London’s red Double Decker buses are famous throughout the world. Jumping on the top deck of a double decker bus is one of the best ways to see the various sites in London. Buses in London are usually the cheapest way to get from A to B (apart from walking). Fewer and fewer bus routes are accepting cash and require the passenger to either pay using an Oystercard or buy a paper ticket from a bus or train station or a ticket machine near the bus stop.
Part of the reason for moving away from using cash on the buses is to help get people on the bus more quickly. If the driver doesn’t have to deal with cash and making change then it speeds up the journey for everyone.
In order to make buses in London run more quickly many sections of road in London now have what are called bus lanes. Some lanes are in operation 24 hours a day and some just during the peak hours when people are going to work or coming back home. Whilst in operation cars are not normally allowed to park or drive in bus lanes. However London Black cab taxi’s are allowed to drive within those lanes.