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To London by Coach

Coach (long distance express bus) travel is generally the cheapest way to get to London but worth noting that it’s not the fastest. It takes longer travelling by coach than by train and definitely longer compared to flying. On long journeys, sitting inside the coach continuously for hours can get uncomfortable especially on the legs. However, coach travel remains a low cost option especially if you are on a budget.

Many coach companies in recent years have introduced extra legroom and reclining seats to improve the comfort level. Some even have wireless internet access but connections are not always good when the coach is in an area of low connectivity. Most operators allow passengers two medium size luggage including backpack to put in the hold area and a small hand luggage to carry. Besides the low cost, many companies offer substantial discounts on promotional fares and if you book in advance. Most coach companies offer online bookings through their websites.

Interior of a Megabus coach by Matty

Continental Europe to London

London is the UK’s transport hub for coach travel on the domestic routes as well as between Continental Europe. Coaches cross the English Channel by boarding the ferries or the vehicle-carrying Eurotunnel Shuttle trains that pass through the Eurotunnel. Coaches that board the Eurotunnel Shuttle significantly reduce the travel time. Therefore, check with the coach operator whether the coach service you are booking boards the ferry or the shuttle train if you have a preference.

Eurolines coach from Germany in London by UKBus

Eurolines followed by Megabus are the main coach operators for international travel, connecting London with major cities in Continental Europe including Amsterdam, Antwerp, Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, Madrid, Paris, Lisbon, Rome and Warsaw to name a few. Other coach operators serving the international routes to London include Euro Mega Travel, FlixBus, IC Bus, Interbus, Ouibus and Transmarian.

Ouibus by Florian Fèvre

Domestic Routes

On the domestic routes, National Express is the largest operator with an extensive network between London and across England, Scotland and Wales. On journeys where there are no direct connections, you would have to transfer to another National Express coach at a station along the journey. Megabus is the second largest operator offering low fares between London and many major cities on the UK mainland. It often competes with National Express on many busy routes.

National Express coach by Eric Jones

Both National Express and Megabus offer discounts through occasional promotions and advance bookings via their websites. Fares can be very competitive where National Express and Megabus offer services on the same route. Fares can be as low as £1 for a single journey! Therefore, check the fares before you book.

Coach Stations in London

Victoria Coach Station is the largest and main coach station in London. Another is Green Line Coach Station but relatively a small station comprising of several parking bays for buses.

  • Victoria Coach Station handles coaches travelling between destinations across the UK and Continental Europe and major operators here include National Express, Megabus and Eurolines.
  • Green Line Coach Station is a short walk from Victoria Coach Station and handles mainly coaches travelling between north and west of London.

London's Victoria Coach Station by Oxyman

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