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National Express logoNational Express 5 or less one-way tickets*One million cheap fares for travel up to 20 Apr. 1 booking fee

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National Express is offering one million single coach fares for £5 or less via this National Express* link, for travel until Fri 20 Apr.

The cheap fares (plus £1 booking fee per transaction) are randomly spread on hundreds of its routes including singles from Birmingham to London for £1.50, Manchester to Sheffield for £2.90, and Cardiff to London for £5 – see 'More info' for a list of popular routes and cheap tickets available.

How do I find the cheap fares?

National Express 5 or less ticketsThe cheap fares are randomly spread throughout the booking period, so it could be pot luck finding the cheapest fares on a specific coach on a specific date – you'll have more chance the more flexible you are. After you've selected your journey and dates, you'll be able to see the cheapest tickets available (see image).

Popular times are expected to go quickly, and there's limited availability during peak times, half-term and Easter holidays.

The tickets are 'restricted' fares, which aren't amendable and are non-refundable.

There's a £1 booking fee per transaction and you can print your tickets at home for free, otherwise you'll pay an extra £2.50 to have your tickets posted to you or £1 to have them sent to your mobile phone.

Will these fares always be cheapest?

Most of the time, these cheap 'restricted' fares should be cheaper than a 'standard' or 'flexible' fare, but if you have a National Express Coachcard (this works similar to a railcard and gets a third off standard fares), then sometimes it may be cheaper to buy a standard fare ticket with a Coachcard if the restricted fare is less than 33% cheaper than the standard fare.

More info

Route and fare examples

National Express says hundreds of its journeys are included. Below are 40 popular routes and the cheapest fare available as of Tue 9 Jan:

Departure location Arrival location Cheap fare Number of tickets available
Bath London £5 14,800
Birmingham London £1.50 8,000
Birmingham Leeds £3 2,700
Birmingham Manchester £4 2,600
Bournemouth London £5 3,200
Brighton London £5 2,700
Bristol London £5 10,900
Bristol Exeter £4.80 1,100
Bristol Birmingham £4.60 1,000
Cambridge London £3 1,700
Cardiff London £5 12,300
Coventry London £1.40 1,100
Exeter London £5 1,500
Exeter Bristol £4.40 1,000
Leeds Liverpool £5 6,800
Leeds London £2.90 4,600
Leeds Nottingham £4.60 2,400
Leeds Leicester £5 2,400
Leeds Birmingham £3 2,300
Leicester London £5 4,700
Leicester Leeds £5 1,900
Liverpool Leeds £5 8,000
Liverpool London £5 3,500
London Southampton £5 26,700
London Bath £5 15,700
London Cardiff £5 11,900
London Birmingham £1.50 8,900
London Brighton £5 2,200
London Canterbury £5 1,700
London Cheltenham £4 1,100
Manchester Birmingham £4 2,700
Manchester Sheffield £2.90 2,000
Manchester London £3.30 1,900
Norwich London £5 3,100
Nottingham London £3 2,700
Nottingham Leeds £4.60 2,500
Plymouth London £5 1,200
Sheffield London £5 3,700
Sheffield Manchester £2.90 2,500
Southampton London £5 1,300


London coaches depart from and arrive at Victoria Coach Station.

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

National Express logoNational Express 40% off code for 2*Via Groupon. Travel Jan-Mar on most UK routes

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If you're looking to travel by coach in the new year, you can buy 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 'how to book' below).

You can use the discount on standard fares (single or return, not 'funfares') for travel until Fri 31 Mar, excluding Fri 10 Feb to Mon 20 Feb (half-term holiday). 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 Tue 28 Feb, or sooner if all codes are snapped up. As of Tue 3 Jan, there were 37,000 codes left.

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 (once you've selected your coach you'll see which type of fares are available). 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 and you'll need to print your tickets.
  • Coach tickets are non-refundable, but if you can't find a journey you want after you've bought a code, you can get a £2 refund through Groupon within 14 days.

Each Groupon code is for one person and you can get a maximum of four codes per transaction.

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

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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.

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 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.

More info

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.
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.

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