The UK is yours with Skimmer

The UK may be a small island, but it packs a lot of punch. Get unlimited coach travel across the UK with a Skimmer pass from National Express.

From the bright lights of the big cities to the beauty of the rolling countryside, fitting everything in is a giant task. That’s where Skimmer comes in...

Skimmer opens endless possibilities up to savvy travellers. Pass-holders can dip in and out of the very best destinations with ease, keeping their travel budgets afloat, too.'

How does a Skimmer pass work?

Skimmer offers an unlimited, cost-effective way of seeing every corner of the UK, and also includes airport transfers to all major UK airports. From just £69 (7-day pass) you can hop on board any National Express operated service using your Skimmer pass, which we'll email to you.

Once you have your Skimmer pass, booking your free journeys is as simple as clicking through the bespoke link on your digital pass, entering your pass number and selecting where you want to go.

So, what are you waiting for? Your UK adventure is just around the corner...


London

London

Royal Naval College, London

With its charm, history, and diverse culture, the UK's capital city will find its way into your heart the first time you visit. This sprawling metropolis of beautiful architecture, a world famous underground transport system and plentiful tourist attractions means that your trip to London will be exciting, eye-opening, and action-packed.

If you love a good museum, London has plenty of brilliant free attractions! Visit The Natural History Museum or The Science Museum (both are free of charge), for a dose of facts and hands on exhibits. Just a short stroll from the beautiful Kensington Palace and Gardens. And if you love animals, then London Zoo is a must-see!

London is renowned for its food and drink so be sure to make time to explore just some of what is on offer. Head to Covent Garden where you'll find cuisine from all over the world, as well as a whole host of trendy cocktail and martini bars and some good old-fashioned British pubs! If you fancy somewhere a bit more lively, head over to Soho.

And let's not forget all you shopaholics; London is a shopper's paradise! For world-famous department stores such as Selfridges, John Lewis and Debenhams, then you'll want to head to Oxford Street. Or to really splash the cash in London's most exclusive shopping area, take a walk around Bond Street and Mayfair.

The South West

South West

Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall

The South West of England is home to a whole host of amazing regions and cities, including Devon, Cornwall, Exeter, Poole, Plymouth, the Cotswolds, Bristol, and Bath.

Beautiful coastlines, two National Parks, and five areas of Outstanding National Beauty make Devon and Cornwall truly unforgettable. Get back to nature with long walks, fishing, riding, or even sailing, or take the whole family out for a fun-filled day at the theme park, zoo, or aquarium. After all that activity, why not treat yourself to cream tea? Cream tea is a light afternoon meal (also known as 'tea') which involves drinking cups of tea and eating scones, clotted cream and jam. However, the order of adding the cream and jam is different in Devon and Cornwall; Devonshire cream tea is made with the cream on the bottom and the jam on the top, while Cornish cream tea is made with the jam on the bottom and the cream on the top! Try both and see which you prefer!

Exeter is the capital city of Devon and has a wonderful mix of ancient history and modern amenities. A spot of retail-therapy is a must as not only will you find leading high-street brands, but also unique, quirky shops that make this city so charming.

There is also plenty to do for free, including visiting the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery. It contains an impressive 16 galleries, exhibiting displays from pre-history right through to modern day. Galleries include birds and butterflies, clocks and watches, history and archaeology, and world culture. You'll also want to make time to visit the Medieval Cathedral, with its stunning Gothic architecture, snaking tombs, and marvellous library. A lovely onsite cafe will allow you to take a well-deserved break after all that exploring!

And if you're still hungry for more, don't miss Exeter's Underground Passages; a network of tunnels that used to supply the city with fresh water. It's now a fascinating tourist attraction, complete with exhibits and interactive displays. They also offer guided tours which get really busy during peak-season, so it's advisable to book in advance.

Just 6 miles from Bournemouth (approx 20 minutes in the car) is Poole, a large coastal town and seaport on the south coast of England. With its Blue Flag beaches and miles of sandy shores, Poole is the ideal place for swimming, watersports, and sailing.

If you prefer to keep your feet dry, Poole has two beautiful nature parks; Holes Bay Nature Park and Corfe Barrows Nature Park. It also has a fantastic cycle network and numerous walking trails.

Plymouth is a waterfront city situated on the south coast of Devon. It's about 37 miles from Exeter and is easily accessible by road and rail.

Whatever you're in the mood for, Plymouth has it! Enjoy breath-taking scenery at Dartmoor National Park, test your sea-legs at the Aquanauts Dive Centre, or take a stroll through Plymouth's oldest streets and discover this city's vibrant heritage.

If you're a gin-fan you won't want to pass up the opportunity to visit Plymouth's Gin Distillery. This is the oldest working gin distillery in England and has been the working home of Plymouth Gin since 1793.

The South East

South East

Brasenose College, Oxford University

The South East is home to some amazing cities, towns and attractions, such as Windsor Castle, the White Cliffs of Dover, and the world-class University of Oxford. This region has two national parks, excellent connections to the motorways, and is also the location of Gatwick Airport.

One of the top visitor destinations in the UK, Oxford is steeped in history and culture, you can spend hours wandering around the museums, parks, and of course, the colleges. There are around 40 colleges which make up the University of Oxford. Most of them are free to visit, but check their opening times before you go to avoid disappointment.

Heading south of Oxford, the county of Kent is beautifully diverse in its landscape. From coastal towns, orchards and numerous vineyards, to country estates and the infamous port of Dover, Kent really does have it all.

East Anglia

East Anglia

Hunstanton Beach, Norfolk

East Anglia has an impressive 500 miles of coastline, and is home to Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridge.


With its unspoilt coastline, picturesque villages, historic market towns, and of course, the famous Broads, Norfolk is a wanderer’s perfect county. There are over 640 medieval churches in Norfolk, as well as nature reserves, tea rooms, and old English pubs. There are also plenty of opportunities for a spot of fishing or some boating on Norfolk’s many kilometers of waterways.

Sitting South of Norfolk is another great British county with the coast to the east and miles of lush greenery to the west. Suffolk boasts a beautiful coastline and gorgeous open countryside. Enjoy the good local food and rich heritage that Suffolk has to offer.

Infamously known by natives as the setting for wildly popular TV show The Only Way is Essex, Essex home to the longest coastline in England (350 miles of it!), beautiful countryside, impressive stately homes and gardens and Colchester, the oldest recorded town in Britain.

If it's a bit of glitz and glamour you’re looking for, head to the Lakeside shopping centre where you can shop 'til you drop.

Wales

Wales

National Museum, Cardiff

Wales is characterised by lush greenery and spectacular scenery.

Head to west Wales for unspoilt beaches, seaside towns and villages, and some of the best fish and chips in the UK. You'll also find Oakwood Theme Park in Pembrokeshire, with over 30 rides and attractions, an adventure park and zoo, a farmyard, and a vintage fun fair, the whole family is sure to have a great day out.

Cardiff, Wales’ capital city can be found in the South and is a great holiday destination for families, couples, and groups of friends. From top restaurants and bars, museums and art galleries, to the impressive Cardiff Castle, and even the Doctor Who Experience, Cardiff just can't be missed.

West Midlands

The Midlands

Birmingham canals

This is the furthest inland you can get within the UK, so don't expect any views of the sea! But what this region lacks in coastline, it makes up for with National Parks, World Heritage Sites, and five areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is the place to come for long walks, climbing, trekking, horse riding, and exploring pretty old towns. Here you'll also find the River Severn, the longest river in the UK.

The UK's 'second city' is brimming with life, history and top places for food and drink. On a budget? Visit one of the many free museums, like Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, take a trip to the Library of Birmingham with its world-class collections, or go for a picnic in one of the many beautiful parks, like Winterbourne House and Gardens.

If food is your forte, you'll be spoilt for choice by everything Birmingham has to offer. Head to Brindley Place for canal-side bars and restaurants, the Mailbox for top eateries nestled amongst exclusive designer stores (including Marco Pierre White's at the top of The Cube), or keep it real in the city where you'll find grand pubs, craft ales and good wholesome food.

Birmingham is world-famous for its Bull Ring shopping centre. Easily recognised by the iconic Selfridges building and 6 tonne bronze bull, this 3-level shopping haven has everything you could possibly want from a spot of retail-therapy.

East Midlands

The East Midlands

Nottingham Castle Long Gallery, Nottingham

A great day out for the whole family, East Midlands is packed full of fun things to do. Explore medieval castles and Norman fortresses, go on an outdoor adventure, or just relax and take in the beautiful scenery.

In Derbyshire you can walk the moors, visit Chatsworth House, or tour the many wonderful museums and cathedrals.

For culture, shopping, and even following in the footsteps of Robin Hood, Nottingham is the place to go. Lively, historic, and boasting a superb nightlife, Nottingham is a must if you're in the East Midlands!

The North West

Manchester

Manchester skyline

Diverse, full of life, and with a great mix of urban and rural landscapes, the North West of England is home to a whole host of culturally rich sights and cities.

Manchester is one of the most popular cities for tourists, thanks to its lively atmosphere, modern amenities, and central location. Rivalled only by London and Birmingham, the shopping in Manchester is revered all over the world, while those looking for a beautiful, quaint and family-friendly destination should head to Cheshire. With its stately homes, spa retreats, art galleries, market towns, and country pubs, Cheshire is a delight to visit.

The North East

Manchester

Tyne Bridge, Newcastle

The North East is a fantastic region absolutely steeped in history. From its very beginnings as a Roman fort and then later becoming a settlement for monks, Newcastle is a hot spot for history buffs looking to learn more about Britain through the ages. For those looking for a little more action, Newcastle’s street and nightlife rivals many of Britain’s larger cities.

Yorkshire

Yorkshire

Yorkshire Dales

Yorkshire has some of the finest people, most breath-taking scenery, and deepest history in Britain. The people of Yorkshire are like no other; they have their own distinctive accent and dialect, a ferocious sense of British pride, and a fiercely friendly nature! You really won't find more down-to-earth, thoroughly British folk than those in Yorkshire.

Yorkshire is the largest county in England and has a population of over 5 million; that's more than in Wales or Ireland, and nearly as many as Scotland! Despite this, Yorkshire still has huge expanses of beautiful countryside dotted with quaint towns and villages, and is of course home to the famous Yorkshire Dales. Located within the Yorkshire Dales, the Three Peaks are some of the best hills in England, and every year many visitors flock here to try and conquer at least one of the magnificent summits.

Famous for its food and drink, Yorkshire produces one of the UK's best-loved brands of tea!

Scotland

Glasgow

Riverside Museum, Glasgow

Full of history, tradition, myths and legends, Scotland is magical, inspiring and unique. Fill your days with sight-seeing, exploring, and learning all about Scotland's rich culture and history.

History tours are your best bet if you've never been to Scotland before. You can walk, cycle or even take an afternoon tea tour!

Scotland also has a staggering 10,000km of coastline, so if you love watersports then this is the place to get stuck in. From canoeing and kayaking to windsurfing and white water rafting, Scotland is anything but boring...

Northern Ireland

South West

Belfast City Hall, Belfast

Discover sprawling landscapes, rich heritage and expect the warmest of welcomes in Ireland. Whatever sort of break you fancy, Northern Ireland has it all. From towering castles and ancient monasteries to cosy pubs and lively bars.

For Game of Thrones fans, you'll love one of the fantastic tours. Immerse yourself in the fantasy adventure as you visit some of the main locations where filming took place.

If you prefer something a bit more active, why not try your hand at archery or paintballing, or test your nerves with a spot of sky diving or coasteering and bouldering!

Terms & conditions

  1. The Skimmer pass entitles the holder to unlimited free travel during the validity of the pass on: (i) scheduled coach services operated by National Express in England, Scotland and Wales; and (ii) the Heathrow Hotel Hoppa bus network.
  2. Skimmer passes are not applicable for use on services in Ireland, Eurolines services or special services operating to festivals and events. For a full list of excluded services please see the dropdown menu at nationalexpress.com/skimmer
  3. Skimmer passes may not be used in conjunction with any other offers or promotions, including any National Express special ticket offers incorporating accommodation, admission or ferry travel.
  4. Skimmer passes are issued and operated by: National Express Limited, National Express House, Birmingham Coach Station, Mill Lane, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DD.
  5. Skimmer passes are sold subject to these terms and conditions and National Express’ General Conditions of Carriage. In the event of any inconsistency, these terms and conditions supersede the National Express General Conditions of Carriage.
  6. Customers may purchase Skimmer passes online in restricted regions, or from a National Express nominated sales agent. Skimmer passes may not be purchased via the National Express contact centre, via the National Express mobile app or from coach drivers.
  7. Passholders will be required to provide proof of ID to the driver when boarding the coach. Save as expressly set out in these terms and conditions or the General Conditions of Carriage, Skimmer passes are not refundable or transferable.
  8. Customers may reserve seats for National Express services (subject to availability) using the code given on their electronic Skimmer pass.
  9. Skimmer pass holders must book their tickets in advance of travel, to guarantee a seat on their service of choice.
  10. Customers must show their pass to the driver when boarding. Failure to present a valid Skimmer pass will invalidate the ticket and a new, standard fare ticket will need to be purchased for travel. National Express will not be obliged to issue replacement passes, offer any refund or provide any discounted travel if any pass is lost or damaged.
  11. At the point of purchase, customers will need to select a start date for their pass. Depending on the chosen product, the Skimmer pass will be valid for 7, 14 or 28 days from 00.00am on the chosen start date to 11.59pm on the expiry date. Any journeys commencing prior to the start date or after the expiry date of the pass will incur the usual fare.
  12. Skimmer passes must be valid at the point of travel. Customers may use a Skimmer pass on a journey that terminates after expiry of the pass provided that the journey commenced before expiry.
    If Skimmer pass holders are unable to or choose not to travel on any day within the pass validity period there will be no extension to the validity of the pass.
  13. Where multiple Skimmer passes are purchased in a single transaction, each pass is a separate pass and can be used to travel independently of those holding other passes booked as part of that transaction.
  14. Skimmer pass holders may, at least 72 hours prior to the first day of the pass’ validity, request a full refund, subject to an administration charge of £5.00 Sterling. Requests for refunds on shorter notice or within the validity period of the pass will be at the discretion of National Express. In such circumstances, please contact the National Express Contact Centre.
  15. The Skimmer pass remains the property of National Express and must be returned to National Express on request.
  16. National Express reserves the right to modify these conditions from time to time and will endeavour to provide users at least one month’s notice of any changes.
  17. These conditions and the General Conditions of Carriage are to be construed in accordance with English law; this does not affect any rights to which individuals may be entitled under the laws of any other country.

Skimmer pass exclusions

Certain journeys National Express sell are operated by third party companies which we act as an agent for. These services are listed below and will incur a fee.

Service numberRoute
M91Aberdeen to Edinburgh
M9Aberdeen to Glasgow 
A4Bath to Bristol Airport
737, 747 & 757Bradford/Leeds to Leeds Bradford Airport 
X39Bristol to Bath 
A1Bristol to Bristol Airport 
X1Bristol to Weston Super Mare 
X5Cambridge to Milton Keynes to Oxford 
926Campbeltown to Glasgow 
12XCoventry to University of Warwick 
TPDerby to Manchester 
M8Dundee to Glasgow 
4East Cowes to Ryde (Hovertravel) 
900Edinburgh to Glasgow Scotish 
56 & 56A Exeter to Exeter Airport
914Fort William to Glasgow 
OXFGatwick or Heathrow Airport to Oxford 
853Gloucester / Cheltenham to Oxford 
724 Harlow to Watford to Heathrow Airport 
X6Kendal to Barrow-in-Furness 
M93 Kinross to Edinburgh 
X62 Leeds to Hull 
36 Leeds to Ripon 
840, 843 & 845Leeds to York to Whitby / Scarborough / Bridlington 
500 Liverpool to Liverpool Airport 
758 London to Hemel Hempstead 
X90London to Oxford 
702 London to Windsor / Bracknell 
757 Luton (town centre) to London 
X40Manchester to Liverpool Airport 
300 Milton Keynes Coachway to Milton Keynes (town centre) 
B66 Newcastle Upon Tyne to Blackpool 
Newport (Isle of Wight) to Ryde (Hovertravel) 
976 Oban to Glasgow 
LGW Oxford to Gatwick Airport 
LHROxford to Heathrow Airport 
M90 Perth to Edinburgh 
915 Portree to Glasgow 
WL1 Portsmouth to Ryde 
HT1 Portsmouth / Southsea to Ryde 
60 Reading (Mereoak Park and Ride) to Reading (town centre) 
X25 Reading Rail Station to Heathrow Airport 
X43 Skipton to Nelson to Burnley to Manchester 
BUSSouthampton to Southampton Town Quay T2 (West Cowes) 
28 Taunton to Minehead 
916Uig to Glasgow 
3Ventnor to Ryde (Hovertravel) 
T3Wrexham to Barmouth 
SF2Yeovil to London (Hovertravel)