Welcome to Metroline's Country bus routes!

  • Route 84:  St Albans - Cell Barnes- London Colney - South Mimms - Potters Bar - New Barnet 
  • Route 242: Potters Bar - Cuffley - Cheshunt - Waltham Cross
  • Route PB1: Potters Bar Town Service*

* - Contracted service operated on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council and not currently included in Metroline's own Rover ticket or m-ticketing schemes

Important Changes from Saturday 8 April 2017:

Routes 84/84A

  • We regret that the journeys beyond St Albans city centre to Luton or Firbank Road are being withdrawn due to lack of demand, after close of service on 7 April. Thank you to those customers that have supported the service on this section of route over the last year or so. School journeys will continue to run to St Albans Girls School and Townsend School. The Townsend School journeys will, however, set down and pick up in High Oaks instead of the school grounds.
  • Throughout the rest of the route (New Barnet – St Albans and return), the current basic weekday daytime frequency of 15-20 minutes, half-hourly on Sundays, will continue but with adjustments to most timings to improve punctuality.
  • All journeys will operate via Cell Barns and St Albans City Station (except for one schoolday journey in each direction via London Road) and all will now be numbered as route 84.
  • The evening service will finish earlier, reflecting reduced demand, with last journeys at 2300 daily from St Albans to Potters Bar and 2255 (2155 on Sundays) from New Barnet to South Mimms.
  • Journeys into St Albans will now run via Hatfield Road between City Station and St Peters Street (except arrivals on Mondays to Fridays between about 0800 and 0900 which will still run via Victoria Street, as will all departures from St Albans).


CORRECTION: Timetable booklet dated 8 April 2017 - Page 8  Route 84

Mondays to Fridays

The journeys departing St Albans St Peters Street at 0818 and 0848 run on SCHOOLDAYS only, NOT School Holidays as shown.

During School Holidays, these journeys start from Potters Bar (Cranborne Rd) at 0859 and 0929 respectively.

We apologise for this error.


Route 242 (Mondays to Saturdays)

  • All journeys serving the Brookfield Centre will run via Whitefields Road and Church Lane to/from Flamstead End (as well as via Brookfield Lane).
  • Apart from some resulting minor timing adjustments, the daytime service will continue to run as at present.
  • The evening service is revised to provide an approximately hourly service between Waltham Cross and Rosedale Estate via Brookfield Centre and DigDag Hill, with the last bus from Waltham Cross departing 5 minutes later at 2255 to Potters Bar Garage.

Route PB1

  • Alterations to timings will allow more running time for peak hour journeys on Mondays to Fridays in order to improve punctuality.

The new timetables are now available on our website  and new timetable booklets are now available on our buses and from the usual outlets.

7 April 2017

About our Country routes

While the majority of Metroline's routes operate within London under contract to Transport for London, route 84, together with the Monday to Saturday service on route 242, are provided by Metroline on a commercial basis.

Route PB1 is run by Metroline on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council, who also fund the Sunday and Public Holiday service on route 242 (but this is currently operated by Trustybus).

We have a dedicated team of drivers providing our Country services, based at our Potters Bar garage.


Go to timetable from the 8th of April for Metroline-operated Country services, where you can download the timetable for each route in PDF format. Timetables may be updated from time to time, please watch for notices in our buses and check our website. We usually aim to give around four weeks' notice to customers of significant changes to timetables.

We do our best to adhere to the published timings but sometimes heavy traffic congestion or other circumstances beyond our control adversely affect punctuality. On occasions, we may also need to divert services at short notice, because of roadworks or special events for example. Sign up to our Twitter account @MetrolineH for updates on such situations.

Fares and Tickets

Because these routes are not part of the Transport for London network, Oyster cards and London travelcards are not valid. Instead, we have our own range of Metroline single, day return and period tickets, most of which can be bought on-bus from the driver, using cash. Please see 'Our Fares and Tickets' for more information on the ticket ranges available for journeys on Metroline's Hertfordshire routes.

We also issue and accept a number of multi-operator tickets through the INTALINK partnership, please see www.intalink.org.uk for details of these tickets, together with timetables for all Hertfordshire bus services and real-time departure information.

We now also offer 'Mobile Ticketing' via the INTALINK app. Using your Smartphone, you can pay for day, weekly or monthly tickets using debit/credit cards or Barclays Pingit and have your Metroline m-ticket sent direct to your phone, saving you time and money.

Senior citizens and people with disabilities can use their English National Concessionary Travel Scheme or London Freedom passes on these routes, subject to conditions.

Your feedback

We welcome your comments and suggestions. Please see 'Customer Feedback' for contact details regarding our Country routes. (Note: Any comments regarding services we operate on behalf of Transport for London (i.e. not those lised above) should be submitted to TfL at the web address shown on our Contact Us page).