London Buses

London buses are a quick, convenient and cheap way to travel around. And you'll get plenty of sightseeing opportunities en route. London buses have seen many improvements in recent years with new buses, more frequent services and improved accessibility. The Central London bus guide will be sufficient for most travellers. This map is available from travel information centres at larger Tube stations or to download from Travel Maps.

Night Buses in London
London is a 24-hour city so buses run throughout the night. Night bus services cover the period between the close of the Tube and the start of daytime bus services. In addition, many London bus routes run for 24 hours.

If you're not familiar with the routes, head to Trafalgar Square (the hub for night buses) or check any bus-stop information board. As you'd expect, services are less frequent during the night. Night buses stop on request only: so you'll need to indicate your stop clearly to the driver when boarding or alighting.

London Bus Fares

There is a flat fare throughout the bus network, £1.30 with a pre-pay Oyster card and £2.20 if you are paying by cash. Travelcards are valid on buses.

London Bus Passes

Bus passes are valid for the whole bus and tram network in London (unlike the Tube there are no fare Zones). And with Oyster's daily price cap system, the most you will be charged per day when you use Oyster to pay as you go on bus and tram services is £4.00 (adult fare).
London Bus Pass Prices

Standard adult fares:
   * 7 Day: £17.80
   * 1 month: £68.40
   * 1 year: £712

Since January 2010, 1 and 3 day bus passes are no longer available.

London Bus Fare Concessions
All children under 16, plus 16-17 year olds living in London and in full-time education, can travel free on buses. You will need a photocard (not required for children under 5).

Freedom Passes provide free travel for wheelchair users, as well as for older and disabled persons.

Buy Before You Board/Ticket Machines
Most routes in Central London require that you buy tickets before you board. Ticket machines selling single fares and daily bus passes are located next to the main bus stops on these routes. You'll need the exact money as the machines do not give change. Many newsagents sell bus passes and also have Oyster top-up facilities.

London Bus Tours
London bus tours provide a unique opportunity to appreciate the full architectural splendour of London's famous streets and monuments. Tour guides offer historical background and interesting facts, with commentaries available in several languages.

London Bus - Accessibility Information
Buses are an accessible way to travel around London. All of London's 8,000 buses are now low-floor vehicles (excluding Heritage buses on routes 9 and 15).

Low-floor buses enable all customers, including people using wheelchairs, people with baby buggies (prams/strollers), people with assistance dogs, and people with other mobility impairments to get on and off  easily. Every bus also has a retractable ramp, which must be in full working order at all times.

On all buses, there is room for one person using a wheelchair. Wheelchairs can be accommodated up to a size of 70cm wide by 120cm long. Wheelchair users have priority over everyone else for use of the wheelchair space. There is no limit on the number of assistance dogs allowed on the bus, as long as there is space.

Bus or Coach To and From London
Coaches are a great option for cheap travel to London from almost anywhere in the UK or Europe.