National Express chalks up record advanced bookings on unrivaled university network
National Express has seen record advanced bookings on its extensive network of university services this autumn as thousands of students take advantage of its 24/7 Young Person’s Coachcard.
Advanced bookings on the UK’s largest coach operator university services are up by more than 35 per cent year-on-year taking them to their highest ever level for the Autumn term (ending 6 December) as thousands take advantage of affordable coach travel.
The increase follows the launch of a new offer giving undergraduates a free four-year Coachcard when they open a NatWest or RBS student account.
The card offers students a third off standard fares for travel 24/7 at any time of the day on National Express’s network, which serves over 900 destinations including major airports, cities and attractions. Thousands have already bagged a new Coachcard, which also offers 10 per cent off standard adult coach fares to some of the UK’s best festivals and events, after opening an account.
National Express, which has long been synonymous with affordable student travel, is the UK’s leading provider of tailored student services with coaches running directly to 20 top university campuses and serving all major university cities.
The top ten most popular university coach journeys this Autumn term are:
- Cardiff University - London
- London - Southampton University
- London - Portsmouth University
- Heathrow Airport - Southampton University
- Bristol Airport - Cardiff University
- Heathrow Airport - Nottingham University
- Bristol University - London
- London - University of Kent
- London - Loughborough University
National Express Managing Director Tom Stables said: “We offer an unrivalled network of straight-to-campus university services making it easy for students to travel to see friends at other universities or back home to see family affordably. Our discounted Coachcard is also available for use 24/7 so it’s no wonder our services are proving so popular among students this Autumn.”
Dan Jones, Head of Commercial for Current Accounts at NatWest and RBS, said: "We know university is an expensive time for many students, and that travel fares can really contribute to this - on average, students are spending £210 a year on long distance travel. That’s why we’ve teamed up with National Express to help students make great savings on costs that have traditionally carried expensive price tags."
Alongside the new Coachcard, this year’s NatWest and RBS account provides help with budgeting and managing finances, through useful tools including the mobile app, GetCash, text alerts and an interest-free tiered arranged overdraft of up to £2,000.
Find out more at www.rbs.co.uk/student and www.natwest.com/student