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Hiring a Classic Bus:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Timebus has been in business since 1987 and we specialise in private hires.


We are based near the Capital, and our buses operate within Greater London, the area close to Greater London, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

We also visit Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, the South Coast and Hampshire; typically with Routemaster Express (for travel) or Timebus Space (static) vehicles.

We can also go inside indoor exhibition centres in the West Midlands (eg NEC Birmingham, Telford International Centre, Coventry) with Timebus Space vehicles.

We hold details of the best access to over 3000 venues which we have visited before. Access for double deckers is sometimes limited by low bridges (less than 4.42 metres/ 14ft 6in high), overhanging trees, road restrictions, etc. These challenges are rarely encountered in urban areas and on main roads, however.


The description of each of our bus types includes the number of seats in each.

To extend capacity over shorter journeys, shuttle trips may be feasible.

We can organise, provide and co-ordinate multi-bus transportation for up to 500 people at once.


Every hire is different, so if you would like a quote (complete with professional drivers, and also conductors if appropriate), please contact us with details (except for fixed price packages). Our rates reflect the high quality of our vehicles and service, and the total price will depend on various factors including the amount of travelling distance (including our journey to reach you), and the hire duration.

There is no VAT applicable to our hire prices, where the primary purpose is passenger transportation.

Payments can be made by bank transfer, or the cards displayed below are accepted over the telephone.

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Dogs are welcome on board under control on leads. We are dog friendly.


[Definition: Second crew member, alongside driver of bus. Looks after passenger safety, timekeeping, customer care, issuing any Souvenir Tickets. Always provided on Open Platform vehicles carrying passengers.]
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.]
Open Top
[Definition: Roofless upstairs. Not the same as Open Platform.]
Public address system
[Definition: Hand held microphone connected to speakers throughout bus interior.]
[Definition: Counter top located inside near bus entrance, useful for preparing drinks and snacks on.]

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