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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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Community Level 3Liberty1

Liberty1

Good way of travel

AdvantagesCheap and mainly reliable

Disadvantagesnone

"...you run the risk of getting caught in peak hour traffic. They provide a popular way of getting around and about London and will enable you on most routes to at least catch a glimpse of one or two tourist attractions enroute. The fares are reasonable , certainly compared to the tube and providing you can get a seat all you have to do is watch the world through the window and hope that you remember not to get carried away and get of at the right stop. ..." Read review
03.08.2000

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Community Level 2cellnetsms

cellnetsms

London buses are really really rubbish

Advantagesnone really unless you can't walk, ride a bike or drive a car

Disadvantagestoo many to write here, read my message

"London buses should all be removed because they are the worse type of transport there can be. 1) They are slow and unreliable. 2) They are expensive to use. 3) They are dirty and smelly. 4) They are mass transport for loud and disrespectful school children. 5) They sometimes don't even open the door to let you in. If you had to get from one area of london to another, you are better off going by bike, tube or foot, as the time it ..." Read review
11.07.2000

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Community Level 1dec132

dec132

Route 60

AdvantagesUsually reliable, handy bus.

DisadvantagesCrowded at peak times

"Arriva London South route 60 is operated from Beddington Farm Garage with 'DLO' and 'DLP' class low floor double deck buses. They are very comfortabe, accessible for wheelchairs and prams / buggies. The bus is Croydon's main North - South link, and is very well used. It runs from Streatham, near many lesire facilities i.e. Bowling, Go Karting, Ice Skating, Cinima, Down though Pollards Hill estate and onto the London Road down through Thornton Heath ..." Read review
27.08.2000

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Community Level 3zorbay

zorbay

Red Double Deckers are Good

Advantagesreasonable fares.Good routes.Frequent service

DisadvantagesSlow during peak hours

"London's public transport I reckon is pretty good. Every time I am in London I hear gripes and there are problems but try moving around Rome,Bangkok, Paris or Hong Kong during peak hours. Apart from the tube I have a fondness for London Transport's red double deckers. The routes are extensive,the fares reasonable and the frequency is OK too. For tourists I would strongly recommend using the buses. Start your journey say from 10 am and get a seat on ..." Read review
19.07.2000

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Community Level 1punkorama

punkorama

John Prescot has really cocked it up this time

AdvantagesBuses are great for obscuring peoples veiw.

DisadvantagesI won't waste my breath

"...and agin. (Not allways getting charged, obviously). I watched a program with John Prescott explaining for the reason why buses were late. He said they get held up in traffic. Well done Mr Prescot. Then there came the final test, I had to catch a bus from the terminal it leaves from, how could it possibly be late (unless it happens to run into a trafic jam in a ten square yard area!) A bus was meant to leave once every 20 mins. I waited for 45 minutes ..." Read review
09.12.2000

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Community Level 3paulloney

paulloney

Timetable changes

AdvantagesLocal transport will save money

Disadvantages

"The bus timetable has not just changed once again,It has also taken some buses off certian routes. I usally catch two buses to work and two buses home again. With the bad service already, I have to walk to town to catch my second bus and It takes me half an hour because there is no bus that will get me there in time. Now they have changed the times again and taken some buses off certian routes so they can have even fewer buses on the road. The number ..." Read review
27.08.2000

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Community Level 2sfinchuk

sfinchuk

Night buses

AdvantagesCheap, regular, good coverage of London

DisadvantagesBusy, rowdy

"...down their throats, drunk yobs getting involved in fights. To avoid the worst excesses, try and get a seat downstairs near the driver. ..." Read review
28.07.2000

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Community Level 2queenjewls

queenjewls

The way to see London

AdvantagesCheap, less hassle than tube, more comfortable than tube, run all the time

Disadvantagescan get confusing, not always reliable

"When you think of London Transport - you think of the tube, right? ... Well think again - people say don't take the buses because of the traffic - but I lived on Old Street it took me 20 minutes to get to Oxford Circus by bus, but on the tube it takes 40 minutes. The best thing about the bus is you actually get to see London you get on for 2/3 of the price of the tube (tube is £1.50 - to scoot around zone 1, bus is £1.00 during the day). The amount ..." Read review
11.07.2000

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Community Level 1shaunysheepy

shaunysheepy

Better than the tube

AdvantagesBuses easy to board (hop on - hop off), quicker for shorter journeys

Disadvantagescan take longer to get to destination in times of rush hour, sometimes hard to find the right bus

"Although I am not a londoner I have visited several times, the last of which was last monday and I did enjoy the city greatly. I bought an all day travelcard to allow me to travel around freely, although I found that the tube is easy to use it was much quicker to simply hop on a bus for the majority of journeys. Though I did find the tube was better for the longer journeys, ie those that went across one or more zones. All in all i can say that ..." Read review
16.07.2000

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Community Level 1kenduffy

kenduffy

more convenient than the tube

Advantagesreliable cheap

Disadvantagesslow

"Having lived in north london for the past 3 years I have learned to both love and loathe the bus service. There are two fare tiers at present 70p for Outer London and £1 for inner London. I use the bus service to travel around outer london as it is regular, pretty reliable, cheap and never too busy. However I never use the bus service in central london as the roads are virtually in continual gridlock and it is quicker to use the tube or even walk. ..." Read review
27.07.2000

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