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Keep your cool... in the Summer sun!

There are some hot days ahead of us for all to enjoy! So here's some advice when travelling in hot weather to make your journey more comfortable.

Wear loose cool clothing, bring water with you to stay hydrated, don't forget to charge your mobile phone before you travel & keep medication easily accessible. Don't forget your sunglasses and hat if you will be outdoors making onward travel connections. You can stay up to date before you travel at and follow us on Twitter @nxupdates

For more information on how to stay cool in the hot weather please click here - and to keep up to date with the daily weather forecast click here

Get in touch with us

We'd love to hear from you no matter how you choose to do it. So please use our live chat feature, email us, call us or get in contact on social media and we'll be sure to take your feedback on board.

Before you get in touch however, why not check our most common questions below and see if yours has already been answered?

What are your current response times?

Typically we respond to Complaints or Feedback emails within 10 days.

Our Social Media team aim to reply to tweets and messages within 40 minutes. Scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find our social media pages.

Can I buy my ticket from a driver?

Yes* you can, however this will be subject to availability as services may be full with pre booked customers, so it is always advisable to purchase your ticket in advance.

You can also book by visiting one of our coach stations or Travel Shops, or from your local Post Office branch.

If you would like to purchase a ticket from our drivers, please be aware of the following;

  • Drivers can accept cash only, please ensure you have the correct change to avoid delays.
  • Drivers cannot make a reservation for a connecting service - if your journey requires a change of coach you must purchase a ticket from each driver
  • Drivers can only issue; single (one way), day return and open dated return tickets, please ensure you obtain a ticket from the driver which you should carry at all times.
  • Drivers should be in a position to sell tickets, although if there are ticketing facilities available they may refer you to the ticket office, to purchase your ticket. It is always advisable to purchase or amend your ticket in advance of travel to avoid unnecessary delays to services.

In addition you can call the National Express Contact Centre on 08717 818181 between 10am and 6pm, 7 days a week. Calls cost 13p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.

*Tickets cannot be purchased from a driver on board a coach at Heathrow and must be purchased from the ticket desk, ticket machine or in advance of travel.

What if my flight is delayed?

We strongly recommend booking a coach which departs a minimum of 1 hour 30 minutes after you are due to land which will enable you to clear passport control and collect any luggage and make your way to our departure point. If your flight is delayed, you should aim to make contact with our staff before the time of departure on your ticket to request an amendment.

Flexible and Standard tickets can only be amended before the time of departure and will be subject to an amendment fee(depending on ticket type), excess fare (where applicable) and seat availability.

For added flexibility you might consider an open return ticket which will allow you to be booked onto the next available service by our staff, without fees and valid for 3 months from the original date of departure.

Alternatively, a Change & Go add-on is available from the 'add extras' page when making your booking online which means that you can

  • board any available coach 12 hours before or 12 hours after your original departure time
  • amend your ticket to a new departure date - free of charge
  • obtain a refund on your ticket, when cancelled up to 24 hours before departure

Why haven't I received my ticket?

Sorry to hear you have not yet received your ticket, but we know that sometimes our tickets can end up in your spam or junk folders in your mailbox. Please check there before making contact with us.

Your ticket will be delivered from either or, so you may want to add these to your safe list of senders with your email provider to ensure delivery into your inbox. Keep in mind in some cases your ticket can take up to 20 minutes to arrive in your inbox.

On occasion there can be a chance your payment has not been taken properly. Please check with your bank that the payment has definitely been made so you know whether to contact us or not.

If you do have your ticket number, you can easily view your ticket online and reprint it by using our manage my booking service. You'll need your email address and the ticket number to retrieve your details. From here you can also make changes and add additional products to your booking.

You can always contact our team if none of the above solve the problem, we can then help you search for your ticket on our system.

If you're also needing to print off free downloadable luggage tags, you can do so here.

How much does it cost to amend my ticket?

Depending on the ticket type purchased you may amend the time and or date of departure prior to the departure time that is currently booked on your ticket by clicking here.

You may amend the date and time of your ticket without incurring an amendment fee within 1 hour of making your booking (excess fare may apply), any amendments after this time are subject to an amendment fee. Amending your ticket online is subject to an amendment fee of £5 (Telephone amendment fee is £6.00) plus any excess fare.

Note - There are no fee's applicable when amending a Fully Flexible fare.

Amendments cannot be made on cancelled or tickets where the travel time of the section you wish to change has passed.

Amendments to the arrival and/or departure locations are not possible once your ticket has been booked.

Should you need to change your destination at Heathrow or Gatwick Airports, transfers between terminals is free of charge, please let our Driver know which terminal you require as you board the coach so that your luggage can be put into the correct luggage area. At both locations there is also a free train/monorail service that operates between terminals which is clearly signposted.

Please note National Express Customer Service teams are also not able to amend destinations.

What do we mean by Excess Fares?

Many of our tickets are not fixed in price and are subject to change. When amending your ticket an excess fare may also be charged if there is a difference in price from your original ticket.

Here’s an example: At the time of booking your journey fare was £20 but at the time of making your amendment the journey price is £27.

Your amendment charge is £12 (£5 amendment fee and £7 excess fare)

Restricted and Funfare Tickets

Previously called Funfare tickets, Restricted fares are heavily discounted, therefore amendments of any kind are not possible.

Funfare tickets purchased prior to 10/10/2017 can be amended, though any excess fare charged when amending these tickets can often be more than the price of the original ticket. It's normally cheaper to buy another Restricted ticket if one is available.


How do I cancel or refund my ticket?

Please find below the different methods of cancelling or applying for a refund on your ticket. Please note you will need your ticket number to cancel/refund your ticket.

Please check the terms and conditions of your booking to see if you have a refundable ticket. Our full terms and conditions can be found by clicking here.

If your ticket is refundable (Fully Flexible), it must be cancelled 72 hours prior to departure; though no cancellation fees are charged, booking and distribution fees remain non-refundable.

Please note: Restricted and Standard tickets are not refundable.

Tel: 03717 818181 (0044 3717 818181 from overseas) we are open 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week.

Post: Customer Relations - Refunds. National Express House, Mill Lane, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DD

All FAQs

You can see all of our frequently asked questions by hitting the button below. Has your query has been answered already?

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If, after contacting us, you don’t feel your complaint is resolved, you can:

Contact Bus Users UK to see if they can review your complaint.

Use the ODR platform to submit your complaint – the ODR platform is an European tool for online dispute resolution, which (if agreed to by the parties) will aim to assist with the resolution of disputes between a customer and a business where a customer has purchased a good or service from the business online or electronically.

Still need help?

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Our Community Ambassadors are on hand for quick and helpful responses, 24/7. They can help with routes, timetabling, and general enquiries.

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Email us

For ticketing assistance and feedback, please email our customer services team at any time.


We look forward to hearing from you.

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Call us

For new bookings, timetabling and general enquiries call our Customer Contact Centre on:

0871 781 8181

Lines open 7 days a week, 10am - 6pm

Phone bookings incur a £2.50 booking fee

(calls to this number cost 13p per minute plus your telephone company’s access charge).


For advice when travelling, amendments, after sales support and to book assistance.

0371 781 8181

Lines open 7 days a week, 8am - 10pm

(calls to this number are charged at local rate).


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