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Ready to start planning and book your bus tickets for your next journey? Use our search tool at the top of the page to look up departure and arrival times for bus journeys on your chosen route and to book cheap bus tickets. In need of inspiration? Take a look further down our page or click the buttons below for a selection of popular bus journeys, how to save money on bus travel and expert travel advice.


Bus Tickets for Less Than £10
Bus Tickets & Travel in the UK - FAQ
How to get through a long bus journey


How to find cheap bus tickets: all you need to know about getting the best price

Compared to flights and trains, finding a cheap bus ticket is much easier. It can be commonly found that next-day bus departures can cost less than £20, even for lenghtly journeys. But there are always more savings to be made. Check out our list of tips on how to find cheaper coach tickets and start saving money on bus travel.

  • Be flexible: If you want to find the cheapest bus ticket for your desired route don't be picky about the time of departure. The cheapest buses tend to depart during off-peak hours so keep this in mind when before you start searching.
  • Book well in advance: Perhaps the oldest trick in the book, but purchasing your trip well in advance is the key to getting the cheapest price. We recommend to start scouting for prices at least one month prior to departure.
  • Check if overnight buses are cheaper: Depending on the route, overnight buses can actually be much less costly than other departure times. There is also an added bonus of saving money on accommodation if you're going on holiday.
 

Bus routes that cost less than £10

8 Coach Journeys in the UK that are Cheaper than Taking the train

£10 quid may not seem like a lot, but when you compare the price to a train on the same route the difference in cost can be a little brash. Passengers often agree that trains are the more favourable way of travel. Buses tend to take longer to get from a to b and trains are more comfortable and so forth. But this is a vast generalisation about bus travel.

We decided to showcase the potential savings passengers can make by switching to bus travel. We're not talking about minor bus routes either, but some of the most popular connections in the UK. Not to mention an array of our selected bus routes take in-or-around the same time as their train counterpart. Take a look at out results below and start saving some pocket money on your bus ticket.

Route Bus Train Savings
Exeter to Plymouth £2 £5 £3
Leeds to Nottingham £4 £8 £4
Edinburgh to Glasgow £5 £9 £4
Newcastle to Middlesborough £7 £12 £5
Sheffield to Leeds £3 £5 £2
Newquay to Plymouth £6 £10 £4
Cardiff to Bristol £7 £10 £3
Manchester to Chester £8 £11 £3
 

Bus Tickets & Travel in the UK - FAQs

We get that sometimes taking the bus can be a tad more complicated than it needs to be. At GoEuro we care about our customers getting from a to b without getting a headache in between. That’s why we answered our most regularly asked questions regarding bus tickets and travel so you can feel at ease before boarding the bus!


  • What kind of bus tickets can I buy with GoEuro? With GoEuro you can purchase your chosen bus ticket for any routes served by our partner, National Express. Whether you going one way, grabbing a return or have a discount code, you can book with us.
  • Can I bring my pet on the bus? Each passenger is permitted to bring their guide dog on their coach journey. However, pets and livestock are not allowed.
  • Where can I find the bus station address? You can find the address of the departure bus station on your ticket.
  • How much luggage allowance do I get with my bus ticket? Passengers travelling with National Express coaches are free to bring up to two medium sized suitcases, and a small piece of hand luggage. Suitcases can be up to 20kg in weight. The piece of hand luggage must fit either under the seat in front of you or in the compartment above your seat.
  • How old do I need to be to travel alone? National Express do not accept unaccompanied passengers under the age of 14.
 

Buses vs. Everything Else: Here’s why taking the bus is underrated

There are a solid handful of advantages taking the bus has over taking the train. At GoEuro wanted to eradicate the urge to groan for passengers feeling like they’re settling for bus travel by showcasing the brightside of taking the bus. So next time you have a huff and a puff about taking the bus, you can think of these positives points.

  • Money, Money, Money: Buses in the UK tend to be the cheapest travel option compared to hopping on a train or flight. So you can travel more while saving some precious pennies.
  • Avoid train delays: Nobody enjoys standing on a crowded platform not knowing when the next train departure will be. It doesn't always happen, but if you're in need of travel assurance than taking the bus might be your better option.
  • Some bus routes are faster than the train: Believe or not some bus routes are quicker than taking the train. We've gathered some of the UK's most desirable bus routes and compared them to the time it takes to travel by train.
 

Travelling by coach in Europe: What you need to know

European coach travel is one of the most efficient and cheapest ways to explore the continent. This is what makes taking the bus around Europe so popular. There are plenty of bus companies which provide thousands of connections city to city, country to country. With GoEuro you can search, compare and book buses trips in Europe with ease. You can also explore our most popular European bus destinations below for some inspiration!

 

Tips to get you through a long bus journey

Long bus journeys can be tough if you're not fully prepared, the boredom can take over, and sleep can be difficult against a window. At GoEuro we understand that it can seem too much like hard work to get to your destination by bus. If you're well prepared, long bus journeys can be a breeze, check out the tips below to see what you should grab before you set off on your adventure.

  • Food and snacks such as sandwiches and fruit as well as plenty of water.
  • Something to rest your head on - pick up a travel pillow for maximum comfort.
  • A blanket or comfy jumpers. The clothes you wear will contribute a lot to your overall comfort, make sure you've got some soft clothes and a small blanket in case the aircon is too much.
  • You'll probably need some ear plugs to block out the sound of chatty fellow travellers, especially if you're planning on getting some sleep.
  • Speaking of getting some shut eye, something to block the light out will also be useful like an eye mask.
  • If you suffer from travel sickness get yourself some remedies such as sea-bands that go around your wrists, adding pressure to a point that relieves nausea and dizziness.
  • Of course you'll also need some entertainment, pack a book or your kindle as well as a couple of magazines. If you have a tablet or laptop get prepared by getting some films or TV series.

We asked some experts to give us some advice on the best way to stay healthy and fresh during a long coach journey, and what we can do before setting off. Francesca is a nutritionist from Blackheath Studio, and Jackie is a nutritional therapist and author of The Right Bite from the 'Well Well Well' clinic in London.

"Prior to the trip, nutrition is incredibly important in order to stop you feeling bloated, tired or moody. Try eating a diet including probiotic yogurt, whole-wheat, all-bran cereal, lemon, celery, beans, lentils, watermelon and turmeric. For the journey, stick to a diet based around carbohydrates with a moderate amount of protein and low fat. Mostly importantly keep hydrated with fluids. Therefore, make sure you bring enough food and fluids for the trip. Ideas for the trip include: raw vegetable sticks, hummus, mixed dried fruit and nuts, apples, peanut butter, beef jerky, yogurt pots, popcorn, granola bar, sandwiches, juices and water. With these changes, you will feel lighter and healthier rather than bloated and unfit."

FRANCESCA IS FROM BLACKHEATH STUDIO

"It’s all in the planning! Pack meals and snacks that are rich in protein and fibre – this will keep sugar cravings at bay and reduce temptation during a pit stop. A wholemeal chicken or peanut butter sandwich, hummus with carrots, a quinoa salad or fresh fruit with unsalted nuts would all keep you going. Steer clear of salted nuts or crisps as these can cause water retention leading to puffy eyes and swollen ankles on a long trip. Avoid bingeing on chocolate, sweets or sugary drinks – high blood sugar levels will keep you awake and restless, making the journey seem longer. If you’re feeling stiff and tired after your journey try a magnesium sulphate (Epsom Salts) bath. Magnesium regulates muscle function, helping to ease sore and stiff muscles. Add 2-3 handfuls of salts to the bath and relax for 20 minutes. The magnesium will absorb through the skin easing any muscle tension."

JACKIE IS FROM WELL WELL WELL

 

What to watch when you're on the bus

Long bus journeys can be tedious, but they can also to be the perfect opportunity to hop on the bandwagon of a popular series or a movie francise. We've gathered the top tv shows and movies so you can sit back, relax and enjoy some of the best entertainment the internet has to offer during your bus trip.