Travelling around Britain by coach or bus

Travelling around Britain by coach

Travelling around Britain by coach will often save your clients money and offers a scenic alternative to travelling by train, especially if they are on a budget. Just be aware that the journey time will probably be longer to allow for traffic, stops and varying speed limits. If they know the route they wish to take, we advise travellers plan ahead and book before they arrive in the UK to guarantee a seat.

Coach operators include:

  • National Express (network of more than 1,200 destinations)
  • Megabus
  • Oxford Tube / Oxford X90
  • Scottish Citylink

Example journey times:

  • London – Glasgow: 8hrs 15 mins
  • London – Edinburgh: 9hrs
  • London – Inverness: 12hrs 35mins
  • Discounts are available for full-time students and anyone under 25. Those over 50s qualify for a discount coach card, which means the save up to 30% on many fares.

Travelling around Britain by bus

Catching a bus is a popular way to travel around the UK. As a rule, the further you get from a city, the fewer the buses and the more expensive the fare. On the plus side, local buses can be a sociable way of travelling around Britain’s lovely countryside.

Clients should always check routes, schedules and fares at the local tourist office or bus station before they depart to avoid running into any travel troubles or confusion over times and stops. If they are travelling via bus around London they can purchase an Oyster Card, which can be bought in advance on the VB online shop and can also be used on trains and the London Underground.