The red double-decker bus is undeniably one of London’s attractions. However, you will notice that the ones that are running through the Capital’s street are brand new ones. But… what if I told you that there are still two old-fashioned original buses touring around? Well, believe it or not, this is real. I am talking about no. 9 and no. 15 following two routes.
THE ORIGINAL ROUTEMASTER BUSES
Bus No. 9
It starts from Trafalgar Square and ends at Albert Hall, passing through Hyde Park Corner and Knightsbridge. It runs daily from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm, every 15 mins and it takes approximately 25 minutes to complete the route.
Bus No. 15
The starting point is the Tower of London and it runs towards Leicester Square via St. Paul. There is a bus every 20 minutes, between 9.30 am and 7 pm. The journey time is approximately 30 minutes.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW…
- Not every no. 9 and no. 15 buses is a ‘Routemaster Bus’, so watch out for the right one, shouldn’t be difficult anyway!
- Fares are the same as normal buses, £1.75 per ride payable by Oyster Card or you can also buy the ticket from the conductor (try to have the right amount as the conductor might not have any change).
- Journeys might be longer or shorter depending on the traffic.
- Journeys on this bus are not probably the most comfortable ones, but definitely priceless!
A ride on this bus will make you experience the best of past and present; sitting on an old bus while whooshing past the actual London… Definitely a unique and special way of spending half an hour of your day! It can also be a plan-B for a rainy day!
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