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National Express Coach Tickets, Schedules & Fares

Getting from city to city in the UK is comfortable, easy and affordable when you choose National Express coaches to take you there. With an extensive list of National Express routes, you’re sure to find the coach you’re looking for. Whether you’re just going from London to Edinburgh or hope to explore world-class cities like Cambridge, Nottingham, Bath or Birmingham, National Express has the routes you need.


Once your bookings are made, you’ll have the confidence of knowing everything is arranged in advance. Don’t wait till you’re in the UK, make your bookings now! The Wanderu website and app is here to help.

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About National Express

National ExpressQuick Facts
Routes: 9,590
Daily Trips: 20,021
Cities Served: 410
Stations: 690
Countries: 1


About National Express Routes and Schedules.

National Express is a popular bus company offering very affordable ticket options to top travel destinations. You will always find the cheapest National Express tickets by searching on Wanderu.com. Overall National Express serves 9,590 bus routes, connecting 410 cities in 1 country. To cover all these routes National Express runs an average 20,021 trips per day and 600,630 trips per month. These bus trips range in price from $1.21 to $109.12 based on a variety of factors. Wanderu helps you search all available National Express tickets to find the best deals for routes in 20+ countries.

National Express Tickets, Prices, and Deals.

Based on National Express average ticket prices and demand history, the company’s average bus ticket price is $26.86. The best way to save money on National Express tickets is by booking 61 days out from your travel date when the average price is $11.38. By booking this many days out you can save around $None on your bus ticket price.


The cheapest day of the week to travel with National Express is Wednesday, but can vary if that day falls on a holiday which tends to drive up bus ticket demand and prices. The most expensive day is generally Saturday because of people’s travel habits. Even though you may be traveling on Saturday, Wanderu will help by comparing deals across 60+ bus and train lines, finding you fares starting at $1.21. midnight on Friday tends to be the busiest time and day for ridership on National Express and trips might be more crowded than usual. The best time to travel if you want to have some extra space on the bus is 2 pm on Wednesday as this tends to be the quietest time and day.

Finding the Cheapest and Most Popular National Express Routes

With approximately 9,590 different routes and almost 600,630 bus trips per month it is easy to get overwhelmed with all the options and destinations National Express can get you to. The filtering and sorting capabilities of Wanderu makes it simple to find the best prices on popular National Express trips. The most popular bus routes served by National Express are London to Stansted, Stansted to London, London to Brighton, Hounslow to Brighton and Hounslow to Horley.


National Express has a lot of great deals, with the cheapest trips averaging just $1.21. Wanderu aggregates the cheapest prices and the best deals on National Express tickets allowing you to pick the ideal trip for your next adventure! If you don't have a destination in mind, but you’re looking for an affordable trip to get out of town, Wanderu can help with that too. Find trips to popular destinations in 20+ countries at amazing prices with Explore by Wanderu.

Top National Express Stations and Stops

National Express has 690 stations in over 410 cities to ensure you find the closest bus station for your trip. Your convenience is always a major factor in how Wanderu searches all National Express trips and helps you browse your options, presenting bus stations as close as possible to your exact desired destination. The most popular National Express stations are 164 Buckingham Palace Road, Bus Station, Stansted Airport, Heathrow Airport T2 and T3 and Heathrow Airport Terminal 5.


National Express coaches shuttle thousands of passengers around the UK every year. This popular coach line operates all over the UK, taking locals and travelers to all the most exciting cities. Spend some time in Leeds, visit bustling Bristol, discover the iconic British seaside resort of Butlin’s, or simply use it to get from Heathrow to London. Wherever you want to be in the UK, there’s almost certainly a National Express coach to take you there.


Popular National Express Routes


When you make your bookings, you’ll find that National Express has more destination options than you’ll ever believe, but there are some definite favorites that its passengers choose:


London to Glasgow

Edinburgh to Glasgow

London to Birmingham

London to Bristol

London to Cambridge

London to Liverpool

Bristol to Birmingham

Liverpool to Manchester

Manchester to Edinburgh

Brighton to London



A National Express ticket provides an easy way to go city-hopping around the UK. As for your National Express bookings, those are easy to make now that you’ve found the Wanderu website and app. Book now or book on the go. You can compare routes and prices across a wide range of carriers.


Amenities on National Express


Most long-distance buses come fully equipped with WiFi access and many coaches have power outlets at each passenger seat. National Express believes in comfortable travel, so there’s plenty of legroom, comfy seats, air conditioning, and as you’d expect, an onboard restroom and washroom.


No food or drinks are served on board and passengers are encouraged to bring their own refreshments for the journey.


Does National Express have WiFi?


National Express is rolling out WiFi to all its coaches, but the process is not yet complete. If this is important to you, please check whether the bus you have chosen will have WiFi when booking.


National Express Mobile Tickets


National Express tickets should be printed out prior to your journey. On making your booking, National Express emails your tickets to you. Please select the printer-friendly version when printing your hard copy. M-tickets are available and only need to be shown to National Express personnel on your mobile phone, but the carrier warns that, if your ticket can’t be displayed, you will not be allowed on the bus.


Seat Selection on National Express


You are not guaranteed any specific seats when booking National Express tickets. However, you can be sure that there will be a seat available when you book in advance.


National Express Luggage Policy


You may bring two luggage items weighing no more than 20 kg (44 lbs) each and one hand luggage item that can fit into the overhead racks. Hold luggage bags may not exceed 70 x 30 x 45 cm (27.5 x 11.8 x 17.7 in). You can bring extra luggage, but National Express will charge you an extra fee and it will only be accepted if there is room in the hold for it. All luggage must be locked and tagged by passengers. Your name and, if possible, telephone number should be clearly marked on your luggage tags.


National Express Pet Policy


Only fully trained service animals are allowed on National Express Buses. Prior arrangements must be made if you need to travel with a service animal.


Children traveling on National Express


National Express will not transport children under the age of 14 unless they are accompanied by a responsible person who is 16 years old or older. Children under the age of three travel free provided they are accompanied by someone over the age of 16 who has paid a full fare.

Most National Express buses are equipped with booster seats for small children.


IDs and Documentation Required on National Express


National Express tickets are issued in the name of each traveler and are not transferable. You will, therefore, be required to show proof of identity when boarding National Express coaches. It is also wisest to print your ticket, even if you have an M-ticket, since you will not be able to board the bus if you are unable to display it on demand for whatever reason.


Accessibility on National Express


Most coaches have full wheelchair access, but if you want to travel seated in your wheelchair, it may not measure more than 120 x 70 cm (47.2 x 17.7 in), and it must have points of attachment for safety reasons. Wheelchairs traveling as hold luggage may not weigh more than 20 kg (44 lbs) and should be fully foldable. Motorized scooters for disabled people must, likewise, weigh less than 20 kg (44 lbs) and they must be disassembled prior to loading. You should talk to National Express travel consultants at least 36 hours before your trip to ensure that your needs can be accommodated.


Ticket Refund, Cancellation and Change Policy


It is possible to cancel or change National Express tickets and receive a refund, provided you do so more than 72 hours before departure. Administrative fees are charged for changes and cancellations. Certain National Express ticket types do not allow for refunds or changes. Check the terms associated with the National Express tickets you book.


National Express Bicycle Policy


Foldable or dismantled bicycles that are wrapped in protective packaging are allowed, but if you have more than two hold luggage items in total, National Express reserves the right to refuse your luggage if there is insufficient hold space and will charge you for transport of an extra luggage item if the bicycle is accepted.


National Express Airport Service


London’s Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airports are all served by National Express. Heathrow is a sprawling airport but National Express stops at all terminals. You can also get National Express coaches to or from Manchester and Cardiff airports and there is a direct bus route between Heathrow and Gatwick Airports.


About National Express


The National Express Group operates a variety of transport services in the UK, Europe and North America. Its UK coach service trades under the National Express name, but the group also operates as:


The Gatwick Express train service (UK)

Durham school services (North America)

Travel London (UK)

ALSA coach service (Spain)

Continental Auto (Spain)

Petermann Transportation (North America)


In the UK, the National Express coach service remains the brand’s figurehead business and, with buses to just about any destination or event in the UK that you can imagine, it remains a popular choice among travelers.


Now you can book your National Express tickets in just a few clicks by accessing the Wanderu website and app. Plan your journey using our helpful information and travel planner features and secure your bookings now.


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