Now this is what we call luxury coach travel: Osaka to Tokyo by Willer Express

Now this is what we call luxury coach travel: Osaka to Tokyo by Willer Express

In Britain, travelling by coach is usually a relentlessly grim experience, with the majority of the trip spent staring out at the never ending grey concrete and traffic queues, while fast food wrappers and discarded cans circulate around your feet.

Even buses that equip themselves with the ‘luxury’ moniker usually turn out to be cramped, unpleasant affairs with tiny toilets radiating in a rich blend of deeply musty odours.

So we’re not awfully keen on coach travel around Blighty.

Now this is what we call luxury coach travel: Osaka to Tokyo by Willer Express

However, it Japan they like to do things differently, with the new Willer Express offering the equivalent of sumptuous first-class air travel.

With a capacity for only 12 pampered passengers, this is a bus that users can stretch out in, with no crappy, sick covered, beer smelling bucket seats onboard : instead passengers recline in luxury seat modules called cocoons.

Now this is what we call luxury coach travel: Osaka to Tokyo by Willer Express

 

Each one of these personal relaxation pods offers a seat that can recline 140 degrees, an on-board personal entertainment system, free WiFi, dedicated power outlets, and high partitions to seal yourself off from the oiks on board.

The trip from Osaka to Tokyo takes 6-7 hours – far slower than the mighty bullet train which takes just two hours, but it works out much cheaper at around £80.

[Willer Express]

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2 Comments on “Now this is what we call luxury coach travel: Osaka to Tokyo by Willer Express”

  1. Looking at this purely from a ‘green’/peak oil perspective, I’m not sure how efficient a coach with only 12 people on it is.

    The only CO2 emissions figures I could find were those for buses at 822 g/km. By comparison the average car emits 150 g/km, with the best cars getting below 100. That would make this coach better than single occupancy vehicles, but not that great put against cars with more seats occupied.

    I do think we need to improve coach travel, and that means fewer seats but I do wonder if this coach has taken it a bit far…..

  2. Having travelled on National Express the whole experience is grim,cramped and noisy. It is purely designed to be cheap. Which is why the British put up with it.

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