Buses in the United Kingdom

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Below are some of the most popular bus routes for both the UK and from the UK to other cities in Europe complete with average prices when booking in advance. Travelling by bus within Europe can work out a lot cheaper than getting the train or flying and is a great way for travellers or backpackers to see all that Europe has to offer.

Book Cheap Buses in Europe

Compare the average price for a bus ticket and the average price for bus journey of 100km in Europe over the past year

The table below illustrates both the average bus ticket prices and the average price per 100 km of routes within the UK, France, Italy, Spain and Germany. The data was compiled from our internal database from bookings made in 2016.

From this we can see that Italy and France are both the cheapest countries to travel and explore by coach, so maybe a break to Nice, or a week away in Florence might be just what you're looking for. Travelling by bus around the UK is one of the more expensive countries, although it is usually the cheapest form of transport to use to get around the country and is also better for the environment.

Average Price of a 100km Bus Journey
Average Bus Ticket Price

Coach tickets that are cheaper than a tenner!

Coach Journeys in the UK that are Cheaper (and Quicker) than Taking the train

While it's fairly common knowledge that booking a coach ticket will save you some cash compared with taking the train, it is also assumed that the journey will be longer, much more boring and uncomfortable. To prove this theory wrong we've put together a list of routes that you can get for less than £10, as well as tips on what to bring aboard with you and ideas for how to fill your time. Not only this, you are always guaranteed a seat and National Express and Megabus both provide WiFi on board; which is something that escapes most train companies. Here are just some examples of popular routes that don't just save you money, they're also faster than getting the train, too.

Route Potential Savings
Buses from Exeter to Plymouth From £2
From £5
Buses from Leeds to Nottingham From £4
From £8
Buses from Edinburgh to Glasgow From £5
From £9
Buses from Newcastle to Middlesbrough From £7
From £12
Buses from Sheffield to Leeds From £3
From £5
Buses from Newquay to Plymouth From £6
From £10
Buses from Cardiff to Bristol From £7
From £10
Buses from Manchester to Chester From £8
From £11

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.

What the experts say

Francesca says:

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

Jackie says:

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

Find a small example below of the types of things you can do while getting to your destination.


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