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Megabus - Cheap and cheerful travel
Member Name: oinkjames
Advantages: Amazingly cheap fares
Disadvantages: Coach seats not allocated. Not all of UK is covered.
I had often seen the Megabus when driving on the motorway but it wasn't until I took up early retirement eighteen months ago that I actually started using them. Having more time on my hands, a passion for travel and being on a fixed income I found that this service really suits my requirements.
Firstly, to book a trip is really easy, simply register online at megabus.co.uk, then select the date you want to travel and you are shown all the available journeys for that day. Select the one you want and proceed to checkout, once paid for you will receive a reservation number which you need to take with you to show the driver when you board the bus. This is also emailed to you as confirmation and there is the option to add your mobile phone number and you will then get the reservation number via text as well. On certain journeys there is the opportunity to travel by train eg Sheffield to London. On trains you will get an allocated seat number unlike the coaches which is first come first served. The beauty of the train is that you can have the smug feeling of taking exactly the same journey as fellow passengers and probably paying a third or less of the normal rail fare. A journey from Sheffield to London on 29th August 2013 can be had from as little as £10 on the train and an even cheaper £4 on the coach! This is the main advantage of megabus - it is incredibly cheap.
You may think the cheap prices are reflected in old, tatty coaches but it is not the case. All the ones I have been on have had air conditioning and a toilet. Sure, there are no frills or drinks machine available but if you want to get around the country cheaply you can't go far wrong with this company.
Summary: For cheap travel around the country