Much more than just a ride, London’s iconic double decker buses have been providing transportation to visitors and residents of this world-renowned city for decades. Pristine Agency would like to invite you to come with us to London as we learn more about this historic and unique London experience.
For years, the London bus network has been offering rides to top destinations around the city. Perhaps the most recognized form a transportation in the world, these buses have even been featured in movies and print over the years. Double decker buses were first created in the 1820’s. These early buses were pulled by horses in France and England. By 1954, the “Routemaster” London Bus arrived and was put into service for the first time just 2 years later. This same design served the visitors and residents of London with only minor changes until 2005. Today, a more modern bus is used but without one major change, the color. These iconic buses still maintain the same look as they have for over 60 years.
Owned and operated by Transport for London or TFL, London’s double decker buses are even a featured part of the London Transport Museum. This popular museum offers a look into all forms of transportation in London though history, including the famed red double decker’s.
While the double decker buses of London have already become an iconic and significant part of any trip to London, they became even more well-known in the world of travel when they announced that they would be going green. First thought to be impossible, thanks to a global electric vehicle leader in China, the impossible has become possible. Now, the first expected all-electric bus will be hitting the streets in just months. Just the beginning, the TFL hopes to completely update all its buses to electric technology soon. While this initiative has been in the making since 2010, it is finally coming to fruition as the first 5 buses are slated to arrive in London in October of this year. Part of a larger initiative to make London cleaner in terms of air quality, TFL expects to be fully electric by 2020.
London’s buses are a great way to get around in addition to being easily accessible for all travelers throughout the city. A single bus fare for an adult is just £1.50 however, it is important to note that cash is not accepted on these buses. Travelers will need to have a contactless payment card, a Travelcard or the Oyster card, which is a pay-as-you-go smartcard, accepted everywhere in London and offers exclusive discounts to certain locations throughout the city.