Cruise Show London Olympia

Come and see us at The Cruise Show at London Olympia stand A1 on the 14th & 15th February.

We will have one of our vehicles on display so that you can see at first hand the standard of vehicle that you will travel in during our cruise transfers.

Please send us an email to claim your free entrance tickets to the show saving you £20.00. We look forward to greeting you on our stand and making you one of our valued customers for years to come.



Coach Direct Shortlisted for Best Support Service at BETA 2014 Awards

We are proud to announce that Coach Direct have been shortlisted for the 2014 BETA Awards "Best Support Service". Well done to the team for your hard work and commitment to get the recognition you deserve. Click here for further details


For further information on BETA please visit them online at


SAM Registered with DUNS & NCAGE Codes

Coach Direct have registered on the SAM system so that we can tender and secure contracts with USA Government departments.

What is SAM?
The System for Award Management (SAM) is combining federal procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into one new system. This consolidation is being done in phases. The first phase of SAM includes the functionality from the following systems:


*Central Contractor Registry (CCR)
*Federal Agency Registration (Fedreg)
*OnlineRepresentations and Certifications Application
* Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) 



Coach Direct have joined ETOA as a member to help support incoming visitors to UK and also throughout Europe.

The European Tour Operators Association was founded in 1989 by a group of tour operators who wanted representation in Europe. After more than 20 years ETOA remains the only trade association offering European level representation for the interests of inbound and intra-European tour operators, wholesalers and their European suppliers.

Today, ETOA is the voice of European Inbound Travel, with over 500 Members.


Coach Direct are now members of UKinbound to help support incoming visitors to UK with quality transport solutions.

UKinbound represents a diverse membership including inbound tour operators, wholesalers and DMCS (Destination Management Companies), hoteliers and other accommodation providers, attractions, retailers, restaurateurs, transport providers and other suppliers who provide services for inbound tourists to the UK, both leisure and business travellers. All our members are based in the UK and their business is wholly, or to a significant extent, dependent on inbound tourism.

Ports Direct almost doubles agent commission

Cruise transfer firm Ports Direct is almost doubling travel agent commission to 15%

The move up from base rate of 8% is designed to support agents seeking ways to increase their earnings on ex-UK cruises.

The company provides shared door to door transfers to and from Southampton, Dover, Harwich and Portsmouth

The service "significantly" reduce costs by providing transportation shared with a maximum of three additional groups. The company guarantees that transfers will operate once a booking is made, even when passenger numbers are low.

Coach Direct joins the British Educational Travel Association - September 2011

Coach Direct Limited is very proud to gain recent approval to join the British Educational Travel Association (BETA) as a Supplier Member to the organisation.

As an existing supplier of transport to schools and colleges on a nationwide scale, this new memberships further consolidates the companies reach and commitment to work even closer within the education sector, and to work more closely with specialist UK Inbound and Outbound Travel Providers.

Paul Chapman - Business Development Manager of Coach Direct Limited comments "We hope this new trade membership will bring us new networking and sales opportunities and we look forward to working with language schools and specialist group organisers who are already members of BETA."

Coach Direct Limited looks forward to meeting these companies at forthcoming industry events organised by the British Educational Travel Association.

For further information on BETA please visit them online at

19th - 26th September 2010

Ports Direct fully support the National Cruise Week 2010 and offer cruise agents and specialists additional client inventives - in order to support their UK cruise sales.


Ports Direct joins ABTA as a Travel Industry Partner - November 2009

Ports Direct are very proud to have been approved to join ABTA as a Travel Industry Partner.

The company hopes to be able to use this new membership in order to develop close links with the ABTA association and it's large members base in the UK, Europe, and Worldwide.

Ports Direct intends to use this additional market association in order to keep the cruise sector and wider travel industry fully informed with developments and improvements with the core services offered by the organisation.

Ports Direct to be headline sponsors at 2009 Cruise Convention - February 2009

Coach Direct are very pleased to announce that Ports Direct will be one of the headline sponsors for the 2009 UK Cruise Convention, which is being held at Dover Port between 17th and 19th June.

In addition to exhibiting the companies range of cruise and wider transport services, Ports Direct is very proud to have been selected to co-ordinate the coach shuttle transfers for cruise agents and specialists between hotels and the convention across the three days.

Ports Direct also plans to have vehicles parked a the port in order to show attending agents at first hand the quality of transport services offered by the company.

For further information on this convention please visit

Coach Direct to organise coach hire for 2009 London to Brighton Bike Event - January 2009

Coach Direct are very pleased to announce being awarded the contract to plan, organise, and marshal the coach hire requirements for the 2009 London to Brighton Bike Event.

For the fifth year in succession, Coach Direct are very proud to work in conjunction with the event organizers - Bike Rides Limited in order to co-ordinate all the coaches needed to return cyclists back to London after the event. This year up to 120 air-conditioned executive coaches are required, and will be marshaled by Coach Direct at Brighton Seafront, Mill Road coach holding area, and Clapham Common in London.

Ports Direct advertise directly with Royal Caribbean International - Spring 2009

Ports Direct are very proud to be approved to advertise within the Royal Caribbean International Cruise Line brochure.

In addition to an advert on Ports Direct within the Royal Caribbean International 2009/2010 brochure, Ports Direct have a similar advert within the groups Celebrity Cruises brochure for the same season.

Ports Direct are working hard to transfer cruise passengers to and from the RCCL and Celebrity Cruise Lines UK cruise ship departures.

Ports Direct become Approved Travel Partner with ACE - December 2008

Coach Direct are very pleased to announce their Ports Direct cruise transfer division has joined the Association of Cruise Experts in the UK as an Approved Travel Partner.

This new ATP accreditation is in addition to Ports Direct being an Associate Member of the Passenger Shipping Association in London, and allows Ports Direct to take a more active role in working with and supporting the ACE organisations wider cruise specialist and travel agent activities within the UK and further.

For additional information on ACE please visit

Coach Direct assists with stranded XL Airways passenger transfers - September 2008

Coach Direct were called upon in order to arrange emergency coach hire transfers of passengers stranded at UK airports after the sudden collapse of XL Airways.

The Coach Direct organisation was ideally placed in order to centrally book and manage the multiple coach transfers in order to re-position hundreds of passengers from London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports to regional airport terminals at Edinburgh and Manchester.

Additional transfers were needed between Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Glasgow regional airports - in order to position these stranded passengers back to their original outbound flight Terminals.

Ports Direct service rolls out to The Co-op Travel Trade Group - August 2008

Coach Direct are very pleased to announce the rollout of their Ports Direct cruise transfer services across the whole of The Co-op Travel Trade Group within the UK.

Following an earlier extensive phased trial of Ports Direct - in consultation with the CTTG commercial department, this latest rollout will complete the setting up of an agent account for each of the Co-op offices. In total over 700 separate agents user accounts will be setup across the main CTTG business groups within this rollout.

Ports Direct advertise directly with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines - Autumn 2008

Ports Direct are very proud to be approved to advertise within the Fred. Olsen 2009/2010 Worldwide Cruise Brochure.

This new full-page colour advert in the Fred. Olsen Brochure sees the Ports Direct service featured for the third year in succession with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. In addition to advertising in the cruise lines main brochure, Ports Direct is also proud to have produced an additional A4 colour associated mailer which will be sent to cruise passengers and groups as an additional service supplement with the cruise lines wider cruise documentation.

Coach Direct co-ordinates coach hire for CIVICUS World Assembly - June 2008

Coach Direct are very pleased to announce being awarded a large contract to plan and organise the coach hire requirements for the CIVICUS World Assembly.

For the third year in succession, Coach Direct are very proud to work in consultation with the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) in order to co-ordinate all the required airport, hotel, and station transfers needed for the CIVICUS World Assembly and The Gathering Sector Fair held in Scotland.

Ticket Direct online ticketing service launched - May 2008

Coach Direct are very pleased to announce the launch of Ticket Direct. This fully automated website offers a central portal which allows individuals and groups to research and book theatre tickets, concerts, sports fixtures, family events, and much more.

In addition to the core booking facilities, Ticket Direct offers additional event and review information, as well as providing links to additional travel and leisure services and offers.

This service is now live and can be reached at

Taxi Direct online private taxi service launched - December 2007

Coach Direct are very pleased to announce the integration and launch of their Taxi Direct service which compliments the companies port transfer service(s) by offering additional transfer capabilities from the main UK airports to cruise ports.

Taxi Direct allows quick and effective costing and booking of a range of vehicle sizes within the UK, Europe, and Worldwide, and is ideal for booking transfers in the wider travel, leisure, and corporate sectors.

This service is now live and can be reached at


Ports Direct launches new Affiliate Scheme - February 2007

Coach Direct are very pleased to announce the launch of their Ports Direct affiliated web scheme which compliments the Ports Direct public website.

The new affiliate scheme allows cruise agents, specialists, travel partners, and cruise lines to be able to offer direct links to Ports Direct from their own websites in order to offer their cruise passengers and clients additional cruise booking facilities.

A range of simple affiliate web links and co-branded site options are available, and interested agents are advised to contact Paul Chapman at for further details.

Ports Direct cruise transfer service launched - January 2006

Coach Direct are very pleased to announce the launch of their specialist Nationwide transfer service for cruise clients, and cruise agents/specialists within the UK. This service is now fully live and can be reached at the following site:

Cruise Agents, Liners, and Specialists wishing to take advantage of this unique service are urged to Register and submit their details by using the Register link on the Ports Direct website.

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