Bus Driving Experiences
At Expeditional we provide Routemaster bus driving experiences and Bendy Bus driving experiences. This is a unique, once in a lifetime opportunity to drive a world famous, iconic London Bus and the infamous Bendy Bus, often thought of as the nemesis of the Routemaster.
We operate this as an exclusive one to one experience on a private circuit where you can negotiate these giant vehicles in safety around typical road junctions and scenarios. The perfect gift voucher or a treat for yourself. Spaces are limited so buy your voucher today.
Our customers travel from all over the UK and the world to take part in our experiences. People drive from Manchester and as far as Edinburgh, overseas travellers have come from Canada and even Australia solely to drive our Routemaster buses.
Routemaster Bus Driving Experience
Buy this experience for yourself or as the perfect gift. Simply buy a voucher below which can be used to book onto any available date listed at the bottom of this page.
All experiences include a one to one personal tuition. There is complimentary tea and coffee for all. You start with a short briefing about the techniques and practicality of the bus, followed by the drive which includes a variety of driving scenarios, from negotiating junctions and corners, stopping at a bus stop and a slalom section. All participants also receive a certificate at the end and have the option for an in cab DVD.
Old versus New
The age old question, which is best? The Routemaster buses served London for over 50 years, with their open platform design. On the other hand the bendy bus served for less than 7 years. The debate rolls on as to which was best for London. Now you can decide for yourself, take the test and drive both with our battle of the buses, Old versus New.
February, Sunday 25th 2018: Spaces available
March, Sunday 18th 2018: Spaces available
April, Sunday 29th 2018: Spaces available
Dates are released up to three months in advance. The season runs from March to November each year. Subject to demand we run an event in January.
Reproduced in the original London Transport font, using authentic production materials, this souvenir blind will be presented to the driver at the end of their bus driving experience. All blinds are produced in block capitals, white text on black background. Production lead time is a minimum of 14 days.
How it works - Buy a voucher, then choose a date.
Buy a voucher online today, choose a packaging option (e-Voucher or Gift Voucher) which will contain a unique voucher code which allows you or the recipient to book onto any of the available dates. Once you have the voucher code or have given it as a gift, simply contact us to book your preferred date. Vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. We will book you onto a specific time slot on the day.
PACKAGING & POSTAGE
e-Vouchers are sent same day if ordered before 5.00pm Monday to Friday and contain a unique voucher code and a link to download or print a voucher.
Gift Vouchers are dispatched same day if ordered before 3.00pm Monday to Friday via Royal Mail First Class and consist of a DL sized presentable voucher which you can customise during the checkout process or leave blank to complete yourself. You can also choose to ship the Gift Voucher directly to the recipient.
The Perfect Gift
Our experience vouchers are the perfect gift for many occasions. A gift which appeals to men and women alike and a vast age range. Many of our customers have had a life long ambition to get behind the wheel of a vintage bus, that has always held a significant place in their memories and hearts. It's the perfect surprise, so original and completely unique. An experience to treasure.
Drivers are able to upgrade their voucher on the day to extend their driving time or to drive another bus. Speak to us on site.
Where are we?
We are the only bus driving experience in the South East and London area and the only Routemaster driving experience on the planet. We are based at the North Weald Airfield in Essex, just outside of London on the M11.
On the day
We provide complementary tea, coffee and water to all visitors. There is free parking on site and toilets. There are also a couple of cafes located on the airfield to visit before or after your drive. Please wear suitable footwear for driving and don't forget your voucher and driving licence. Expect to spend at least an hour upwards on site, dependant on which voucher the you have. When you book, we will confirm your arrive time. We also provide an optional extra in cab DVD, please request this on the day.
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.
You are welcome to bring spectators, who can observe, photograph and criticise your driving from the side lines. For safety reasons passengers are not allowed on the bus.
You must be 17 years old or over, hold a current Full UK, European or International driving license (must be shown on the day), be fit and able bodied. Minimum height of 1.5 metres (5'1") and a maximum of 2.0 metres (6'5"). Maximum weight of 114kg (18 stone). Please consider that the Routemaster design requires the driver to be able to climb up into the drivers cab.
Enquiry or Booking
Terms and Conditions Summary
- All vouchers sold via our website must be redeemed (booked and used) within 12 months from the date of purchase.
- Unused vouchers can be refunded within 28 days from purchase.
- All participants must hold a full current UK, European or International driving license
- Once vouchers are booked onto a date our cancellation policy applies.
*December Christmas Free Blind Offer: One free blind valued at £39.99 per customer only. You must purchase a voucher in order to receive the free blind. Once blind orders are placed the text cannot be changed.