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Getting around in London by bus

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Good old red buses are great for shopping trips and sightseeing in central London. I often use the buses to get around in London for my leisure activities, e.g., shopping, going to cinema, etc. However, do avoid the rush hours about 8am - 9.30am and 5pm - 6pm on weekdays. In any case, bus rides ... Read review

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Community Level 5LBoy

LBoy

Have a day out in London for 2 quid

AdvantagesCheaper than the Tube

DisadvantagesNot very reliable

"Good old red buses are great for shopping trips and sightseeing in central London. I often use the buses to get around in London for my leisure activities, e.g., shopping, going to cinema, etc. However, do avoid the rush hours about 8am - 9.30am and 5pm - 6pm on weekdays. In any case, bus rides are cheaper than the Tube. For a single journey including central London (Zone 1), the fare is £1; for any journey outside central London, it is 70p. Children ..." Read review
28.05.2001

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Community Level 4LostAngel

LostAngel

The Good, the Bad and the Fares.

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"...red buses in London are getting a little rusty and we don’t see too many new buses around but I have to say still they are one of the best means of transport in London. I have been using them for many years now. Although now a days I don’t use them very often as compared to my college days but still there are times when I prefer taking a bus rather than using my car as finding a place to park the car can be very difficult at times ..." Read review
07.07.2001

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Community Level 7sandrabarber

sandrabarber

SEE LONDON ON YOUR ARSE

Advantagessuperb value for money, great guides, ticket lasts 24 hours

Disadvantagesabsolutely none

"Two weeks ago I found myself at a very boring conference in London. Having spent an almost sleepless night in a main-road hotel above a train station, I was in danger of dozing off. Outside, however, the skies were clear and blue and the temperatures unseasonably warm. I waited ‘til twelve, took advantage of the free lunch and then legged it to Trafalgar Square to take an open top bus tour round the capital for the rest of the afternoon. The ..." Read review
10.11.2001

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Community Level 4Dan_ep

Dan_ep

Time for an update on london buses

AdvantagesCheap as chips, improving by the day

DisadvantagesTraffic, difficult if you are not a londoner

"Just looked through the old london bus reviews, and its amazing how things have moved on. Within the past few years, london's buses have been completely transformed, and many londoners now prefer them to the tube. CHARGES / TICKETS Bus pricing was always v. complex, and Im sure it put people off. A simplified sturcture was put in place, and it now operates on a flat fare basis. A shame if you are only going a few stops, but usually works out a ..." Read review
27.03.2005

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Community Level 2yorkie2

yorkie2

Getting around anywhere by bus

AdvantagesCheap and reasonably convenient

DisadvantagesCan be dirty and uninviting

"...gave a good account of getting around London by bus but what about the man/women sitting in the front seat? I have sat in that seat for a good many years and in different parts of the country. In the 1960s it used to be fun. Lots of good mates and lots of cheerful passengers. Ever been on a 05.00 bus travelling towards the City area of London. It used to be packed with char ladies who were the chirpiest lot of people you would ever come across. Heaven ..." Read review
12.07.2001

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