Buses

Located in Covent Garden, the London Transport Museum is a fascinating journey through the history of London’s underground, buses, trains and taxicabs. Covering all areas of London’s transport network, the museum offers a walk through London’s transport past – and future.

Walking in, you’re presented with details on the Crossrail project, including the new Elizabeth line. Maps, scale models of stations (such as the new Bond Street station, featuring a platform over 200 metres long) and examples of the new seating and lighting can be seen and experienced.

Walking onwards, a cornucopia of old buses await you. Several Routemasters from the 50s and 60s compete with long-retired trolley buses. Climb up the stairs and see what Londoners from generations past sat in on the way to work or leisure. A particularly poingnant site is a century-old bus that was repurposes to transport soldiers to the battlefields of Flanders during World War I, its battles marked on the side. London taxis straight out of the set of Poirot sit close by London trams – yes, London had trams!

For the train lovers, head over to see some of the very earliest Underground trains. You'll read and see how the Tube evolved in the 20th century to one of the world's most extensive subway networks. There's also Underground trains from the 30s to the modern day. Upstairs, you can see an old steam engine from the 1850s, and wooden 19th century Metropolitan Railway train. You can also explore transport in London before trains and buses – how did horses ever pull trams?

The museum is also host to an excellent shop, featuring everything from detailed models, toys and books on transport to cushions made from old Tube upholstery!

The museum is extremely popular with families, and children will be in great numbers during weekend and out of term visits. Autistic adults and children may wish to avoid the Museum at these times if they feel overwhelmed by crowds. The museum can also be quite warm, so it's advisable to dress in layers and check jackets in the cloakroom. There’s ample space for children to play with trains, and have their pictures taken at the driver’s seat of a London bus or tube. Adults too!

The cost of a ticket is £17.50 for adults, but included is admission for the entire year – making it economical for those who wish to visit more than once. Concessions are £15 and children under 18 are free.

Visit the London Transport Museum website