30-Minute London Bus Driving Experience


Currently booking for:

11th/24th August, 1st /7th/15th September, 26 October, 2nd November 2024

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Looking for a unique and exciting adventure? Experience the ultimate thrill of driving an iconic former London bus with our London Bus Driving Experience. Our one-of-a-kind driving lesson provides the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a retired passenger service London bus and drive it yourself.

If you want to book a specific vehicle then you can do so here.

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Vehicles available to drive

Double Decker VLA131 is a classic red London bus

Double Decker – VLA 131 Discover the rich history of London’s transportation with VLA 131, an iconic red double-decker. Originally introduced in 2005, this striking bus served various routes, including the 128, 150, 173, and 368, as well as school and rail replacement routes. After years of dedicated service, it retired on April 21st, 2020, as one of the last ALX400s in London. Meticulously restored by London Bus Experiences, VLA 131 is now at the heart of the London Bus Driving Experience. Get ready to relive history and drive this beauty!

TP 417: A Dennis Trident that is at home in our Double Decker Driving School!

Double Decker – TP 417 Delivered to Holloway in 2003, it was promptly showcased at Showbus and served a variety of routes from many different garages, mainly in North and Central London. In late 2015, its journey took a twist when Metroline sold it to Ensignbus. Rather than regular routes, TP417 was used for distinct tasks, including rail replacements, tube strike reliefs, and even had a cameo in BBC’s Sherlock. By 2016, it was under Seaford & District’s banner and later sold to Loyalty Connections of Margate. Fast forward to 2023, this iconic bus joined the London Bus Experiences fleet, marking yet another chapter in its storied history. The bus will be used on the London Bus Driving Experience and in future it has the option to be used on other types of work.

Experience the Thrill of Driving an Iconic London Bus!

Have you ever dreamed of taking the wheel of an iconic London bus? Now, you can make that dream a reality with our 30-minute London Bus Driving Experience! This shorter session is perfect for those who want a taste of the adventure at an unbeatable price.

What’s Included:

  • 30 Minutes of Driving Time: Take control of one of our classic buses and navigate through our private road network.
  • Expert Instruction: Our experienced instructors will guide you through the process, ensuring you feel confident and safe.
  • Iconic Vehicles: Drive one of our beautifully preserved buses, such as the Dennis Trident (TP417) or the Volvo B7 (VLA131).
  • Safety Briefing: Begin with a comprehensive safety briefing to familiarize yourself with the vehicle and driving techniques.
  • Personalized Experience: Enjoy one-on-one instruction tailored to your skill level, making it perfect for beginners and enthusiasts alike.

Why Choose Our 30-Minute Experience?

  • Affordable: At just £99, this experience offers incredible value for an unforgettable adventure.
  • Convenient: Ideal for those with a busy schedule, this shorter session still provides a full driving experience.
  • Perfect Gift: Makes an excellent gift for bus enthusiasts, friends, or family members looking for a unique and exciting activity.

Booking and Availability

Slots for our 30-minute London Bus Driving Experience are limited and fill up quickly. Check our availability and book your session today to ensure you don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity!

What to Expect:

  1. Arrival and Registration: Arrive at our location and complete a quick registration process.
  2. Safety Briefing: Receive a detailed safety briefing from our expert instructors.
  3. Driving Experience: Enjoy 30 minutes of hands-on driving, navigating our private road network.
  4. Debriefing: Conclude with a brief debriefing and the opportunity to ask any questions.

Important Information:

  • Age Requirement: Participants must be 13 years or older.
  • No License Required: No previous driving experience or license is necessary.
  • Clothing: Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes. Safety vests and necessary equipment will be provided.

Book Now:

Don’t wait! Secure your spot for the 30-minute London Bus Driving Experience today. Whether it’s a personal adventure or a gift for someone special, this is an experience you’ll never forget.

Directions to the South of England Event Centre

The South Of England Event Centre, Selsfield Rd, Haywards Heath, RH17 6TL


By Road

The main entrance to the South of England Event Centre is on the B2028 Selsfield Road close to the centre of Ardingly village. For Sat Nav use RH17 6TL.

From the M25, exit at junction 7 and follow the M23 towards Brighton. Leave at junction 10 and take the A264 towards East Grinstead. After approximately two miles turn right onto the B2028. After passing through the villages of Turners Hill and Selsfield Common you will arrive at the South of England Event Centre on your right.

By Bus

The 272 Metrobus route offers a very limited service at bus stops located near the main entrance to the Showground.

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By Rail

The nearest railway station is Haywards Heath which is on the main line between London Victoria and Brighton. Journey times are 45 minutes from London Victoria and 20 minutes from Brighton. Visit National Rail Enquiries (T: 03457 48 49 50) to find timetables and book tickets.

From Haywards Heath, it is a 10-minute journey by bus or taxi to the Event Centre.