Yorkshire coaches

County advice overview

National Express and Megabus are the main coach operators in Yorkshire, providing wheelchair-accessible coaches and assistance services. 

If you are taking a journey for the first time, always check the accessibility of coach stops and whether your mobility aid will be eligible for coach travel, prior to travelling.

National Express coaches are equipped with a wheelchair lift. However, it cannot be deployed at all stops. Contact the Assisted Travel Team on 03717 818181 to discuss any requirements.

Key tips

Always allow yourself plenty of time to plan your journey. It may be worth considering:

  • If you will need help to access the coach and will you be travelling with mobility equipment. Consider whether it is easier to take equipment with you or hire it at your destination, from an outlet such as ShopMobility.
  • Booking assistance in advance. Before you contact the coach operator to arrange, consider all aspects of your journey so you can obtain all the information in one call. For example, if travelling by coach are you able to access the onboard toilets? Will your destination stop be accessible?
  • When booking transport assistance, you should be able to provide the size of a wheelchair or mobility scooter, including the total weight with or without the user.
  • What local transport do you need once you arrive at your destination? Will you need to pre-book an accessible taxi?
  • Will you be making this journey more than once a year? If so, it may be worth researching concessionary travel schemes.

Remember that your local Hubs Mobility Advice Service can signpost you to the correct travel operator and mobility organisations.

Regional Operators

There are no coach operators running services exclusively within the Yorkshire area which can be booked by individual passengers. Private hire coach companies are available for large groups of travellers and cater for corporate travel arrangements. 

National Operators 

National Express


Mega Bus


Help with cost

Check My Bus

Provides passengers with an opportunity to check and compare journey costs on different routes and days. 

National Express Senior Coachcard

If you are 60 or over, you can apply for a National Express Senior Coachcard

It offers a 1/3 saving on Standard and Fully Flexible fares to hundreds of towns, cities and airports across the UK. There are no restrictions on peak and off-peak travel times, so you can travel when it suits you and your plans. This includes public holidays, bank holidays and weekends. 

Benefits include:

  • Save 1/3 on Standard and Fully Flexible fares, even at peak times.
  • £15 day-return on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to anywhere in the UK (excluding airports), just book 3 days in advance of your travel.
  • Free journey if your coach is delayed for over an hour
  • You can apply for a Senior Coachcard on the National Express website, by phoning 0871 781 8181, or at any National Express ticket outlet.

National Express Disabled Coachcard

A Disabled Coachcard offers a 1/3 saving on Standard and Fully Flexible fares to hundreds of UK towns, cities and airports. For more information, please use this link.

Special assistance

Journey Assistance Cards

National Express have created a selection of Journey Assistance Cards for passengers. 

These explain to staff and drivers any need for assistance or exemptions from requirements. For example, if you have a hearing impediment. 

Journey Assistance Cards can be downloaded via this link.

Travelling with mobility equipment

National Express

Have a dedicated Assisted Travel Team who you can contact on 03717 818181 to talk through your needs. (Lines are open 9.00am – 5.00pm, 7 days a week.) It is not a requirement to book your assistance in advance but it will help National Express to provide your assistance if you do so.

Coaches are equipped with a wheelchair lift. However, it cannot be deployed at all stops, so it is best to check in advance if your stop is accessible.

Wheelchair users are advised to book travel in advance, although this is not essential. This will allow National Express to check:

  • that the wheelchair is compatible with the space on the coach
  • that the combined weight of the customer and the wheelchair do not exceed the maximum weight capacity of being lifted by the wheelchair lift
  • that the locations at which the customer plans to board and alight the coach from are accessible stops at which the wheelchair lift can be deployed
  • that the specific coach on which the customer plans to travel is not already fully booked

It is recommended that you contact National Express 36 hours in advance of travel. This will ensure they are able to carry out checks. If you book same-day travel, National Express will make all reasonable efforts to carry out checks on the day. 

Customers cannot travel in their mobility scooters. However small lightweight mobility scooters that can be dismantled and safely stowed in the luggage hold of the coach are accepted.

In order to check if your mobility scooter will be accepted, you will need to provide National Express with the size, make and model. You will be advised either at the time of booking, or by National Express calling you back, about the suitability of your mobility scooter for carriage in the luggage hold.

Further passenger assistance information can be found on the National Express website.


Offer assistance to people with walking difficulties or those who normally use wheelchairs.

They recommend that all wheelchair users contact them before purchasing their tickets (preferably at least 36 hours before their intended journey), to book the wheelchair space.

For wheelchair space reservations, contact: 0141 352 4444 (Monday – Friday, 10:00am -16:00pm) or email: enquiries@megabus.com

All coaches are wheelchair accessible and can carry one seated wheelchair user subject to size and weight limits. (Max. weight 300kg, length 1200mm x width 700mm x height 1350mm including the seated passenger.)

Megabus are unable to accommodate passengers seated in mobility scooters. However, if you use a wheelchair (max. weight 20kg) or a mobility scooter and are able to climb the few steps into the bus, your mobility device can be stored in the luggage bay and the driver will help you to your seat.

In order to be accepted for transit, your mobility scooter must break down into separate parts each weighing no more than 20kg. You or a companion must be able to dismantle and reassemble the mobility scooter for carriage in the luggage hold.

Assistance to departing coaches is available if required. 

Further passenger assistance information can be found on the Megabus website.

Assistance Dogs

Are accepted on both National Express and Megabus coaches.

Routes and timetables


Traveline is a partnership of transport companies, local authorities and passenger groups which have come together to bring routes and times for all travel in Great Britain by bus, rail, coach and ferry. They can help you find the way that best suits you for making your journey using the most up to date information. 

On the www.traveline.info, you can plan your journey door-to-door, see the different ways you can travel, view journey times and your route on a map.

If you need help to plan a journey, Traveline’s National Call Centre can be contacted on 0871 200 2233.

Any advice or information given by the Hubs Mobility Advice Service is impartial and correct at the time it is provided. However, as operators may change their services or equipment prior to your journey or booking, you are strongly advised to check any details directly with them shortly before you expect to travel.

Contact your local Hub

Get in touch with the Yorkshire Hub for personal mobility advice and accessible travel information. Your Hub can help with local, national and international accessible travel advice.