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Any cheap transportation from London to Southampton?

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1. Posted by boldotousa (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I was surprised to see that everything in UK is expensive, especially hotel, taxi, etc. etc.

We are 4 senior persons.

Taxi: $400
Rental car incl. gas, etc.: $350
National bus $48

I want to go to Southampton from London and Found out a cheap bus, National Express Coach.
However, this bus company had 2 big accident last year. If anybodym knows other bus company?

2. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

What about trains?

National Rail (London Waterloo station to Southampton Central station) - tickets from £28 (single).

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3819 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

have a look at megabus.com - they do very cheap bus tickets and do a london to Southampton route. I have used them a few times and they were fine.

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 31, 2008, at 6:32 PM by bex76 ]

4. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I wouldn't worry too much about the National Express coaches. They have a really good safety record and I think the accident in January 2007 is the only time anybody has ever died on one.

Also - you've noted that the National Express bus service is $48, but this is the walk on fare. If you book in advance at http://www.nationalexpress.com/ the fare should be more like £5/$10.

5. Posted by Monkey74 (Budding Member 65 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi

National Express do a 'funfare' ticket online from London to Southampton that costs £5. You need to book online and its non refundable. Ive used this several times in the past, and they have a good timetable to choose from.
As for looking for another bus company i wouldnt bother, just stick with NE, even though their had couple of accidents, I think you'll find their safety record is extremely good

6. Posted by Traveloat (Budding Member 53 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

There's also http://www.megatrain.com/uk/ for cheap tickets from £1 on train - but you have to book in advance and be lucky..! These are just a carriage on the normal trains so no safety concerns - but I agree with everone else about national express - have used them a fair amount - always found them to reliable, comfortable enough and safe.