35px London Buses
Operated by Metrobus
Garage Green Street Green Garage
Vehicle Scania OmniTown
PVR 11
Start Grove Park
Via Downham
Lower Sydenham
Hither Green
End Lewisham
Length 7 miles (12 km)
Level Daily
Frequency About every 12-15 minutes
Journey time 45-50 minutes
Day 5:00am until 1:10am
Night No night service
Adult single fares
Oyster 90p
Cash £2.00
peak vehicle requirement
Transport for LondonPerformance

London Buses route 181 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, United Kingdom. The service is currently contracted to Metrobus.

The 181 is currently running out of Metrobuses Green Street Green, which is based in Orpington. The garage has only recently been re-built for Metrobus, they had to use a tempoary garage in Pollards Hill, near Streatham and Beddington. The garage is quite far from the route along with other routes 261 and 284 which both operate in the same area as the 181 (in fact the 284 also used to be owned by Stagecoach London, and was given to Metrobus at about the same time), and the 358 which is in the Forest Hill, Penge areas. But this is due to Metrobus not having many garages in London, only having this one and Croydon. Although two London Buses operate from their Surrey Garage in Crawley.


The 181 commenced operation on 27 October 1984 as a Monday to Saturday route between Lewisham and Lower Sydenham (Bell Green) replacing the 180, which continued to provide the Sunday service to Lower Sydenham. As from 3 August 1985, the 181 was extended on Monday to Saturdays to Surrey Docks station replacing the P5 over this section. At the same time it was introduced on Sundays between Lewisham & Lower Sydenham replacing the 180, bringing the Sunday service into line with that on Monday to Saturday.

The 180 used to be operated by Stagecoach London and Selkent (although the latter was before Stagecoach, don't be confused with the original Selkent and the new one which has taken over all of Stagecoach's South London operations. They are/were operated by different companies) out of there Catford Garage which is much closer, in fact the 181 passes the road it's on (Bromley Road). When Metrobus took over the contract in early 2006, the route changed as it was extended at Downham Old Bromley Road it's previous terminus to Grove Park.

Current routeEdit

Route departing Grove ParkEdit

Route departing LewishamEdit

Previous route 181s in LondonEdit

The route number 181 had been used twice prior to its current use.

There was also

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

List of bus routes in London

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