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About 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.

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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.

Popular bus stations in London:

  • London Victoria

  • Elephant and Castle

  • London Marble Arch (Stop S)

  • 235 Finchley Rd

  • London Stratford, Also for Westfield

  • Dunton Rd (Stop WN)

  • Green Line Coach Station

  • London Baker St Station

  • Hammersmith Bus Station (Stop D)

  • N Greenwich Stop F

What bus companies travel to London, United Kingdom?

Located in United Kingdom, London is accessible by bus from 92 other cities. You can choose from 3663 daily scheduled trips when you search for buses to London on Wanderu. National Express usually has the most buses on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Train tickets to London are also available.

Bus companies serving London

BusRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
National Express2114h 36m$27.89
FlixBus18520h 3m$92.30
Sindbad12920h 47m$75.93
Megabus784h 27m$23.29
Union Ivkoni1316h 19m$52.17
RegioJet517h 39m$84.57
Green Line30h 39m$14.54
Expressway Eurolines111h 53m$66.78
TopBus110h 43m$39.31
Airport Bus Express10h 54m$17.69
  • 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.

  • 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. On your trip, you'll enjoy Wi-Fi and live GPS, as well as restrooms, air conditioning, and power outlets.

  • Sindbad is a Polish bus company that began its service in 1983. Its fleet of over 120 modern, comfortable coaches connects destinations across Europe. Passengers have access to onboard Wi-Fi and entertainment, air conditioning, restrooms, and beverages.

  • 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.

  • Union Ivkoni was founded in Bulgaria in 1992 and quickly expanded its operations throughout Europe. Popular routes include both shorter travels within one country and long-haul international trips. Their reliable buses offer amenities to make your trip comfortable, including air conditioning, extra legroom, and power outlets.

Which bus carrier has the best service to London?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to London by bus with National Express giving them a 4.6 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that National Express had the most comfortable bus service to London taking into account the seats and amenities that National Express offers. They rate National Express a 4.4 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to London punctually, travelers suggest that National Express has the best on time performance on their bus schedules to London, rating them a 4.9 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

$2.13 is the cheapest price for a bus ticket to London, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to London. In the last month, buses from Stevenage to London had the lowest average price at $3.25. In general, these cities tend to have the cheapest buses to London:

The busiest bus station in London is London Victoria. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular bus stations in London are:

  • London Victoria
  • Elephant and Castle
  • London Marble Arch (Stop S)
The closest airport to London is London City Airport (LCY), it is located 7.9 miles from the city center of London.
Among bus travelers London is the second most popular destination in the region. It also ranks number 39 in United Kingdom. London has the most bus connections in the region. There are 1764 bus schedules arriving in London each day.
The population of London is 7556900. London ranks number 1 in terms of population in London, City of and number 3 in all of United Kingdom.
Bus tickets to London range from $2 for a short trip to London, while a 60 to 200 mile bus trip to London starts at , and a longer trip by bus to London can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $2.
Solo travelers choose to travel by bus to London for its affordable fares and because of the safe and convenient experience that they note in their reviews.
The closest bus station to the city center of London is Waterloo Rail Station, located just 0.6 miles away. Select Waterloo Rail Station as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of London. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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