At only £37 pounds from Perth to London this seemed too good an opportunity to miss. Especially with the information page showing “Passengers will have access to a toilet, free Wi-Fi, on-board refreshments and a complimentary overnight pack containing a toothbrush, toothpaste, a bottle of water, an eye mask and a luggage label. Each berth has a reading light and curtain for extra privacy, as well as a duvet, pillow and blanket.”
So 11pm there I was at the Megabus stop Broxden park and ride. The bus appeared only a few minutes late which was always a possibility as it had made it’s way from Aberdeen
One of the drivers took me upstairs and offered me the option of one of the berths at the top of the stairs or one at the very back of the coach. I chose the back as this would mean less disruption from people going downstairs to the on board toilet. The only available bunk at the back was the lower one which seemed ok at the time. The majority of the bunks were already taken with sleeping passengers.
The bunk was actually reasonably comfortable, made up with white cotton sheet, small pillow at one end and folded fleece blanket at the other. It’s not the easiest thing to do to immediately divest yourself of jacket and bag in the aisle of a coach and get settled down for the night. There is no in between of sit down get yourself ready, it is straight to the bunk to get settled down for the night. The staff came upstairs with a bottle of cold water and a choice of plain or chocolate muffin and explained the layout of the controls at my head and that all windows are emergency exits.
There is not too much room for manoeuvring on the bottom bunks, as you turn over you usually hit the bunk above with your hand or elbow but as you have very little option apart from settling down to sleep this problem doesn’t last for long. Any future journeys however I will be looking for a top bunk.
It wasn’t until almost 6am that I woke up fully, there had been a couple of interruptions throughout the night but nothing untoward. I turned over a few times but couldn’t get back to sleep and found the thought of lying with the bunk above barely a foot above my head a very unattractive proposition.
I headed downstairs to see what was available and managed to get a seat beside a power socket so got my phone charged ready for the day ahead.
Unfortunately this was when the service failed completely. The drivers who had changed somewhere during the night were grumpy, the stock of toothbrushes, cereal bars etc. had not been put on the bus so we were issued a carton of fruit juice and a biscuit. One gentleman with limited English sat downstairs and asked about tea or coffee. He did eventually get something but only after some pretty horrendous service from the spare driver. Within a minute or so there was an announcement on the tannoy saying that there would be no tea or coffee as it was too dangerous and no toothbrushes as the previous drivers had forgotten to stock the coach.
Arrival at the coach station was pretty uneventful and easy, just a bit of a backlog of coaches arriving after overnight trips from various parts of the country.
In summary not the trip I hoped it would be but not as bad as it could have been. For the anybody looking for a cheap way to travel to London I would definitely recommend this. You arrive a lot fresher than if you have been on a bus all day or even a train.
Oh and don’t expect an answer to emails. I asked for information on the service as I would be reviewing it but am still waiting many weeks later. Probably better to call direct if you have any questions.