The Megabus coach company is a part of the Stagecoach groups. In addition to operating in the UK, it also provides destinations in Germany, France and other European countries. Megabus UK is one of the markets leading intercity coach operator in the UK providing budget travelling. Megabus was first launched in the UK in 2003 and it offers Megabus tickets are available from £1(plus 50p booking fee) during the promo period all across the UK. It links over 90 locations providing high quality and low cost travel all throughout the UK. It uses most modern coaches and responsible for carrying more than 5 million passengers every year.
Megabus started operating in August 2003, initially only in the UK. Later they expanded their services to Europe and now it operates in North America as well. The Megabus services to Scotland are due to the joint venture of Scottish Citylink and Megabus. Some of its services are linked with Megatrains, which is also operated by Stagecoach. They have over 90 destinations in UK, to name the few popular destinations:
For service efficiency Megabus sometimes uses coachway interchanges instead of using the urban bus stations, like using Meadowhall interchange instead of using Sheffield Interchange. Few of the stop locations are:
Taking a step further they have introduced luxury bus journey know as Megabus Gold services. In 2009, Megabus.com also started operating megatrain.com, which is low cost train service in the UK, offering tickets as cheap as £1(plus 50p booking fee) during the promo period all across the UK. The services of Megabus and Megatrain combined were launched in 2009 and are called megabusplus.com provides through journey from one destination to another. Megatrain links over 60 destinations in the UK on the South West trains and East Midlands train routes, both operated by Stagecoach. Services are only available from Monday to Saturday, with no services on Sunday and public holidays.
In 2012, Megabus UK began the cross-nation services, with services linking the UK with Europe, like from Birmingham and London to Paris and from Leicester and London to Brussels and Amsterdam. Later in 2013 they started the route between Cologne, Brussels, Gent and London.
In 2006, Megabus introduced intercity bus services in US and Canada, providing cheapest intercity travel, operating at point-to-point network of routes, so as less stops are made by the busses en route to their destinations.
How Accessible Are The Megabus Stations?
Travelling by bus can sometimes become a daunting task, due to the inaccessible bus stations. Megabus makes things easier for the travellers as the Megabus stations are easily accessible by public transport. London Victoria coach station is situated on the intersection of Buckingham Palace road and Elizabeth Street. It is located 440 yards from the Victoria Underground station, which is well connected by Circle lines, District lines and Victoria lines underground.
How to Get Reservations Done?
To book a seat and check the destinations can easily be done by the Megabus timetables which are available from the Megabus website. For a selected date and destination, the timetable also shows the duration of the journey and the various Megabus stations it will be stopping.
Lowest Rate and Best Services
Megabus UK provides completely ticketless bus services to various destinations at a price as cheap as £1(plus 50p booking fee), to the first or initial customer that purchase the tickets for that trip on a first come first serves basis. The £1 is the promo rate, which anybody can avail if the tickets are booked well in advance. They use a yield management model, where lowest fare is offered for booking early tickets and less popular journey routes. Mainly the first six seats are sold for £1. Megabus do charge more for the premium schedules and as the seats starts getting reserved. It also runs certain promotional offer for free seats providing more value for money. They try to fill their seats during the off-peak times when is the best time to get the best deal. To reduce the delays, services often use out of town coach interchanges.
Within the UK, passengers even not required to carry any printed copy of their reservation, confirmation email or SMS messages can serve the purpose. Megabus.com also provides third party insurance in accordance to legal responsibility. It endeavours to ensure that all of its vehicles have toilet facilities on board, are air-conditioned and heating facilities. Luggage weighing 20kgs maximum, and standard luggage size is allowed by the bus service.
Megabus also provides facilities for the disable passengers. If you use wheelchair or scooter for day-to-day life and you are able to climb few steps then the driver will help you to your seat and they will store your wheelchair or the scooter in the luggage bay. However, if you normally use wheelchair and you need to remain in it for the trip then we suggest you not to buy the tickets, instead please contact +44 141 332 9644 for further assistance.
Megabus provides cheapest ticketless, on time travel between two cities. It is one of the most cost effective options to travel and which provides basic amenity like on board toilet and reclining seats.
The Megabus fleet can be identified as the megabus.com name is highlighted on the front and the sides in yellow against the blue base, with the Megabus logo on the left side of the coaches (facing forward), and rear of the bus.
In 2009 Megabus added new Van Hool Astromega double decker coaches, which is currently used between London to Scotland via Manchester. In November 2011, they started daily services as due to the popular demands of the passengers. They used the modified Volvo B10M articulated coaches, which has Jonckheere bodywork. In 2013 Megabus introduced the new Plaxton Elite I coaches that has 20% extra capacity then the normal coaches. It also includes 15m long 63-seat coaches of Plaxton Panther body Volvo B12BT.