London - Traveller Information

Get around London information, the Tube, Underground, London Overground, bus and river services, Docklands Light Railway and cycling routes

London Bus Information

London BUS Information

This is a list of Transport for London (TfL) contracted bus routes in London, England, as well as commercial services that enter the Greater London area (except coaches). Bus services in London are operated by Abellio London, Arriva London, HCT Group, Go-Ahead London (Blue Triangle, Docklands Buses, London Central, and London General), Metroline, RATP Group (London Sovereign and London United) Stagecoach London (East London, Selkent, and Thameside), Sullivan Buses, Tower Transit, and Uno. TfL-sponsored operators run more than 500 services.

Why is London bus Famous?

London's red buses are among the most iconic symbols of the capital. The reason behind their colour dates to the early 1900s, when the transport system was operated by different rival companies. London General Omnibus Company (or L.G.O.C.) owned most of the buses and in 1907 painted its entire fleet red to stand out from competitors.

Since 1933, the colour was adopted by London Transport and it has remained ever since.

It is the same colour which is also used on the London Underground roundel, the Royal Mail, Kit and Kat and McDonald's.

How do buses work in London?

London buses are all cashless, so you need an Oyster card, Travelcard or contactless payment. Bus fare is £1.55 and a day of bus-only travel will cost a maximum of £4.65. You can hop on unlimited buses or trams for free within one hour of touching in for your first journey.
Night buses run all night between the close of the Tube and the start of daytime bus services.
There are several different London tours by bus.