Welcome to Metroline's Country bus routes!

  • 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 tickets or m-ticketing schemes.



On Mondays to Fridays, school holiday timetables are in operation from Monday 25 July until Friday 26 August 2022.


For individual timetables and maps of our three routes, click on the appropriate route number below:

242     305     PB1

*From Friday 1 April 2022, Metroline will no longer operate Route 84. A partial replacement service will be operated by Sullivan Buses between Potters Bar and St Albans from Saturday 2 April. Please visit http://www.sullivanbuses.com for further information. Sullivan Buses will accept Metroline weekly and monthly period tickets until they expire. Some further information on the reasons for this change can be found by clicking here.

Real time information for most stops in Hertfordshire is available here. 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. 

Public Holiday Arrangements for Country Routes

Sorry, but routes 305 and PB1 do not operate on public holidays. A Sunday service operates on most public/bank holidays on route 242, operated by Uno on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council. For further details, please see www.intalink.org.uk. 

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), the Monday to Saturday service on route 242, is 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 is operated by Uno).

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

Fares and Tickets

As our Country Routes are not part of the Transport for London network, Oyster cards and London travelcards are not valid. On route 242 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 also offer 'Mobile Ticketing' on route 242 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).

Metroline is a member of the Intalink Partnership. For further information on the partnership and on public transport in Hertfordshire visit www.intalink.org.uk