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Done with trains? Here’s how to get super-cheap buses to and from London

Tickets start from as little as £2

Amy Houghton
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Amy Houghton

For some, a long coach journey is an absolute last resort. For others, it is an underrated and superior means of travel. Wherever you fall on the coach-appreciation scale, the cheap price of a journey is tempting stuff, especially as train ticket prices become ever more expensive and the rail delays and cancellations drag on and on and on.

Now, bus prices could be about to get even more difficult to resist. To celebrate the two-year anniversary of its arrival in the UK, European coach company FlixBus has launched a load of new routes and for a short time is selling tickets for as little as £2. 

The company has launched a long list of new routes within the UK, many of them intended to increase links between towns and cities outside of London. They include a link from Bristol to Newcastle, another from Leeds to Manchester and a bunch that run between London and surrounding commuter towns such as Peterborough and Stevenage. It’s the first time there’s been a direct coach link between the capital and Stevenage in six years. 

FlixBus has been one of very few winners of the ongoing travel disruption in the UK as more people ditch the train and get a coach instead. During last year’s strikes, demand for its services to and from London apparently more than doubled. 

To access the 20 percent birthday discount, customers need to book tickets on the FlixBus website before April 30. The deal is only valid for journeys up to July 31. 

Here’s the full list of new FlixBus routes in the UK: 

Aberdeen to Dunfermline and Edinburgh

Birmingham to Newcastle and Taunton

Bradford to Peterborough

Bristol to Newcastle

Cambridge to Stevenage

Dundee to Dunfermline and Edinburgh

Dunfermline to Aberdeen, Dundee, Perth and Edinburgh

Leeds to Manchester, Middlesbrough, Peterborough and Taunton

Leicester to Liverpool and Warrington

London to Peterborough and Stevenage

Manchester to Middlesbrough, Leeds and Newcastle

Middlesbrough to Manchester, Newcastle and Leeds

Newcastle to Manchester, Leeds, Middlesbrough, Bristol and Taunton

Peterborough to Sheffield, Bradford, Leeds and London

Sheffield to Taunton and Peterborough

Stevenage to Cambridge and London

Stoke to Warrington

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