March 21, 2003

Transferless Busses

Category: Transit

London: The red busses of London are generally brilliant, as long as traffic is moving smoothly. But they have one particularly annoying and illogical drawback: No Transfers.

Most bus systems I've been on give you a little piece of paper that allows you to ride the system for a certain amount of time. You can transfer to another bus and keep going without paying another fare.

In London, if you get off the bus, you have to pay again to get on the next one even if you've only been riding 10 minutes.

The good news is that if you pay 2 you can get a little ticket that let's you ride all day, but that's only helpful if you're going on a round trip.

Posted by Nick at March 21, 2003 10:55 AM


What is REALLY annoying is that open platform busses are starting to disappear... so no more easy getting off the frigging bus if you are stuck in traffic. It is outragous. On many occasions I have just wrenched the doors open and got off doored buses anyway. If they do not like it, tough.

Posted by: Perry de Havilland at April 6, 2003 11:56 AM

But a daily bus pass is only 2 (twice the cost of a single fare), enabling you to travel on any bus. Tube day travel cards also allow you to do this (and travel on suburban trains and night buses, too!), these currently cost 4.50 or so, depending on which zones you travel in.

Posted by: devukha at May 14, 2003 5:09 PM

True, but if you only intend to make a one-way trip that day, it's a rip off to be charged 2 pounds for it!

Posted by: Nick at May 14, 2003 5:54 PM

We will be flying to London on May 7th, 2004 and we would like to have some informations regarding the busses fare and the schedule from the airport Heathrow to our hotel located near trafalgar square.

Thanking in advance for your kind cooperation, I remain,

Yours truly,

Jean Douville
398 place Maisonneuve
laval (Quebec) H7X 1P4

Posted by: Jean Douville at February 11, 2004 3:05 PM

Try the tube - it goes straight from Heathrow to very near Trafalgar Square (picadillly line)

Posted by: Nick at February 11, 2004 4:02 PM