Cheap Coach Travel - UK and Europe

While not often the quickest or most popular mode of transport, coach travel can be one of the cheapest ways to get around. The following article identifies UK and European coach companies out there offering to get you from A to B for the cheapest price.


There are several companies offering coach travel throughout the UK, these include.

National Express National Express has been linking UK cities for many years and provides the largest coach network in the UK. Full time students or people aged 16-26 can get an extra 1/3rd off with a coach card.

Megabus Offers a basic service between a restricted number of cities. A limited number of tickets are priced from £1. Note that there are no facilities or luggage storage areas on Megabus services.

Citylink Scottish Citylink offer coach services between towns in Scotland. Full time students or people aged 16-26 with a coach card can get a discount.

Olsterbus Olsterbus offer coach services between towns in Northern Ireland. Full time students can get extra money off with a Translink coach card.

For an example of how the UK coach operators compare have a look at a comparison exercise I performed for a London to Edinburgh journey.


The main coach operators into Europe are:

Eurolines Eurolines offer coach services throughout Europe.
Busabout Busabout offer a limited service between major European destinations. The service is aimed at backpackers, with pickups at a hostel, campsite or cheap hotel in each location.

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