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*
- Route 305: Potters Bar - Brookmans Park - Colney Heath - St Albans - Sandridge/Tyttenhanger Green*
* - Contracted service operated on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council and not currently included in Metroline's own Rover ticket or m-ticketing schemes.
FROM SATURDAY 27 MARCH 2021, a new timetable will be introduced on Route 305 giving an improved afternoon service. Some other journeys will be altered or retimed so check before travelling. Please click here to view the new times.
MONDAY – FRIDAY SCHOOL HOLIDAY TIMETABLES will apply on all routes from MONDAY 29 MARCH on Mondays – Fridays. SCHOOLDAY TIMETABLES will be reintroduced from MONDAY 12 APRIL.
For any day to day service updates, please follow us @MetrolineH on Twitter.
For Timetables for routes 84, 242, 305 (until 26th March 2021) and PB1, please click here. For 305 times, from 27th March, please use the link above.
Real time information for most stops in Hertfordshire is available here. Unfortunately this information is not currently available for our Country Route stops in Greater London. Where the next bus time is shown as a number of minutes, this is the currently predicted arrival time, timings shown in hours and minutes are scheduled times.
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, click here for details of current known issues. Sign up to our Twitter account @MetrolineH for updates on such situations.
Public Holiday Arrangements for Country Routes
A Sunday service will operate on most Public/Bank Holidays, including Good Friday this year on 2 April 2021.
Different arrangements will apply during the Christmas and New Year period and details will be advertised nearer the time.
About our Country routes
While the majority of Metroline's routes operate within London under contract to Transport for London (TfL), route 84, together with the Monday to Saturday service on route 242, are provided by Metroline on a commercial basis. Hertfordshire County Council provide some financial support for Route 242. These routes are not part of the TfL network.
Routes 305 and PB1 are run by Metroline on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council, who also fund the Sunday and Public Holiday service on route 242 (This will be operated by Uno from 29 March 2020).
We have a dedicated team of drivers providing our Country services, based at our Potters Bar garage.
Fares and Tickets
Please note that there will be a general fares revision on Routes 84 and 242 from 22nd March 2020. However, there are no changes to Explorer, Colney 7 and St Albans Bus net prices and return tickets will now be available at all times on Route 242. For information, please click on 'Our Fares and Tickets' page.
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.
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).