Christmas moments not to be missed with National Express

Christmas moments not to be missed

Enjoy more time with family and friends with convenient coach travel

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Children under 14 years of age are not permitted to travel without being accompanied throughout the journey by a responsible person aged 16 years or over.
Children aged 14 - 15 years old may travel unaccompanied, as from 5am, arriving at their booked destination no later than 10pm. Unaccompanied children will be asked for proof of age or a signed letter of permission from their parent/guardian. (sms or chat based messages are not permissible)

One infant aged 0-2 travels free when accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket. Additional infants aged 0-2 must be paid for. If you are travelling with more than 1 infant aged 0-2, please book the additional infant as 'Children (3-15).


Where will we take you this Christmas?

The festive season has brought us all such special moments over the years, but there are still plenty more to be made!

Whether you're travelling home to deliver your presents and catch up, or heading somewhere new and exciting with your whole family in tow, we've got you covered with convenient coach travel that won't break the bank. And the best part? We're running all over the festive period, including Christmas Day!

We’ve also got some great ideas on ways to make the festive season all the more memorable, from Winter Wonderland in London, to German Christmas markets in Birmingham. It’s time to make this Christmas something special!

Theatre shows & pantos

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham
21 December - 2 February

The perfect solution if your run-up to Christmas is a little hectic. Enjoy this classic pantomime with Lesley Joseph leading a fantastic cast, including the jaw-dropping dance troupe, Flawless.

Book your tickets today at the Birmingham Hippodrome website.

Cinderella - New Theatre, Cardiff
7 December - 12 January

Join in the magic of Cinderella at Cardiff's New Theatre. Featuring an all-star cast of Gok Wan, Mike Doyle, Ceri Dupree and more.

Expect laughter, extravagant costumes and an all-round amazing, interactive show! Visit the New Theatre website today for tickets.

Beauty and the Beast - Theatre Royale, Newcastle
26 November - 19 January

Enjoy the magical Panto extravaganza of Beauty and the Beast. Starring legendary panto stars Danny Adams, Clive Webb and Chris Hayward, this isn't your average pantomime. With hilarious comedy and heaps of surprises, you'll be on the edge of your seat throughout!

Get your tickets now at the Theatre Royal website.

Peter Pan - Empire Theatre, Liverpool
7 - 29 December

See the high-flying pantomime adventure, Peter Pan, this Christmas. Starring Tony Maudsley, Louis Emerick and John Evans, this hilarious and fun show is coming to Liverpool's very own Neverland, the Empire Theatre.

Make sure to look out for the incredible special effects and book your tickets today at


Christmas markets

German Christmas Market - Birmingham
7 November - 23 December

Eat, drink and be merry at the UK's largest outdoor Christmas Market. Stretching along Victoria Square and New Street the market has over 120 authentic German food, drink and craft stalls. We recommend trying the delicious Bratwurst.

It's not all food and drink though as the popular big wheel and ice rink will be making a return also! Book your coach tickets to Birmingham today.

Leicester Square Christmas Market - London
8 November - 5 January

See Leicester Square like never before as it's transformed into a jolly Christmas village featuring 25 Christmas market stalls and a magnificent Belgian Spiegeltent! Take in one of the many shows that are performed in the tent, The Showstoppers Christmas Kids Show is a big favourite! 

Check out our coach travel options to London.

Bristol Christmas Market - Bristol
8 November - 23 December

Located in the heart of the city centre, Bristol's Christmas Market is growing every year with over 50 wooden chalet stalls planned for 2019. Expect the mouth-watering aroma of delicious food and the odd festive drink in addition to a wide range of homemade crafts on sale.

One unique element to this market is it's famous Yorkshire Pudding Wraps, not your typical yuletide treat but delightful nonetheless! Take a look at coaches to Bristol.

Edinburgh Christmas Market - Edinburgh
16 November - 4 January

Edinburgh's Festive Market is a fan favourite at Christmas time. This year they have added a Christmas Tree Maze to festivities, make your way through 100s of trees to Santa's Elves' Workshop in the middle of the maze. There may be a treat in store for you if you do...

Get your Edinburgh coach tickets today.

Bath Christmas Market - Bath
28 November - 15 December

See Bath in a new light this winter, Christmas lights that is, when it's bumper market returns. As one of the UK's biggest markets, with over 150 stalls and stretching across the streets surrounding the beautiful Roman Baths and the Abbey, it's one of the grandest festive markets to behold.

Take in the exquisite sights, sounds and smells of Christmas whilst sampling what Bath's local stallholders have to offer. Did you know 80% of the market's stalls are from Bath and the local area? Now you can book coach tickets to Bath and see them for yourself!

Shopping experiences

Get it all done at once - Trinity, Leeds

It's the place to be to get all your Christmas shopping done under one roof. With huge high street brands, restaurants and bars and a cinema, Trinity will keep you busy right up to the big day.

Book your coach tickets to Leeds today.

Explore London's best-decorated streets - Covent Garden, Mayfair, St James, London

Although the first switch-on timings differ for each street, it's true that there's nowhere quite like the capital at Christmas. From one of London's biggest Christmas trees at the Covent Garden Piazza, to Oxford Street's classic light displays, it's impossible not to feel the spirit in the air.

Find out more about coach travel to London.

Take a virtual trip to Lapland - Trafford Centre, Manchester

Manchester's Trafford Centre is transforming into an alpine village this Christmas from 8 November. After some shopping head to outside the Great Hall where you can explore the giant tepee and gather round the fire or enjoy the festive entertainment.

Explore our travel options to Manchester and more.

Festive events

Winter Wonderland - Hyde Park, London
21 November - 5 January

If you love all things festive then this is the event for you, as Hyde Park once again transforms into the incredible Winter Wonderland!

This year things are taking a traditional turn as the Magical Ice Kingdom presents A Christmas Carol, an incredible world of ice sculptures and snow that will retell this classic tale like never before. Not only that but this year also sees the arrival of the new observation wheel. Take to the skies in this traditional Ferris wheel and see London from 70 metres high! The wheel offers views like nowhere else in the whole capital.

Don't miss out on all this and more of your favourite attractions, book your coach travel to London today.

Winter igloos - Liberte, Liverpool
Throughout winter

Enjoy all of the festivities with none of the cold this year in Liverpool as Liberte rooftop restaurant and bar's igloos return.

Cosy up with friends and family, pick your own music and enjoy your own party under the stars. Book now, as these rooftop venues will soon be gone!

Santa's Rooftop Cinema - Fenwick, Newcastle
2 December - 24 December

Newcastle's Fenwick department store is a must-visit over Christmas, with their beautiful window displays becoming part of northern folklore. You can do a little Christmas shopping and, if you act fast, can book tickets to your favourite Christmas film at the rooftop cinema!

Not only will you be greeted by an elf, but you'll also be treated to complimentary popcorn and a festive drink as part of this unique experience. Don't miss out on seeing your favourite Christmas film like never before. Learn more about coach travel to Newcastle.

Christmas Tree Wonderland - Bournemouth
15 November - 2 January

A great festive experience and a unique way to see Bournemouth, the Christmas Tree Wonderland trail offers amazing light displays, live music and entertainment and over 100 beautiful Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes!

It's bound to get every family member into the holiday spirit, so book your coach tickets to Bournemouth today.

Travelling over Christmas & New Year?

We're running all over the festive period, including Christmas Day. Click below for all of our timetables.

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Luggage notice

Due to high volumes of passengers travelling over the festive period, luggage capacity is limited to your ticketed allowance. Additional allowance is subject to availability.

To prevent delays, please view our luggage policy.

Why go by coach? 

Getting the coach is the simplest way to travel, whether you're off to see the family, or bringing them along for the ride!

You can expect a guaranteed seat to stretch out in, a digital entertainment service, VUER, with free Wi-Fi, USB charging points and a driver who'll happily help store any luggage (or presents!) onboard. All you need to do is sit back and relax.

Find out why more people are switching to coach and order your tickets today for travel throughout the festive season, including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

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