National Express, one of the UK’s largest coach
operators, has pledged to add thousands more seats to its network
after seeing year-on-year bookings soar by almost a third on
services in areas with large numbers of Rugby World Cup
The 2015 tournament, which will take place 18
September – 31 October, will feature 48 matches being played in 13
match venues across England including Twickenham, Wembley and the
Queen Elizabeth Park stadiums in London, the Millennium Stadium in
Cardiff, and St James’ Park in Newcastle.
Cardiff to London is the most booked
journey during the tournament with sales up 200%
year-on-year as rugby fans in Wales bag travel to key matches.
That is followed by Bristol to London which has seen a 50%
increase in bookings and Leicester to London which has also seen a
50% year-on-year increase in bookings during the World
Boasting three of the tournament’s venues, London is the most popular match-hosting city to
travel to by coach, with nearly 40,000 travelling there during the
London is followed by Birmingham which is
hosting World Cup matches at Villa Park, Cardiff which is hosting
matches at the Millennium Stadium and Manchester which is hosting
matches at Manchester City Stadium.
In a boost to those
looking to travel to matches with their friends and family,
National Express is offering groups of four or more 25%
off the cost of their coach tickets, provided the tickets are
booked three days in advance.
operator has also made hundreds of thousands of Funfares starting at Ł5
available for travel during the tournament.
Express UK Coach Managing Director Tom Stables said, “With England
and Wales hosting the Rugby World Cup 2015, its no wonder that
tens of thousands of fans across the country are looking for
transport to and from matches to see the giants of world rugby go
head to head. We are adding thousands of extra seats to
our services and are prepared to keep adding capacity to support
as many fans as possible to get to and from the big games.”
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