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Old Oct 19th, 2004, 08:59 AM
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Good topic! We took several trips to London before we mustered the courage to ride the buses. Now we LOVE them! Not only do you see so much more of London, it will save you a lot of walking.

Like most Americans, we are not used to public transportation. The tube is easier to master because all the stops are right there on the map. You know exactly where you're going. The buses are a bit more intimidating because not every stop is marked and the bus map is very scary looking to the untrained eye (the new Spider maps are much easier to read.)

We started out by finding our hotel on the map and seeing what bus routes ran close by. We then traced the routes to see where they went. In our case, we found out that we could take the No. 9 bus from our flat in Kensington to Fortnum & Mason. So that was our first bus ride - a shopping trip to Fortnum & Mason. It wasn't long after that that we were taking the bus all over town.

The only thing to watch out for - traffic. If you have to be somewhere at a certain time, you need to allow plenty of time to get there on the bus. We tried to get from Knightsbridge to the Dennis Sever House during rush hour and ended up missing our appointment.
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Old Oct 23rd, 2004, 08:19 AM
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Ok I spent an hour scanning the map and bus routes between the attractions/stations.it is complicated! if 10 gets you from A to B then why isnt the bus from B-A also 10 or 11 at least? or why isnt the order of the numbering by station (1-100 waterloo,100-200 trafalgar etc)? What is the sequence behind the numbering?
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Old Oct 23rd, 2004, 08:29 AM
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I don't know how or why the bus routes were number the way they are, but you might find the Spider maps easier to use.

www.transportforlondon.gov.uk/tfl/pdfdocs/tourist.pdf
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