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May take a while but at least you'll arrive!
Member Name: steveny
Date: 29/11/01, updated on 29/11/01 (137 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap, Freindly, easy
Okay so maybe it isn't the stylish form of transport that the cheif executives are gonna use but for everyday city travellers and people visiting their relatives it's perfect.
I travel frequently on their Manchester to Glasgow route and have only ever had one bad journey and thats cause I was sat next t a really big person who made it quite uncomfortable. It takes around 4 1/2 hours from Manchester Lever St. Station into Glasgow Buchanan St. Station and the bus stops at Preston, Carlisle, Tebay Services, Hamilton and then Glasgow so not too many really. When the first moved to Lever St. Station they also ran a direct bus from Manchester to Glasgow which took approximately 3 1/2 hours which was excellent. just enough time to have a couple of hours kip. Now they are running the 538 which goes to glasgow but also goes onto Inverness.
I have travelled by Train before a lot aswell and used to swear by it as it was quick and efficient, but thats before I was going upto Scotland and the train was cancelled and they were offering no alternatives to me until my Girlfriend asked and the guy was very helpful and told us we needed to go to York and then upto Edinburgh, which we did, and 7 1/2 hours later we arrived. On the way back it took 8 hours and the same route. So I tend to avoid rail travel now aswell as it being extortionately priced.
The best thing about National Express is their website www.Gobycoach.co.uk which offers wide range of services and a great destination planner and gives you all the details about discount cards and travel prices for groups etc.
The staff are helpful and freindly and on the bus you can get help and advice from the driver. The coaches are clean and have toilet facilities if your brave enough to use them but at least their still there in case of an emergency. The coach is comfortable enough if you can get the double seat to yourself it's perfect. But travelling by coach can also give the adde
d bonus of meeting some really interesting people.
I would definetly recommend the coach as the best way to travel round the country and at only £17 return from Manchester to Glasgow for me you can see why I'm happy.
I was pleased to find out that they run buses on Xmas eve and Boxing Day which is perfect as I work the day before christmas eve and after boxing day and need to travel those days. Definetly look at their website you might find a bargain you'd be interested in.
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