Discount Travel With a Disabled Coachcard
If you are a disabled person travelling on National Express coaches then investigate Discount Travel With a Disabled Coachcard. It costs £12.50, it is valid for 12 months and enables you to save a third off the full ticket price on many journeys. This looks like good value for your money.
Discount Travel With a Disabled Coach card
I think the National Express coach network is very good and many journeys are considerably cheaper than the equivalent train journey.
About our coaches
This is what National Express say about their coaches:
Majority of our services offer guaranteed reclining leather seats, air-conditioning, plug sockets for charging your mobile, toilet facilities, onboard digital entertainment in the VUER app, friendly drivers to help load your heavy luggage
- Save 1/3 on Standard and Fully Flexible fares, even at peak times.
- Enjoy £15 mid-week day returns on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
- Accessible coaches with the majority having a lift at the front door
- 95% of our coaches are wheelchair accessible with anchor points and located at the front of the coach.
You need 3 documents
It is very easy to buy a Disabled Coachcard. Click on this link: Disabled Coachcard and follow the instructions. You don’t need proof of your disability to buy the card but when travelling you must carry three documents with you:
- Your coach ticket
- Your Disabled Coach card
- Proof of disability, such as a blue badge or a letter from the DWP showing 100% mobility allowance.
I haven’t bought a coachcard myself because I have not travelled by coach since I became disabled so I can’t speak with the benefit of experience. I used them in 2008 to travel to and from Bournemouth each week and they were punctual and reliable. Not many journeys are needed to recoup the cost of the Disabled Coach card.
Be aware of the Terms and Conditions
- This Coachcard is not valid for: Hotel Hoppa, European Services, Ulsterbus, Third Party services, special event services, Season tickets, Multiride and Restricted fare tickets.
- Discounted tickets can be purchased online, by phone, or in person at any National Express outlet or ticket machine and from drivers on board.
- Your Coachcard if only valid for use for travel from the next calendar day after purchase.
- Please show the driver your Coachcard when boarding as failure to do so will invalidate your ticket.
- Maximum of four Coachcards per booking.
- We charge £2.50 postage fee to send your Coachcard out to you when you book online or by phone.
I don’t think this is as good a deal as the Disabled Persons Railcard It does not give the carer a discount. Nonetheless I’m quite sure some people will find it good value for money.
Also if you are disabled then don’t forget to get a Concessionary Bus Pass. All bus journeys are free and there is no fee.