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Mega bus or Big bus?

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Mega bus or Big bus?

Hello 👋

Can someone please explain the difference between these two companies? Mega bus is charging a pound for a tour where big bus are charging over 30 pounds. I’m a little bit confused 😐

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Southampton, United...
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1. Re: Mega bus or Big bus?

Megabus take you all around London in a few hours, but do not stop at the attractions and you do the tour once, which for many is enough if they only have a few days. Big Bus were voted the "best" hop-on hop off London bus tour company. The services are frequent and stop at the best attractions, give maps and you can listen to a guided tour with ear phones. Stop where you like and lasts 24 hours. There is a huge difference in the price.

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2. Re: Mega bus or Big bus?

Megabus are the cheap-and-cheerful option. A two-hour tour with a recorded commentary, no stops, no frills.

Big Bus offers a hop-on-hop-off facility over 24 hours and bundles in all kinds of extra goodies, but you pay for them.

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3. Re: Mega bus or Big bus?

Something else to bear in mind... Megabus does one pick up so you're guaranteed a seat

The other tour companies rely on as many people getting off at each stop than get on - you can end up waiting a long time for a bus with space

Hatfield, United...
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4. Re: Mega bus or Big bus?

The mega bus tour can be good to scout out attractions as you go round for a more in depth visit later in your trip.

As other's have said Big Bus can get a bit chaotic, and there have been negative reviews on TA regarding this, their stops not being properly marked, staff being rude etc. But one of their routes has a "live" guide as opposed to a recording, which you may prefer.

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5. Re: Mega bus or Big bus?

Megabus and its parent company Stagecoach have a longstanding history of aggressively hammering the competition on any routes/services they want to muscle-in on and take over. I can remember them back to the days when their Chairman and principal shareholder actually worked the buses!

Running their own or often unmarked buses operated by a "contractor" on the same route and offering prices that are a tiny fraction of the established operators is absolutely their MO.

Of course, once they have driven-out the established operators, they then cherry-pick the most profitable services, drop the rest and push the prices much higher - Whilst offering the illusion of cheapness with "special fares" that nobody ever seems to be able to get.

In-short, predators, avoid!!

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