Buses -Travel Information on getting around London
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Travelling on London's
extensive bus system is probably the best way to see the capital.
The traditional Routemaster buses, the one's with an open
platform at the back, are still used on certain routes but
newer buses now operate most areas. As a result of deregulation
there are now several bus companies operating in the capital.
The traditional red double-decker buses have been joined by
smaller single-decker buses, and some buses are not even the
traditional red colour.
Buses are an enjoyable way to
see the capital, especially from the top deck, but journeys
tend to be slow. Avoid travelling in the rush hours
between about 08:00-09:30 and 16:30-18:30.
only public transport that runs through the night in the capital.
Most parts of London are within easy reach of at least one
Night bus service. The N-prefixed buses run from around
11:00 - 06:00 every night of the week. About once an
hour on most routes but are more frequent on Fridays and Saturdays.
All the Night Buses pass through Central London and most stop
at Trafalgar Square, so if you don't know where to go try
Details of routes and timetables
for Night Buses are posted at bus stops or can be obtained
from Travel Information Centres. Fares are the same
as day buses, about £1 if your journey takes you into or through
Zone 1, about 70p elsewhere. One Day Bus Passes and
Travelcards are now valid on the Night Buses.
All bus stops are treated as
Request stops by Night Buses so you must signal clearly to
the driver when you want to get on or off the bus. Use
a little common sense when travelling on Night Buses; they
never have a conductor so it is unwise to sit alone on the
the suburbs of London and towns within a 40 mile (64 km) radius
of the capital. The main departure point for Green Line
Buses is Eccleston Bridge, SW1 at Colonades Bus Station behind
Victoria Railway Station.
These connect all the main London
rail stations, except Charing Cross, on a circular route.
These red and yellow buses run every hour from around 09:00
- 19:00. The fare is about £1 for adults and about 40p
for 5 - 15 year olds. Stationlink buses are convenient
for the elderly, the disabled, those laden with luggage or
people with young children. Telephone (020) 7222 1234
for further details.
Maps and information on Buses,
Tube and Docklands Light Railway (DLR) can be obtained from
Travel Information Centres. These are run by Transport
for London and can be found at Euston Station, Heathrow Aiport,
(Terminals 1, 2 and 3 - Underground station and Terminal 4
- Arrivals Hall), King's Cross Underground Station, Liverpool
Street Station, Victoria Station and Waterloo Eurostar Arrivals
can also be obtained by telephoning (020) 7222 1234 or online
Each bus stop in London has a
list showing a list of destinations and the bus routes needed
to travel there. A simple street map is also displayed,
with nearby bus stops indicated by a letter. Each bus
stop will be clearly marked with the corresponding letter.
Make sure that you board the bus going in the correct direction
- if in doubt ask the conductor or driver. Bus route
maps of Central London can also be obtained from Travel Information
Centres. Local area maps are also available.
Route numbers and destinations
are clearly marked on the front, sides and rear of all buses.
Buses will stop at all their designated bus stops even
if nobody wants to get on or off, except those marked as 'Request'
stops. If you are waiting at a Request stop put out
your arm to stop an approaching bus. Note: buses will
only stop at bus stops showing their route number, all other
bus numbers will continue straight past you.
If you are travelling on a Routemaster
bus sit down as soon as you board and the conductor will issue
your ticket, take your pre-paid Saver Ticket, or check your
Bus Pass or Travelcard during your journey. On all other
buses you must buy a ticket from the driver, hand in your
Saver Ticket, or show your Travelcard or Bus Pass, as you
enter the bus. When buying a ticket, try to have the
correct money ready before you board the bus. If you
do not have the correct money avoid paying with large notes
as the conductor/driver may not have change.
Passengers should ensure they
always have a valid ticket when travelling on London buses.
On-the-spot £10 penalty fares are payable by anyone caught
travelling without a valid ticket, Saver Ticket stub, Bus
Pass or Travelcard. When you want to get off ring
the bell just once as the bus approaches the bus stop you
require. Never get on or off a Routemaster bus unless
it is standing at a bus stop. If you are not sure what
stop you want ask the driver or conductor.
London Buses have only two fare
rates, about £1 if your journey takes you into or through
Central London in Zone 1, and 70p for the rest of London.
Children under 5 years old travel free, and under 16s
pay a child's fare. All 14 - 15 year olds must carry a Child-Rate
Photocard to get tickets at child rate. Tickets may
be purchased from the bus conductor or driver, or from roadside
ticket machines, which can now be found at a number of locations
across Greater London. Tickets are valid for one journey
only so if you change buses you will have to pay again.
Buying individual tickets is
the most expensive way of getting around. If you are
intending to make several bus journeys in one day it is more
economical to buy a One Day Bus Pass or a Travelcard if you
wish to use the Tube as well.
One Day Bus Passes
covering Zones 1 - 4 cost £2.00 and allow an unlimited number
of Bus journeys in one day. These passes can be purchased
from newsagents displaying the red "pass agent"
sign or roadside ticket machines Photocards are not needed.
One Day Bus Passes are valid on Night Buses until 04.30 on
the day after the printed expiry date.
7 Day Bus Passes
cost about £8.50 for Zones 1, 2., 3 & 4 and about £7.50
for Zones 2, 3 & 4 and can start any day of the week.
A Photocard is not needed for an adult rate 7 Day Bus Pass
but a Child Photocard is needed for child rate pass.
can save you money if you pay cash single fares. Each
book of 6 pre-paid tickets costs about £3.90, making one journey
just 65p. Saver Tickets can only be purchased from appointed
newsagents, and Photocards are not required. Tear off
one of the tickets and present to the conductor, or the driver
as you enter the bus. Retain the ticket stubs in the
book in case an inspector needs to check your ticket.
Travelcards are valid on the
Buses, Underground system, National Rail services, Docklands
Light Railway and some Green Line buses. Travelcards
can be purchased at all Tube and Rail stations as well as
appointed newsagents. Short-term visitors to London
will find the One-Day or One-Week Travelcards the most convenient
(though monthly and yearly Travelcards are available).
are available for Peak and Off-peak travel. Off-peak
Travelcards can be used after 09:30 on weekdays and all day
at the weekends and public holidays.
Travelcards for Zones 1 &
2 cost about £5.10 for Peak and about £4.10 for Off-Peak travel,
for Zones 1, 2 & 3 about £6.20 (no Off-peak), for Zones
1, 2, 3 & 4 about £7.00 Peak and about £4.50 Off-Peak
and for Zones 1 - 6 about £10.70 Peak and about £5.10 Off-peak.
An unlimited number of journeys
can be made within the Zones chosen. The One-Day Travelcard
is now valid until 04:30 on the day after the printed expiry
date and can be used on Night buses (prefixed with an N).
Family Travelcards are
available to families or groups of one or two adults travelling
with one to four children. These have the same conditions
as the normal One-Day Travelcards (see above).
are worth buying if you intend to travel on consecutive weekend
days or public holidays. These can be used all day and
have the same conditions as regular One-Day Travelcards but
do not cover the N-prefixed night buses.
provide unlimited journeys throughout the selected
zones for seven days. They are valid around the clock,
including peak times, and can be used on Night Buses.
One-Week Travelcards for Zone
1 only cost about £16.50, for Zones 1 & 2 about £19.60,
for Zones 1, 2 & 3 about £23.10, for Zones 1, 2,
3 & 4 about £28.40, for Zones 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 about
£34.10 and for all Zones about £37.20. One-Week Travelcards
are cheaper if you don't use Zone 1.
One day LT Cards
One-Day LT Cards are intended
for those wishing to travel at peak times before 09:30, and
make several journeys in one day. These
cost about £8.00 and can be purchased, without a Photocard,
from the self-service machines and ticket offices at underground
stations and from appointed newsagents. The One-Day
LT Cards are valid for all Zones and include Buses (including
Night Buses), Underground services (except for trains running
to and from Bakerloo stations north of Queen's Park), and
Docklands Light Railway (DLR) but not on National Rail services
A Photocard is necessary for
the purchase of any Travelcard (except the One-Day and Weekend
versions). To obtain a Photocard take a passport-size
photograph to any post office or Underground station Ticket
Office. A Child-Rate Photocard is required for children
between 5 - 15 to use Child-Rate Travelcards. To prove
their age children must take either their birth certificate