Bus schedules in London

Jun 23rd, 2012, 10:25 AM
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Bus schedules in London

We have a map for the tube.

But, if we are walking around and decide we want to go from point A to point B on a bus, how do we know which one to take, or where to find the appropriate bus stop? All the maps I've found on the web, one needs to know ahead of time where they want to go.

I will have an ipad at the apartment, so some routes I can get before we leave the apartment for the day. What I'm wondering is, lets say we go to site A early in the morning, and then it starts raining and we say, "hey, good museum day" ..............how do we figure out how to get to the museums on a bus?

Sorry if this is a dumb question, I'm a country girl!
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Jun 23rd, 2012, 10:45 AM
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www.journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk is your new friend.

I also think the bus maps at the bus stops are helpful.
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Jun 23rd, 2012, 11:11 AM
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Hi Cathinjoetown ~ can't use Journey Planner unless I'm missing something on the site. I need to know how to find a bus stop or route from point A to point B if I'm standing in the street (without a smartphone)

Maps at the bus stops sound helpful, I guess the bus stops are pretty easy to find?
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Jun 23rd, 2012, 11:16 AM
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You never have to look far for a bus stop, at least in central London; and every bus stop has an area map on it, showing which buses from the area as a whole, as well as that stop, go where, and which stop you need to go to for each route. Here's an example for Trafalgar Square:

It may not go exactly where you want, but somewhere not too far, where there might be an interchange for another route.

There is also a diagram map for the routes that take you near the main attractions:

Or you can download maps of whole areas - here's the one for central London:

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Jun 23rd, 2012, 12:02 PM
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Our Hotel gave us a paper bus route map that we took with us. We also stopped at a couple of tube stations enroute and asked the clerk at the window, without having to go down to trains, questions about the buses.
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Jun 23rd, 2012, 12:03 PM
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Sorry, wrenwood, I mis-read your post. As Patrick said, in central London you are never far from a bus stop.
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Jun 23rd, 2012, 12:07 PM
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Awesome! Thanks Patrick, printed out tube and bus maps and some of the tips on the PDF brochure. We'll be pros within a day!
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