Exploring by bus

Bus about town, ramble between villages, ride an open-topper or head off on a busman’s holiday.

When you travel by bus, the journey is all part of the day out. Enjoy the view over the hedges and the villages along the way. Without a car, you’re free to do a linear walk, enjoy a local tipple and to snooze on the way home. In many parts of the country you’ll find smart new buses, with comfy seats and free wi-fi, though in a few places you can still enjoy the no-frills retro experience!

  1. Holidays by bus

    Wherever you go in the UK, buses are a great way to get off the beaten track and enjoy some local craic. And, if there’s only a couple of buses a day, you’re more likely to slow down and really discover a place than to rush on through.

    Some parts of the UK especially lend themselves to a car-free holiday. A few of our favourites include: Northumberland Coast, Yorkshire Dales, Lake District, The Gower, Isle of Wight and Cornwall. You can get family tickets to travel all day in Cornwall.

    For longer distance journeys, you can book inter-city coaches cheaply on National ExpressMegabus, or Flixbus. And for affordable travel to festivals and events check out Big Green Coach.

    If you’ve only got a day or two to take in the sights, a guided tour from companies like Go Cotswolds, Hidden Lakeland or Rabbies could be just the thing.