The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum  is pleased to present RYDABUS 2018: a vintage Bus Running weekend offering transport enthusiasts and members of the public alike the opportunity to re-live Ryde area bus operations from years past.

diary-1Saturday 19th May 2018
11:00 – 17:00

Sunday 20th May 2018
10:00 – 17:30
At the Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum, Park Road, Ryde. Isle of Wight

Ryde has, for many years, been known as the gateway to the Island, being the main port for ferry services from Portsmouth and Southsea as far back as the early 19th century.  Ryde Pier Gates, Ryde Esplanade and, since 1974, Ryde Bus Station, have been major terminus points for motor omnibus services since they started operating on the Island in the early 20th century.

From 1929, the main bus operator on the Isle of Wight has been The Southern Vectis Omnibus Company, whose name combines the initial interests of the Southern Railway and the Roman name for the Island.  However, Ryde was also the last stronghold of a long lived stage carriage route between Ryde and Seaview operated by local independent, Seaview Services.

Our event’s RYDABUS title derives from the late 1970’s when the National Bus Company undertook its Market Analysis Project (MAP).  Southern Vectis was not actively involved in the full scheme, however it did re-brand loss making town services in a similar manner, introducing local identities such as RYDABUS, which name was applied to buses, bus stops, timetables and publicity throughout the Ryde area.

RYDABUS 2018 offers a network of free bus services replicating routes that ran in and around Ryde in the mid-1970s, before MAP.  These services will be operated by preserved buses and coaches from the Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum collection as well as by privately owned vehicles from the Island and mainland, many of which are typical of the types used on the Island over the years.


toiletsToilets, including disabled and baby changing facilities are available within the Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum.

Refreshments & Gifts

teaThe Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum hosts the “Shanklin Steamer”’ Tea Room where you can obtain hot & cold drinks and snacks.

Ice creams and a hot food bar will also be available throughout the event.

The Museum is also the home of the “Just the Ticket” gift shop where you can purchase transport and Island gifts and souvenirs.

Accessibility for disabled visitors & families with young children

disabled-signThe Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum itself is fully accessible to wheelchair and pushchair users, however please be aware that the vintage vehicles being used on the event bus services were designed and built many years ago and are not readily accessible to such users.

We will make every effort to enable disabled visitors to fully participate in the event, and we would ask you to make our volunteers aware of any special requirements.  We will aim to provide all possible assistance as required

pushchairFamilies with pushchairs are welcome aboard our services, however pushchairs must be folded prior to boarding and may be stowed on the vehicle only if space permits.  It will be possible to store pushchairs etc on our Control Bus at the Museum site – please ask one of the on-site event marshals.

Families with young children should also be aware that some of our bus services will be away from the Museum site and/or Ryde town centre for up to an hour, with brief pauses en route only for photographic opportunities at locations where basic facilities will not be available


dogs-allowedWe welcome assistance dogs and their owners to the Museum site and on all services that we are operating.

Clean and well-behaved pet dogs (and their owners) are also welcome; however travel on privately owned/preserved vehicles is entirely at the discretion of the owner/driver/conductor.