London is the UK's major bus terminus, with direct connections to all major mainland cities. Thanks to the Eurotunnel, buses also run to London Victoria from destinations as diverse as Paris, Amsterdam, and Prague. When travelers arrive, London offers excellent transport connections via the London Underground, while those coming from Europe can also switch coaches to reach other UK cities without journeying across the city.
Most buses to London will arrive at London Victoria Coach Station. The coach station is located around 200 yards south of London Victoria Station, a major rail arrival point for services from southern England. It has excellent links to the rest of London via the Underground, overground rail services, and buses.
Almost all domestic coaches to London are provided by National Express, the UK's major bus carrier. National Express links London to cities like Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Cardiff, and Glasgow. Services from Paris are operated by Eurolines and won't require any changes, while RegioJet also offers direct services from central European cities including Prague and Vienna.
If travelers need to make the journey from UK cities to London, National Express coaches are often the best way to do so. Buses are extremely affordable on all routes, and the distances involved aren't usually that long so journey times will be manageable and rarely much longer than trains or flights (if transfers to and from airports are considered). London Victoria is conveniently located, both to reach central London and airports like Heathrow or Gatwick. The UK capital also enjoys a huge range of connections from European and domestic destinations so there are plenty of reasons to take the bus.
Before passengers arrive in London, it may be a good idea to order an Oyster Card. These rechargeable cards offer discounted travel across the London public transport network, including overground, subway, buses, and even water taxis. When using the card, don't just stick to famous attractions like Oxford Street or the Houses of Parliament. Explore Brixton's food and nightlife scene, take a stroll to Alexandra Palace for sublime views, and visit out-of-the-way museums like the Horniman in Forest Hill. It has an amazing collection of historical musical instruments and beautiful gardens.
London is a friendly city with plenty to see and do for visitors. Lots of the most stunning attractions are free, like the V&A, Natural History, and Science Museums, all located in leafy South Kensington. Unlike most large cities, London is a walkable metropolis, with many of its most iconic landmarks within an hour’s stroll. It’s possible for visitors to take in Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament in one afternoon, then put their feet up on the London Eye for a panoramic view of the Thames and Embankment. The designer shopping on Bond Street is world class, but for high street cool, head to Oxford Circus for the latest catwalk designs at a more reasonable price. At night, London is packed with theatre goers on Shaftsbury Avenue, clubbers in Camden and diners in Chinatown. Even in the early hours the streets are rarely empty. Luckily it’s also easy to find a well-prepared and reasonably priced breakfast in one of Soho’s buzzing 24 hour cafes.