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Double decker buses

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Double decker buses

We are staying at ME London (Aldwych/ Strand) from Aug 11-15. During our course we will probably be taking buses # 23/6/139/13 and 11. Are all these double decker buses?

Are regular buses double deckers or only the Big Bus and Original tour buses are double deckers?

Thanks

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1. Re: Double decker buses

All of the buses you mention are double decker. The RV1 from and to the Tower and Covent Garden (via County Hall for the London Eye) is usually a little single decker hoppa bus, but occasionally a double decker will run on that service. https:/…aldwych-a4-310314.pdf

Keep a watch for the Heritage Routemaster number 15 service to the Tower as well. …fotopedia.com/wywnAYOaM3w-P3jodYYyIHs-hd/Lo… Travelcards and PAYG on Oyster are good for travel on these fab buses as well as the bog standard 15 towards Blackwall. Board, find a seat and wait for the conductor to come round to check fares. There are only six of the Routemasters to and from the Tower so you might have to wait for one, but they are a treat to ride in, so if you see one then have a go.

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2. Re: Double decker buses

Yes, all those buses are double decker. I live in just about the only part of London not to have them, but I think most buses in London (at least in central London) are double decker.

Edited: 16 July 2014, 01:44
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3. Re: Double decker buses

In there, the 4 6 9 11 13 15 23 87 91 139 and 176 will show you the town.

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4. Re: Double decker buses

Thank you. So quick question regarding travel card vs PAYG on oyster card for these plus tube for a 5 day trip? can they be purchased on the bus itself or one has to do that prior at a tube station.

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5. Re: Double decker buses

London buses no longer accept cash fares; one must use a Travelcard, PAYG on Oster or a contactless payment card when travelling on the capital's red buses.

For a five day stay a seven day Travelcard for zones 1 and 2 for £31.40 may be the business. Seven day cards have no time of day constraints and will cost less than five one day cards (£8.90 for off peak use in zones 1 to 6).

Buy the cards at Charing Cross *rail* ticket office and you may use them for the offers at www.daysoutguide.co.uk making your transport payments do double duty. If you're unfamiliar with the offers, have a look at the traveller articles about them under Top Questions about London.

If you don't want to use the offers, buy seven day Travelcards at any Underground station. They will be sold to you loaded on Oyster cards; you may add a bit of PAYG money to the Oyster for out of zone journeys if you wish.

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6. Re: Double decker buses

You need to purchase travelcards and/or oyster cards at an underground station prior to travel.

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7. Re: Double decker buses

You can't buy Oysters or travelcards on the bus. You'll need either a tube station or "Oyster Ticket Stop" (convenience store that sells them) for Oyster or a National Rail station for paper travelcards eligible for the 2-4-1 offers. Both the travelcard and Oyster can be used on buses, and note that buses don't accept cash any more.

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8. Re: Double decker buses

Thank you. I dont think anything in our itinerary is useful for 2-4-1 passes so will buy the 7-d travelcard loaded on the oyster from an underground station. Can this be bought at Heathrow prior to us taking the blackberry prepaid car service to our hotel?

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9. Re: Double decker buses

Yes it can - but it will require a bit of backtracking going to the ticket office and back to the arrivals area. - more so at T123 than 4/5

Best leave it until you have arrived at your hotel

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10. Re: Double decker buses

Thank you