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National Express - cheaper for the average trip!
Member Name: McBeer
Advantages: Cheap, comfortable and clean coaches
Disadvantages: Can take a long time, may have long wait periods
I have used National Express many times for their coaches for any long distance travelling I've been doing across the country.
I originally decided to look into their coach trips after seeing that train prices for certain trips I needed to make were upto £100 per return. I then went to the webite to see what sort of prices there were for the coaches, and being £30 for a return, it was an easy choice being a third of the price.
The main downside of the coach trip was that it was to take a couple of hours longer than the train. However, if you do pick some trips, the trip can take many hours longer. It simply depends on what times you're avaliable to go.
The trips I have made have only had one change on the coach. This was at London Victoria. Both times I have only had to wait around for a maximum of 45mins. This was a good amount of time to stretch my legs, go to the toilet and get some lunch. I would warn you however, when booking your trip to look at the wait time, as I have noticed some trips can have upto a 3 hour wait time in London. This may be both an advantage or disadvantage to you however.
The coaches has always been comfortalbe for the trip, especially being they can be long sitting in the one same seat. Ive never really had any problems with discomfort. The bus drivers have always been pleasant, usually with a small joke every so often.
Ive happily used this service and will continue to while the bus train fares are so high.
Summary: For long distance trips, if you're happy to spend a bit longer, its a good saving.