As the country starts to re-open and people plan ahead for day trips and UK breaks, Megabus, the Stagecoach-owned intercity coach operator has joined forces with Bournemouth-based Yellow Buses to offer a new service from Bournemouth to London, via Heathrow Airport.

Promoting its service to holidaymakers, the move comes as rival Flixbus says it will become the UK’s biggest network, while National Express has also restarted its operations.

The new service will be operated by drivers from locally-owned Yellow Buses, and will run from Thursday to Monday every week offering five daily journeys in each direction starting from 21 May. The timetable has been created by megabus and Yellow Buses to cater for day trippers from Bournemouth to London and vice versa, and also provides a 23:30 departure from London offering a late night return for theatre goers and football supporters when people are able to return to these venues.

As with other megabus services, reserved seating will be offered as well as additional leg room seats, complimentary WiFI on board, as well as an on-board toilet.

In addition to the Bournemouth service, there will also be one journey a day between Weymouth and London. 

Mark Venables, megabus Managing Director said: “The staycation summer is fast approaching and the south coast is a firm favourite for many of us.

“We are making day trips and longer stays to visit loved ones and tourist hotspots easier than before and at the same time, creating connections between the largest cities as well as airports across England, Wales and as far as Scotland.

“Yellow Buses are a highly respected local operator and it’s great to be able to partner with them to provide this service, as well as connecting journeys onto their local bus network to locations such as Christchurch and Wimborne”. 

“More and more people are discovering and coming back to the exceptional value and comfort of choosing megabus coaches as we emerge from the pandemic, with the added advantage of coach being an incredibly sustainable travel choice.”

David Squire, Managing Director of Yellow Buses said “It is great to be able to partner with megabus in providing these services. As the local operator of bus services in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole conurbation and south Dorset area, it’s for the local operator to be able to work with megabus to provide the services.

“megabus offer a great service, and like us, expect the highest of standards from their drivers, so you can be sure of a great experience when travelling with us. The drivers are all local to Bournemouth and the surrounding area, so always have some help and advice to anyone visiting the area for the first time.

“With connecting tickets to be made available for the local service from Bournemouth to Christchurch and Wimborne, this will mean customers can purchase one simple ticket for their journey. We will also be selling megabus tickets at our travel shop in Bournemouth”.

The service will start on Friday 21 May, and tickets are available for purchase now from megabus.com.