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Greyhound UK Coaches
Member Name: Lilly1989
Date: 20/02/10, updated on 20/02/10 (1595 review reads)
Advantages: Great service.
Disadvantages: Only two routes
-- The company --
Greyhound Uk is a relatively new coach service. It started in September 2009, and is based on the US greyhound service. They offer fantastically priced fares, from London Victoria (Victoria coach station) to Portsmouth and Southampton.
-- Booking tickets --
You can book your tickets in four ways, this includes, online through their website. Their website address is: http://www.greyhounduk.com/ .
This is by far the best way to book your ticket, as it enables you to get the cheapest fares. You can book up to an hour in advance, although it is worth booking a few weeks in advance to get the best prices.
You can also walk up and pay on the day, although they do not accept cash, but do accept cards. You can also book by telephone, or through their retail booths, but these are far and few between, and as far as I know, they are only based in Portsmouth, and Southampton at the moment.
All you have to do is bring the print out of the booking confirmation along with you, and show it to the driver. I believe you can also get this texted to you for 10p, so it's very handy if you don't have a printer.
-- Cost --
The cheapest tickets are those brought online at their website, so if you want the best rate, it is best you book as early as possible. You can buy your tickets up to 8 weeks in advance. You can easily get tickets to go to Southampton, or Portsmouth for £1, plus booking fee. The booking fee is 50p which I don't feel is too cheeky. Even if you book to go the next day, the fare is only usually about £7 which is very reasonable, and going by train will be much more.
-- The journey --
The journey from London Victoria to Portsmouth, or Southampton is just under two hours. We've used Greyhound UK a few times, and only once has it taken longer than this and that was just because there was lots of traffic, so it wasn't really their fault. However, most time they do come in under the 2 hours which is great. In Portsmouth they have two drop off / pick up points, 1 was in Portsmouth city center, the other being Portsmouth station, which is right in the bus station which is handy if you need to continue on from there.
There are also a few drop off / pick up points in Southampton.
-- The coaches --
I was really surprised with the coaches, they was really modern, and great looking. They have lovely, comfortable leather seats, which also recline, and have plenty of leg room. So no feeling cramped! Every time I have used Greyhound, there have always been plenty of seats and never overly busy.
Inside the coaches, you are offered free newspapers, which is great to stop you getting bored if you have forgotten something to read!
Also there is a free Wifi service and electricity plugs, so you can even bring your laptop along and have a little surf - which is fab!
-- My recommendation --
I have used these coaches a few times now, and I wouldn't hesitate to use them again. It's so much more comfortable, and cheaper than traveling by train, and the fact there is free Wi-fi and newspapers is great. At these prices, I'm sure they can't be beaten - where else can you travel that far for £1.50 these days?
Summary: Definitely the way to travel
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