What do you honestly think of when you think of a journey on a National Express coach?
Until this week, I pictured a stuffy coach with people crammed in like sardines. I thought that even short journeys would take forever as the coach stopped at every town along the way to your destination just like the coach on the way back from a work’s Christmas party dropping everyone off at their houses. 😉
I couldn’t have been more wrong though as I found out this week when National Express invited us to travel with them on one of their routes – Middlesbrough to Leeds.
We were spoilt for choice when it came to timings with a bus every hour or so traveling between Middlesbrough and Leeds in both directions and we decided to get an early start by hopping on the 8.30 coach leaving Middlesbrough. The coach was on time and getting on was easy – we just had to show the driver the text that we received when we booked the journey.
There was a choice of seats so we went for one near the toilet because I knew that one of us would need a wee as soon as the bus pulled out of the station – just like I know that as soon as we pass a service station on the motorway someone is going to decide they need the toilet and we’re going to have to deal with whinging until we get to the next one. The toilet was clean, not as cramped as I expected and very handy. 😉
The seats were comfortable and had a headrest which meant you could have a little nap without worrying about your head falling on to your seat-mates shoulder and there were seatbelts on all seats which I like.
I also liked that the coach was cool as it was quite a warm day (I know, rare at the moment but just look at the blue skies in the photos) and that there were power sockets that would have kept all of our gadgets charged if I’d picked up the chargers as I’d meant to! And while we’re on the subject of gadgets, there’s also free entertainment on board via VUER which is a complimentary onboard entertainment app offering films, TV and magazines.
There was also a drop down table which meant that I managed to do some blog planning on the way there but on the way back, I just relaxed with a book that I bought from a book stand in Leeds coach station for a pound.
So, the journey itself was very comfortable and had we had to pay for it, it would have been very reasonably priced too as National Express prices start at just £5 (plus booking fee) and with their network serving over 900 destinations, you can pretty much be guaranteed that anywhere you choose to travel – there’ll be a National Express coach with your name on it!
We’re looking at booking up with them for when we go on our holiday in the Summer as we’ve decided to fly from Edinburgh (it was about £700 cheaper for some reason) rather than from our local airport. I think there were lots of people using the coach we were on for the same thing as there were lots of suitcases being loaded on when we got on.
My opinion of National Express has completely changed after our trip with them this week and I strongly recommend giving them a go if you’re planning a journey in the near future.
I won’t bore you too much with what we got up to when we were there (really I just didn’t take too many photos as I was too busy shopping and eating) but if you want to see a little of what we got up to, here’s a few photos from the day…
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