The £2 Bus fare cap: the perfect chance to plan a staycation in the UK

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Do you ever feel like crying when you see that the cost of living is getting higher and higher nowadays? Well, there is some comforting news: the UK Department for Transport announced a £2 bus fare cap, from January to March 2023, on all journeys across England.
With the arrival of the cold season, the cost of living will probably increase even more due to rising fuel prices. Therefore, the cap on the price of bus tickets will help anyone who uses bus connections daily reduce their expenses. The government will provide up to £60 million to help bus companies limit single adult fares to £2 per journey. With the new fare, passengers will save almost 30% every time they travel. Indeed, even for a 3-mile trip, the average single fare is over £2.80.
The £2 fare cap on long-distance bus routes makes savings even bigger. So why not seize the opportunity and plan a low-cost staycation in the UK?

Long-distance buses are the perfect way to visit rural areas of England without having to use a car. Taking the bus not only cuts down on pollution, but also lets you enjoy the ride while looking out the window at beautiful scenery.

Are you already thinking of taking advantage of the reduced price of bus tickets and planning a vacation in the UK next winter? Then check out our suggestions on the most breathtaking rural routes in England here below.

The top 3 most breathtaking rural routes in England

1. Leeds to Whitby

Whitby Abbey

People come from all over the world to see this route, so it is not surprising that Bus Users UK chose the 840 Coastliner route from Leeds to York as the “most scenic” in Britain. It is a spectacular ride through the moors, the famous city walls, rolling hills, and coastlines.

The picturesque towns of Malton and Pickering are on the itinerary, with optional side trips to Thornton-le-Dale, Kirby Misperton, and Goathland. But the most breathtaking panorama is the view of the gothic seaside town of Whitby.

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2. Bournemouth to Swanage


This route located in the South of England takes in many attractive stops for tourists like Bournemouth, the largest resort in Dorset, as well as Westbourne, a fascinating coastal village, and Sandbanks Beach, one of the best beaches on the south coast.

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3. Cambridge to Peterborough

Ely Cathedral

Cambridgeshire has everything: beautiful beach towns and villages by lakes, breathtakingly beautiful countryside, and jaw-dropping historical sites. The bus system makes it easy to see all of it. Between Cambridge and Peterborough, some of the best places to visit are Ely, Bedford, Grantham, Kettering, Stamford, and Luton. Since Ely is close to both Cambridge and Peterborough, it is the most popular place to stop along the route.

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