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  • National Express £5 or less one-way tickets

    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?

    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.

    • 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

    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.