A Totally Unique Experience
At Expeditional we provide exclusive London Bus driving experiences. A unique, once in a lifetime opportunity to drive the world famous, iconic Routemaster Bus and the infamous Bendy Bus, often thought of as the nemesis of the Routemaster.
Exclusive Experience: One to one tuition with one of our veteran instructors.
Private Circuit: Negotiate these giant vehicles in safety around our circuit with junctions and bus stops.
The perfect Gift Voucher or a treat for yourself.
We are based in Epping on the London/ Essex boarder, more details about our location here. Our customers travel from all over the UK and the world to take part in our experiences. Our customers have travelled as far afield as Manchester, Edinburgh, Canada, Hong Kong and even Australia, solely to drive our London buses.
Two ways to buy: Book Direct or Buy a Voucher
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Routemaster Bus Driving Experience
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, serving a bus stop and a slalom section. All participants receive a certificate at the end and have the option for an in cab video.
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. Now you can choose to drive either our Bendy Bus or our Modern Double Deck bus as part of your Old vs New experience Voucher.
You wait for a bus...
So you've been waiting your entire life to drive a bus, then three turn up at once. New for summer 2018. Get behind the wheel of 3 iconic London Buses. Introducing Old vs New Triple.
Discounts available for a limited time only on selected EXPERIENCES
Bus Driving Experiences
IN CAB VIDEO:
An in cab view, available in all our buses. We will email you a link to view or download your video post event. Available as a voucher option or buy on the day.
Gift Mug: I Drove a Routemaster
Available as an exclusive add-on item to our Routemaster Bus driving experience. Gift Mug will be presented to the driver on the day, after their experience.
October, Sunday 20th 2019:
Bendy or Double Deck :: Fully booked
Routemaster :: Spaces available for Silver only
Old Vs New :: Fully booked
November, Sunday 17th 2019:
Bendy or Double Deck :: Fully booked
Routemaster :: Spaces available
Old Vs New :: Limited spaces available
2020 Dates: Please check back for updates.
Dates are released up to three months in advance. The season runs from March to November each year.
How it works
You can either buy a gift voucher on our website which allows the recipient to book onto a date at their convenience or call us to buy and book onto an available date. Gift Vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.
GIFT VOUCHER PRESENTATION
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
We offer a truly unique driving experience. 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
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 video which can either be pre-order or requested 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.
All participants must be 17 years old or over and hold a current Full UK, European or International driving license which must be presented on the day.
Minimum height of 5'1" (1.5 metres) and a maximum of 6'5" (2.0 metres). Maximum weight of 134kg (22 stone).
The Routemaster design requires the participant to climb up into the drivers cab therefore must be non-disabled in doing this.
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.
* Clearance Discount Terms: Applies to new customers only who ‘Buy and Book’ over the phone. Does not apply to pre-paid e-Vouchers or Gift Vouchers. Subject to availability. Discounted ‘Buy and Book’ bookings cannot be altered or canceled.