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Kids for a quid on new coach service

08 Jul 2019

This summer, Stagecoach South East is offering children’s tickets for just £1 on its new coach service. Throughout the school holidays, up to two children aged 15 and under can travel at very low cost when accompanied by one full-paying adult – with children under four able to travel for free.

The new Stagecoach Express coach service, with a route from Canterbury to North Greenwich via Medway, is the ideal way to start the day hassle-free.

The drop-off point for the coach is adjacent to The O2, one of London’s leading entertainment centres, and home to immersive VR experiences, restaurants, bars and a trampoline park.

Nearby you can take a flight on the Emirates Air Line cable car and hop on board MBNA Thames Clippers for an 8 minute river trip to Greenwich, a World Heritage Site and home to the Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark, Old Royal Naval College and Greenwich Market. There’s something for everyone and the rest of the city just a short tube ride away.

Joel Mitchell, Managing Director at Stagecoach South East, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to offer the Kid for a Quid option this summer – we know that travel fares add up and can turn a reasonably priced day out with the family into a financial nightmare.”

Onboard charging and free Wi-Fi make it possible to keep your gadgets fully charged, which is handy for entertaining on the journey, route planning and tourist information.

Barrie Kelly, CEO at Visit Greenwich, said: “The new Canterbury to North Greenwich route is fantastic news and a great boost for domestic tourism. Greenwich is an exciting visitor destination, home to The O2, the Royal Observatory and Cutty Sark. Canterbury and Greenwich have strong cultural and heritage links and Visit Greenwich is delighted to be working with Stagecoach Express to promote the new route and inspire people to enjoy the attractions and experiences in Greenwich and at Greenwich Peninsula. 

“The area is particularly popular with families and the Kid for a Quid offer makes for a very affordable day out.”

Up to two £1 tickets can be added per adult coach ticket. With pre-booked single tickets starting at £6 from Medway and £7.50 from Canterbury, the whole family can enjoy a purse-friendlier day in the capital.

Joel continued: “Pre-booking on the new coach service will mean guaranteed seats for all passengers. All our coaches have air conditioning, an on-board toilet, reclining leather seats and individual reading lights to offer more comfort while travelling.

“Booking in advance via the Megabus website is the cheapest option for most passengers, but you can also buy a ticket on board for those last-minute trips. Let the coach take the strain and give the whole family a rest – avoid the stress of driving and parking in central London and take an environmentally friendly approach to sightseeing this summer.”

The children’s add-on ticket is available anytime, any day and can be purchased on the coach with cash or contactless payment. Children must be accompanied by the adult ticket/pass holder at all times when travelling. The Kid for a Quid offer is valid from day one of the new service until 31 August 2019. 

The Stagecoach Express service runs daily from Sunday 21 July and the M2 route has pick-up points at Hempstead Valley, Chatham Bus Station and Chatham Maritime. 

Fare information and a full timetable is available at, where passengers will find a link to book tickets on the Megabus website. A £1 booking fee applies.