It's easy to shrug off bus travel when you can fly, take trains or rent cars, but bus travel almost always has one distinct advantage: It's dirt cheap. If you're travelling to the UK any time soon, check out their bus routes. You can see a sizeable portion of the country for less than $US90 ($117) (not including airfare and lodging).
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Wanderu, the app that helps you find cheap bus and train tickets, found a bus travel loop that hits London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds - all for about £60 ($110) round trip. Because it's a loop, you can start at any city you like then start exploring. Here's a map of the excursion:
And here's a breakdown of what each bus fare costs:
- London to Birmingham: £14.05 or $25.64
- Birmingham to Liverpool: £13.70 or $25
- Liverpool to Manchester: £5.47 or $9.98
- Manchester to Leeds: £8.57 or $15.64
- Leeds to London: £17.95 or $32.75
That brings the total to £59.74 ($109), not including your airfare or lodging, of course. The prices they calculated are based on the average coach fares Wanderu could find for each route over a 30-day period, though, so those numbers might fluctuate. Still, if it stays in a similar price range, that's incredibly cheap for being able to travel between five separate major cities. I've had surged-out Uber rides cost more than that! You can learn more about the routes, including the best time to buy tickets and what days are busiest, at the link below.
How to Visit 5 Major UK Cities for Less Than £60 [Wanderu Blog]