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London buses

London bus


London's double-decker red buses
are world famous.



The city has nearly 1,000 bus routes and buses of many other types and colours also travel on them.

Double decker bus
Old style double decker

Double decker bus
New double decker

Cost of travelling on buses

You must buy a ticket before boarding the buses in London. There are ticket machines at most bus stops

Bus stop in London showing ticket machine
Ticket machine in the foreground

close up on prices

The bus adult single cash fare is £2 for any journey.

The One Day Bus Pass is £3.50 and the 7-day Bus Pass is £14.00
(Prices last updated December 2008)

The cheapest option is to buy the Oyster card Pre Pay. The fare is £1.00. Oyster users also never pay more than £3 regardless of how many trips they make each day.
(Prices last updated December 2008)

Avoid travelling in the rush hours between about 08:00-09:30 and 16:30-18:30.

Click here for a bus map with key tourist attractions


Boarding buses

bus stopBus stops are found along all roads in London.

The buses are boarded from the front. bus stop

bus bus stop

Bus routes are identified by numbers and sometimes letters, for example the 73 runs between Seven Sisters and Victoria.

Buses display their route number in large digits at the front, side, and rear of the bus.

Bus stopFront of a double decker bus


Sightseeing buses

tour bus

One way of seeing London's major sights is on an open-top double-decker bus. Tickets are valid for 24 hours and allow unlimited 'hop on / hop off' travel.

sightseeing bus

Make a London bus out of paper

London Transport

image: Busesimage; taxisimage: The Tube

Getting To London

image: Trainsimage: flying to London


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Mandy left Woodlands in 2003 to work in Kent schools as an ICT Consulatant. 
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