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Megabus Sleeper And BE GLA-DUB Via Donegal  
User currently offlinegpbcroppers63 From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 520 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 14004 times:

Hi All,

Welcome to my latest trip report. A few weekends ago, I decided to try out the new Megabus Sleeper service from London to Glasgow. It’s basically a converted bendy-bus with 24 seats and 24 beds. Each passenger is allocated a seat and a bed on board the coach. Thinking this sounded like a fun idea, I booked myself on it.

I then needed to get back to Ireland from Glasgow but none of the options that I looked at really took my fancy. Aer Lingus and Ryanair were pretty pricy for what they offer and the times weren’t great either. For some reason, I had a flash of inspiration and checked out the Flybe website. I discovered that they would sell me Glasgow to Dublin via Donegal all on one ticket, operated by Loganair on the Saab 340. This offer was far too good to turn down so I quickly booked it.

To get to London, I booked a flight to Leeds Bradford for next to nothing with FR and headed to London via a football match in Bolton. As that flight was a bog-standard Ryanair flight and I was tired due to it being an early morning flight, I won’t report on it except to say it was on time and pleasant enough.

I arrived in Euston at around 21:00 and made my way to Victoria Coach Station on the Tube. I made it there in good time so went to a nice fish and chip shop just down the road to grab some dinner. I then chatted to some friends and family on the mobile while waiting for my bus.

Megabus Sleeper
LON-GLA
ETD: 23:55
ATD: 23:45
ETA: 07:45
ATA: 07:10
Registration: WLT 921  

The bus pulled in shortly after 23:30 and the drivers started checking names off the list. When you checked in, they allocated you a bed number and told you to take a seat anywhere on the bus if you’d never travelled with them before. If you had, you could go straight to bed as they knew they’d already explained the health and safety procedures to you.

The Bus:
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We left Victoria around 10 minutes early and started winding our way through London to the M1. One of the two drivers came to the back of the bus and gave us the health and safety speech. He explained where the exits were and what to do if we had a problem while in our beds. He also advised us on how to get into and out of bed. He then gave us a piece of tablet which is a Scottish sweet, kind of like hard fudge. He told us that we were welcome to help ourselves to water and juices from the fridge and that they would serve tea and coffee once we were on the motorway as it was too dangerous to serve hot drinks while we were going around the corners in the city.

Seats:
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Once we were on the motorway, I had a quick cup of coffee and then made my way to my bed (bunk 6).

Beds:
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On the beds were a duvet and pillow, an eye mask, a toothbrush and toothpaste set, and a small Megabus luggage tag. I hopped into my bunk, changed into my Swiss pyjamas and settled down for the night. I slept really well and only woke once when the bus stopped briefly for the drivers to swap at the services. The next thing I knew, it was around 7:00 and the driver was calling us to wake up.

I got out of my bunk, pulled my jeans over my pyjama bottoms and went back to my seat for the last few minutes of the journey into Glasgow. For some reason, there weren’t enough breakfast packs loaded so the driver gave me a box full of biscuits instead. I had a bottle of water to freshen my mouth and we then arrived in Buchanan Bus Station around 35 minutes early. I gathered my stuff together and thanked the drivers, before leaving the coach.

I then had a short wait before I caught the bus directly to Glasgow Airport.

Glasgow Shuttle bus:
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Front of the airport:
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I made my way into the airport and checked in as soon as the desks opened.

Flybe check-in:
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As I had a few hours to spare, I headed through security and into the Flybe lounge.

Flybe lounge:
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Great views from the lounge:
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Around midday, I went out of the lounge to do a bit of spotting and to grab some lunch. I then headed back to the lounge to eat my lunch and have a nice glass of wine with it.

Spotting from GLA domestic pier:
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Soon it was time to go to the gate for my flight to Donegal.


According to one of my colleagues, my problem is that I'm addicted to travel!
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User currently offlinegpbcroppers63 From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 14062 times:

BE 6794 (Operated by Loganair)
GLA-CFN
ETD: 15:25
ATD: 15:25
ETA: 16:25
ATA: 16:20
Registration: G-LGNN

Gate 3:
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Boarding was soon called and I walked across the ramp to my first ever Saab 340.
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We were held at the bottom of the stairs for a bit but soon after, we were invited to board. I was the first on and was greeted by our very friendly FA, Sheena. She looked at my boarding pass for Seat 3A and asked whether I’d mind sitting in the exit row as it was empty and she needed someone there to help in an emergency. I agreed and asked whether I could sit in the rear-facing seats for a more exciting experience. She agreed so I took Seat 1C.

The view of the cabin from my seat:
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Legroom was ample in this exit row:
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Cockpit:
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Doors closed and ready to go:
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View from my window:
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We pushed back on time and departed for Donegal. The views on the way up were great but I wasn’t sure whether Sheena would have a problem with me using my camera during takeoff and landing so I kept it discrete.

After takeoff:
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The flight was a little bumpy but we were still served tea or coffee and a small snack. Oddly enough, many people didn’t accept the offer of free refreshments. I was chatting to Sheena about this later and she said that maybe they ought to add the word “complimentary” to the announcement about drinks and snacks.

Time passed and soon we were on approach to Donegal Airport.

Lovely views on the way in:
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Welcome to Donegal:
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We were on stand a few minutes early and I had to be quick to get off the aircraft, through the terminal and back on again. Obviously, there was no connecting flights channel here!

Donegal Airport:
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Departure lounge:
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After a quick nose around the terminal and an easy security check where I was the last passenger through, the six passengers for this flight to Dublin were invited to board. I made my way through the door and back on to the same aircraft that I disembarked around 20 minutes before!



According to one of my colleagues, my problem is that I'm addicted to travel!
User currently offlinegpbcroppers63 From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 14045 times:

BE 6794 (Operated by Loganair)
CFN-DUB
ETD: 17:00
ATD: 16:55
ETA: 17:55
ATA: 17:40
Registration: G-LGNN

Back on board:
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This time, I was allocated Seat 2A but I chose to sit in 2C to avoid Sheena and me fighting for leg space during takeoff and landing.

The captain announced a short 35 minutes to DUB and we were on our way around 5 minutes early. That has to be the shortest connection I’ve ever made without running!

This time, I decided to just use my camera and see what happened. Sheena had no problem with it at all so I managed some reasonable pictures on departure.

Leaving Donegal around half an hour after I landed:
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Once released, Sheena announced that she’d be serving “complimentary” drinks and snacks but still only a couple of passengers (including me) took her up on the offer.

Free refreshments on Loganair:
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The rest of the flight was uneventful. As Sheena didn’t have much to do, she and I had a lovely chat. She told me she used to work for BD in GLA but got out before they closed the station. She said she much preferred the cabin crew job to working on check-in.

Soon it was time to descend into Dublin. We landed on the Easterly runway for a change and taxied into the gate. I didn’t get any pictures on landing as my camera doesn’t like the dark and I was too busy gassing to Sheena. Lol!!

Once on stand, I thanked Sheena for her lovely service and made my way to arrivals from the A gates (I refuse to use the new gate numbering system at DUB as “the 200-gates” just sounds weird!).

DUB Arrivals:
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Conclusions:

The Megabus sleeper was a great way to travel between London and Scotland. It’s much cheaper than the Caledonian Sleeper train but not as private. Nevertheless, I got a great night’s sleep and really enjoyed the service. The drivers were really friendly and the little snacks they give you are great (although not having a breakfast box for me was a little disappointing). The bus has free wi-fi and a toilet on board as well so there really is everything you need for a long journey. I hope they expand this service to other cities as it’s a brilliant travel experience.

Flybe and Loganair were also excellent. The ground staff in GLA were lovely and the flight itself was fantastic. Sheena was a brilliant FA who clearly loved her job and was very pleasant to talk to. The Saab 340 is a great aircraft to fly on for a change and the route was really unusual.

Donegal airport was also very pleasant. I’ve flown into and out of Galway airport a lot and Donegal is very similar. Arrivals and security were very easy and the staff friendly. Not having a connecting flights channel is a serious downside for such a major transfer hub though!  

So that’s it. Thanks for reading folks. Hope you enjoyed. All comments gratefully received.

Cheers,

Gareth



According to one of my colleagues, my problem is that I'm addicted to travel!
User currently offlineshamrock604 From Ireland, joined Sep 2007, 4175 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 13897 times:

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Thread starter):
I discovered that they would sell me Glasgow to Dublin via Donegal all on one ticket, operated by Loganair on the Saab 340. This offer was far too good to turn down so I quickly booked it.

OMG! DONEGAL - Ireland's connecting hub!!! Who'd have thunk it, eh?


Donegal looks amazing though - can just imagine how those beaches, inlets and bays look on a glorious sunny day. That has to be one of the most amazing approaches to any airport.



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27003 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 13873 times:

Well done Gareth , great report . I have been looking forward to seeing this since you told me you were on it .

Great that us two ''non nationals'' are keeping this wee Island on the map Via our TRs huh ? lol...

Glad you started to write TRs again its great to see .


Cheers


Philip  


User currently offlineEI2KSEA From Ireland, joined Jul 2004, 578 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 13819 times:

I really enjoyed this trip report, very interesting to hear about the Megabus Sleeper (I didn't know it existed) and of course to see Donegal Airport in a trip report! Thanks!

-Ph



Next Flight: DUB-BOS (EI), BOS-DEN-PDX (SWA), SEA-BOS (AS)
User currently offlineshamrock604 From Ireland, joined Sep 2007, 4175 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 13758 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
Great that us two ''non nationals'' are keeping this wee Island on the map Via our TRs huh ? lol...

The next time some one says that horrible, horrible phrase to you... reply with "Oh, I have a nationality alright. Just not this one". Follow it up with a punch in the face if you wish!  



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User currently offlinegpbcroppers63 From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 13422 times:

Thanks for all the replies guys. Much appreciated.  
Quoting shamrock604 (Reply 3):
OMG! DONEGAL - Ireland's connecting hub!!! Who'd have thunk it, eh?

Lol!! Indeed. I was shocked that BE would sell me a ticket connecting in Donegal. I was looking to make a self-built connection there but when I saw the through fare, I though I was safer going with that in case anything went wrong.

Quoting shamrock604 (Reply 3):
Donegal looks amazing though - can just imagine how those beaches, inlets and bays look on a glorious sunny day. That has to be one of the most amazing approaches to any airport.

Yeah I was surprised at how spectacular it was. Shame we don't get the weather often enough to enjoy these places properly.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
Well done Gareth , great report . I have been looking forward to seeing this since you told me you were on it .

Hi Philip. Glad you enjoyed it.  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
Great that us two ''non nationals'' are keeping this wee Island on the map Via our TRs huh ? lol...

Indeed. It's a tough job but someone's got to do it.  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
Glad you started to write TRs again its great to see .

Yeah I've found an easier way to post the pictures and I'm realising that if you do it more frequently, you don't forget. I may delve into my archives at some point soon and start posting some of my past ones that I've been promising for ages.

Quoting EI2KSEA (Reply 5):
I really enjoyed this trip report, very interesting to hear about the Megabus Sleeper (I didn't know it existed) and of course to see Donegal Airport in a trip report! Thanks!

Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it. The Megabus Sleeper only started last October and I've been fascinated by the idea ever since. It was great to try it out and my route home just made the weekend all the better.

Quoting shamrock604 (Reply 6):
The next time some one says that horrible, horrible phrase to you... reply with "Oh, I have a nationality alright. Just not this one". Follow it up with a punch in the face if you wish!

Lol!! Nice one! 

[Edited 2012-02-13 02:18:10]


According to one of my colleagues, my problem is that I'm addicted to travel!
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 13169 times:

Hi Gareth,

Definitely something completely different from your first class flying with Swiss! But at least you still had full flat sleepers  .

A nice idea to combine Megabus and FlyBe/Loganair, certainly not your standard way to get to DUB from LON... Well done, enjoyed reading about it!

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Thread starter):
A few weekends ago, I decided to try out the new Megabus Sleeper service from London to Glasgow. It’s basically a converted bendy-bus with 24 seats and 24 beds.

Hmm, that sounds quite interesting to me. Actually reminds me of the German tourists we used to get here in Finland - usually a bunch of retired people would be packed up in a bus with sleeping compartments in the back and they'd do a Scandinavian tour sleeping in the bus by night and sitting and sightseeing by day! There was also a high profile accident on one of those buses since quite a few people were burned to death after there was an accident in the middle of the night, the bus caught fire and the people couldn't get out of their beds... Not that I want to make you nervous or anything!

I think I would get claustrophobic on those small bunks though - I need my space especially when sleeping!

How much was the bus ticket? I don't think you get all that for 1 quid, do you?

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Thread starter):
I discovered that they would sell me Glasgow to Dublin via Donegal all on one ticket, operated by Loganair on the Saab 340. This offer was far too good to turn down so I quickly booked it.

Great choice. And an interesting route as well!

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Thread starter):
He told us that we were welcome to help ourselves to water and juices from the fridge and that they would serve tea and coffee once we were on the motorway as it was too dangerous to serve hot drinks while we were going around the corners in the city.
Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Thread starter):
On the beds were a duvet and pillow, an eye mask, a toothbrush and toothpaste set, and a small Megabus luggage tag.

Wow, they offer far more frills than many airlines nowadays!  
Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Thread starter):
I hopped into my bunk, changed into my Swiss pyjamas and settled down for the night.

Hmm, talking about a fish out of water - Swiss (1st class presumably) PJs and a bus...

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Thread starter):
As I had a few hours to spare, I headed through security and into the Flybe lounge.

How did you get in? Priority Club?

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Thread starter):
Great views from the lounge:

Is this the former BA Terraces lounge? I was in that one back in 2003, thanks to corporate travel policies calling for full fare Y tickets (considered to be business on BA UK Domestic trave, nice!) back then and it certainly looked a lot like your pictures. The same great apron views as well.

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Thread starter):
I agreed and asked whether I could sit in the rear-facing seats for a more exciting experience. She agreed so I took Seat 1C.

Great! Nothing like pretending to be in the backwardly seats of Club World.

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Thread starter):
The flight was a little bumpy but we were still served tea or coffee and a small snack. Oddly enough, many people didn’t accept the offer of free refreshments.

Is this a Loganair thing? Do all the Loganair flights come with free stuff?

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Thread starter):
Donegal Airport:

Cute. Small and cute.

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Thread starter):
After a quick nose around the terminal and an easy security check where I was the last passenger through, the six passengers for this flight to Dublin were invited to board.

Were there any other connecting pax from GLA?


User currently offlinegpbcroppers63 From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 13095 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
Hi Gareth,

Hi P. Thanks for the reply.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
Definitely something completely different from your first class flying with Swiss! But at least you still had full flat sleepers

Yes a completely different trip but very enjoyable for different reasons.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
A nice idea to combine Megabus and FlyBe/Loganair, certainly not your standard way to get to DUB from LON... Well done, enjoyed reading about it!

Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
Hmm, that sounds quite interesting to me. Actually reminds me of the German tourists we used to get here in Finland - usually a bunch of retired people would be packed up in a bus with sleeping compartments in the back and they'd do a Scandinavian tour sleeping in the bus by night and sitting and sightseeing by day! There was also a high profile accident on one of those buses since quite a few people were burned to death after there was an accident in the middle of the night, the bus caught fire and the people couldn't get out of their beds... Not that I want to make you nervous or anything!

It would take a lot more than that to make me nervous. I'd say you could get out of the bunks pretty quickly if you had to.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
I think I would get claustrophobic on those small bunks though - I need my space especially when sleeping!

They are quite small but once you close your eyes, you don't notice.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
How much was the bus ticket? I don't think you get all that for 1 quid, do you?

My ticket was £35. They reckon they do sell tickets for £1 on the sleeper but I haven't found any yet.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
Great choice. And an interesting route as well!

Indeed. I just couldn't turn it down once I saw it.  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
Wow, they offer far more frills than many airlines nowadays!

Yeah I was very pleasantly surprised as Megabus are meant to be a low-cost bus company.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
Hmm, talking about a fish out of water - Swiss (1st class presumably) PJs and a bus...

Yes my Swiss First PJs came in very handy on this trip!  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
How did you get in? Priority Club?

No I paid for access at the ticket desk. It was only £12 and I had about 5 hours in there so well worth it. I made the most of the drinks and snacks, as well as the free wi-fi so I definitely got my money's worth.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
Is this the former BA Terraces lounge?

I'm not sure to be honest. It's the first lounge you come to before you enter the domestic pier. There is a BA lounge in the rotunda section of that pier but I don't know if it's always been there.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
Great! Nothing like pretending to be in the backwardly seats of Club World.

Lol!! Flying backwards is always fun.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
Is this a Loganair thing? Do all the Loganair flights come with free stuff?

Yes. Loganair provide free drinks and biscuits on all of their flights even though Flybe offer a BOB service. Another reason to like Loganair.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
Cute. Small and cute.

It's a very nice little airport. As I said, it reminds me of Galway airport. Shame I won't be flying from there any more.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
Were there any other connecting pax from GLA?

No I was the only one. There were only 6 of us on the CFN-DUB leg although the GLA-CFN leg was much fuller. It's lucky the Irish Government subsidises the CFN-DUB flights because I doubt they'd be commercially viable otherwise.

Cheers,

Gareth



According to one of my colleagues, my problem is that I'm addicted to travel!
User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3006 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 13076 times:

Hi Gareth,

what an interesting route! I never knew Megabus did those, I've only seen pictures of them in China! How much was the ticket if I may ask?

Nice too to see Donegal, a little reported airport on here. Was the flight a "Dublin via Donegal" flight or technically 2 separate ones? Some great views there.

Thanks again!

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlinegpbcroppers63 From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 13044 times:

Quoting signol (Reply 10):
Hi Gareth

Hi mate

Quoting signol (Reply 10):
what an interesting route! I never knew Megabus did those, I've only seen pictures of them in China! How much was the ticket if I may ask?

They only started this service last October. I paid £35 for my ticket which is significantly less than the Caledonian Sleeper train unless you get a "Bargain Berth" but then you have to share a cabin with a stranger.

Quoting signol (Reply 10):
Nice too to see Donegal, a little reported airport on here. Was the flight a "Dublin via Donegal" flight or technically 2 separate ones? Some great views there.

The flight was 2 separate legs with 2 different flight numbers but I was able to book it as a connection on one ticket so I received both boarding cards when I checked in at Glasgow.

You're right about the views, they were amazing. I'd love to actually spend some time in that part of the country as it looks stunning from what little I saw of it on this flight.

Quoting signol (Reply 10):
Thanks again!

You're very welcome. Thanks for the reply.  



According to one of my colleagues, my problem is that I'm addicted to travel!
User currently offlineAlwaysOnAPlane From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2010, 305 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 12613 times:

Hiya Gareth.

Really interesting to read about this sleeper service. I had no idea such a thing even existed. Well it looks pretty comfortable and you sure got a good few hours sleep. Brilliant. The cabin crew (cough cough) drivers sound friendly.

Great for you to get the 340 and that you had a nice crew member to enhance the experience even more. I will probably look to Loganair to tick off my first 340 experience at some point.

Really enjoyable Gareth, and something a little different.
Cheers, Lee.


User currently offlinegpbcroppers63 From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 12583 times:

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 12):
Hiya Gareth.

Hi Lee

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 12):
Really interesting to read about this sleeper service. I had no idea such a thing even existed.

It hasn't been that well publicised. I only found out about it on the off-chance. It was still fully booked when I travelled though so the word must be getting out somehow.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 12):
Well it looks pretty comfortable and you sure got a good few hours sleep. Brilliant.

Yeah it was surprisingly comfortable although the mattress could have been a bit thicker. Still much better than sleeping in a coach seat though.  
Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 12):
The cabin crew (cough cough) drivers sound friendly

Yeah they were great. They were two older gents who gave the impression that they'd been doing the job for donkeys years and knew exactly what to do and how to interact with passengers.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 12):
Great for you to get the 340 and that you had a nice crew member to enhance the experience even more.

Yeah it was a really nice first experience on the 340. I must go on it again.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 12):
I will probably look to Loganair to tick off my first 340 experience at some point.

Do. They're a great little airline and the on-board refreshments are very much appreciated.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 12):
Really enjoyable Gareth, and something a little different.

Thanks for the reply, Lee. Really pleased you enjoyed it.

Cheers,

Gareth



According to one of my colleagues, my problem is that I'm addicted to travel!
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 686 posts, RR: 20
Reply 14, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 12564 times:

Hi Gareth,

great report, thanks. For sure an extraordinary way to get from London to Dublin. I don't really like long bus rides, but this one here looked actually quite comfortable. Nice to have your own bed.

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Thread starter):
One of the two drivers came to the back of the bus and gave us the health and safety speech.

And you even got a safety briefing   ...

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Thread starter):
Boarding was soon called and I walked across the ramp to my first ever Saab 340.

Congrats on logging the Saab 340, a nice little airplane, unfortunately still missing in my log. And the service on Loganair looked quite good, plus having an FA who obviously loves her job certainly makes the flight even more enjoyable.

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Thread starter):
Lovely views on the way in:

Indeed, nice views here of the coast. I also like the small and cozy terminal building there.

CaptainRed


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1306 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 12542 times:

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Thread starter):
He then gave us a piece of tablet which is a Scottish sweet, kind of like hard fudge.

Scottish Butter Tablet!



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User currently onlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1874 posts, RR: 41
Reply 16, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 12516 times:
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Hi Gareth, thanks for sharing. Great so see something about this bus service, I had never heard of it! It looks quite convenient and seems very fun to try. I also liked your short connection in Donegal. I did a similar thing in Sweden on the bigger sister, the Saab 2000, also only with 20 minutes on the ground 

Brgds,

Martijn



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User currently offlinegpbcroppers63 From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 12432 times:

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 14):
Hi Gareth,

great report, thanks.

Hey. Thanks for the reply. Glad you liked the report.  
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 14):
For sure an extraordinary way to get from London to Dublin. I don't really like long bus rides, but this one here looked actually quite comfortable. Nice to have your own bed.

I'm not normally a fan of long bus trips either but this was by far the nicest bus journey I've ever had.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 14):
And you even got a safety briefing

Indeed. 
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 14):
Congrats on logging the Saab 340, a nice little airplane, unfortunately still missing in my log.

You really should try and get on it. It's a fab little aircraft.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 14):
And the service on Loganair looked quite good, plus having an FA who obviously loves her job certainly makes the flight even more enjoyable.

Indeed. Lognair were great but Sheena made all the difference.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 14):
Indeed, nice views here of the coast. I also like the small and cozy terminal building there

Yes the views were lovely and Donegal airport is great.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 15):
Scottish Butter Tablet!

Indeed. Very tasty too!   

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 16):
Hi Gareth, thanks for sharing. Great so see something about this bus service, I had never heard of it! It looks quite convenient and seems very fun to try.

Hi Martijn. Glad you enjoyed. It seems very few people have heard of this bus service so hopefully I've given it a bit of publicity! It was very handy and really good fun.  
Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 16):
I also liked your short connection in Donegal. I did a similar thing in Sweden on the bigger sister, the Saab 2000, also only with 20 minutes on the ground

Yeah short connections in tiny airports are always good fun.

Thanks for all the replies again guys. Much appreciated.

Gareth



According to one of my colleagues, my problem is that I'm addicted to travel!
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2476 posts, RR: 53
Reply 18, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 12368 times:

Hi Gareth,

When I read the title of your report in a flash, I thought it would be about another A380 trip of yours. Megabus Sleeper is another class than the Whalejet, but it does not make the whole experience less exciting. To be honest, this is my first time reading a sleeper bus service which included beverage service and breakfast offering. Oh, the amenity kit was a nice touch as well.  


Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 1):
She looked at my boarding pass for Seat 3A and asked whether I’d mind sitting in the exit row as it was empty and she needed someone there to help in an emergency

Sheena just asked the right person. 


Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 1):
Oddly enough, many people didn’t accept the offer of free refreshments.

More and more people become less used to complimentary service. I remember an interesting conversation between a passenger of my LH flight to AMS last July with FA Mrs. Müller. Upon the question of the passenger, Mrs. Müller remarked, “No, no, it is free,”

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 2):
Free refreshments on Loganair:

I got the coconut flavored cookie of the same brand on board of BA. It was yummy!

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 2):
I was too busy gassing to Sheena. Lol!!

No photo with Sheena?   


Thank you for sharing.

Best wishes,
Suryo



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5170 posts, RR: 55
Reply 19, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 12304 times:

Hey, Gareth,

now that´s what I call the special way to go from London to Dublin.
Don´t talk about it to the general public, they dont want to believe you, for sure.

Great story and pictures.
Good to hear about the nice service on Loganair, also something for me to do sometimes.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1361 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 12245 times:

Great report. The sleeper bus looks excellent! Do you need to fasten a seat belt while sleeping? I guess I would have a great sleep there.

[Edited 2012-02-13 13:38:06]

User currently offlinegpbcroppers63 From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 12234 times:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Hi Gareth,

Hi Suryo

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
When I read the title of your report in a flash, I thought it would be about another A380 trip of yours.

Lol!! I can see how you'd make that assumption.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Megabus Sleeper is another class than the Whalejet, but it does not make the whole experience less exciting.

Defintely not. It was a great way to travel. Well worth trying.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
To be honest, this is my first time reading a sleeper bus service which included beverage service and breakfast offering. Oh, the amenity kit was a nice touch as well.

Yes the service level is very high considering the price paid.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Sheena just asked the right person.

Indeed she did. I was more than happy to help out.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
More and more people become less used to complimentary service. I remember an interesting conversation between a passenger of my LH flight to AMS last July with FA Mrs. Müller. Upon the question of the passenger, Mrs. Müller remarked, “No, no, it is free,”

Yeah it's definitely the exception rather than the norm now. A cup of coffee and a biscuit was perfect for a flight of this length. It's such a shame that so many airlines have decided to get rid of this small gesture.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
I got the coconut flavored cookie of the same brand on board of BA. It was yummy!

I'll have to take your word for that. I don't like coconut so I wouldn't have been happy had I received that one.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
No photo with Sheena?

No not this time. We were too busy talking. Lol!!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Thank you for sharing.

You're very welcome.  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 19):
Hey, Gareth,

Hi Markus!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 19):
now that´s what I call the special way to go from London to Dublin.

Indeed. A very different but very enjoyable route.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 19):
Don´t talk about it to the general public, they dont want to believe you, for sure.

Tell me about it. My friends and family thought I was completely mad!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 19):
Great story and pictures.

Vielen Dank!! 
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 19):
Good to hear about the nice service on Loganair, also something for me to do sometimes

Yes they are a really nice little airline. Well worth a trip.

Gareth



According to one of my colleagues, my problem is that I'm addicted to travel!
User currently offlinegpbcroppers63 From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 12227 times:

Quoting reifel (Reply 20):
Great report.

Thanks.  
Quoting reifel (Reply 20):
The sleeper bus looks excellent!

It is really fantastic!

Quoting reifel (Reply 20):
Do you need to fasten a seat belt while sleeping?

No. There are no seatbelts on the beds at all. I don't know how they get around the seatbelt legislation to be honest.

Quoting reifel (Reply 20):
I guess I would have a great sleep there.

I'm sure you would. I slept really well.



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3270 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 11765 times:

Interesting report Gareth, thanks! Nice to be able to connect in Donegal - something a bit different1

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Thread starter):
A few weekends ago, I decided to try out the new Megabus Sleeper service from London to Glasgow. It’s basically a converted bendy-bus with 24 seats and 24 beds. Each passenger is allocated a seat and a bed on board the coach. Thinking this sounded like a fun idea, I booked myself on it.

Cool idea - nice to see something happening with the rubbish old bendy buses! I might have to try it one day - I've done a few sleeper buses, but this looks nicer than the buses in Kyrgyzstan!

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Thread starter):
Free refreshments on Loganair:

Nice to get free snacks/drinks with them still - shame there's no free booze though!



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User currently offlinegpbcroppers63 From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 11650 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 23):
Interesting report Gareth, thanks!

Thanks Gabriel. Glad you enjoyed it.  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 23):
Nice to be able to connect in Donegal - something a bit different

Yes, definitely nice to change planes in a random airport.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 23):
Cool idea - nice to see something happening with the rubbish old bendy buses!

Indeed. They've done them up very nicely.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 23):
I might have to try it one day - I've done a few sleeper buses, but this looks nicer than the buses in Kyrgyzstan!

Do try it. It's very pleasant. I'm sure it's streets ahead of the sleeper buses in Kyrgyzstan!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 23):
Nice to get free snacks/drinks with them still - shame there's no free booze though!

Yeah a nice glass of wine would have slipped down very well on these flights. Lol!!



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25 Ps76 : Hi! Just wanted to say many thanks for the trip report. That sleeper service looks excellent to Glasgow, good thinking by the people at Megabus. The f
26 Post contains images gpbcroppers63 : Hi Pierre You're very welcome. Thanks for replying. Yes it really is a great idea. Thanks. The approach into Donegal was absolutely stunning. I tried
27 lukeyboy95 : Hi Gareth. It was excellent to see the service on the sleeper bus. I hope it does well. I do think it is a shame that they have to give passengers a s
28 roberts87 : Well, that was a fun read. Something for a a change. That Megabus seems pretty neat. Great that they also give you some tolietries and coffee/juice al
29 Post contains images airbuseric : Hi Gareth! thanks for this interesting and well written report! Wow, interesting idea and never heard of this service before. Sounds pretty comfortabl
30 Post contains images gpbcroppers63 : Hi Luke. Thanks for the reply. Yeah fingers crossed. It was nearly full the night I travelled on it so that bodes well. Yes maybe but it was nice to
31 Post contains images sultanils : Hello Gareth, Very good report on these exotic services (most certainly the bus ). I once traveled on such a sleeping bus heading for snow and ski but
32 MSS658 : Hi Gareth Great trip report, thanks for sharing! Nice to see some exotic stuff not far away from my door! The Bus looks good, but not something for me
33 Post contains images gpbcroppers63 : Hi Guys, Sorry I didn't reply before. I was away and then lost track of time completely! Thanks Nils. Glad you enjoyed. They were relatively comfy. A
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