can make the trip in just one hour and 50 minutes.
|Distance||89 mi (143 km)|
|Shortest duration||1h 50m|
|Trips per day||51|
|Most frequent service||National Express|
How much is a bus ticket from London to Leicester?
€9.38 is the average price of a bus ticket from London to Leicester. 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
Prices as travel date approaches
To save money on bus tickets, buy them as early as possible. Bus carriers usually charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel. Book your ticket at least 16 days in advance to save up to €7.27.
What bus companies travel from London to Leicester?
There are 3 bus lines from London to Leicester available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 61 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:
|Bus||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|National Express||61||3h 57m||€17.56|
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 21 trips from London to Leicester, and usually makes the trip in about 2 hours and 28 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.
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The bus takes an average of 3 hours and 17 minutes to cover the 143 kilometers from London to Leicester. However, the fastest bus only takes an hour and 50 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 bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.
Because many passengers travel from London to Leicester at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for buses. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.
On the other hand, Sunday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you are looking for less crowded buses to Leicester, book your ticket for the last day of the week.
The first bus leaves at 00:00 and the last bus leaves at 23:00. To see the times for all buses from London to Leicester, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.
There are 95 scheduled buses that travel from London to Leicester every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 51 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.
Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from London to Leicester; ticket prices start at €31.10.
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.
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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.
Where does the bus leave from in London?
Main departure station: Victoria Coach Station
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.
All bus stations in London:
Victoria Coach Station
235 Finchley Rd
Golders Green Bus Station
London New Cross Gate
Elephant and Castle
Dunton Rd (Stop WN)
London Stratford Also for Westfield
London Marble Arch (Stop S)
Paddington Rail Station
London Baker St Station
Hammersmith Bus Station (Stop D)
N Greenwich Stop F
Dean Gardens / Bedford Rd (Stop R)
Hanwell Broadway (Stop J)
Where does the bus arrive in Leicester?
Main arrival station: LEICESTER, St Margarets Bus Station
Located slightly north of Leicester's city center, 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.
Bus stations in Leicester:
LEICESTER, St Margarets Bus Station
Asda Bus Stop
Braunstone (Hand Luggage)
Leicester St Margarets Bus Station
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