London Transport

Buses in London

The bus network in London is one of the largest and most comprehensive urban transport systems in the world. Every weekday over 6,800 scheduled buses carry around six million passengers on over 700 different routes. By buses you can go to any place in London. Note that traffic congestion is common, especially during the peak hours at 7:30-9:30am, 12-2pm and 4:30-6:30pm on weekdays, or in London shopping areas during weekends. If a bus is full you will not be allowed to get on, but will have to wait for the next one. Always allow plenty of time for your journey, if you need to keep an appointment.


The network is also dynamic and responds to changes in London's growth and changing needs. Every year a fifth of the bus service is re-tendered, with around half of the network subject to some level of review.

Of course buses in London are recognizable all over the world. Big double-decker red buses are the best-known symbol of London!

Picture of London Double-decker bus

London has the most extensive night bus network in the world, with a large number of extra buses and routes introduced in the last couple of years. All night bus networks begin with letter "N".

Bus tickets in London

If you want to travel by bus in London you must have a ticket or a TravelCard. Single ticket allows you to travel from one place to other, only once. It costs 2 £ L for a single fare. You can get a ticket from the bus staff. One day ticket costs 3 £. TravelCards are more convenient - they allow you to travel by the underground, buses, and by the local train services in the area of London. They may be valid for different periods of time, for example: a day, a week, a month, or even a year. In addition you can buy one-day Travelcards from ticket machines at many places in London.

Day and 3 Day Travelcards
 Day3 Day
Journey in zones:PeakOff-PeakPeakOff-Peak
1 - 2 £6.80 £5.30 £17.40 -
1 - 3 £8.00 - - -
1 - 4 £9.40 £5.90 - -
1 - 5 £11.80 - - -
1 - 6 £13.80 £7.00 £40.00 £20.00
1 - D £15.00 £8.20 - -
2 - 6 £8.40 £4.80 - -
2 - D £9.80 £5.10    

Useful links about London buses:

* London Bus Maps:

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Information from wikipedia.org and tfl.gov.uk