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The way to go if you prefer price to convenience....or reliability
Member Name: SF07
Advantages: Cheap prices
Disadvantages: Can run late
Megabus is a coach company that is run by the Stagecoach Group, who run several Stagecoach bus companies across the country along with East Midlands Trains and South West Trains, plus a stake in Virgin Trains. They provide a number of routes across the country and can be seen as an alternative to National Express.
The way to look at them is to think of them as the easyJet of coach travel. Prices for a ticket can start at £1 (but you'll need to book early to get them that cheap) plus 50p booking fee, and offer cheap coach travel. I have travelled on a number of occasions between Manchester and the North East have bought tickets for £6, although this has recently gone up to £10, £12 or £15. So, it has become a little less cheaper and bit closer to the equivalant National Express journey. Although, there will be other journeys that are significantly cheaper to the National Express alternative. Due to cheaper prices, you will find a lot of students using the service, particularly when they're travelling between home and university/college. So, be warned if you don't like students.
While price is a plus, a major problem for Megabus is reliability. They do have a tendancy to run late, particulary on long routes (Newcastle-Cardiff via Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham for example) and sometimes you can get held up as you wait for a driver change (1 hour wait in Leeds on one occasion). Another disadvantage is that occasionally mid-journey, they will have to pull over into a service station on the motorway to fill up with fuel, which can add about 10 minutes to your journey.
The coaches that Megabus do look like they were bought second-hand, as they're not new or modern coaches that you can find on National Express. As a result, comfort can be reduced depending on the coach used.
Another problem for Megabus is that they're not allowed to use the coach stations in the town/cities that they serve. While they will stop at bus stations in some places (in Manchester they stop at Shudehill Interchange, although they used to stop outside Chorlton Street coach station along with the X40/X41/X43/X44 bus services to Accrington/Blackburn or Burnley), in other places, they have to stop on the streets (in Leeds, they stop on Kirkgate, a couple of minutes walk away from both the bus/coach and railway stations and in Newcastle, they stop outside the train station).
As well as the normal Megabus services, they also provide Megabusplus, which a set of services that run from across Yorkshire to East Midlands Parkway railway station, where passengers transfer onto East Midlands Trains services to London, and also Megatrain, which is the same principle as Megabus of offering cheap tickets but on their train services.
In summary, Megabus is not a bad option if you want to get somewhere cheaply but please be prepared to wait, as it may not run to schedule.
Summary: Cheap but late
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