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London Buses

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London's iconic red buses are recognized the world over, even if the traditional Routemaster buses, with an open rear platform and on-board conductor to collect fares, have been phased out. These still run on Heritage Route 9 and 15 daily between about 9:30AM and 6:30PM, every 15 minutes. Buses are generally quicker than taking the Tube for short (less than a couple of stops on the Tube) trips, and out of central London you're likely to be closer to a bus stop than a tube station.

Floor level buses enable all customers, including wheelchair users, people with buggies, people with assistance dogs and people with other mobility impairments to get on and off easily.

Wheelchair users are entitled to free travel on buses and do not need to show any ticket or pass but anyone accompanying them must hold a valid ticket or pay the appropriate fare.  

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Children and young people under the age of 18 in full-time education and those holding Freedom Passes are also entitled to free travel on buses.

Over 5 million bus trips are made each weekday; with over 700 different bus routes you are never far from a bus. Each bus stop has a sign listing routes that stop there. Bus routes are identified by numbers and sometimes letters, for example the 73 runs between Victoria and Seven Sisters. Yellow signs indicate you must purchase your ticket before you board. You must either have a Pay-as-you-go Oyster card, travelcard season ticket, bus saver ticket, bus pass, or have bought a one way ticket from a machine at the bus stop.