2017 is a big year for huge sporting events in London. April 29 will see Britain’s World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Anthony Joshua defend against Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley. NFL London Games return to the UK in September. Not to mention the range of amazing annual spectacles including the FA Cup Final and the Wimbledon Championships.
Whether you’re a fan club following a team or player on their journey, or a company attending a big event as a part of a working outing, hiring a coach can be the best way to get there. Avoiding the trains and arriving exactly when you want to are just a couple of the benefits.
If you’re considering coach hire, London has a huge range of options to choose from. So here are some great reasons to hire a coach next time you attend a sporting event.
Travel in style
If you’re on a journey to London that takes several hours, luxury coaches are by far the best option. With clean and spacious seats, it definitely beats travelling by train in terms of comfort. With both heating and air conditioning, you can look forward to a very relaxed and pleasant journey. Many hireable coaches also include free Wi-Fi, so this really can be a hugely convenient way to get to the event.
Enjoy the journey
Another option that some people think about is driving down in groups using cars. The problem is that someone is landed with the task of having to drive into London and deal with everything from parking to navigating the often-complicated roads. It’s much nicer to leave the driving to a professional, allowing you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey.
The cost of hiring a coach can be far less than almost any other option. If you have a few people travelling, then this will almost certainly be the most cost effective way to do it. Taking multiple cars means paying for the fuel costs as well as congestion charges, parking and more.
And many people travelling on the train can lead to exorbitant prices. When you hire a coach, you can choose from a range of options to have just the right number of seats for your party – so you never need to overpay.
Sit with friends
When you’re travelling down to a sporting event, it’s fantastic to enjoy the camaraderie of the journey with fellow fans. When you bring a brilliant spirit with you to the event it can completely change your enjoyment of it. Getting a coach together means everyone in your party can get in the mood for the event – it will definitely enhance the fun that you can have.
We’ve already talked about how driving will cost a lot in petrol, but consider the emissions from all of those cars. You might assume that it’s a better idea to catch a flight down, but aeroplanes can be just as bad, if not worse. Coach travel is far better for the environment. Whether you're considering flying or driving several cars down, you’ll be doing the planet a favour by opting for a coach journey instead.
No risky connections
One of the problems with getting the train is that you’ll often have specific connections that you need to get. So if one of the trains is late or cancelled, it can play havoc with your journey, and even potentially making it impossible to get there on time. When you hire a coach, there’s no risk of this happening.
Set your own timetable
Using public transport means running on their schedule, which can sometimes lead to poor connections or inconvenient arrival times. When you hire your own coach, you choose the timetable, so there’s no need to be constantly worried about whether you can make it to the station on time.
Another issue that you no longer need to worry about is the risk of train strikes. With a range of strikes planned throughout the year and unions choosing times that will cause disruption in order to make their point, it’s worth wondering whether strikes could affect your journey. To remove this concern, hire a coach so you don’t have to be at the mercy of the train companies.
If you're looking for events to attend, check out this list of sporting events in London.