megabus.com and Scottish Citylink to provide hundreds of seats on Christmas Day
27 towns and cities in Scotland, England and Wales served on 25 December
Special New Year’s Eve services to run from London across the UK
Coach providers megabus.com and Scottish Citylink plan to keep passengers connected this Christmas by running coach services throughout the festive season across the UK.
The companies – part of Perth-based transport group Stagecoach - will run services during the whole festive period, helping people travel across the country to enjoy seasonal festivities.
megabus.com will provide around 1500 seats on its services on Christmas Day this year, serving 27 locations across Scotland, England and Wales including London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Cardiff, Swansea, Birmingham, Sheffield, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, York, Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Coventry, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham, Derby, Newport, Bristol, Swindon, Milton Keynes, Rugby and Cwmbran.
On all other days throughout Christmas and New Year, including New Year’s Day, megabus.com will operate a near-normal service on most routes across the UK, with only some minor changes to timetables.
All passengers using megabus.com services during the festive period are advised to double check the times of their specific journeys as there may be slight changes to some routes or timetables compared to other times of the year.
On New Year’s Eve, megabus.com will again operate special services departing London after the New Year celebrations and will provide links to Swindon, Bristol, Newport, Cardiff, Cwmbran, Norwich, Havant, Portsmouth, Southampton (City Centre and Airport Parkway), Bournemouth, Poole, Milton Keynes, Rugby, Coventry, Birmingham, Manchester, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham, Sheffield, Leeds, Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Newcastle,.
On Hogmanay, megabus.com services will also depart at 2am from Edinburgh to Newcastle, Leeds, Sheffield and London.
megabusGold.com overnight sleepercoach services will also continue to run throughout the festive season including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Sleepercoach services will not operate on New Year’s Eve.
In Scotland, for the first time, Scottish Citylink will provide a special 900X service on Christmas day, with two journeys in each direction between Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The coach operator, will also once again run special coach services for people travelling home from the Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations. Services will depart from the Scottish capital to 12 locations across Scotland – Glasgow, Kinross, Perth, Dundee, Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes, St Andrews, Livingston, Grangemouth, Falkirk and Stirling - after the official New Year celebrations have ended. All services must be pre-booked using ‘Edinburgh, Hogmany’ as the origin and will leave from Edinburgh Bus station.
Edward Hodgson, Managing Director of megabus.com, said: “We know the festive period can be a busy and costly time of year for many people and we are pleased to be playing our part to helping people access good travel links and save money by offering great value coach travel across the country throughout Christmas and New Year. We hope our services will make it easier for people to visit family and friends and to enjoy the festivities.”
Robert Andrew, Managing Director of Scottish Citylink, said: “We are delighted to be offering for the first time a special 900X service on Christmas Day. The service will provide two journeys in each direction between Edinburgh and Glasgow. Hogmanay revellers in Edinburgh will also be able to use our services to travel home to 12 locations across Scotland. We look forward to helping our passengers have a fantastic festive season.”
megabus.com, part of Stagecoach Group in Scotland, has operated since 2003. It expanded from the UK to North America in 2006 and has served mainland Europe since 2012.
There are now almost 80 destinations on the megabus,com network in the UK, including London, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Cardiff.
Scottish Citylink is Scotland’s leading provider of express coach services. Around 200 towns and cities across Scotland are connected by Scottish Citylink with 400 journeys per day and five million passenger journeys facilitated every year.
For further information on Scottish Citylink services visit www.citylink.co.uk