Mega value with Megabus

21 October 2010
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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.