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Hire a Routemaster Bus from and allow us to make your occasion truly memorable. Our team are proud and passionate about our buses and offer first class service to our customers. Our Red Buses have been beautifully restored to their original London Transport 1950’s and 1960’s condition of charm and character.

A practical and very cost effective alternative to other forms of transport, the famous London Bus with it’s ‘hop on - hop off’ rear open platform is known throughout the world as one of the most iconic images of this Country and part of the London Capital’s Heritage.

We can transport your party in one of these lovely historic buses to your chosen venue in fun and sociable style. We can provide a range of Red Routemaster Buses with either 64 seats on one of our original Routemasters or 72 seats on the later lengthened version. We can also provide a Routemaster with doors instead of the open platform that has 57 seats. In addition, we also have a Vintage AEC Regal IV Single Decker with 41 seats dating from 1952, before production of the Routemaster but styled by the same designer Douglas Scott. So no matter what the passenger numbers are, we can tailor our classic fleet of red buses to suit your requirements.

There are endless possibilities; A Wedding or Civil Partnership, Birthday Party, School Prom, Works Outing, Sightseeing Trip. Christmas Lights etc. We can also cater for Corporate Hire and Filming. You may wish to incorporate your own ideas? We will endeavour to accommodate your requests.

For your Wedding or Civil Partnership we will decorate your bus with Ribbons and Flowers and the rear open platform provides a fantastic stage for photographs of the happy couple. We can also arrange personalised destination blinds with your chosen names or wording. You may wish your guests to have a celebration drink as they board? We can organise all this and more.

Our buses are always crewed by our friendly, smartly uniformed drivers and conductors who’s aim is to make your day as special and enjoyable as you imagine it to be. The iconic Red London Bus never fails to manifest attention and adds to the spirit of the day!

Hop onboard and Rent a Routemaster?


Personalised Destination Blinds

We can organise to have custom made blinds that attach to the front and rear of the bus. A fantastic backdrop to your photographs or an opportunity to advertise your business if you are hosting a corporate event.

Bus Decoration

Decorating the bus gives a real "wow" factor - flowers for weddings and balloons for a birthday. Talk to our team about how best to dress the bus for your special event.


If you'd like to serve your guests refreshments on board we cabn take care of this for you. Simply have the refreshments delivered to us and we take care of the rest. Our on board crew will be delighted to serve drinks to your guests - a chance perhaps to toast the bride and groom!

Portable PA System

We can offer the hire of a PA system - not only ideal for sight seeing events but a chance for our team to talk you through the journey and plans for the day.

On Board Photographer

Capture the special moments on your trip - on board photographers available.

Ticket Machine

Great fun for the kids... and of course the adults!

Terms and Conditions of Private Hire

QUOTATIONS – All quotations are given subject to the company having available a suitable vehicle at the time the hirer accepts the quotation. Quotations are valid for 28 days unless otherwise notified.

PAYMENT – A deposit of 10% of the hire fee is payable on booking the hire with the balance due 14 days before the date of the hire unless the Company has agreed in writing to vary this condition.

CONFIRMATION OF HIRE – Written confirmation by the Company in the form of a Contract, a letter or an e-mail, is the only basis for acceptance of a hiring, or for any subsequent variation to a hiring. The only exception to this is any operational variation that may become necessary on the day of the hire due to traffic delays, road closures, police, other emergency authorities or highways agency personnel actions, or any other unforeseeable occurrence obstructing the completion of the hire.

CANCELLATION BY HIRER – If the hirer wishes to cancel any agreement, the following scale of charges will apply in relation to the total hire charge. Cancellation 14 days or more before hire date – deposit only, 2 – 13 days – 50% of hire, 1-2 days – 75%, day of hire – 100% of hire.

CANCELLATION BY THE COMPANY – In the event of an emergency or an action by the Hirer to vary the agreed conditions, the Company may return all monies paid and without further liability cancel the Contract.

DRIVER’S HOURS AND REST PERIODS – The Driver’s hours and driving and rest periods are strictly controlled by law, and the current regulations must be complied with. The Company will agree the hours of operation of the hire and these must be observed.

SEATING CAPACITY – The maximum number of seated passengers allowed varies depending upon which vehicle is hired. The original Routemaster (RM) has a capacity of 64, The lengthened version (RML) has a total of 72, The double deck coach version with doors instead of an open platform has a capacity of 57 and the single decker has a capacity of 41.

CHANGE OF VEHICLE – If due to unserviceability or any other reason, the agreed vehicle is unable to be provided on the day of the hire, the Company reserves the right to supply a similar vehicle or vehicles with a total seating capacity required of not less than the hirer has agreed with the company . If no suitable replacement vehicle is available, the Company will do all it reasonably can to ensure transport is provided for the hire, up to the total cost of the hire.

CONVEYANCE OF WHEELCHAIRS AND CHILDREN’S BUGGIES – Wheelchairs and Buggies, providing they are collapsible are able to be carried on the bus. The Hirer should make known to the Company at the time of booking of the likelihood of this being necessary. The Hirer should note that due to the Historic nature of the vehicles, specific areas for the storage of Wheelchairs and Buggies are not provided on the Routemasters or Single Decker and that storage of them on the bus will of necessity, occupy seat space and therefore reduce the vehicle seating capacity for the hire. The Conductor will provide assistance to any passenger requiring help to board the bus. A stool is carried on board to assist the step up necessary to board the rear platform.

ANIMALS – will not be carried on any vehicle, except Guide Dogs.

VARIATION OF HIRE – If the vehicle is detained late by the Hirer or used for a longer journey than that contracted for, the Company reserves the right to levy an additional charge if the hire continues beyond the agreed timings. The charges that will apply are £75 for the first hour or part thereof, and £100 for any subsequent hour or part thereof. The Hirer is responsible for ensuring that the passengers to be conveyed are aware of the agreed departure time(s) and location(s) of the bus. The Hirer or their nominated representative are deemed as the only persons with the authority to negotiate and agree any variation or payment of additional cost, associated with an agreed variation to the terms of the hire.

CONDUCT OF PASSENGERS – The Driver and Conductor are responsible for the safety of the vehicle. Any passenger whose conduct is deemed to be inappropriate, or hazardous to the passenger himself, other passengers, or the safety of the bus, will be removed on the Driver or Conductor’s authority. The Hirer will be responsible for all damages caused to the vehicle by passengers during the hiring. If young children are carried, the Hirer is responsible for ensuring that adequate supervision by a responsible adult is provided. Passengers are not allowed to travel on the stairs or platform area whilst the vehicle is in motion.

PROPERTY – The Company will not accept liability for any damage or loss of any property, which belongs to any passengers and is left on a vehicle. Any articles or property recovered from a vehicle will be held at the Company address from where the item may be collected.

BREAKDOWN / TRAFFIC DELAY – The Company agrees journey times in good faith, but does not guarantee the completion of a journey at a specific time and will NOT be liable for inconvenience or loss caused by breakdown or traffic delay.

COMPLAINTS – In the event of a complaint about the Company’s services, the hirer should endeavour to seek a solution at the time by seeking assistance from the Driver or the Conductor, or by contacting the Company by phone on 0333 240 7508. If this has not provided a remedy, complaints should be submitted in writing within 14 days of the termination date of hire to Rentaroutemaster, Copse View, 42C Calder Close, Tilehurst, Reading. RG30 4XL Complaints will be acknowledged within 14 working days and the Company will aim to resolve any complaint within 28 days of it being made.

RETENTION OF VEHICLE – Unless stated it should not be assumed that any vehicle will remain at the destination until time for the return journey.

ROUTE – The route used will be at the discretion of the Company, and may be specified on the confirmation letter. This route may be varied on the day of the Hire at the discretion of the Company and/or the Driver.

ALCOHOL – Under no circumstances may alcoholic drinks be carried on or consumed upon the vehicle without the express permission of the Company in writing. If written agreement is obtained, the drinking vessels used must be of the disposable variety, i.e. non-glass. The Company reserves the right to charge a cleaning deposit of up to £150 in the event of food and/or drink being consumed on the bus. If no spillages or damage occur to the bus during the hire, the deposit will be returned in full.

FOOD and DRINK – Food and non-alcoholic drinks are allowed on the bus with the prior permission of the Company. The Company reserves the right to charge a cleaning deposit of up to £150 in the event of food and/or drink being consumed on the bus. If no spillages or damage occur to the bus during the hire, the deposit will be returned in full.

SMOKING – All vehicles used on Rentaroutemaster Private Hire agreements are non-smoking.

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