The London Bus Museum is pleased to welcome you on board a bus journey that has taken 150 years.
Welcome to London Bus Museum
Coronavirus Update: following relaxation of Government restrictions we are pleased to announce that the
London Bus Museum is open !
- Opening days and times are Thursday to Sunday between 11.00am -5.00pm
- All visitors must pre-book timed entry tickets with Brooklands Museum
- A name and contact details for your group, together with the time of any bus ride, will be recorded at our reception for the purpose of track & trace only
- Visitors MUST wear face-coverings and we must refuse entry if you do not wear one. London bus-themed face-coverings in black or gold are available from our Museum Shop and online
- Our volunteers will also be Covid 19-compliant with face-coverings
- Please use the hand sanitisers as you enter and as you leave
- Access to some exhibits is restricted
- A one-way system is in operation with social distancing enforced by floor markings. Look out for the blue bus symbols!
- Regularly maintained toilet facilities are provided on the Brooklands site; the Bus Museum toilets will not be open to visitors
- We request that you do not bring food and drink into the Bus Museum; all waste should be taken home with you and not placed in the waste bins on site
- We hope to be able to run regular historic bus rides, subject to availability of buses and crews. Tickets can be purchased in advance at our shop; the fare is £2 (accompanied children £1). Strict safety protocols are in place and buses are cleaned between every trip
- Due to difficulties in ensuring the safety of both visitors and volunteers, TransportFest 2020 has unfortunately had to be cancelled. The good news is that planning is well under way for our Spring Gathering to be held on Sunday 11th April 2021. Make a note in your diary now!
These arrangements will continue for as long as necessary
Please check our News page for latest updates
The museum's on-line shop is now open again
with new items being added every week
Sorry, we cannot accept telephone and postal orders at present
Have you ever wondered what happened to all those wonderful old buses that ran in London and which you only now see in old films and books? Well, the good news is, some of them live on! While thousands went to the scrap yard at the end of their working lives, some have found their way into preservation as living, moving museum pieces at London Bus Museum. Here you will discover the largest collection of working historic London buses in the world, a priceless heritage representing more than 150 years of public transport evolution in the capital.
London Bus Museum is much, much more than simply a display of old buses for enthusiasts; its aim is to present the unique engineering heritage of the collection in its historical, social, technological and educational background.
Here you can re-live the happy times of travelling on these knights of the road, experience the sights, sounds and smells of a past age, evocative of colourful liveries, elegant coachwork, fine leather and moquette upholstery. A wonderful day out with a difference - indefinably nostalgic for those who rode on them, as well as a world of fascination and wonder for the younger generations, many of whom have never even been on a bus!
The displays are organised in a timeline sequence starting with the horse-bus period of the late 19th century, into the early motor-bus era before WW1 and the development of the familiar 'modern' bus in the 1930s, through the trials and tribulations of WW2, then into the era of the huge standardised fleet in the 1950s-1960s and finishing with the emergence in the 1970s of rear-engined buses operated by one person. Each exhibit is placed within a diorama of a period London street scene, adding to the historical ambiance of the museum. At special events, some of our buses are used for rides, providing a real taste of travel from a bygone era.
London Bus Museum displays the culmination of 50 years of preservation work and is open for viewing seven days a week, providing the opportunity to see our vehicles and artefacts in a light, airy and modern environment.
We hope to welcome you back for a day out with us at London Bus Museum in the near future!