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Bus Driving Experience

North Weald, Essex   

  • Drive one or two genuine London buses!
  • Go nostalgic as you drive a Routemaster bus
  • Try your hand at driving an 18m Bendy Bus 
  • Have a go in a modern double decker 

What's Included

  • Bus Driving Experience
  • Experiences include one to one personal tuition
  • Start with a short briefing covering safety and driving techniques
  • Your drive will include a variety of driving scenarios including; negotiating junctions and corners, stopping at a bus stop and a slalom section
  • Personalised driving certificate 
  • A photo with the bus

30 Minute Modern Bus Experience

  • Drive both the bendy bus and the modern double decker 
  • Allow up to 1 hour on site

30 Minute Routemaster Bus Experience

  • Drive an iconic Routemaster bus
  • Allow up to 1 hour on site

Old vs New Bus Driving

  • 30 minutes experience with a modern bus (drive both the bendy and modern double decker)
  • 30 minutes experience with the iconic Routemaster bus
  • Allow up to 2 hours on site

What Can I Expect

Show them who's boss of the bus-lane on these fabulous bus driving experiences! No need for your Public Service Vehicle (PSV) licence here, as you will be driving a bus (or two!) around the specially coned out area at North Weald Airfield circuit in Essex. Ding, ding, all aboard!

There's a trio of big and beautiful vehicles, namely the classic Routemaster double decker, a modern double decker and a proper bendy bus - and of course, all of them are red. 

The Routemaster is a legend of London. These iconic double decker buses first tooted their way onto the streets in 1958 and ran until 2005. The new generation Routemasters you see today are fine, but nothing compares to an original, which is exactly what you'll be driving.

Unique in that the engine is up front, the driver is perched high up in a little half-cab, whilst the conductor is near that open rear platform. It made it so easy for us all to hop on and hop off, with little regard for actual bus stops or road safety, but it was fun. 

Driving a routemaster is quite an experience. For a start, you actually have to climb up into your wee cab. Then you'll see that, unlike a normal car, the steering wheel is gigantic and very flat. To get full-lock on in a hurry you'll have to have to put some elbow grease into it, that's for sure.

The modern double decker bus shows you how the same basic two-deck design has evolved over the years. It's a lot more comfy for the driver, who now also took on the role of selling tickets too. 

Then here's the bendy one. These 18 metre-long articulated monsters had a short-lived career on London's streets, having lasted just seven years on 12 routes in the capital. Mayor Boris Johnson branded them 'writhing whales of the roads' and somewhat unceremoniously decommissioned them all and sold most of them to Malta. Like you do.

Luckily for you, at least one has remained in the UK and it's here in Essex. Still adorned with those stickers politely asking us to 'Buy your ticket before boarding', it's as authentic as you can get. These behemoths of the city streets are still really common on the continent, but now long gone and forgotten in this country.

It's really rather cool to be able to have a go at driving a bendy bus. And whilst you are in the hot seat on your bus driving experience, take a look in the rear view mirror and imagine 120 commuters' faces looking at you…that's a lot of passengers.

As many of our happy customers' comments below confirm, these bus driving experiences in Essex are the stuff of childhood dreams realised. Book today and get it ticked off your bucket list!


  • Dates are subject to availability and spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment

Current 2021 Dates

  • May 16th
  • May 30th
  • June 13th
  • July 9th


  • North Weald Airfield, Essex just outside of London on the M11

Suitable For

  • Minimum age 17
  • Drivers must hold and produce a current UK or European driving licence
  • Height restrictions: minimum 5ft 1 ins, maximum 6ft 5ins
  • Maximum weight 18 stone
  • Participants should have a good general level of fitness
  • The Routemaster design requires the driver to be able to climb up into the drivers cab


  • Spectators are welcome
  • Please note spectators are not permitted to ride as passengers in the vehicles

Anything Else

Optional in cab DVDs are available to purchase on the day
  • The buses have automatic transmission
  • Toilets and refreshments are available onsite
  • Participants should wear suitable footwear for driving
  • Don't forget your camera!


Average Rating 4
Total Reviews 38
Recommend to Friend 38
about 4 years ago
Thoroughly enjoyed driving both buses. Could have done with a bit more time in each and the chance to up the speed a bit. Driving the bendy bus was a complete surprise and am amazed anyone ever thought they would be useful in London
about 4 years ago
Smashing day out. Box on bucket list ticked!
Michael Hayes
about 4 years ago
Great time wanted to always drive a London bus and a bendy bus anynother one off my bucket list.
about 4 years ago
I thoroughly enjoyed my bus driving experience - preferred driving the bendy bus. It just didn't last long enough!
John Cryer
about 4 years ago
Just the ticket for a lifelong wannabee Bus Driver. I tried the Bendy versus the Double decker and thoroughly enjoyed driving both busses and for me the Routemaster edged it. Ding Ding
Adrian Bailey
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Standard DeliveryEstimated 2-3 days - Most delivered next working day*£1.95
Weekly Special DeliveryGuaranteed next working day£7.50
Saturday Special DeliverySaturdays Only£11.70
European Delivery3 - 5 working days£4.50
Rest of World Delivery5 - 7 working days£6.50

All orders places before 4pm will be dispatched the same working day

* 93% delivered next working day

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Vouchers are usually valid for 12 months from the date of purchase (unless otherwise stated) and shall become invalid on the expiry date. The expiry date is set out on the Voucher. Vouchers may be extended for a further 12 months on payment of an admin fee of £10 plus any increase that may have taken place for that activity since the original date of purchase. Please note that some Vouchers cannot be extended; this will be stated on the Voucher. PLEASE NOTE: You must book and take your experience before the before the expiry date of the voucher.
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Bus Driving Experience
30 Minute Modern Bus Experience
Total Price£169.00
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