Britain is criss-crossed by an amazingly comprehensive network of local bus services. It may not be the quickest way to get around, but that is part of the appeal. What better way to see Britain's towns and villages, not the by-passes, but the village greens, the churches, the houses, the historic buildings, the country lanes, and everything else in between. On the other hand, many routes do in fact offer a fast service between main centres, and increasingly have creature comforts such as high-backed seats, wi-fi, phone charging, and even seats grouped around tables.
BusAtlas.uk aims to show principal inter-urban bus services and many rural ones too, colour-coded by operator and showing the main route numbers. This makes it easy to find more specific information elsewhere, such as timetables, ticket and fare information, and the location of bus stops. Whether you are travelling with an ordinary ticket or bus pass, exploring with a rover ticket, or whether you are a transport professional or enthusiast, my hope is that BusAtlas.uk will provide a useful insight into the network and maybe encourage some of you to leave the car at home!
Sources of timetable information (and more detailed maps) are as follows: the main bus groups have websites where you can find links to their regional companies - Arriva, Centrebus, Diamond Buses, First Bus, Go-Ahead, National Express West Midlands, Stagecoach, Transdev, Transport for London, Trent Barton. Individual operators can easily be found using a search engine.
Nationwide bus timetable information is available through Traveline and Bustimes.org, whilst Doe's Directory of Bus Timetables has many more links to operators and County Council bus information, plus a wealth of information about printed timetables and maps.
In addition to the local bus services shown, major cities and airports are linked by a network of long-distance express coach services, mostly operated by National Express. Pre-booking is generally required and these services are outside the scope of this website.
An ideal way to explore an area is to combine your bus travel with a rail rover, many of which are poorly advertised but which provide incredibly good value. Unlock these hidden gems through the private website Railrover.org or the official National Rail Rovers and Rangers website.
Progress on this website is likely to be slow and at this stage priority may be given to adding new maps rather than updating existing ones.
Public Transport is COVID-safe - evidence that the risk of catching Covid-19 on public transport is very low.
Apply for an older person's bus pass - Government website with eligibility information and how to apply.
Scenic Buses - a colourful website featuring some of Britain's best bus routes.
Bus Pass Heaven - a website for bus pass holders.
Bus Pass Britain - a book published by Bradt Guides. A further title is Bus Pass Britain Rides Again, available from booksellers.
Bus Users UK - a charity whose mission is to bring people together through accessible, inclusive transport (originally the National Federation of Bus Users).
Campaign for Better Transport - an organisation campaigning for transport which is greener, more affordable and easier to use (originally Transport 2000).
Omnibus Society - for enthusiasts interested in the history and development of Britain's bus services and timetables.
This is an independent non-commercial website with no links to any transport undertaking or organisation. Webmasters - feel free to link to BusAtlas.uk, but please link to the main page (www.busatlas.uk) rather than to individual pages or maps. Maps may not be redistributed through or hosted on any other website or social media site.
Brendan Fox, December 2020