National Express Student Discount

Looking for a National Express student discount? We can confirm that there is one in 2019.! Just use your Unidays or NUS Totum promo code during booking at and you can get 15% off your journey.

National Express coaches are a great way for students to travel cheaply around the UK. And great news, there are National Express student discounts of up to a third.

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We hoped you students found some great ways to save. However the money saving tips don’t stop there. We’ve written a full guide to show you how you can save more and answer any questions such as is there a Unidays discount.

Chapter 1

The National Express
Student Discount

Chapter 2

unidays, nus totum &
student Beans Discounts

Chapter 3

5 tips to save even more
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Chapter 1. The National Express Student Discount

In a hurry? Check out our quick savings section below for the latest National Express student discount codes, deals and offers.

Primarily based in the UK, there’s few city-to-city journeys that you won’t be able to catch a National Express coach for, even if you have to connect through a coach ‘hub’, such as London Victoria Coach Station and Birmingham Coach Station. Take advantage of being able to sit back and relax for longer… read a book, listen to a podcast or get some uni work done en route! The possibilities are endless. The company is introducing free WiFi across its services, with some coaches already equipped, so plug in if you need to and get productive while you’re on the move.

There are several different types of National Express tickets, all of which make for great value, but some are more of a bargain than others. The cheapest fares are promotional and non-transferable, but you’ll need to snap them up quickly as they’re only ever on offer for a short period of time. Aside from promotional fares, you can also bag a bus bargain with a permanent student discount of 15% (this sometimes rises to 20% dependent on your student card and which third-party provider the company is working with at any one time, so be savvy and book tickets when the maximum discount is possible!) or by signing up to a Young Person’s Coach Card, which is applicable for young students and gives ongoing discounts for regular coach travel.

Of course, here at Student Discount Squirrel HQ, we’ll always have the insider info on how to travel the cheapest way at any given time, so save our site as your homepage for maximum money off!

You may think of coaches as a short haul transport option, but if you’re setting your sights further afield there’s no need to be put off – the company’s arm Eurolines offer longer haul coach journeys throughout Europe and even as far as Morocco! Operating transnationally covering a whopping 600 destinations, it makes for a fantastic value transport option through the continent that gives you the opportunity to meet some new people as you go for a really authentic European travel experience. Grab a rucksack and go – even the skintest of students can afford to travel like this!

History of National Express

National Express started life as a holding company for public bus providers, but in 1968 when coaches were removed from this definition and de-regulated, the business was privatised. Eurolines was later taken over as a business acquisition, and at the time had just 29 coaches to its name.

Coach travel has fluctuated in popularity throughout the years in line with transport trends and other forms of transport going ‘low-cost’, but in mainland Europe and parts of the UK, remains a preferred method, as well as for airport transfers and major event travel. National Express had, for many years, no national competition, but in 2003, the launch of Megabus, a low-cost ‘no-frills’ provider saw its first real competitor strike up business. Both remain in place today, but Megabus currently operates significantly less routes. This competition is positive for those considering coach travel, even on routes not serviced by Megabus, as it has encouraged National Express to lower prices and offer more promotional fares.

Today, National Express owns and operates almost 600 coaches nationwide, more across Europe, and facilitate 19,000,000 (!) passenger journeys every year. If you’ve not yet looked at coach fares for your next trip, why not? You could save a hefty amount and buy yourself some time as you go, so log on and get day tripping!