Megabus and Transdev in tie-up

Transdev Blazefield and Stagecoach’s Megabus have joined forces to offer the coach equal of ‘PlusBus’ – the all-day bus add-on to a rail ticket – by starting through tickets.

The deal works across all Blazefield’s brands – Cityzap, Coastliner, The Harrogate Bus Company and The Keighley Bus Company – to offer through tickets at low prices, with a single easy change at Leeds Bus and Coach Station.

Now, passengers travelling to Yorkshire with Megabus can continue to places served by the Yorkshire buses – using one ticket bought via one simple booking system.

At the same time, Yorkshire locals will be able to travel through from their home on one low-cost ticket to places on the intercity coach network across Britain, stretching from Inverness to Plymouth, and including the capital cities of London, Cardiff and Edinburgh.

The new through tickets are also expected to prove popular with students at universities and colleges.

Add-on single fares for local bus travel to join coaches at Leeds will be £3 from Ripon, Harrogate or Keighley, or £5 from York, Malton and Yorkshire Coast.

Transdev CEO Alex Hornby said: “This amazing deal joins up travel between Yorkshire’s finest cities and towns and an impressive list of destinations right across the country.

“It really couldn’t be simpler to transfer between our buses and intercity coaches at Leeds Bus and Coach Station – we’re literally a few steps apart – and we’ve put everything together to make it easy to book online and make amazing savings.

“For example, someone travelling from Harrogate to London can hop on our frequent buses into Leeds, and then join one of 10 daily departures to London. Our buses run from early morning to late evening, seven days a week, making connections easy.

“With our add-on one-way fares starting at just £3, plus one-way advance fares to London also starting from £1, amazing savings are going to be a whole lot closer from now on.”

The full list of places across Yorkshire which will offer through advance booked fares to and from destinations on the intercity coach network via Leeds will be available soon on the website.

Tony Simmons, Operations Director for said: “This is a great opportunity for passengers travelling on our services to and from Leeds to reach their final destination in an easy way whilst paying a great price. By adding these additional stops passengers will be able to travel across Yorkshire in comfort and with the ease of knowing that their onward journey is taken care of.

“By teaming up with Transdev we’re making it even easier for our customers to use our services to travel across the UK whilst benefiting from great value fares from only £1.

All of Transdev’s frequent bus routes into Leeds will be part of the offer, including Coastliner and Cityzap services from York, Malton and the Yorkshire Coast; the 36: Riding Redefined service from Ripon and Harrogate; and The Keighley Bus Company’s route 60 from Keighley.