Ride On Vintage London Buses For Free This Weekend

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Last Updated 04 June 2024

Ride On Vintage London Buses For Free This Weekend
A green vintage double decker bus
Jump on an open platform green bus with a real conductor. Even better — you don't have to pay them! Image: Clive A Brown via creative commons

Fancy hopping on a heritage bus this weekend and not even paying a fare?

All day on Sunday 9 June 2024 the 406 route between Kingston and Redhill is operating a free service on various vintage buses, including 1950s/60s Routemasters and its predecessor RT-type. And if you want to feel really old, there'll also be 'heritage' buses from the 1990s. Gulp.

The cavalcade of buses comes from the London Bus Museum (as well as some private owners) and will run along the regular 406 bus route between around 9am and 5pm. Buses will travel in both directions on a regular basis (timetables are available though) so all you need to do is stick out your hand, flag one down and hop aboard. It won't cost you a penny. (FYI TfL's standard 406 route is operating too — you'll need to pay for these services as usual.)

A flyer showing the bus route

Perhaps most excitingly, open-platform green buses with conductors will shuttle all day between Kingston and Epsom, giving you a proper taste of the past.

Adding to the sense of occasion, a museum shop will be set up outside the Clock Tower in Epsom, selling London bus gifts, souvenirs, books and models.

London Bus Museum Route 406 Heritage Day, 9 June 2024, approx 9am-5pm, free