Standard London Bus/Tram Fare is £1.50 per adult with Oyster
(£4.40 daily maximum)
Buses are cash free, trams have a £2.50 cash fare
under 16's travel free
There are many things that have become synonymous with London and one of
these is the sight of a London red bus. Buses have been running in London
since the first horse drawn bus in 1829. Years ago all London buses were
double decker buses with a driver, a conductor inside who collects fares and
gives out tickets and a permanently open rear left hand side. Things are
different now and these older buses known as routemasters are a rare site.
Most London buses are operated by a driver only and that includes dispensing
tickets, although they do also have automatic machines if you happen to know
the correct fare and have the right change. Today you are just as likely to
see a single decker as a double decker bus and to add to the variety London
has a growing fleet of bendy buses as well as eco friendly buses which are
being introduced. Bendy buses (articulated buses) are twin single deckers
joined in the middle to allow the bus to manoeuvre around sharp corners. All
London buses are now all low floor vehicles meaning they are all wheelchair
Buses like the national rail system are also split into a system of
franchises with different private companies running different bus routes on
a lease basis. The London mayor has overall responsibility for the London
bus network and the body that oversees the network is called 'London buses'.
Buses are the lifeblood of London and are all still painted the traditional
red, or at least a tone of red.
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They often have their own lanes on many of London main roads. These bus
lanes are painted red with the words bus lane every few hundred yards and
run on the inside lane with cars not allowed into these lanes between
specific hours or in some cases not allowed at any time at all. London taxis
are allowed to use bus lanes.
All buses have a number displayed on the back and front which signifies the
number of the route they are travelling on. This is usually a two digit
number. Also the display will show the final destination of that bus and
some major points along the way. Some buses numbers are prefixed with the
letter 'n'. This lets you know it is a night bus and will be operating all
through the night, normally between 11 pm and 6 am.
|TO GET ON AND OFF A BUS YOU NEED TO LOOK FOR THE SIGN SHOWN LEFT. ONLY AT
OFFICIAL BUS STOPS LIKE THESE CAN BUSES STOP TO ALLOW YOU TO BOARD. SOME STOPS
LIKE THE ONE BELOW SAY REQUEST STOP
JUST UNDER THE BUS LOGO.|
THIS MEANS THE BUS WONT STOP UNLESS YOU PUT OUT YOUR
HAND TO SIGNIFY YOU YOU WANT THE BUS TO STOP. IF IN ANY DOUBT ALWAYS OUTSTRETCH
YOUR HAND TO TELL THE DRIVER TO STOP. YOU WILL NOTICE THAT UNDER THE BUS STOP
SIGN AND AT AROUND EYE LEVEL IS A NOTICE BOARD. THIS WILL GIVE THE TIMETABLE FOR
ALL BUSES USING THAT STOP.
Outside of central London zone 1 you can normally (some exceptions) pay
once you are onboard and a pass bought beforehand will ensure you are not
caught without change. Buses will often refuse to take you if you do not
have the correct fare. Please note that in central London zone 1 and also on
buses you cannot actually pay on the bus itself. You must purchase your
ticket from the machine at that bus stop or use your
Oyster Card. It's clearly noted on
all bus stops which routes using that stop need to be paid for before
getting on the bus (normally in bright yellow).
Bus tickets can be purchased from machines by bus stops, London underground
stations, tourist information centres and some newsagents.
As with all modes of London transport bus fares operate according to the
zones you are travelling in.
You can buy daily and weekly bus passes allowing unlimited use of the system
during that period.
Bus saver tickets are available which is a book of 6 single fare tickets.
Buses accept the oyster pre pay system.
If you would like to ride on a traditional old fashioned double decker routemaster bus in central London
then routes 9 (Hammersmith to Aldwych) and 15 (Paddington to Blackwall) still
use them at certain times of the day.
Buses and Trams - Child Fares
under 16's free.
Under-5s Must be accompanied by someone using a valid ticket, Oyster PAYG or has
a freedom pass.
5 to 10yrs free, do not need to be accompanied, do not need a ticket or Oyster Photocard
11 to 15yrs free when using an Zip Oyster Photocard
Those 16 to 18-year-olds in full-time education or on a
work-based learning scheme and live in a
London borough can travel free on buses and
trams with a 16+ Oyster photocard (also gives 50% discount on adult rate on
Tube, DLR and London Overground services and Travelcard season tickets)
18+ students in full-time education
and attending colleges or
schools registered with TfL are eligible for
18+ Student Oyster photocards to buy
Bus & Tram Pass and Travelcard season tickets at
30% off the adult-rate.
BUS FARES AND TRAM FARES WITH CHEAPER OYSTER ALTERNATIVE
Since 2015 journeys by bus must be paid by a casheless method, you cannot use cash on a London bus.
|BUS AND TRAM
|Oyster/cashless Single Fare
||Cash Single fare
||cash not accepted
|Oystar Caps (the most you will pay in one
day paying with an Oyster Card)
USING BUS AND TRAM SERVICES ONLY
Bus & Tram Pass - Adult
Oyster Caps when combining the bus with tube, DLR or Overground
and compared to the
You must have a 16+ Oyster photocard to get:
7 Day, Monthly and longer period Travelcards at child rate
Half the adult rate when you pay as you go on Tube, DLR and London Overground
You can also get 34 per cent off the off-peak daily price caps if you also have
a 16-25 National Railcard
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