As the birthplace of London's iconic red doubledeckers, it is no surprise that bus travel is a popular and cheap method of inter-city, urban and rural travel in the UK. Buses are also regularly used as a means of transport between airports and urban areas. As such, bus stations and stops are extremely common. Bus companies sometimes offer reduced services on the weekend; however, most destinations throughout the UK are still able to be reached.
Although bus routes connect much of the UK, many of the more popular journeys are inter-city. Bus connections are often a cheaper alternative to train journeys, and the well-connected system mean they serve all popular destinations throughout the country. Bus routes - sometimes through the use of local postal services – also serve extremely rural areas that train services don't operate to. There are some routes which drive straight past world-famous attractions such as Stonehenge or the Angel of the North. Larger stations, such as London Victoria Coach Station, offer regular services to mainland Europe.
National Express and EasyBus are the main coach and long-distance journey providers. In addition to these there are many regional services provided by companies such as Arriva and Metrobus. Both long distance and short distance buses are available here. Nationwide coach companies operate alongside many regional companies who serve one particular region. As mentioned previously, smaller services operate to some of the most rural locations in the country. Many larger providers now include Wi-Fi and air conditioning as standard on their services. Passengers requiring child seats may also find the transport company can provide these, however it is always best to check ahead of time. Most on-board facilities are only provided on service from larger companies covering longer distances; local bus routes rarely include additional services or facilities.