Top Tips for Saving Money on Travel – Bus

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Bus travel can be a great, cheap alternative to
travelling by car or rail

Although it is perhaps not as fast as going by train, bus and coach tickets cost a fraction of the price and can be a great money-saving alternative in itself.

If you're a savvy shopper, you can save even more money on coach tickets.

Here are some extra tips for saving money on coach travel:

Young Persons Coachcard

Similar to the 18-25 railcard, a Young Persons Coachcard offers a third off National Express coach fares for those aged 16-26. The cost of a Coachcard is less than that of many coach tickets, and as such it can pay for itself after just one trip.

In addition, National Express also offer an option to purchase a 3 year Coachcard at a discounted rate – ideal for students who are on a 3 year course.

Travel off-peak

As with train tickets, coach fares are also cheaper if you're prepared to go at a less desirable time. In many ways this is almost a blessing with coach travel, as travelling outside of peak hours should hopefully help you to avoid rush hour traffic.

Budget buses

Megabus famously offer coach travel from as little as £1, and although this offer doesn't extend to all routes, it is certainly not to be sniffed at. At different times in the year, Megabus even offer free seats (with a 50p booking fee) across different routes, however the number of these is limited and they can be snapped up very quickly.