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. - HotUKDeals
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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.
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#1
I used Greyhound in the US twice.

Both times the bus broke down http://www.urban75.net/ubb/frown.gif
#2
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!
#3
Does it go from Portsmouth to London?
#4
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.
#5
This would be ideal as I live in London and may be going to university in Portsmouth depending on my results tomorrow. HOT.
#6
used greuhound many times in the us, perfect every time

bring on Greyhound !!!!!!!! (although i will still travel in my BMW :) )
#7
"Does it go from Portsmouth to London?"

Doubt if they'd send them back empty.
#8
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:
#9
be nice if its as good as it sounds
#10
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 :)
#11
Power at your seat + wifi = hot from me! Hope they bring in some more routes to rival National Express.
#12
does it have air-conditioning onboard?
#13
Heat for the size of the bus....
.... and the fact you get leg-room!!

Wonder if the bog's are decent on them?
#14
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.
#15
"Free complimentary newspaper" - I bet it's the Metro!
#16
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.
#17
I work for a US company, we use the Greyhound buses to ship all our products. They are great! Super fast across the US.
#18
I will take the kids on half term ...trip to the beach on the cheap (with free internet ...nice!)
#19
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.
#20
Very nice - if you live in Lahnden, Sarf'ampton or Portsmarf
Hardly a national company, then ?
#21
Wifi on a bus? Nice.
#22
"It is one of the most evocative names in transport, conjuring images of epic journeys under huge American skies."

Greyhound buses generally conjur up images of crack heads and hoes in American minds.

Having said that, cant be any worse than National Express, extremely uncomfortable coaches driven by mentally unstable folk
#23
the boss was on bbc breakfast this morning, said that they're not aiming for the 'blue collar worker type' that Greyhound in the US is for, but more for business travellers and students (?? odd combo, but whatever)
so you'd hope it's be comfy enough.
if it ever come north of the border it'll have to be fecking spectacular to get me off the train :p
banned#24
Adi2K7
This would be ideal as I live in London and may be going to university in Portsmouth depending on my results tomorrow. HOT.
banned 1 Like #25
you can go by train for £3 from london victoria to portsmouth if you book at southernrailway.com :) takes 2 hours, every hour throughout the day....
#26
richardderbys
you can go by train for £3 from london victoria to portsmouth if you book at southernrailway.com :) takes 2 hours, every hour throughout the day....


Wow never knew that, I've just had a look and it is a very good deal! Thanks for sharing that - rep!
#27
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.



Sorry to hear that. Years ago Greyhound were comfortable buses to travel in.

I did find the LA Greyhound station was in a bad area but places like Boston New York and Wash DC the locations were fine for me.
Never heard any guns going off.



And in the US the travelling distances can be huge so cramped seats doesn't sound good.
#28
Postcard
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!


The same for me but with the nasty national express coaches
#29
Greyhound?
Yuck
#30
can you get them from portsmouth or southampton back to london though?
#31
extra leg-room


Useful for those of us with extra legs. Voted hot.
#32
Took the Greyhound bus in the good ole "US of A" back in '87 and was utterly underwhelmed at how basic these buses were - he'll I'd seen them in movies and TV shows and thought they were supposed to be part of the great Americana excess plan - NOT!

National Express - would never travel with them again after taking the bus down from Edinburgh to London overnight about 11 years ago and the **** of a driver kept falling asleep at the wheel :x

Best bus I ever took was in Taiwan - took the bus (grudgingly) from Taipei to Taichung when the driver failed to collect me from the airport :x Was very pleasantly surprised to find sofa like seats (in a weird lurid green colour) and TV screens showing movies etc :thumbsup:

They should bring those Tawain buses to the UK and they'd clean up :w00t:
#33
please join in my campaign for leonard cohen to be appropriately acknowledged :

http://www.leonardcohenforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=16980&p=189503&hilit=greyhound#p189503
#34
sashicee
"It is one of the most evocative names in transport, conjuring images of epic journeys under huge American skies."

Greyhound buses generally conjur up images of crack heads and hoes in American minds.

Having said that, cant be any worse than National Express, extremely uncomfortable coaches driven by mentally unstable folk


I know what you mean

Since May I've travelled twice on Nat Express (first time in 10 years) and both drivers were comically hostile to the passengers all throughout the journeys without any provocation; is this longstanding or just since the debacle with their East Coast Main Line franchise? Seriously i'd give Greyhound a chance if they can expand the routes
banned#35
rossjamesparker
Useful for those of us with extra legs. Voted hot.


by the looks of your profile pic you dont have any legs :whistling:
#36
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