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Is it worth it to save a few pennies?
Share your hilarious Megabus experiences below.
I looked into getting the Megabus to London from Newport for Pavement but the timings are a bit shit and it worked out cheaper to pre-book seats and times for the train anyway.
it's utter hell. I got in an argument with the driver while sitting at the back of the bus in the last hour. Shouting back and forth in a packed bus, pretty funny.
so I spent like 5 hours on the floor at the back (which was wet, I had to sacrifice some clothes to lay on, just left them shits on the bus). the reason I was on the floor is because the guy who sat next to me while I was on a seat fucking STUNK. stupid prick kept leaning into me like I was his mother, utterly STINKING. I'm talking vomit worthy stink here. so I said fuck you got up and sat on the floor at the back. anyway, the stupid driver knew I was there the entire time but because he was just entering the city and the traffic was bad, he was getting stressed. so that's when he decided to start on me. he shouted that I get the hell off what I was on and go sit in a seat, I said there are no seats. repeat. anyway, everyone had woken up now by this point and some selfish prick that was using a seat next to them to hold their bag decided to move it all and I sat there.
Wight? Man? Arran?
and a bit more comfortable.
and they have free wifi on some of their services.
wifi y'say? noted.
Megabus is £27 return, which is pretty horny if you ask me.
National Express is at least as expensive, usually cheaper than Megabus.
And 5 hours on a bus really isn't bad as long as you've charged your ipod/mp3 player, and maybe brought a book/magazine, a couple of snacks...
I can really enjoy it if i've stuck on my mp3 player a load of new/not-much-listened-to music to get into in relative comfort.
If you go into lockdown.
I took what was meant to be a 4.5hr from Manchester to London which took 8 because the driver kept getting lost and going back on himself. Never, ever again.
Hi, I'm The Driver formerly known as Prince, and this is the X65 service from from Manchester to London. Journey time should be approximately 4.5 hours...
similarly, the driver didn't know the motorway was shut, so we crawled in traffic to two different junctions, and then drove very slowly through Newcastle-under-Lyme for a long time. i think it took nine hours, and the only time we stopped was when we were an hour outside London, and that was just for five minutes. awful awful awful.
and is £60 more expensive you actual spacker
Hire a van?
and just try and book them up as soon in advance as possible....and well, that normally does me fine
2x 24 hours.
I hate coaches
during the ash cloud earlier in the year. We were due to fly from Tel Aviv > London > Glasgow, but that didn't happen, so the best we could get was to fly to Rome, then get a bus from there all the way to Glasgow. Took about 36 hours. Was shit. But the good part was that for the first 6 hours or so we were in the local football team's bus (Frosinone Calcio) which was swanky as.
But still - 46 hours in a bus = shit.
I used to take national express coaches a lot. Any time you wanted to go anywhere at all in the north of england you seemed to have to travel through the centre of Birmingham on the way.
The furthest I ever went was Glasgow which I think took 11 hours.
Do it if the difference between the cost of the train and the coach is a lot.
saving yourself a few hours discomfort isn't worth £60. And trains can be pretty annoying and stressful too.
and it was a 2 hour journey each way....but I GENUINELY loved it!!
I got a National Express coach from London to Blackpool. The bus broke down at Swiss Cottage and we waited 3 hours for a replacement to turn up. While waiting at Swiss Cottage on the pavement, Emma Thompson and her actor fella walked past.
Anyway, bus arrives in Blackpool about 7 hours late at 3am. Dad is picking me up and proceeds to bollock me for being late. So I tell him to shove his lift and walk the 9 miles home, taking about 2.5 hours.
countless times on the megabus. excruciately boring but not as horrifying as most middle class types will make out. i think my only megabus story ever in the 100+ hours spent on them, is the driver saying "the megabus service to manchester.... ONLY JOKING".
but yeah, probably worth the money. couldnt even imagine taking a train unless it was booked very far in advance
But see below for what put me off them
i miss my YP railcard :'(
gonna start looking at booking trains when i'm aware of my timetable
and i never know what shifts me or my bf work so if i go down to see him or whtever i have to book last minute. train travel is criminally expensive whereas coach will never cost more than a tenner. but is a bit inconvenient.
ARRIVING IN APPROX 9 MONTHS"
"ANYONE FANCY A GAME OF BLIND DATE?"
"LOOK WE'RE ON TV! LET'S SEE HOW CLOSE I CAN GET TO THAT VAN"
best nxpress trip evah
Got on, didn't seem too bad.
Then we got to Sheffield where it combined with the Sheffield service.
It was packed and absolute hellish
Some massive bloke sits down next to me, squashing me against the window. He opens his bag and he pulls out hotdog after hotdog wrapped in film out of his bag. He then produces a bottle of ketchup and a bottle of mustard. He proceeds to eat them like he's at a Roman orgy.
After finishing them he fell asleep and started having nightmares.
National Express are a lot better
Surprised he wasn't.
Adding to the grimness
WILL EVERYONE STOP SUGGESTING THIS PLEASE.
I'd suggest you just take a National Express coach somewhere else. Sheffield is a bit crap too, after all.
and i said i'd visit him
selling crisps and teeeeeeeeeeeeaaa
Can't believe it took this long.
is your car broken?
I have to get the National Express to Edinburgh next month. I looked into getting the train but the cheapest I could find for the evening I want to was, uh, £99 one way.
So I'm getting the coach. Leaves 11:30pm, arrives about 7:30am. Brutal.
i move down on the 25th
but will be working here for another 6/7/8 months.
I'd left booking tickets to the Play Off final late, so trains were busy already. Meaning Megabus was the only viable alternative.
Trip there, lush. Tellies in the ceiling, comfy chairs, not overbooked. Really really good.
Journey back. An ordeal. The first 3 buses out were packed so we had no transport. After a half hour wait, an old local double decker bus turned up. No storage for bags, no leg room, not enough seats. People were standing on the top deck from Cardiff to London Victoria.
But worst of all, they'd converted what was the luggage area into a makeshift loo. But it was fucked. Not a bit fucked, TOTALLY fucked. Faeces flowing up the aisle, smell reeking out. And we didn't stop at a services for 3 hours, which after a day of drinking is bad news.
I'm sure it was a one off nightmare, but yeah... I'd rather pay the extra £5 since JUST IN CASE.
For like a quid, and trains > busses
it's alright. you get used to it. sometimes there are crazies. NEVER sit next to the toilet, always take some booze, charge your phone and take a good book.
I've done Cardiff-London many times and don't have any complaints. I've never had to sit next to anyone (bonus) never been late. I've even been let on without any proof of purchase because I'd accidentally deleted the text message (it was an empty coach that time, mind). They're also good places to catch up on good books. No complaints at all really.
this one time nestor and i got let on for free from sheffield cos we missed the last bus and couldn't buy tickets.
that driver was a dude.
11 hours of bleeeeurgh, but i reckon 5 wouldn't be too bad.
it took something obscene like 13 hours
once i got a bus from marseille to barcelona for 7 hours, but foreign buses are probably more fun
i quite like long bus journeys tbh
When it first started they were actual double decker buses with no storage for bags. I traveled on one of those a few times, that was loads of LOLZ.
I was coming home from Manchester once and a woman next to me was weeping for 80% of the journey. I was hungover to fuck so it didn't help.
Otherwise I don't really mind them. The longest coach journey I had was 13 hours over night in Egypt.
The driver left the door open the whole time (or there was a gap somewhere) meaning my ankles were really fucking cold with the night winds blowing in.
Thick woollen socks and heavy boots hadn't been on my packing list.
I've only ever done Perth - Manchester, thinking that was bad enough, but there was some folks on there doing Inverness - London, think it was about 14 hours, so grim.
Worst I've ever done was in Thailand going from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. 12 hours on a Thai person sized seat, with a toilet that I couldn't even stand up in, had to have my head at a 90 degree angle. Also, pretty grim.
I'm calling shenanigans!
It's a good'un, too.
usually with another 1.5 hour train journey at the other end
Its not that bad but it feels awful when its 3 in the morning and you've been on the bus for 4 hours and you realise you havn't slept and you probably won't till 6am where you'll finally nod off when the bus slows down and reaches a temperature which isnt arctic cold of jungle hot and you get off at a deserted welcome break and wander around and think about spending £8 at burger king but you don't so you just get a cup of tea out the machine and cry.
we could travel with her and get cost price from the café. It was something ridiculous like an 80% discount. Good times.
coach journeys are fine.
overnight coach journeys are more punishing than SAS selection tests.
cost about £5 from preston to london. took 7 hours and was alright when i had my mp3 player. at nite it was impossible to sleep though, take a blanket and pillow and it'll be acceptable.
but I once spent 8 hours on an old american school bus. School buses are generally not designed for people over 6ft and I consequently suffered severe respiratory problems for two days. Thought I was going to die.
I've done Newcastle/Boro to London a few times and Newcastle to Edinburgh aswell.
All were pretty decent journeys apart from the once it broke down somewhere near Nottingham and were stuck on the side of M1 for a few hours in the middle of the night. I smoked myself stupid.
Oh and there is generally some twat who says they've booked the only seat left available for their bags.