Routemaster tours

Three great transport icons come together for your enjoyment

Brighton & Hove Bus Company + a London Routemaster Bus + Thomas Tilling (one of the great transport entrepreneurs of the 19th and 20th centuries)

Take a step back in time and enjoy a superb ride on our original authentic London Routemaster bus on some of Brighton & Hove's most popular bus routes.

The Routemaster looks magnificent in its unique Thomas Tilling livery of red, cream and grey - exactly how it would have looked if Thomas Tilling had run this splendid bus when the company operated buses in the Brighton & Hove area between 1916 and 1935.

Thomas Tilling first began running buses in London in 1846 aged just 21. He soon became one of the most successful transport entrepreneurs of that exciting era. Even today, bus garages in south London which began as part of the Tilling owned family business are coded with a T in deference to their origin (for example Croydon bus garage is coded as TC and Bromley as TB). Tilling's family expanded their empire into the provinces by acquiring companies such as Thames Valley and Eastern Counties but they had a special eye on Brighton establishing premises in Holland Road, Hove to run under their own name in 1914. Two years later when they consolidated their position in the area by buying out the larger Brighton, Hove & Preston United company, they chose to brand all buses as Thomas Tilling. This was a unique position in Brighton and London as all other Tilling companies ran under their local trading name.

RML 2317 began its life in 1965 with London Transport's country bus department and operated routes from that company's Godstone bus garage in Surrey wearing the traditional London green livery of country buses. In 1977 it moved across to central London bus routes and was repainted into red colours eventually ending up in the Go-Ahead owned London General fleet at its bus garage in Putney. In 2004 it moved to sister Go-Ahead Group owned company Metrobus, which coincidentally also runs routes in the Godstone area, and was painted back into green. Earlier this year the bus was sold to Brighton & Hove and we're delighted to relive those glory days of Routemaster buses as well as recreating the link our city's buses had with those in London in the early part of the 20th Century through common ownership under Thomas Tilling.

RML2317 will also be operating our special services 472/473 on certain weekends in conjunction with the Bluebell Railway, further details click here.

Remember this is a unique bus. Routemaster buses have appeared in many colour schemes over the last fifty years, but none has ever recreated the splendid livery worn by the famous Thomas Tilling buses.

Christmas Shopping RML trip

Following the success of the Routemaster tours operated throughout the summer, Brighton & Hove is pleased to announce a very special festive “Days Out” trip for Christmas. RML2317 will return to its old haunts of central London.

Departing Brighton Station (stop D) at 10:30am on Saturday December 12, RML2317 will then proceed direct to London, arriving at Covent Garden at approximately 2pm, in time for lunch or a visit to the LT Museum to buy those last minute gifts for Christmas.

There will be time for photos and any further shopping or sightseeing before the bus takes a tour through the Christmas wonderland of the world famous London lights from 5pm, arriving back at Brighton Station at around 8:30pm.

We hope you can join us for this special festive "Day Out". Click here to book online or phone us on (01273) 886200, or call in at 1 Stop Travel at Old Steine or Brighton Station.

Fares: Adults - £15, children (up to 14) and over 60s - £12.50