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National Express £5 or less one-way tickets
One million cheap fares for travel up to 20 Apr. £1 booking fee
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?
The 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.
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 40% off code for £2
Via Groupon. Travel Jan-Mar on most UK routes
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.