An increasing number of university students are choosing coach as their preferred mode of travel according to the latest figures from National Express.
Passenger numbers on the 30 National Express routes direct to university campuses have seen an increase of just over 12% as the new academic year began this September.
Travel to Liverpool, Nottingham and Cardiff Universities has seen the biggest increases of 185%, 115% and 55% respectively. Other institutions with increased popularity include the University of East Anglia in Norwich (42%), Oxford Brookes (38%) and Swansea University Bay Campus (35%).
National Express Coach Managing Director Chris Hardy said: “Students are cost conscious and have always loved the great value for money coach travel offers alongside its unrivalled national network serving all major university cities.
“But they are also savvy travellers who recognise the great benefits of coach travel with us. They have a guaranteed seat with air conditioning, can enjoy films, TV and magazines through our complimentary onboard entertainment VUER app, and all important for the ‘always connected generation’, power sockets and free WiFi.”
Adult single fares on many of the routes offering direct to campus travel start at £5.00. Students can also benefit from a Young Persons Coachcard giving then 1/3 off standard fares.
National Express runs straight-to-campus services for the following universities: Aberystwyth, Bournemouth, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores, Loughborough, Norwich (University of East Anglia), Nottingham, Oxford Brookes, Portsmouth, Salford, Southampton, Staffordshire, Swansea (Bay campus), Essex (Colchester), Kent (Canterbury) and Warwick.
To find the best value fares visit nationalexpress.com or call 0871 7818181.