We use cookie files to improve site functionality and personalisation. By continuing to use HUKD, you accept our cookie and privacy policy.
Close

Greyhound bus to launch in London with £1 fares to coast (Portsmouth and Southampton) with extra leg-room and FREE wi-fi , and free complimentary newspaper. £1.50

apalmaapalma

It is one of the most evocative names in transport, conjuring images of epic journeys under huge American skies.

Now the Greyhound bus is coming to Britain for the first time in its 95-year history although it will serve rather more prosaic routes between Victoria and the south coast.

FirstGroup, the British company that has owned Greyhound for the past two years, has decided to take on National Express and Stagecoach.

Hourly services between central London and Portsmouth and Southampton will start next month with prices starting from £1 plus a 50p booking fee. They will run from 5am to 9.30pm with a pick-up point just behind Victoria railway station.

Although the buses will not have the classic sleek aluminium lines of a vintage Silverside Greyhound they will be refurbished Skania coaches the operators promise a service to rival the train at a fraction of the price.

They also claim the vehicles will be more environmentally friendly than driving, with emissions per passengers more than 75 per cent less than a car.

The coaches will have extra leg-room, a power socket at each of the 41 seats, and FREE wi-fi to allow commuters to work, and free complimentary newspaper.

FirstGroup said the vast majority of seats on the two routes would be sold for under £10 one way, even at peak times, with a centre-to-centre journey time estimated at two hours. In the first months of operation about 10 to 15 per cent of tickets will be sold at £1.

If the Portsmouth and Southampton routes are successful a national Greyhound network is planned with longer distance London to Scotland services to rival the 317-mile New York to Pittsburgh journey which was the subject of Simon & Garfunkel's soulful ballad America.

TIP: Get the Best Deals In Your Inbox

or
841° Hot Cold

All Comments (36)

Jump to unread Post a Comment
1
    skyscraper101
    I used Greyhound in the US twice.

    Both times the bus broke down http://www.urban75.net/ubb/frown.gif
    Postcard
    skyscraper101
    I used Greyhound in the US twice.

    Both times the bus broke down http://www.urban75.net/ubb/frown.gif


    I waited an extra 4 hours for mine to turn up...only to find it was already full..

    Hopefully the UK service is a lot better!
    1Jim0
    1Jim04 years, 11 months ago #3Show comment tools Reply
    Does it go from Portsmouth to London?
    thepearce
    Hopefully this will be fairly quick and direct. Thanks.

    http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/transport/article6801505.ece
    - initial routes will be less than 2 hours.
    Adi2K7
    This would be ideal as I live in London and may be going to university in Portsmouth depending on my results tomorrow. HOT.
    Cyrus
    Cyrus4 years, 11 months ago #6Show comment tools Reply
    used greuhound many times in the us, perfect every time

    bring on Greyhound !!!!!!!! (although i will still travel in my BMW :) )
    dagbladet
    "Does it go from Portsmouth to London?"

    Doubt if they'd send them back empty.
    mrgentry
    Adi2K7
    This would be ideal as I live in London and may be going to university in Portsmouth depending on my results tomorrow. HOT.


    Good luck for your results :thumbsup:
    Gavin01
    be nice if its as good as it sounds
    bloaty
    This is not the first time one has been to the UK my brother in law took me to seeone at Southampton bus station back in the 80's we were told it could run on almost anything if it ran out of fuel :)
    mrhahn
    Power at your seat + wifi = hot from me! Hope they bring in some more routes to rival National Express.
    sunnypang55
    does it have air-conditioning onboard?
    deeplink
    Heat for the size of the bus....
    .... and the fact you get leg-room!!

    Wonder if the bog's are decent on them?
    simile
    Adi2K7
    This would be ideal as I live in London and may be going to university in Portsmouth depending on my results tomorrow. HOT.


    Tomorrow hopefully my results will tell me that I will be able to move away from Portsmouth! Btw the train from Portsmouth to London is about £31 return, so should save you quite a bit, although accomodation here is fairly reasonable.
    It is quite annoying that they start it just when I am about to move away.
    GAVINLEWISHUKD
    "Free complimentary newspaper" - I bet it's the Metro!
    halfpenny
    In the early 80's I used to travel around the US with Greyhound. Big leather seats that tilted back lots of legroom air con. It was a pleasant way to travel.

    If it was those sort of buses that would be good.

    Last time I travelled long distance here it was small hard plasticky seats no reclining no legroom little tables and was really uncomfortable.

    Yes it was reasonably cheap but not a comfy journey for a 12 hr run.

    So Greyhound yes if the buses are comfortable to travel in.
    wantthatone
    I work for a US company, we use the Greyhound buses to ship all our products. They are great! Super fast across the US.
    apalma
    I will take the kids on half term ...trip to the beach on the cheap (with free internet ...nice!)
    uberteeb
    The Greyhound buses I used in the US about 5 years ago were as cramped and crap as National Express in this country, oh and full of absolute fruitcakes. Not to mention the fact the bus stations were invariably located where the first thing your most likely to hear when disembarking is a gunshot.
    PhilK
    Very nice - if you live in Lahnden, Sarf'ampton or Portsmarf
    Hardly a national company, then ?

Post a Comment

You don't need an account to leave a comment. Just enter your email address. We'll keep it private.

I Approve
Your Comments On This Post
Comment Preview
Close

PRIVATE MESSAGE

Close
Sorry, you can’t currently send PMs. Once you’re a more active member of the forum, the PM service will be unlocked for you.
Welcome to HUKD!
Close
Join the Community