NATIONAL EXPRESS COACHES

National Express Ltd is the UKs major coach service provider running a network of routes through Britain to over 1000 destinations. The destinations include large cities, small towns and popular destinations such as the major airports. They are actually the largest scheduled coach service provider in Europe. More than 16 million people use national Express each and every year. National Express Ltd are actually part of the larger National Express group whose companies include a number of train and bus services not just in the UK but worldwide. The companies roots go back to 1968 when it brought a number of independent operators under one brand, the National Bus Company (NBC). In 1974 the company was re-branded as National Express.

Most services have an onboard WC and and many also have NX TV. NX is the short form way of writing of National Express. For handicap facilities look for the WH symbol next to the route you choosing for coaches that have facilities for 1 wheelchair.

Its worth noting that children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult fare paying passenger.


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Information
For detailed information on the most popular routes see:
National Express Routes into London
Heathrow to Gatwick
Heathrow to Luton
Heathrow to Stansted
Gatwick to Luton
Gatwick to Stansted
Stansted to Luton


Hotel Hoppa Shuttle Bus
The company also run some of the popular airport shuttle bus services which they call the Hoppa Bus. The Heathrow Hotel Hoppa being one (serving hotels around Heathrow Airport) and the Gatwick Hotel Hoppa another.

National Express - Heathrow to London
National Express run most of the coach services from Heathrow Airport. From terminals 1,2 and 3 make your way over the Central Bus Station to locate the stand for your required national express service. All trips into London are from the central Bus station between terminals 1,2 and 3. From terminals 4 and 5 you can use the service of the Heathrow Express train which is free between terminals or the local bus routes which are free within the airport..
You can purchase coach/bus tickets directly at the bus and coach station information desks and the station is open 24/7.
Coaches into central London run from around 5am till 21.30.
All coaches have a toilet on board and some have a TV also.
Most London bound National Express coaches use stand 15 at the Central Coach Station.

The main coach and bus station for routes into London from other towns and Cities is at Victoria Station. This is also the the central point for making connections out of central London again. From Heathrow all the coaches make their way into London along the A4 and terminate at Victoria. Coaches stop at Earls Court for passengers who have hand luggage only. For all other London connections you will need to transfer at Victoria coach station onto the appropriate bus. When you purchase your ticket at Heathrow it will be a through ticket to include all transfers.

National Express make the following connections within London. Don't forget almost all will require you to transfer at Victoria Station onto the appropriate connecting service.
Expect your coach journey into Victoria to take around 40-80 minutes.

Fares and booking
Normal adult fares apply for ages 16 to 59. There is a flexible fare structure where booking further in advance mean cheaper prices but this is only of a big difference on certain routes. Most routes have little difference in the flexible fare structure. When you book online you will receive an E-ticket, this means a copy of the ticket is emailed to you that you can then print out. if you want to reserve a particular seat then you will need to specify a coach departure time and if you miss that slot your seat wont be a reserved one on the next coach available.

Children 0 to 3:
One child under 3 years of age may travel free for each fare paying passenger over the age of 16.
The child may sit on your lap OR
0-18 months: can travel in a rear facing child seat.
18-36 months: can travel in a forward facing child seat.
You must provide the child seat
Children 3 to 15: Count as child fares

Discounts Available For:
Senior and Disabled with suitable Coachcards for 30% off all fares.
Family 1plus1 Coachcard
Family 2plus2 Coachcard
young persons coachard (16-26)
offers

How to use the National Express search facility.
There are two ways to search. The first option is the default mode of the search form. In this mode you will have drop down boxes for both the pickup and destination stops. These are the most popular routes on the network. However for the full list of stops and option we would advise using the form where you can input your own pickup and destination stops. This is labelled as click here for more locations just above the pickup box on the default search form.

On certain low key stops between major stops you can only take off hand luggage when disembarking. Check that you can take off hold luggage if stopping at minor stops as opposed to major stops and bus stations.

WHAT YOU CAN TAKE WITH YOU
2 medium sized suitcases up to 20 kg a piece plus one piece of hand luggage. Its worth noting that your bags are not physically weighed therefore don't fret too much about being a couple of ounces over.
lightweight manual wheelchairs are fine if they will fit in the luggage hold and do not weigh more than 20kgs.

WHAT YOU CANNOT TAKE WITH YOU
perishable items
fragile items
anything with sharp or protruding edges
Any weapons
Drugs or solvents (other than medicines)
Live or dead animals (except for assistance animals such as guide dogs)
Fish or insects
Battery powered wheelchairs/disabled scooters
Surfboards
Prams
Non folding pushchairs
Non folding bicycles

National Express make the following connections within London. Don't forget almost all will require you to transfer at Victoria Station onto the appropriate connecting service.
Aldgate
Baker St / Gloucester Place, George Street
Baker Street station, Marylebone Road
Bank, Cornhill (hand luggage only)
Blackfriars, Queen Victoria St, nr rail stn, (hand luggage only)
Bow, near Bow Church DLR station,
Canary Wharf, Canada Square,
Chiswick, Hogarth roundabout, Axis Centre
Chiswick, Sutton Court Rd, Town Hall,
Earls Court, opp tube station, (hand luggage only)
Elephant and Castle, New Kent Road,
Embankment, nr Embankment Pier (hand luggage only)
Euston, bus station
Finchley Road, Tube stn
Golders Green, LT bus station,
Great Portland Street station
Hammersmith, Hammersmith Bridge Rd,
Holland Park station, Holland Park Avenue
Hyde Park Corner (hand luggage only, excluding A6 services)
Hyde Park Place, Bayswater Road,
Kensington, Gloucester Road LT station (hand luggage only)
Kings Cross, York Way,
Lancaster Gate station, Bayswater Road,
Leinster Terrace, Bayswater Road
Lewisham, (towards Kent: High St, outside Police Station),
Liverpool St stn
Marble Arch (for 103 service), Oxford St, nr Old Quebec St
Marble Arch, Park Lane (hand luggage only)
Marylebone, Baker Street / Gloucester Place, (hand luggage only, excl A2/A6)
Mile End (hand luggage only)
New Cross Gate
Notting Hill Gate station,
Piccadilly Circus, Regent St, stop C / stop G,
Pimlico, Bessborough Street
Putney (hand luggage only)
Queensway station
Russell Square, Bedford Place,
Russell Square, Woburn Place
Shepherds Bush, Kensington Hilton,
St Johns Wood, Park Rd.
St Pancras station
Stockwell
Stratford
Tower Hill
Trafalgar Square, Northumberland Avenue,
Victoria
Wandsworth
Westminster, Millbank, nr Thames House,
WHAT IF YOU MISS YOUR TICKET DEPARTURE TIME?
Should you miss your booked departure time and date specified on your ticket you may amend for a later departure for a further fee, Subject to availability. Most airports have a National Express desk to facilitate ticket amendments.

GO TO THE NATIONAL EXPRESS WEBSITE>>>Default search form
>>>to/from Airports
>>>Timetables for each major start point

Special Offers
>>>30% off all journeys with 60s coachcard



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