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Local, safe and quality school coach hire for any occasion big or small..

Coach trips have proved a popular, safe and economical solution for many years and in these times of financial difficulty and regulatory burden, National Express Transport Solutions can manage both the coach hire and legislative compliance. With a wide range of vehicles and local expertise we can organise private coach hire for small or large parties within the UK and across Europe.

Let us do all the work while you experience a hassle-free coach trip. Planning to go to Europe? Take advantage of preferential rates we can access as Eurotunnel’s largest coach customer. Take the stress and headaches out of organising coach hire for school trips with National Express Transport Solutions.

We are the coach hire company for you! Speak to the experts today on 0845 257 9845 or alternatively get a quick quote!

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How we can help your school

Safety, Drivers & Vehicles

National Express Transport Solutions host a fleet of over 750 vehicles with access to a further 10,000+ vehicles through operator partners enabling us to provide the perfect vehicles for your hire.

More than anything else, we value the safety of our customers, employees and the community. Nothing we do is worth getting hurt for and we will not do anything which causes harm. Click here for further information on our safety schemes.

Vehicle safety

To provide passenger peace of mind our entire fleet is fitted with alco-lock units. These require our drivers to blow a clear sample of breath into an analyser machine before the vehicle will start. We have a zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy.

In addition, all of our vehicles are fitted with seatbelts and the very latest driver telematics system which allows us to monitor driver behaviour and alerts us to any unsafe driver manoeuvres. Real-time data captured every time one of our coaches is driven is used as part of our ongoing Driver Development Programme – which aims to improve driving standards and reduce accident risk.

Each vehicle undergoes rigorous and regular safety inspections, including a “first use” inspection every morning before departure. To further enhance the safety of our coaches all of our vehicles are fitted with CCTV and tracking devices, making sure no stone is unturned. All of our drivers are trained in the technique of defensive driving. Risk assessments are prepared and reviewed throughout our business for all aspects of our work. Comprehensive safe working practices are also devised and communicated throughout the team.

Additional measures and procedures for Covid-19, both on and off our vehicles have been made to make sure that you feel safe and comfortable when you take your next trip. Click here to see how we are making your journey more secure

Professional and friendly drivers

Our friendly drivers have a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to transporting groups and they’ll make sure you and your pupils enjoy their coach trip.

Every driver has undergone a thorough selection procedure to ensure that only those with exceptional customer service skills are part of our successful and professional team. All drivers receive the best training and are fully DBS checked.

Planning

Transport tailored to you

We’re here to support you with your National Curriculum programme for all key stages. We offer a range of day trips and tours, whether you need an educational trip, sports activities or an end of year tour – we can take away all the stress of planning transport for your academic year.

Our school coach hire offers are equipped to help you effectively utilise your school budget across the academic year.

We offer schemes that can help pay for the costs of each pupil and discounts that can be applied when more than one trip is booked, please see our school offers below for more details.

UK & European Tour Transport

As the UK’s leading transport provider we have access to exclusive times and offers for Eurotunnel and Ferry journeys for overseas trips and tours.

We have a range of experience for all kinds of trips within Europe from summer end-of-year tours to Ski tours
for multiple schools. These tours include the transportation of many school groups and staff and the logistics of multiple coaches travelling over at different times and dates.

Sports & Swimming Lesson Shuttles
Need quick, easy and affordable transport to and from school swimming and sports lessons? Look no further!
 
We are able to support your school with transportation for your swimming / sports contracts ranging from a small class to multiple year groups.
 
All we need from you is a timetable of departure dates and times and we can provide you with a bespoke transport solution in no time.
Home to school shuttles
We understand that the safe travel of students from home to school is of the utmost importance for both the school and
the parent. With experience and knowledge in providing a home to school student transport solutions, we are equipped to transport your students to get to and from school, safely and securely.
 

As part of our exclusive services for students, we can offer a shuttle service that can pick them up near home and take them to school, shuttle them between campuses and more.

We’re here to take the stress away. We have some incredible technology that will allow both you and your students or parents to book their places on vehicles contactlessly and track vehicles in real time.

 
We can also provide you with a dedicated service updates platform to help keep you and your students in the loop during service hours.

Our school offers

Super Smart Discount

Save up to 50% on school coach hire!

Budget Lodging Scheme

Use this years travel budget NEXT YEAR

Book More Save More

Book multiple trips to make HUGE savings

NEW Flexible Funding

Share the cost of school coach hire

Get the chance to WIN!!

What is the competition prize!

Get the chance to win an end of the year school trip to one of the following top merlin attractions; Thorpe Park, Alton Towers, Chessington or Legoland.

This prize includes the transportation of a primary or secondary class and entry tickets to one of the listed attractions.

Enter the competition before 31st October 2021. T&Cs apply.

End of year school trip prize terms & conditions
  • The promoter of this Offer is National Express Transport Solutions, The Travel Centre, Eastcourt Lane, Gillingham Kent ME8 6HW (the “Promoter”)
  • “school” shall mean any primary school or secondary school in the UK.
  • This prize entitles the winning School to 35 pupils’ entry tickets plus up to 7 teachers for primary schools and 3 teachers for secondary schools to the closest merlin attraction to the school (Chessington, Thorpe Park, Alton Towers or Legoland) and a 49 seater coach. Any additional pupils or teachers will be charged at a standard rate.
  • The end date of the prize draw is 23:59 on 31st October 2021. The winner will be drawn at random on 1st November 2021 and contact within 5 working days. The winning school will be granted 14 working days to confirm prize acceptance. If acceptance is not received a new winner will be selected at random the following working day.
  • This end of year school trip must be booked before 1st June 2022. Please note that Merlin attractions have peak times exclusive for schools, your trip may have to follow the attractions timetable.
  • All travel is subject to availability and the Promoter reserves the right to withdraw, amend or replace the prize without prior notification.
  • If the Promoter reasonably believes that any action is being made unlawfully or illegally, they may reject or cancel any purchase and you agree that you will have no claim against the Promoter in respect of any rejection or cancellation.
  • Schools are deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions upon participating in the prize draw
  • These terms and conditions shall be governed by English law and any dispute relating to these terms and conditions will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

Download Schools Transport Pack & Competition Entry

Simply complete the form below to view or download our Schools Transport Pack.
You can also select to enter the competition to win a class coach trip to a top Merlin attraction!

Just some of our experience

South West Universities Consortium

South West Universities Consortium, 2020 Location: South West England We provided safe and covid compliant

South West Universities Consortium, 2020 Location: South West England We provided safe and covid compliant

South West Universities Consortium, 2020 Location: South West England We provided safe and covid compliant

Education First

Education First 2019 The challenge To provide consistent, reliable ground transport for American Educational

Education First 2019 The challenge To provide consistent, reliable ground transport for American Educational

Education First 2019 The challenge To provide consistent, reliable ground transport for American Educational

Harris Boys Academy

Harris Boys Academy Location: London The challenge Harris Boys Academy East Dulwich (HBAED) are part

Harris Boys Academy Location: London The challenge Harris Boys Academy East Dulwich (HBAED) are part

Harris Boys Academy Location: London The challenge Harris Boys Academy East Dulwich (HBAED) are part

Eaton House Schools Group

EATON HOUSE SCHOOLS GROUP Location: London The challenge Eaton House School Group in London had a number

EATON HOUSE SCHOOLS GROUP Location: London The challenge Eaton House School Group in London had a number

EATON HOUSE SCHOOLS GROUP Location: London The challenge Eaton House School Group in London had a number

HTS/Travelbound

HTS / Travelbound – 2010 – 2019 Ski and Summer educational tours / airport transfers Locations:

HTS / Travelbound – 2010 – 2019 Ski and Summer educational tours / airport transfers Locations:

HTS / Travelbound – 2010 – 2019 Ski and Summer educational tours / airport transfers Locations:

NUCO

NUCO – Ski season 2019 Locations: Nationwide travelling to Southern & Eastern France The challenge

NUCO – Ski season 2019 Locations: Nationwide travelling to Southern & Eastern France The challenge

NUCO – Ski season 2019 Locations: Nationwide travelling to Southern & Eastern France The challenge

Canterbury Christ Church University

CANTERBURY CHRIST CHURCH UNIVERSITY Location: Medway/Canterbury For more than 50 years, Canterbury Christ

CANTERBURY CHRIST CHURCH UNIVERSITY Location: Medway/Canterbury For more than 50 years, Canterbury Christ

CANTERBURY CHRIST CHURCH UNIVERSITY Location: Medway/Canterbury For more than 50 years, Canterbury Christ

University of Kent

University of Kent Location: Medway/Canterbury For more than 50 years, Canterbury Christ Church University

University of Kent Location: Medway/Canterbury For more than 50 years, Canterbury Christ Church University

University of Kent Location: Medway/Canterbury For more than 50 years, Canterbury Christ Church University

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