a unique opportunity to drive an iconic London Bus.

We operate this as an exclusive one to one experience on our private circuit where you can negotiate these giant vehicles in safety around typical road junctions and scenarios with one of our veteran instructors by your side. The perfect gift voucher or a treat for yourself. Spaces are limited so buy your voucher today.

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. People travel from as far as Manchester and Edinburgh, overseas travellers have come from Canada, Hong Kong and even Australia solely to drive our Routemaster buses.

RETRO 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.

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Upcoming Dates:

To Be Announced

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.


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

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.

Upgrades

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.

Spectators

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.

Personal Requirements

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.