Lonely Planet Writer

London buses will soon allow travellers to take second trip for free within an hour

London’s new mayor, Sadiq Khan, was only elected a few days ago, but he’s already made an announcement that will please people trying to get around the busy UK capital.

Starting in September, buses in London will allow for a one-hour ‘Hopper’ fare that lets travellers take an additional bus trip for free within an hour of getting on the first bus. At the moment, travellers who have to switch buses on their route have to pay an additional fare.

The hopper fare will automatically be given to those who use Oyster cards or contactless payments on Transport for London buses, saving them an additional £1.50. In London, travellers cannot pay for buses using cash – all must use an Oyster card, a Travelcard, a Visitor Oyster card or a contactless payment card.

London bus riders will now be able to switch buses at a flat rate.
London bus riders will now be able to switch buses at a flat rate. Image by Stockbyte/Getty Images

Khan had originally pitched unlimited bus transfers within an hour during his election campaign, but that is not currently possible “due to the limits on the technology used by Transport for London”, according to a statement from the mayor’s office. However, the system is set to be upgraded next year, which will allow for unlimited journeys within an hour period by the end of 2018.

Khan said in a statement that the new fare system will make life cheaper and easier for millions of Londoners and “will help ensure that everyone will be able to afford to travel around the city”.