megabus, cheap bus and coach travel to London
Offering a huge range of services inside the city areas of Europe, Megabus is an operation that enjoys some serious scaling. From Florence to the streets of London, you can find these buses carrying people to and fro all day every day. What they don’t do though, is actually offer tours. So why, you might be asking, are we featuring them? Because they provide a great way to get between preexisting tours. Linking you between Alexander Palace and central London for example, allows you to enjoy the attractions that both offer.
Their corporate ties and huge scale mean that prices are highly reasonable. We’re talking about seriously low rates that easily rival the very best in the city, which is an impressive feat indeed. If you’re looking to travel as cheaply as possible, they may very well be your prime choice. What kind of value do they offer though; are they more than just simple transport. The buses themselves are relatively basic affairs, and you’ll rarely be using them for more than getting from A to B as swiftly as possible. It’s fairly standard, but a step down from the plush seats and better facilities available on other modern transports.
Nonexistent. They’re just a coach system. They do open up a lot of exciting areas in the capital, but be prepared to endure overly heated and tight conditions on the way. Heading off to see London’s attractions is a lot less attractive when you have a migraine before you even get there. It doesn’t have to be that way, and we suspect that if Megabus were less of a slave to their bottom line then this review might be rather different.
We’ll admit, we had issues with Megabus. The buses seemed to frequently late, and sometimes simply didn’t turn up. Being familiar with Stagecoach, this wasn’t especially surprising to us. They tend to establish monopolies and then let their standards slip. This isn’t the case in London, where competition is fierce, but they haven’t up their game to match. Upon complaining, we were basically told to put up with it or go elsewhere. Not good enough for the capital, and certainly not how we expect to be treated. We had a legitimate complaint and were dismissed out of hand. Very disappointing.
Number of Tours
Although they don’t technically offer tours, they do cover vast swathes of the city so you can easily get to the tours arranged by the attractions themselves. In this regard, Megabus do well, as you’ll rarely find somewhere you want to go that they don’t cover. There is of course, the issue with the fact that all they do is carry you there. You still need to go through the hassle of booking 2 tickets: 1 for the transport, 1 for the tour. You still need to worry that if your bus is late, the tour is unlikely to care as they’re separate entities.
Megabus are extensive and cheap but they do rather come off as the bargain basement option instead of a genuinely excellent find, almost purely due to the quality of their services. Bus can be cramped and overly hot, and the less that’s said about the service the better. We were actually disgusted that a company can be operating in this day and age, in a city as diverse and excellent as London, with such disdain for their customers. They don’t care about your inconvenience or your experience, they’ll do the bare minimum and call it a job well done. Sometimes, you won’t even get that…
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