Our Open Platform Routemaster buses for hire are painted in immaculate pillar box red externally. Internally, they are fully refurbished, including a public address system.
The maximum number of seated passengers is 64 or 72 per bus, although we can provide more buses to your requirements, allowing conveyance of large or small groups.
The Routemaster will always be London's classic bus, a timeless icon just like Tower Bridge or the Houses of Parliament. These outstanding, versatile vehicles were even built in the Capital (by AEC and Park Royal), between 1959 and 1966. They remain ideal for transfers, weddings, tours, promotions and sightseeing. They are most suitable for short to medium length journeys.
Passengers board via the open platform [Definition: Entrance area, without doors, towards rear of bus. Leads directly to the staircase on double deckers. Not the same as Open Top.] at the rear, and may then either enter the lower saloon, or go up the spiral staircase to the top deck. The seats are moquette covered with a red or blue theme, and mostly arranged in pairs, providing a spacious travelling environment.
A conductor is always provided; for passengers' safety, comfort and convenience. Unlike coaches and limousines which are staffed by a driver only, the conductor is always available during the journey. The conductor can issue Souvenir Tickets from a period mechanical ticket machine as an optional service.
Gallery of more Open Platform Routemaster photos
Some of our Routemaster vehicles are powered by new Cummins engines, fitted with catalytic converters, and conform to 'Euro 2' low pollution levels.
Historical information is available on our individual Open Platform Routemaster History Fact Sheets.