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.



We want to offer you our sincere apologies if have had your travel plans disrupted.

Metroline currently has a shortage of bus drivers, and we regret that this is resulting in a number of journeys being cancelled on Routes 84, 242, 305 and PB1, some at short notice.

Please check our twitter feed @Metroline H which will provide details of journeys which we are unable to operate.


Please note that from Monday 1st November the Route 242 1550 schoolday journey for Dame Alice Owen's School will now run 5 minutes later as far as Brookfield Centre. The 1602 school holiday journey from Potters Bar Station will run 3 minutes later as far as Brookfield Centre.

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

84       242     305     PB1

To view or print a copy of our current timetable booklet covering all routes please click here

Our Scholars Term Tickets for use on Routes 84 and 242 can now be purchased by m-ticketing. Please click on the mobile ticketing link below in the Fares and Ticketing Section on how to download the Intalink app.

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.

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

As our Country 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).

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