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About National Express

National Express is the largest inter-city bus operator in the United Kingdom with bus routes throughout the UK. National Express operates over 600 buses, daily serving 140 routes with scheduled service to 900 destinations. On board a National Express bus you will find reclining leather seats, air conditioning and on board bathrooms. National Express has also invested in your comfort, you will find most buses equipped with WiFi and an on board entertainment system they call VUER, which streams content directly to your phone, tablet or laptop to keep you entertained along your trip.

Contact National Express

Phone number: GB: +44 (0)871 781 8181

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National Express bus coverage

Daily Trips4,351
stations302
cities214
countries1

National Express bus amenities

National Express
Air conditioningAir conditioning
RestroomRestroom
Power outletPower outlet
WiFiWiFi

What travelers are saying about National Express

Here’s what Wanderu users who have booked trips with National Express had to say about their travel experience.

Onboard Experience

“The WiFi actually worked for the entire trip”
based on 4 reviews
“I’ll travel with them again just for the staff!”
based on 7 reviews
“Really cheap tickets and really good service.”
based on 9 reviews
“The bus got there on time.”
based on 10 reviews
“Seats were really comfy and spacious”
based on 9 reviews
“The bus was almost suspiciously clean”
based on 10 reviews

National Express Routes & Network

National Express’s bus network features 10301 bus routes that connect 214 cities serving 302 stations. On average, National Express performs about 4351 bus trips every day. The top cities to which National Express offers the highest number of daily bus service include London and Birmingham.

Top Cities Served by National Express

CityRouteEarliest busLatest bus
London611:00 pm11:55 pm
Manchester612:01 am11:59 pm
Birmingham712:01 am11:59 pm
Edinburgh612:15 am11:50 pm
Stansted411:00 pm5:07 pm
Luton612:01 am11:50 pm
Leeds612:15 am10:20 pm
Liverpool511:30 pm11:50 pm
Southampton612:01 am11:55 pm

Top States Served by National Express

StateCities ServedDaily TripsTop city
Liverpool116Liverpool
Luton113Luton
Glasgow City119Glasgow
Leeds113Leeds
Edinburgh, City of125Edinburgh
Birmingham113Birmingham
Essex429Stansted
Manchester132Manchester
London, City of2132London

National Express reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for National Express

(Based on 10 reviews)

4.0
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort

4.2

Timeliness

4.6

Staff

3.9

Value

3.5

Condition

4.7

National Express passenger reviews

5.0

Michela

23 December 2019- Vacation

Stratford-upon-Avon to London

The bus driver was a very nice person. The bus was warm, quiet and comfortable.

The bus driver was a very nice person. The bus was warm, quiet and comfortable.

1.0

Sergei

27 November 2019- Couples trip

London to Luton

the driver was terribly rude and did not let me and my wife into the bus. he made us stand in the rain. I showed the driver a ticket from my mobile phone (qr-code). he said that he would not look at the QR code and that he needed a message from my email with the ticket....

the driver was terribly rude and did not let me and my wife into the bus. he made us stand in the rain. I showed the driver a ticket from my mobile phone (qr-code). he said that he would not look at the QR code and that he needed a message from my email with the ticket. but I didn’t have access to the Internet, because it costs me a lot of money when traveling abroad, so I took a screenshot of the ticket with qr-code in advance. Before, I often traveled with your company and there were no such problems, all drivers easily accepted qr-code. this trip was the most humiliating in my life. I would never want to experience it again. therefore, I will no longer use your service.

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3.0

Katherine

8 October 2019- Solo travel

Skipton to Liverpool

Pros: It was nice that the bus wasn’t full. I could put on my headphones and take in the scenery outside my window. Cons: I wish the driver had done something about the couple in the back of the bus. They could be heard aggressively arguing from Manchester to Liverpool...

Pros: It was nice that the bus wasn’t full. I could put on my headphones and take in the scenery outside my window. Cons: I wish the driver had done something about the couple in the back of the bus. They could be heard aggressively arguing from Manchester to Liverpool. I honestly think they scarcely drew breath while cursing at each other. It made for a tense atmosphere. The WiFi would cut in and out. Tips: Bring your own snacks and check if your bus has a toilet. WiFi service may be inconsistent.

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5.0

Olga

16 September 2019- Visiting friends

Middlesbrough to Manchester

Pros: Comfortable and on time. Cons: The pull down trays recline too much so it’s not safe to put a drink on there. They could be a little bigger too. Tips: A 2 1/2 journey went very quickly.

Pros: Comfortable and on time. Cons: The pull down trays recline too much so it’s not safe to put a drink on there. They could be a little bigger too. Tips: A 2 1/2 journey went very quickly.

3.0

Anastasia

8 July 2019- Vacation

Winchester to Bournemouth

Pros: Comfy seats, professional driver. Cons: Punctuality+ couldn't find wifi onboard.

Pros: Comfy seats, professional driver. Cons: Punctuality+ couldn't find wifi onboard.

Most popular National Express routes

The bus from London to Birmingham is National Express’s most popular route. Trips from London to Southampton and London to Leeds are also highly popular.

Top National Express routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
London to Birmingham203h 58m€5
London to Southampton133h 23m€7
London to Leeds124h 26m€6
London to Liverpool135h 53m€9
London to Edinburgh412h 13m€15
Nottingham to London223h 41m€4
London to Manchester236h 5m€9
London to Bath164h 20m€9
Glasgow to Edinburgh21h 12m€6

National Express Bus Guide & FAQs

Do National Express buses have WiFi?

Yes, National Express offers WiFi on their buses. Although most trips with National Express will have WiFi as advertised, some buses might not come equipped with WiFi and onboard WiFi can lose its connection in rural areas. We recommend you bring a book or download a movie just to play it safe. National Express WiFi is generally best used for surfing the web, checking emails and chatting with friends; you shouldn’t count on the WiFi to binge watch your favorite show.

Are there power points or USB points on the bus?

Yes, there are power points onboard National Express buses. You can generally find one or two sockets per row of seats, so be a good traveller and check if your seat neighbour might want to charge up their devices as well. With the onboard power points, you can charge both a computer and USB devices with a power point USB converter that typically comes with most phones and tablets.

Since National Express might sometimes use replacement bus vehicles, not all trips are guaranteed to have power points. We recommend to bring a power bank to charge your phone for all trips over 2 hours, just in case.

What is National Express's schedule?

On a typical day, National Express has 4351 scheduled bus trips in total. However, the exact departure and arrival times vary depending on the day and route. The best way to find the exact schedule for your trip is to use the search tool on this page.

Can you pick up will call tickets at the station?

No, National Express does not offer will call tickets. You should purchase your tickets online and make sure you have everything you need to board before you arrive at the station.

Do you need an ID to get on the bus?

Yes, National Express requires you to present an ID to an agent to be allowed to board the bus. Make sure you have identification issued by a government agency that meets the carrier’s requirements. Alternative IDs, such as a college ID, won’t work.

What are National Express’s COVID-19 policies?

Visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide to view the most up-to-date information about National Express’s cleaning protocols and adjusted ticket change policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Are there toilets on National Express buses?

Yes, there are bathrooms on National Express buses. The bathrooms are pretty basic and include a toilet, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Most bathrooms don’t have running water. As you will be using a bathroom on a moving vehicle, please use caution and hold on to a rail at all times.

Are meals or drinks offered during the trip?

National Express does not offer meals or beverages onboard. We recommend you bring a drink and some snacks for your trip. We also suggest packing a reusable water bottle with you to reduce your impact on the environment. However, note that most buses do not allow you to bring your own alcoholic drinks.

Do you have to print your National Express ticket?

Yes, National Express requires that all passengers have printed tickets to board the bus. When you book with Wanderu and activate your account, you will be able to easily find and download your tickets for most buses.

Does National Express offer any premium features like extra legroom or movies?

National Express focuses on delivering a great travel experience at a low price and currently does not offer premium features like extra legroom or onboard entertainment. But these days, between your laptop, tablet, smartphone and e-reader, you’re the master of your own entertainment even on longer journeys.

Cheap National Express tickets recently found on Wanderu

With 4,351 National Express trips per day, there are a lot of great deals to uncover for the bargain hunter and National Express tickets start at just €1.64. Check out some of the latest and greatest deals snatched up by Wanderu users.