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National Express 40% Off Code for £1.60 (Using code) at Groupon (Valid for UK Return fares)
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National Express 40% Off Code for £1.60 (Using code) at Groupon (Valid for UK Return fares)

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Posted 26th Oct 2019

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Appears to be a decent offer. You will need to generate your own 20% off unique voucher code here (valid on new and existing accounts). Please note this offer is not valid on airport routes.

Valid for standard single or return fare. Not valid for online **Restricted** fares or travel on Airport Routes or any other promotional fares, or in conjunction with a National Express Coachcard. Must be booked by 29 Feb 2020 and at least 1 day in advance of outbound travel. Offer is available on all days of the week and all departure times, but subject to availability and the excluded dates - the extended Christmas/New Year peak between 14 Dec 2019 - 3 Jan 2020 (both dates included). Not valid on airport routes, festivals and events or European services, any journey operated by a third party coach or bus company, or where accommodation, admission or ferry travel is included within the fare.



Validity: Valid 1 Nov 2019 - 31 Mar 2020. Must book by 29 Feb 2020.
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voted hot but strongly recommend to look at advance fares on the National express site first as these are usually 40% - 60% cheaper than standard fares anyway as i found out the hard way last year! . It seems to be useful for last minute bookings as these are generally more expensive. Also these standard fares give you the option to change your booking for a £5 fee should the need arise.Definitely an excellent deal with a little research!
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voted hot but strongly recommend to look at advance fares on the National express site first as these are usually 40% - 60% cheaper than standard fares anyway as i found out the hard way last year! . It seems to be useful for last minute bookings as these are generally more expensive. Also these standard fares give you the option to change your booking for a £5 fee should the need arise.Definitely an excellent deal with a little research!
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ogeran26/10/2019 12:53

voted hot but strongly recommend to look at advance fares on the National …voted hot but strongly recommend to look at advance fares on the National express site first as these are usually 40% - 60% cheaper than standard fares anyway as i found out the hard way last year! . It seems to be useful for last minute bookings as these are generally more expensive. Also these standard fares give you the option to change your booking for a £5 fee should the need arise.Definitely an excellent deal with a little research!


Also check if Easybus habe the same route cheaper. I think they just offer the airport routes but could be mistaken.
What are National Express coaches like nowadays? Better, worse or rather similar to Megabus?

I travelled via a Megabus earlier in the year from Cardiff to London. It departed on time and arrived at the destination only a few minutes late. Seemed fine, didn't have wifi on the coach I was on but had USB charging sockets for each seat. That is my only experience of using Megabus. I used getasnap going and the driver went to the wrong pick up point in London. Think he went to Euston instead of King's Cross and we arrived in Cardiff a couple of hours later than scheduled even though there were no traffic accidents or traffic jams. Although others on the coach seemed to think he took a long winded route around and in Cardiff

I need to travel the beginning of December near to Manchester and the train is several times dearer than getting a coach followed by a local train. Although taking a train all the way takes less than half the time.

My last experience of National Express was years ago. The coach I and others were supposed to get didn't turn up. The next scheduled coach, the driver wouldn't let us on, Then the one after that driver wasn't going to either but we eventually managed to get on and got to the final destination several hours after our coach should have got us there, The National Express office even shut when we sort help about our original coach not turning up. It occurred at Golders Green which was the first stop after London Victoria. Quite a major coach stop in those days and probably still is.
thetarget26/10/2019 14:10

What are National Express coaches like nowadays? Better, worse or rather …What are National Express coaches like nowadays? Better, worse or rather similar to Megabus? I travelled via a Megabus earlier in the year from Cardiff to London. It departed on time and arrived at the destination only a few minutes late. Seemed fine, didn't have wifi on the coach I was on but had USB charging sockets for each seat. That is my only experience of using Megabus. I used getasnap going and the driver went to the wrong pick up point in London. Think he went to Euston instead of King's Cross and we arrived in Cardiff a couple of hours later than scheduled even though there were no traffic accidents or traffic jams. Although others on the coach seemed to think he took a long winded route around and in Cardiff I need to travel the beginning of December near to Manchester and the train is several times dearer than getting a coach followed by a local train. Although taking a train all the way takes less than half the time.My last experience of National Express was years ago. The coach I and others were supposed to get didn't turn up. The next scheduled coach, the driver wouldn't let us on, Then the one after that driver wasn't going to either but we eventually managed to get on and got to the final destination several hours after our coach should have got us there, The National Express office even shut when we sort help about our original coach not turning up. It occurred at Golders Green which was the first stop after London Victoria. Quite a major coach stop in those days and probably still is.


Wow, you've definitely been in the wars as far as national express goes! I use them quite a bit Liverpool/Nottingham Manchester/Edinburgh also Liverpool/Manchester airport and various other journies in the past. As a rule they are fine (traffic permitting) . Just slow but the money saved helps! :-) Some but not all have charging points. I'd only advise caution if you're using national express as a link to a flight/train/connection if only because nobody can predict traffic and I've never arrived early yet at a destination. Overall I'd recommend
thetarget26/10/2019 14:10

What are National Express coaches like nowadays? Better, worse or rather …What are National Express coaches like nowadays? Better, worse or rather similar to Megabus? I travelled via a Megabus earlier in the year from Cardiff to London. It departed on time and arrived at the destination only a few minutes late. Seemed fine, didn't have wifi on the coach I was on but had USB charging sockets for each seat. That is my only experience of using Megabus. I used getasnap going and the driver went to the wrong pick up point in London. Think he went to Euston instead of King's Cross and we arrived in Cardiff a couple of hours later than scheduled even though there were no traffic accidents or traffic jams. Although others on the coach seemed to think he took a long winded route around and in Cardiff I need to travel the beginning of December near to Manchester and the train is several times dearer than getting a coach followed by a local train. Although taking a train all the way takes less than half the time.My last experience of National Express was years ago. The coach I and others were supposed to get didn't turn up. The next scheduled coach, the driver wouldn't let us on, Then the one after that driver wasn't going to either but we eventually managed to get on and got to the final destination several hours after our coach should have got us there, The National Express office even shut when we sort help about our original coach not turning up. It occurred at Golders Green which was the first stop after London Victoria. Quite a major coach stop in those days and probably still is.


I take the Cardiff-London route pretty regularly via National Express (heck i travelled down yesterday using them) I tend to find that whenever I have the choice between Megabus and National Express, I tend to use National Express. The main reason for this is that I find the "communication" to be a bit better...for example leaving Cardiff via Megabus, its a bus stop in the middle of town with no (visible) staff nearby and you will only know about a delay once its 15 minutes over and the driver has turned up to inform you.
With National Express, you are at the coach station in Sofia Gardens and you can easily ask the staff nearby about the latest updates on your coach. This is the same, I feel, at Victoria Coach station too. Granted this is just my experience on a single route, others will probably have better experiences with Megabus vs National Express.

Travel-time wise, they are pretty similar, I've had it with both services where they take the worst routes while in Cardiff and in London while other coach drivers have taken better routes...for example drivers going to North Road in Cardiff via Column road instead of turning left after the uni stop.

Coach wise, I prefer National Express coaches over Megabus as they tend to have Wi-Fi and USB charging and the seats are more comfortable and spacious in my opinion, although the one saving grace of Megabus is the flexibility of your ticket, if you cant travel on the date of booking, you can use the value of that ticket against another time whereas I believe you have to pay extra for that with National Express
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Used National Express on travel to airports and one or two over many years. Generally they have been ok. Had some coaches a bit late at destinations (if I can I book one that gets there a little early to allow for some delays). The Wi-Fi (via National Express app) worked on my last trip but did find it didnt seem to connect to some websites . You could also watch a limited number of Now tv programs via the app. Did have one coach (to London Victoria) several years ago that didn't turn up but managed to get on the next coach and managed to get some money back after sending a email complaint. There seems to be less discount vouchers for airport travel now though you can get some money back through some cashback sites (e.g Top Cashback).
Edited by: "thomas58" 26th Oct 2019
Does anyone know if the discount would work with National Express Glastonbury bookings? I don't want to buy the voucher then find out it doesn't..
EDIT : Just read the terms again, excludes festivals.
Edited by: "loaky" 26th Oct 2019
alex26099326/10/2019 15:09

I take the Cardiff-London route pretty regularly via National Express …I take the Cardiff-London route pretty regularly via National Express (heck i travelled down yesterday using them) I tend to find that whenever I have the choice between Megabus and National Express, I tend to use National Express. The main reason for this is that I find the "communication" to be a bit better...for example leaving Cardiff via Megabus, its a bus stop in the middle of town with no (visible) staff nearby and you will only know about a delay once its 15 minutes over and the driver has turned up to inform you.With National Express, you are at the coach station in Sofia Gardens and you can easily ask the staff nearby about the latest updates on your coach. This is the same, I feel, at Victoria Coach station too. Granted this is just my experience on a single route, others will probably have better experiences with Megabus vs National Express.Travel-time wise, they are pretty similar, I've had it with both services where they take the worst routes while in Cardiff and in London while other coach drivers have taken better routes...for example drivers going to North Road in Cardiff via Column road instead of turning left after the uni stop.Coach wise, I prefer National Express coaches over Megabus as they tend to have Wi-Fi and USB charging and the seats are more comfortable and spacious in my opinion, although the one saving grace of Megabus is the flexibility of your ticket, if you cant travel on the date of booking, you can use the value of that ticket against another time whereas I believe you have to pay extra for that with National Express




They;re OK with comfortable seating. Just dont expect the WiFi to be any good.
loaky26/10/2019 21:00

Does anyone know if the discount would work with National Express …Does anyone know if the discount would work with National Express Glastonbury bookings? I don't want to buy the voucher then find out it doesn't.. EDIT : Just read the terms again, excludes festivals.



Yes I think in recent years most vouchers exclude airport and festival/event travel. Probably be able to get about 5% cashback from Top Cashback/Quidco . Also if you have a current account with Lloyds (possibly some other banks (e.g Halifax) as well) you can sometimes get cashback offers from National Express through their online offers.
Edited by: "thomas58" 26th Oct 2019
Another tip use your tesco club card to book
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Nice find thank you
I'm going to London for the marathon, do we think it would work for that trip? I'll take a look......
katymabel27/10/2019 00:19

I'm going to London for the marathon, do we think it would work for that …I'm going to London for the marathon, do we think it would work for that trip? I'll take a look......




Valid 1 Nov 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 so unfortunately not
thetarget26/10/2019 14:10

What are National Express coaches like nowadays? Better, worse or rather …What are National Express coaches like nowadays? Better, worse or rather similar to Megabus? I travelled via a Megabus earlier in the year from Cardiff to London. It departed on time and arrived at the destination only a few minutes late. Seemed fine, didn't have wifi on the coach I was on but had USB charging sockets for each seat. That is my only experience of using Megabus. I used getasnap going and the driver went to the wrong pick up point in London. Think he went to Euston instead of King's Cross and we arrived in Cardiff a couple of hours later than scheduled even though there were no traffic accidents or traffic jams. Although others on the coach seemed to think he took a long winded route around and in Cardiff I need to travel the beginning of December near to Manchester and the train is several times dearer than getting a coach followed by a local train. Although taking a train all the way takes less than half the time.My last experience of National Express was years ago. The coach I and others were supposed to get didn't turn up. The next scheduled coach, the driver wouldn't let us on, Then the one after that driver wasn't going to either but we eventually managed to get on and got to the final destination several hours after our coach should have got us there, The National Express office even shut when we sort help about our original coach not turning up. It occurred at Golders Green which was the first stop after London Victoria. Quite a major coach stop in those days and probably still is.


My wife has used them a couple of times recently between London and Nottingham. She said that both times, the coach used to take her to Nottingham was old and knackered, but the coach leaving around the same time which went to Mansfield (and perhaps beyond, I don't know) looked like a much newer and better vehicle. Service ran well though, so no grumbles about that, it just sounds like their fleet is a mixed bag of old / new vehicles.
ogeran26/10/2019 12:53

voted hot but strongly recommend to look at advance fares on the National …voted hot but strongly recommend to look at advance fares on the National express site first as these are usually 40% - 60% cheaper than standard fares anyway as i found out the hard way last year! . It seems to be useful for last minute bookings as these are generally more expensive. Also these standard fares give you the option to change your booking for a £5 fee should the need arise.Definitely an excellent deal with a little research!


So does this mean the 40% discount does not apply to advance tickets bought like a month before travel which are a lot cheaper than buying a day in advance?
I used National express to take me to manc airport. Journey/time was reasonable, didn't have to pay any airport parking fee's and took directly to the airport entrance
Booked and with 16% cashback on TCB
A good tip for airport trips is to buy on Easybus. The trips are actually supplied by National Express, £1.99 from airports to central London. No thats not a typo. I suggest to buy each ticket separately as Easybus increases prices cheekily when you book 2x or more people.
Edited by: "jinkssick" 27th Oct 2019
Shishir_Gurung27/10/2019 01:38

So does this mean the 40% discount does not apply to advance tickets …So does this mean the 40% discount does not apply to advance tickets bought like a month before travel which are a lot cheaper than buying a day in advance?


No, it only applies to standard tickets. And as you probably already know advance fares a month ahead will be 40% - 60% cheaper than standard fares anyway. This deal would be okay for last minute bookings though.
Edited by: "ogeran" 27th Oct 2019
ogeran27/10/2019 08:43

No, it only applies to standard tickets. And as you probably already know …No, it only applies to standard tickets. And as you probably already know advance fares a month ahead will be 40% - 60% cheaper than standard fares anyway. This deal would be okay for last minute bookings though.


Thank you
Standard booking only ffs, I save only £1.16 on my journey then I would pay on restricted fare, meaning I lose 44p. Nice
Saif_Rahman27/10/2019 12:57

Standard booking only ffs, I save only £1.16 on my journey then I would …Standard booking only ffs, I save only £1.16 on my journey then I would pay on restricted fare, meaning I lose 44p. Nice


True. Research required first. To be fair Saif I bought this deal myself last year and ended up not using it (and losing the money) as it worked out cheaper to book the advance fares. It's potentially good for last moment bookings, or if it's a minimal price difference between advance and standard bookings as you have the option to rebook if you need to.
Just a heads up that the Metro 20% off discount expires at midnight
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Have used National Express busses 3-4 times every year for past 11 years. never had any problem.
my latest trip was yesterday from bournemouth to london. all smooth.
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