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National Express

Open Return tickets

Find out how our Open Return tickets work and book today

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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).


What is an Open Return ticket?

If you're not quite sure when you'll be coming back, an Open Return ticket provides you with flexibility for your return journey.

It's great for students who aren't sure when they'll be visiting home again, tourists who are travelling around the UK or those just looking to take an extended getaway.

Your return journey must be made within three months of the outward date of travel when travelling in the UK, but everything else is up to you!

How do I book an Open Return ticket?

Booking is easy using the blue journey planner above. All you need to do is select 'Open Return' in the ticket type bar above the date options. After that, you can choose your locations and times of travel for your outward journey as usual.

Then once you're ready to take your return journey, you will need to validate your ticket by simply managing your booking in My Account or contacting us



  • Open Returns are valid on any day throughout the year.
  • Open returns are not available on European journeys.
  • Your return journey must be validated in order to travel.

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