Mega value with Megabus

21 October 2010

Travelling around the UK can be more expensive than flying to some European countries and during my university days, having to make regular trips around the country to visit friends, I started to use the Megabus to save money.

Not everyone is willing to choose such low-budget travel and I can sympathise. Despite the lure of travelling across the country for the same price of a Starbucks – it does have its downfalls.

To name a few bad examples; I’ve been stuck for four hours next to a crying baby, the air conditioning once broke and blasted out hot air all the way from Leeds to London in mid-August and I once had to sit next to a toilet with a broken door which continually banged into my feet. It also never allows me to be on time for anything.

My worst Megabus experience has to be when I travelled from Cardiff to London for a job interview. As I was still a student I shunned the idea of paying £40 for a return train journey in favour of £2 on the bus. However, after several delays along the way I ended up 20 minutes late to the interview, despite allowing extra time.

After swearing never to use it again, I was persuaded back recently when travelling back to Cardiff, and as I had a day off I enjoyed the emptiness of the bus in the middle of a week day. It took about four hours in total but was practically empty and only £4 for a return journey.

Whenever I convert one of my friends we discuss at length how Megabus makes any money at all. Even if you book your ticket on the day it’s not normally more than £20 and most of my fellow money-savvy travellers book way in advance so won’t have paid more than around £3 for a single journey.

To those who’ve never experienced it I suggest giving it a go - It’s not the most reliable service in the world, you definitely get what you pay for, but at such ridiculously low prices it’s hard to argue against it.