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Megabus - good value for money.
Member Name: rockinrach08
Date: 18/05/11, updated on 22/08/13 (225 review reads)
Advantages: cheap, national, more scenic route than trains,
Disadvantages: traffic can slow the journey, not handy for everyone
Megabus offer low-price inter-city travel throughout the UK. Prices start at £1 (plus 50p booking fee) which are available if you book in advance enough. Even if you do not get the £1 rate, the prices are still cheaper than other options such as a train. Of course you are more limited to where the megabus will take you.
-- Booking --
To book your journey (or to check available journeys/ prices) you use the feature on the Megabus homepage. It is simple to use however, I often find it to be an annoyance when I am looking for journeys not occuring within the month I am booking them. The website momentarily freezes while it gets the month, the calender disappears and you have to click it open again. It is a small annoyance but it should be smoother. You are then able to select the journey you want and check the prices before paying. You are given reference numbers for your journey which must be taken when you travel. I have never had an issue with reference numbers.
Booking is very simple and all done over the internet. I have never had an issue with booking any journeys.
-- The Journey --
I have made many journeys using the megabus. From as short as Dundee to Edinburgh to the 5am bus reaching between Edinburgh and London. In all cases the journey has been seamless. Yes, sometimes traffic does get in the way but that is hardly the fault of the company and a fact of life when travelling by road. This should be a factor when deciding whether to use megabus for your needs, especially if there is somewhere you have to be for a specific time (i.e. airport/ train station).
The buses are no frills and if you are on a long journey it can get a little uncomfortable. However there is plenty of space and you can store hand luggage in the compartment above. Larger items of luggage are stored under the bus, arranged by where your stop is.
It will depend on what route you are taking as to whether you get the chance to get out for a breather. On my journey from Edinburgh to London we did get the chance to get out at Manchester and on the way back we had 2 stops. This was okay for me as I slept most of the way anyway.
I have found most drivers to be pleasant and have never had an issue with them. Some, naturally, are more friendly than others. But no complaints there.
-- Overall --
I would recommend using Megabus. Don't expect anything too fancy for your price and you will be okay. They are very cheap and get you to many places around Britain. In fact, I have a long journey next month with them. A cheap alternative to rail travel and other national bus companies. Definitely worth a try.
I haven't used Megabus in a while as they have not gone the places I need to get to and the train is my preferred method of getting about the country (I do this surprisingly a lot).
Summary: A cheap alternative to other bus companies and rail travel.
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