That's the common stereotype. I have met a lot of nice London Bus Drivers. I remember one who let me on his bus for free when I was on my way to an interview in the pouring rain. I was also on a night bus at about 2/3am when heavy snow hit London in February - the driver did his best trying to allow as many people on the bus as possible and battle through the snow.
(Original post by Straight up G)
And obviously London bus drivers don't smile, don't hand you your ticket, try their hardest not to speak to you.
In general, things like chatting to the bus driver are not as common in any event - it's different in London. I remember when I used to get the bus to uni, I'd often see the same bus driver a few times in the week and it got to the point where we would have a quick chat. In London, it is rare to see the same driver ever again... and they probably won't remember you anyway. There are some nice things though which brighten up the day - eccentric tube train drivers who make funny announcements are one of them.
I don't know if anyone here reads the Metro on their journeys, but there is often a couple of thankyou messages left for London bus drivers in the 'good deed feed.' They aren't all bad - it is just the grumpy ones that get remembered!
Last edited by InnerTemple; 24-06-2012 at 12:29.
If you look through the thread, some people have already explained it. In Greater London, the only type of ticket you can buy on a bus with cash is a single ticket, which is a flat fare at £2.30. Most people use Oyster cards though because they're cheaper and quicker and save paper, and you touch it on the yellow card reader by the driver and it will deduct £1.35 for a flat single fare (unless you have a season ticket, are entitled to free bus and tram travel cos you're either 19 or younger in education or a pensioner, or have already reached the daily price cap of £4.20, then it won't charger any extra). This site explains it quite well:
Oh, I've just seen that you live in East Ham, so maybe it was a waste of time for me to write that? I've only travelled on buses outside London rather rarely, but I know that whenever I've been on the bus to Bluewater in Kent it costs something like £3.80 for a single and £6.20 for a return (these prices are approx cos I can't remember the exact prices off the top of my head). And the one time I went to Brighton, I bought a PlusBus ticket (I think it cost £2) with my train ticket, which works as a day pass that I just showed to the driver on any bus I went on and was let on.
Last edited by CherryCherryBoomBoom; 24-06-2012 at 13:18.
Don't feel bad about it...I rarely use the bus as I find them quite scary and confusing! The last time I went on a bus was about a year ago to go shopping with friends. I know its only getting on the bus but for shy people like me it can be intimidating the first time on your own.
You usually ask for a single or return ticket, depending on whether or not you're taking the bus back.
You should stick your arm out when the bus comes as sometimes the driver doesn't stop!
Last edited by Wild@Heart; 25-06-2012 at 17:10.