COMBINE COMMUTING AND SIGHTSEEING ON TOP OF A LONDON DOUBLE-DECKER
Double-deckers are one of London’s main trademarks. Regardless of the fact that, because of traffic, they aren’t as fast as the Tube, the renowned double-deckers offer a unique experience when travelling around London. Especially if you sit on top at the front!
The first double-deckers were first put into circulation in 1847 and they looked like cabs dragged by horses, where the passengers would sit on the top of the roof.
They became motor vehicles in the 1930s; however, the Routemaster, the iconic red bus, was first introduced in 1956, immediately becoming Londoners’ favourite.
Today the historic buses have been replaced by new and modern ecological vehicles which, however, maintain the design of the old ones.
NOT ALL ROUTEMASTERS HAVE GONE!
You can still find some routemasters operating on two lines:
The line number 9, which from Kensington goes to Aldwych
The line number 15, linking Tower Hill to Trafalgar Square.
You can no longer pay your fee in cash if you want to travel on a routemaster; it’s necessary to have an Oyster Card if you want to use them.
Rates vary yearly, however, you are currently charged around £1.50 for a single journey; on the tube you would pay no less than £2.30.
If you are new to the London bus service, you should bear in mind that each line is identified by a number, while the names of stops are identified by letters.
Under the projecting roofs of bus stops you will find a map that will indicate where you are, which buses stop there and where they are heading to.
LONDON BUSES ARE CHEAPEST CHOICE FOR TRAVELLING AT NIGHT
The mythical double-deckers are the cheapest choice if you wish to travel at night, especially after midnight. Night buses are often identified by the letter N preceding the number of the line, even though it is not always the case – some of the day routes have their last few buses early in the morning and after midnight. If you have to use them to move within a central area at night, buses are quite busy, so you’ll always feel safe!
Are you looking for the second cheapest alternative to travelling at night?