The Red Bus Frequently Asked Questions

How far in Scotland can your buses go for an event?

We cover an area within about 30 miles of our base in Edinburgh. Unfortunately we do not take bookings in Fife because of the risk of the Forth Road Bridge being closed to high-sided vehicles. Glasgow is also out of our range as well as parts of the Borders.

How many passengers can you take?

Each bus takes up to 64 passengers.

How much does it cost?

Please email Fiona at for your quote.

Our minimum price for weddings covers any hire up to three hours.

Are there any added costs?

There is no VAT to pay on the price quoted. The driver and conductor's fee is included in the price. For weddings the following is always included in the price: bunches of fresh flowers on all the interior poles, a bunch on the front tied with a big white ribbon, WEDDING BUS sign changing to JUST MARRIED afterwards, and a personalised sign for the destination blind on the side which we send to you after it has been displayed on the bus for the day.

How do I know if the venue is accessible?

If there is any doubt about low bridges or branches or narrow roads etc we will check out the venue and let you know as soon as possible. If you need dimensions, the buses are 14ft 6ins high and 8ft wide.

Do you have a door for the back?

Part of the Routemaster's unique experience is the open platform at the back with the step and pole. There is no door but this area is kept safe for passengers by our conductor, who remains on board throughout. This is a great spot for the photos when stationary!

Do you have wheelchair access?

Unfortunately not. The platform was not designed for this access and it is still in its original condition. The conductor and driver will provide all assistance requested for helping passengers on board, including stowing a folded wheelchair when possible.

Where can the bus pick us up from?

We can pick up your party from multiple stops arranged in advance. This is fun for the party as each new group joins, and easy for guests as they can choose the easiest place for them. We can come to residential addresses and always try our hardest to arrange to collect the bride from her own front door if requested.

Can we bring children on board?

Yes, children love coming on the Red Bus. Safety is ensured by the conductor.

Can we play music onboard?

Yes. We can connect your iPod or phone etc into our portable speakers for your playlist for the journey.

We have also had live music on board, from fiddle to bagpipes and a small jazz band.

Is it OK to drink on the bus?

Yes. We can stop to serve drinks if guests provide their own refreshments and plastic glasses. Otherwise, small bottles with straws are also usually OK on the move. Either way, let us know in advance.

Can you get married on the bus?

Yes, many couples have taken their vows onboard, with the bus parked somewhere spectacular or significant.

Do you do prom transport for primary and secondary school leavers?

We regret The Red Bus does not take on prom hires because of the open platform entrance.

Do you do tours of Edinburgh?

All our drivers know Edinburgh very well. We can take you on a tour of the city with or without commentary. We can arrange a Blue Badge guide in most languages at their hourly rate.