What are Megabuses actually like? A common question asked online. The Megabus Gold actually has a beds, not reclining bad boy chairs – actual beds! We took the cheap bus trip from Edinburgh to London for Field Day Festival. Would I do again? Let’s find out…
Field Day Festival London
The forecast was lightning but that did not dampen spirits. Craig has been a fan of Blood Orange for four years now and I jumped on the Dev Hynes bandwagon nearly two years ago so when we heard he was playing Field Day Festival in London’s Victoria Park we snapped up two (birthday) tickets (for me) and started searching for transport and accommodation.
Accommodation Near Victoria Park
Hotels were not easy to come by, this is when I stumbled across Airbnb, after a quick search this stylish number came up on my radar, The Residential Suite, at £119 in total. The host, Ingrid, answered all of my (many) questions promptly and I was reassured we would be close to Victoria Park (we were, just a stumble away but not too close that you could hear it) One of the perks of Airbnb is that first timers get money off and we get credit for referring you too! Just click here to sign up
Update: we’ve continued to use Airbnb all over the world from Bolivia to Bosnia!
Megabus Gold – Scotland to London
We opted for Megabus Gold’s overnight bus to London for two reasons:
1. It was cheaper than the train or flying (approx. £35 each)
2. It would save on one night accommodation fees so it killed two birds (train back to Edinburgh was £100 for two)
I always assumed that there would be showers at Victoria Train Station over the road from the bus station but alas, a quick internet search a week before we set proved me wrong… Ingrid was very helpful and suggested using York Hall Leisure Centre showers which we did, it was a couple of pounds each (you need to take your own towel) and as long as you are fine sharing shower space with very relaxed over 65 year old women then you are winning (luckily there are cubicles). This London baths alternative was suggested by a friend. If we had more time/forecast wasn’t lightning we would have done it for the fun, maybe next visit when we have more time to tick of these things to see and do in London.
Back to the bus… The Megabus Gold arrived at Dunfermline Bus Station about twenty minutes late (due to leave at 21:40), the station said this was not common. Another passenger said she had chosen to get on at Dunfermline so she could pick a bed (she had used it previously but got on at Edinburgh). There were a mixture of singles, hammock style beds and doubles. The beds were flat so once you are on the bus that’s pretty much you, off to dreamland (you hope).
Staff were friendly, we got a bottle of water and muffin on arrival and the toilets were clean. I would suggest taking a pillow if you are picky (like me). I had an eye mask but on reflection really wished I had ear plugs too as the air-con was noisy.
If you don’t want to sleep straight away there are seats on the bottom deck but that will just depend on how busy the bus is. As I was lying awake, tapped into the air-con drone, planning on ways to end my life I thought, never again.
By the time we had reached London at 07:30am, driving through postcode W1, I had declared it was a strong choice, I just had to be better prepared. It was no overnight train to Sapa, Vietnam, but I can confirm the toilets were better. The trip ended with a cereal bar and fruit juice and a walk over two roads to Victoria Train Station. We had borrowed Oyster Cards, London transport payment cards and topped up £5 which was enough for the journey to Bethnal Green and back to Kings Cross Train Station. The TFL journey planner will help you manage the underground system. Regardless of the rumours, people in London are helpful when it comes to the tube, just not that keen to take our Scottish monopoly money ‘we’re not independent yet’… We ate a breakfast fit for kings at Café 388.
Hipster Bethnal Green
After a spot of rain (thankful for my new Marmot Precip), the sun came out and stayed with us all day. We dumped our bags at Ingrid’s place and were issued with a discount card for The Lauriston over the road so we went for a tipple, it would have been rude not to. Two beers – £8 with the discount, that’s London baby. Palate wet it was time to dance. The whole day was spent skipping between the drinks cabins, tents, toilets and stages. Pints were about £5.
Field Day Festival Fun
The highlight was obviously Dev (Blood Orange), we were at the front like proper creeps. We dabbled with Jamie XX, Jagwar Ma, Skye Ferreira; Arthur Beatrice, and pretty much caught the last of PAWWS due to Craig getting a full cavity search…
So would I use the Megabus Gold again? Yes, but with earplugs and demanding a backseat bed. I’m actually keen to get out of London now that I’ve read this guide to Southwest England, ashamed to say I’ve not visited any of it and Bristol looks banging!
Would you ride the Megabus Gold?