Redefining coach travel myths

Published: 8th February 2024

Discover the reality of modern convenience, comfort and cost effectiveness that is coach travel.

In today's fast-paced world, misconceptions often overshadow the remarkable advantages of coach travel. Despite its convenience, comfort, and environmental friendliness, outdated beliefs continue to deter travellers from exploring this mode of transportation. It's time to leave your outdated perceptions at the door because we are redefining the narrative of coach travel myths.

Myth 1 'Coaches are uncomfortable'

Comfort is key, our coaches offer luxury seats with armrests for you to sit back, relax and enjoy your journey. 

Myth 2 'Coach journeys lack modern amenities' 

From onboard restrooms to air conditioning to Wi-Fi, entertainment systems, and charging ports, stay connected and entertained with the latest in onboard technology in the majority of our  vehicles. 

Or upgrade to a VIP experience, with all of the above and a state of the art sound system, drinks station with refrigerator and facing illuminated tables, to get you to your destination in style.

Discover our full fleet 

Myth 3 ‘Coach travel is slow and inconvenient’

Coach companies prioritise efficiency and punctuality. Advanced scheduling and optimised routes ensure timely arrivals and departures getting you to your destination exactly when you need to be there.

Coaches are anything but inconvenient, as the importance of reducing carbon emissions increases, coaches are part of the solution. Modal shift is the single most important driver of reduced emissions and congestion, which coach travel plays an integral role in. 

Delays, cancellations and strikes are inconvenient when travelling, which is not something you have to worry about when you choose to travel by coach. If there are delays on the roads, our teams ensure the most efficient route is selected.

Myth 4 'Coaches are old fashioned vehicles so they are bad for the environment'

Coaches are one of the greenest ways to travel, with less greenhouse gas emissions per passenger kilometre than other modes of transport! 

Just one coach load of passengers can keep up to 50 cars off the roads, which makes a significant difference to our roads. 

At National Express Transport Solutions, our ambition is to be the world's greenest mass transit provider, and as part of Mobico Group we are committed to a Net Zero target of Scope 1 and 2 Emissions by 2040.

Find out more about our commitment to sustainability and the environment

Myth 5 'Coach travel is expensive' 

Experience quality without the hefty price tag! We offer cost-effective travel options without having to compromise. Coach travel is reliable, budget friendly and you can split the cost between the group, plus you don't need to worry about impending strikes. 

Discover the best way to maximise your savings through coach travel in our smart travel starts early blog.

Myth 6 ‘Coach travel is only for budget-conscious travellers’

While the reality is coach travel does offer excellent value for money, it's not solely reserved for budget-conscious individuals. 

For large group travel, there is no better option than a coach. Coordinating individual travel arrangements can be logistically challenging and a hassle. Coach travel provides an ideal setting for team building and camaraderie whether that's for sports teams, corporate away days or a group of friends and family out on a day trip.

The shared experience of travelling together on a coach creates opportunities for interaction, collaboration, and relationship-building. It allows everyone onboard to bond in a relaxed and informal environment, enhancing teamwork and morale.

Coach travel is not only for the stereotypical day trips, we also offer coach travel services for education purposes, business solutions, events, sporting fixtures, rail replacements and any group travel and tourism solutions.  Find out more about the services we offer.

Myth 7 'Coach travel is inconvenient for luggage' 

Our coaches offer spacious and secure luggage compartments, ensuring you can bring everything you need for your journey at no extra cost. Pack without limitations and enjoy the convenience of hassle-free storage. We also offer door to door travel, so you don't have to worry about carrying your luggage too far.

Myth 8 'Coach travel is unsafe' 

Safety is our top priority, we value the safety of our customers, employees and the public. This priority is reflected in our policies and behaviours – it’s the way we do business. 

We also have state of the art safety technology within our fleet to keep all road users safe and to monitor each driver to keep everyone onboard safe as well.

From comfort and convenience to sustainability and affordability, coaches offer a compelling alternative to traditional modes of transportation. By dispelling misconceptions and embracing the true essence of coach travel, travellers can embark on quality travel for any occasion.

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