National Express today said annual profits would be at the top end of targets following an "exceptional" performance by its UK operation.
The international coach, bus and train operator, which is planning to transfer its headquarters to Birmingham, said it had enjoyed strong trading in the second half of this year and was expecting to see passenger growth of 4% during 2007.
As well as its inter-city coach network, the firm also runs UK train services, and bus and coach operations in Spain and North America.
National Express said "exceptional performance" in the UK had seen like-for-like revenue growth of 11% on trains, 6% on buses and 6% on coaches.
In a statement the group said: "We have traded strongly throughout the second half of the year across all three geographies and expect to announce a full year result at the top end of market expectations."
National Express, which operates the Gatwick Express and London commuter services One and C2C, saw its shares rise 4% today.
Half year group revenues earlier this year were up 5% to £1.3 billion, with operating profits ahead 60% to £77 million.
During 2006 National Express group revenue was £2.5 billion, with group operating profit £141.6 million.