National Express Discounts, Deals and Promo Codes
Taking the bus is often a cheaper way to travel, but you can spend even less thanks to National Express discounts and special offers. Passengers traveling in larger groups can save a lot when booking together with National Express. All you have to do is book for four or more people at least three days prior to the departure date, and the fare amount will be automatically reduced by 25 percent. This also includes trips to and from four major airports in London, and if you’re traveling with at least two other people, the airport transfer, regardless of where you are, will cost £20 or about $25.
If you plan on traveling extensively throughout the UK, it might be worth it to invest in one of National Express’s Coach Cards. At only about $13, you instantly make up for the cost of the card if the ticket fare for a trip is more than $38. Coachcards are valid on any National Express Standard Fare. Excluded are Fun Fares and trips operated by third party providers.In order to claim your discount, you only need to tick the Coachcard box while buying your ticket and insert the number of your individual Coachcard. Don’t forget to take it with you on the journey as you will have to show it to the driver.
Promo Codes and Special Deals: National Express often gives out promo codes or provides cheaper fares on specific days or for specific connections.
Looking for a Fun Fare is another way of saving money when travelling with National Express. Fun Fares are the cheapest tickets and they are available exclusively online. You can easily find them with the CheckMyBus search engine: simply type in your travel details and look out for the cheapest price.
Another way to save some money is to take advantage of Fun Fares with National Express. These are the cheapest tickets and can only be purchased online. You can find Fun Fares when searching for routes with CheckMyBus: simply type up your travel details and look out for the cheapest price.
Please note that Fun Fare tickets are not refundable, although you can edit your booking if you decide to take an earlier or later bus. Fun Fares can’t be combined with other forms of discounts.
National Express Skimmer Pass
Passengers, who plan to travel frequently over a period of weeks, can purchase this for unlimited travel across the United Kingdom for a specified amount of time. There are three versions of the pass: 7 days, 14 days and 28 days, and cost $88, $152 or $254 respectively. If you’re interested, you can purchase your Skimmer pass online via the National Express website. This is also where you can choose the dates you want your pass to be valid for. Once you’ve received your Skimmer Pass, you can simply book trips online and will be charged nothing when entering the individualized serial number.
National Express Timetables
Connections throughout England, Scotland and Wales are operated by National Express. You can book intercity trips, such as from London to Glasgow or from Manchester to Cardiff, as well as shorter trips from town to town. The company also offers connections that require a changeover, which basically enables passengers to travel from any location in the UK to their desired destination.
National Express also operates connections to all of the UK’s major airports including Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted and Manchester Airport. The connections are operated as 24 hour services and most of them are even available on Christmas Eve, when National Express adds more seats in order to offer travellers an alternative in times of the annual Christmas rail shutdown.
Popular National Express Connections
More information about the bus amenities and services of the bus provider National Express
- WiFi on Board
- Extra legroom
- Compartments for hand-luggage
- Luggage transportation
- Bulky luggage transportation
- Discount for frequent passengers / members
- Bike storage
National Express has a fleet of modern vehicles, offering passengers extra-legroom, electric sockets, and air-conditioning. The bus temperatures are actually monitored by the National Express control centre, which receives a GPS signal for the coach tracker in addition to information about the on-board temperature every 30 seconds. This way, customers who are waiting for their bus can track its current location, while passengers already on-board can enjoy optimal temperatures.
One of the best onboard features from National Express is its free infotainment system, VUER (View – Unwind – Enjoy – Relax). Passengers can download the VUER app to access films and television programs to stream on their own phone or tablet. A selection of magazines is also available as well as Sky Sport News and Soccer AM.
If your bus is running a bit late, rather than phoning the company’s hotline, you can check the National Express Coach Tracker, which allows you to follow your bus in real-time and check its current position.
National Express History
Around the end of World War One, the first motorbuses appeared on roads throughout the United Kingdom. However, it wasn’t until 1968 that the National Bus Company was created to bring independent bus companies together under one common name, and by the mid-70s, the National Express name was used for the first time. In the 1980s, National Express was faced with competition from around the country, especially for routes to and from London, but was able to come out on top thanks to its new services and reduced ticket fares, thus winning the “coach wars.” By the 1990s, the company continued growing with new services to airports, and building coach stations in Liverpool, Leeds and Southampton. Today, National Express remains the country’s leading coach operator and offers routes all throughout the UK.
Contact National Express
If you have any questions or feedback, National Express can be contacted in a variety of different ways. If you have general questions, the company’s hotline can be reached at +44 (0)871 781 8181, and is available from 10am to 6pm, seven days a week. If you’ve already booked your ticket and would like to edit it or have any queries about your specific trip, you can contact the company via a contact form on the National Express website as well as its social media channels. Live chat is another option offered on the National Express website.