More than five million people take a coach tour or leisure trip by coach in the UK each year with more than a million going on an escorted tour to Europe, or a fly coach tour to a long-haul destination. More than 150 million people take a day trip tour by coach in the UK every year.
London’s theatres have enjoyed a massive boom over the past decade in no small way thanks to the number of people going by coach to shows in the West End. They account for 15 per cent of more than 14 million seats sold annually. Stately homes, gardens and theme parks report that at certain times more than half their visitors arrive by coach.
New touring coaches cost upwards of £250,000 and feature reclining seats, air conditioning, double glazed windows and on board facilities. Unseen elements are quiet cabins and a smooth ride. Many operators now have coaches that cost much more and feature club class style leather seats with extra legroom, drop down DVD screens, toilet facilities and even kitchens.
COACH TRAVEL BENEFITS
All inclusive: Travel, hotel on a half board basis and tickets for visitor attractions are generally included in the price
Personal service: Most operators offer a door to door service or a local start. Your coach driver is like a personal chauffeur. There’s no need to worry about map reading, getting lost or losing tickets or luggage
Value for money: All inclusive prices are cheaper than most other holidays. Why spend more than £70 filling up the car with fuel when travel is included in the price
Comfort: New coaches cost upwards of £250,000 and come with air conditioning, tinted windows, on-board facilities and often club class seating with extra legroom
Safety: Coaches are seven times safer than travelling by car
Environmentally friendly: Coaches are the cleanest form of transport and six times less pollutant than a plane. A coach carrying 50 passengers can replace 20 cars on the road.
Operators will tell you the standard of hotels – 2, 3 and 4 star accommodation is the norm. Bedrooms will be twin or double with en suite facilities. Single rooms may carry a supplement and may be limited in the number available.