VIP Bus Driving Experience

This is a unique, once in a lifetime opportunity to have an exclusive bus driving experience in a world famous, iconic Routemaster London Bus and the infamous Bendy Bus, often thought of as the nemesis of the Routemaster.

We operate this as an exclusive VIP experience for one person on our private circuit where you can negotiate these giant vehicles in safety around typical road junctions and scenarios. As well as driving the buses you will also undergo a Hazard Perception test, negotiate our slalom and complete a reversing challenge as performed in an actual PSV driver exam for professional drivers.

What Happens On The Day

Your day will consist of a meet and greet with our team and your instructor who is an experienced bus driver who will guide you through the days activities. There is a briefing and introduction to the buses and the course. First you must pass the Hazard Perception test, followed by a 30 minute drive in our 18 meter long ex-London Bendy Bus followed by a 45 minute drive in our 1960's Routemaster bus. You will also receive in cab videos of all of your drives. Lunch or afternoon tea are included (depending on the times of the event) for the driver and up to three spectators who are welcome to join you. You can also add extra drivers to participate with you on the day.*

Availability: Available weekdays, at any time of the year. Please call us first to check availability before buying.

I would like to thank you very much for the opportunity to realise a 50 year old ambition to drive an Routemaster bus. I really enjoyed the experience. I am very grateful to you as well for the excellent tuition and instruction all of which I can relive as often as I wish by looking at the DVD.
— Harvey W.

 
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I was booked onto the Routemaster Experience as a surprise 50th birthday present by my kids. I had a wonderful time, it was just so exciting. your check-in girl was very pleasant, polite and down to earth. My instructor was great fun and very encouraging, clear basic instructions and I went around the course without hitting any cones, even on the slalom! Absolutely brilliant morning and i would recommend to anyone who enjoys driving
— Joanne F.

How it works

Please call us to discuss your preferred dates before buying. You will receive a presentation pack for this experience which you can give as a gift. The recipient can then call us to arrange a date if not already arranged.

Where are we?

We are the only Routemaster bus driving experience in the known universe. We are based at the North Weald Airfield in Essex, just outside of London on the M11.

Difference between a Routemaster and Modern Buses

The Routemaster is the iconic London bus in service between 1958 to 2005. The Routemaster has the half cab design with the engine mounted at the front, next to the driver and the turning wheels beneath the driving position. The entrance is at the back with an open platform. In comparison modern buses have the engine mounted at the rear. The entrance is at the front of the bus with the turning wheels positioned behind the driving position. All these variables create two very unique driving experiences. Why not compare the two with our Old vs New vouchers.

Spectators

You are welcome to bring up to four spectators, who can observe, photograph and criticise your driving from the side lines. For safety reasons passengers are not allowed on the bus.

participant Requirements

Minimum age 21, hold a current driving license (must be shown on the day), be fit and able to climb into and out of the cab of the Routemaster. Minimum height of 1.5 metres (5'1") and a maximum of 2.0 metres (6'5"). Maximum weight of 114kg (18 stone).

The Routemaster was iconic, but the Bendy bus is great fun to drive
— Dennis, Old vs New driver

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Terms and Conditions Summary

- All participants must hold a current valid driving license for manual or automatic

- Once vouchers are booked onto a date our cancellation policy applies.