About the Routes

About the Routes

Our core services cover routes based on those operated by Southern Vectis over the years; however we shall also be re-creating part of the former Seaview Services route between Seaview and Ryde which operated from 1922 to 1992.

  • Once again we shall be operating our flagship service 7. Southern Vectis once ran open top buses along the entire Haylands to Seaview corridor, and we are reliving those days by using open top buses on virtually all journeys.  The return leg from Seaview to Ryde replicates the former Seaview Services route.  This service showcases ‘open top’ vehicles from the Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum’s vehicle collection, augmented with visiting ‘open toppers’
  • Enjoy a ride on our extremely popular service 3 to the village of Havenstreet. The original route started and finished at Ryde Esplanade, serving Havenstreet and beyond, using a mixture of single and double deck buses.  However clearance under the railway bridge at Havenstreet has since been reduced so, to simplify travel between our event and the home of The Isle of Wight Steam Railway are operating direct from the Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum using larger single deck vehicles
  • Other services will link The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum to Ryde Esplanade, Binstead, Pell Estate and Elmfield.
  • RYDABUS will also give you the opportunity to go ‘back to school’ on a number of specially recreated Schools services which augment and connect with our core routes on both days of the event.

In addition to our timetabled services above, we are offering special tour services for which tickets will be required as follows:

  • Our Coach Tour, using a small capacity coach, with a maximum of 15 persons per tour, will take you to Brading Railway Station to visit the Heritage Centre and Signal Box.
    Travel on our mini-coach service to Brading is entirely free of charge but must be booked on the day by obtaining a free ticket from inside the Museum.  There is a nominal charge, clickHow much will it cost, payable at Brading, for access to Brading Signal Box.
    The itinerary for the visit will be available from the ticket desk within the Museum.
    The coach will wait at the station until your tour is complete and then return you to the Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum.
  • The Ryde Tour (Open Top Tour), will circumnavigate the town with fine views of Ryde and the Solent. This unique service will transport you along roads not normally served by buses.
    The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum is extremely grateful to Southern Vectis for providing their vintage open top Bristol K bus, CDL899 otherwise known as “The Old Girl,” now in her 79th year with the same owner, for this tour. This is an ideal opportunity to ride on this iconic and original Isle of Wight vehicle.
    Travel on the Ryde Tour will require visitors to purchase special tickets, available only on the day from inside the Museum.
    Please see the How much does it cost for details of ticket prices. All proceeds from ticket sales on these tours will be donated to the Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum.

Many of our timetabled services operate via Ryde Bus Station, creating a useful link for our visitors to get to and from the Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum (see How to get to the Event)