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National Express logoNational Express £1 one-way coach tickets*London to/from nine cities, Mon-Thu in Nov/Dec. £1 fee

24,000+ avail

National Express is offering over 24,000 £1 single coach fares via this National Express* link, for travel Mon-Thu until Thu 8 Dec.

The £1 fares (plus £1 booking fee per transaction) are randomly spread on routes between London and nine cities in England and Scotland including Manchester, Leeds and Edinburgh. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are excluded and you may need to be flexible with the time and day you travel as it can be a bit of pot luck finding the £1 fares on specific coaches.

Single seats normally cost from £3-£21 in advance online, or from £9-£29 on the day (depending on the route), so jump on board with this offer quick if you want to bag a cheap ride to see friends or family, or visit one of the big cities.

The deal is due to end on Thu 8 Dec, but if all 24,000+ £1 fares are snapped up, the brakes will be applied before then.

Which routes are included?

£1 fares are available to or from the nine cities below, when starting or finishing in London (Victoria Coach Station):

  • Birmingham (5,000 £1 fares)
  • Coventry (1,000 £1 fares)
  • Edinburgh (250 £1 fares)
  • Leeds (3,000 £1 fares)
  • Leicester (5,000 £1 fares)
  • Manchester (3,000 £1 fares)
  • Nottingham (3,000 £1 fares)
  • Preston (1,000 £1 fares)
  • Sheffield (3,000 £1 fares)

How do I find £1 fares?

The discounted fares are randomly spread throughout the booking period, so it could be pot luck finding a specific time on a specific date - you'll have more chance the more flexible you are. After you've selected your journey, you'll be able to see which dates have £1 tickets available (see image below of an example we found - there's no guarantee you'll find the same fares).

Once you've chosen your dates, you'll then see which coaches have £1 fares – these are spread throughout the day, but popular times are expected to go quickly.

On dates or coaches where there are no £1 fares, or where £1 fares have sold out, the next cheapest advance or on-the-day fare will be shown.There's a £1 booking fee per transaction and you'll pay an extra £2 to have your tickets posted to you, 50p to have them sent to your mobile phone or to a collection point, or you can print them at home for free.

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This offer can't be used with any other discount, promotion or Coachcard. £1 tickets are non-refundable and are only available online.

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National Express logoNational Express £5 Young Persons card*Norm £10, gets 1/3 off standard coach fares for 1 year. £2 del

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If you're aged 16-26 you can get a one-year Young Persons Coachcard for £5 (norm £10) via this MSE Blagged National Express* link until Sun 2 Oct. Delivery is £2.

The Young Persons Coachcard gets one-third off standard fares on National Express coaches. A coachcard can be used at all times, including peak times, but isn't valid on season tickets or promotional offers such as the current £1 one-way coach tickets

You also can't use the coachcard to get a discount on 'FunFares' – these are non-refundable advance tickets from £5 one-way on selected routes that can only be bought online. When we checked a few routes and dates we found the FunFare to be cheaper than the standard fare with the Coachcard discount about 50% of the time.

But if you'd normally spend more than £22 on standard coach tickets in a year, even just in a single trip, the Coachcard could be worth it as you'd save more than the cost of the Coachcard, also factoring in the £2 delivery cost – but always check to see if you can get a cheaper FunFare.

The coachcard also gets you 10% off National Express journeys to sporting events and music festivals.

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Coachcards aren't valid on Hotel Hoppa, Eurolines, Ulsterbus, Third Party services, special event services, Multiride and FunFare tickets.

National Express logoNational Express £1 single Sept coach tickets*250+ routes, eg, Ldn-B'mouth, Glasgow-Manc. £1 booking fee

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National Express is offering 12,000 £1 single coach fares via this MSE Blagged National Express* link, for travel until Fri 30 Sep.

The £1 fares (plus £1 booking fee per transaction) are spread across over 250 routes in England, Scotland and Wales including London to Bournemouth, Glasgow to Manchester and Birmingham to Cardiff and vice versa – you'll be shown all valid routes in the journey planner via the link above. Some travel days, mainly Fri, Sat or Sun, are excluded on some routes and you may need to be flexible with the time of day you travel as it can be a bit of pot luck finding the £1 fares on specific coaches.

Single seats normally cost from £3-£21 in advance online, or from £9-£29 on the day (depending on the route), so jump on board with this offer quick if you want to bag a cheap ride to see friends or family, travel to uni, or visit one of the big cities.

The deal is due to end at 11.59pm on Fri 30 Sep, but there were only 12,000 £1 fares available when it started on Tue 13 Sep, so the brakes could be applied before then.

How do I find £1 fares?

After you've selected your journey, you'll be able to see which dates have £1 tickets available (see image below). Once you've chosen your dates, you'll then see which coaches have £1 fares  these are spread throughout the day, but popular times are expected to go quickly.

On dates or coaches where there are no £1 fares, or where £1 fares have sold out, the next cheapest advance or on-the-day fare will be shown.

When we checked on Tue 27 Sep, we found these £1 fare examples:

  • Leicester - London, depart 7pm on Wed 28 Sep..
  • Glasgow - Manchester, depart 1pm on Wed 28 Sep.
  • Birmingham - Cardiff, depart 3pm on Fri 30 Sep.
  • Leeds - Liverpool, depart 10.20am on Fri 30 Sep.
National Express £1 coach tickets
There's a £1 booking fee per transaction and you'll pay an extra £2 to have your tickets posted to you, 50p to have them sent to your mobile phone or to a collection point, or you can print them at home for free.
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This offer can't be used with any other discount, promotion or Coachcard. £1 tickets are non-refundable and are only available online.

National Express logoNational Express £1 June coach tickets*11 routes, eg, Birm-Liv, Lon-Leeds. £1 booking fee

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National Express is offering 10,000 £1 coach fares via this MSE Blagged National Express* link, for travel between Mon 6 Jun and Thu 30 Jun.

The £1 fares (plus £1 booking fee per transaction) are spread across 11 of its most popular routes in England (some travel days are excluded, see list below). Single seats normally cost from £3-£21 in advance online, or from £9-£29 on the day (depending on the route), so jump on board with this offer quick if you want to bag a cheap ride to see friends or family, travel home from uni, or visit one of the big cities.

You can book until 11.59pm on Mon 13 Jun, but as there are only 10,000 £1 fares available, the brakes could be applied before then.

Which routes are included?

£1 fares are split across each of these 11 routes below, starting and finishing in either location:

  • Birmingham - Liverpool
  • Blackpool - Manchester
  • Cambridge - London
  • Norwich - London
  • Plymouth - Bristol
  • Swindon - London
  • Birmingham - London (Mon-Fri only)
  • Canterbury - London (Mon-Fri only)
  • Liverpool - London (Mon-Thu only)
  • Leeds - London (Tue-Thu & Sat only)
  • Manchester - London (Sat-Thu only)

How do I find £1 fares?

After you've selected your journey, you'll be able to see which dates have £1 tickets available. Once you've chosen your dates, you'll then see which coaches have £1 fares (these are spread throughout the day, but popular times are expected to go quickly).

On dates or coaches where there are no £1 fares, or where £1 fares have sold out, the next cheapest advance or on-the-day fare will be shown.

There's a £1 booking fee per transaction and you'll pay an extra £2 to have your tickets posted to you, 50p to have them sent to your mobile phone, or you can print them at home for free.

More info

This offer can't be used with any other discount, promotion or Coachcard. £1 tickets are non-refundable and are only available online.

National Express logoNational Express 40% off code for £2Groupon code, most UK routes, travel Jan/Feb

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If you're looking to travel by coach in the new year, until 11.59pm on Wed 6 Jan you can get a code for £2 from Groupon that gets 40% off most UK routes with National Express. If your journey is going to cost more than £5 (before any discount and before the £1 booking fee), using the code could save you money - unless you can find a 'funfare' for cheaper (see below).

You can use the discount on standard fares (single or return, not 'funfares') for travel between Mon 4 Jan and Sun 28 Feb, excluding Sat 13 Feb to Sun 21 Feb. It's valid on all seats on all UK journeys except  airport routes, festival and events packages, those operated by third parties and Eurolines. You'll need to book at least three days before travel and before Sun 31 Jan. 

How do I book it?

  • Check the cost of a standard ticket on National Express, then see if an online advance ‘funfare’ is available as this starts from £5 and could be better for you. Also check the price on Megabus*.
  • If the standard National Express fare is cheapest and £5+, go to Groupon and pay £2 for your code and PIN.
  • Then book through this National Express link and enter your code and PIN. Booking fee’s £1 after discount.
  • Coach tickets are non-refundable, but if you can't find a journey you want after you've paid £2, you can get a refund through Groupon within 14 days.

Each code is for one person and you can get a maximum of four codes per transaction. There's a £1 booking fee per transaction and you'll pay an extra £2 to have your tickets posted to you, though you can print them at home for free.

With this offer, we found a return journey from Newcastle to Edinburgh leaving Sat 30 Jan for £15 (including £1 booking fee).

National Express logoNational Express coaches £5+ single, incl airport transfersBook online - there's a £1 transaction fee per booking

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National Express often offers advanced coach fares from £5 if you book quick enough. Yet, it seems to have added a bundle of extra seats for travel till March, including some Airport journeys, so we thought it worth highlighting.

The super cheap fares are available for journeys from now until Sat 29 Mar, though excludes travel between Fri 14 and Mon 24 Feb. Around 10% of all seats are £5 so there's a decent chance of finding them. You must book by Sun 2 Feb, though it's best to go quick before they're snapped up. There's a £1 booking fee per transaction and unfortunately.

Savings can be large: London to Bristol's usually £25, London to Liverpool's usually £27.50 and London to Leicester's £29.

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Excludes events and some airports. You can print tickets at home for free or have them posted to you or £1.50. No other discounts can be applied.
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