London Bus Driving Experience


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15/16th June, 13th July, 1st 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.

Driving Lessons and Instructors

Our experienced instructors will guide you through the experience, from familiarisation with the vehicle to learning new driving skills and techniques. We cater to both confident drivers and beginners, ensuring that everyone feels confident and in control. All of our driving experiences take place on a private road network, free from hazards like other vehicles and pedestrians.

Experience Details

We have different vehicles available, including ones that have been specially adapted for bus driver training. Thanks to the dual controls (like in a learners car), anybody can drive this bus, even without a driver’s licence or any car driving experience! Our London bus driving experience lasts around an hour, consisting of familiarisation with the vehicle, exclusive use of a private road network, various driving skills and techniques, and some reversing followed by photo opportunities.

Booking Information

This is not just any driving experience; it’s a London Bus Driving Experience! Whether you’re looking for an adventure with friends, family, or a partner, this experience promises to be unforgettable. Each booking includes a digital certificate with your details, the details of the bus you drove and some of the vehicle’s history for you to keep, share, print or even frame!

General Information

  • Minimum age of 13
  • A good understanding of the English language is required for instruction purposes
  • The experience content, equipment used and restrictions may vary
  • Participants must be medically fit to take part
  • Anyone deemed to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or failing to follow the instructors instructions, will not be permitted to participate.

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.

Alderwood Cottages
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The Gardeners Arms
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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.