London Buses route 63

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Operator London Central
Garage Peckham (PM)
Vehicle Volvo B9TL 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2
Volvo B7TL 10.1m / Wright Eclipse Gemini
Peak vehicle requirement 29
Night-time Night Bus N63
Start Honor Oak
Via Peckham
Elephant & Castle
Ludgate Circus
End King's Cross
Length 7 miles (11 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 6-8 minutes
Journey time 40-62 minutes
Operates 05:00 until 01:00

London Buses route 63 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Honor Oak and King's Cross, it is operated by London Central.


Route 63 commenced operating on 17 September 1919 between Gospel Oak (Mansfield) and Honor Oak (Forest Hill Tavern) via Blackfriars Bridge and Elephant & Castle. By the end of World War II it had been cut back to operate between King's Cross station and Honor Oak.[1]

On 15 September 1954, route 63 was extended from Honor Oak to Crystal Palace as a replacement for the British Railways branch line to Crystal Palace (High Level), which was closed at the same time.[2] In 1961 the route was extended to replace withdrawn trolleybuses to Hampstead Heath and Parliament Hill Fields.[1]

In 2003, route 63 was withdrawn between Honor Oak and Crystal Palace, replaced by route 363.[3]

Notable passengers[edit]

The route was used by footballer Rio Ferdinand during his early life in Peckham.[4]

Current route[edit]

Route 63 operates via these primary locations:[5]


  1. ^ a b "Route 63". Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Crystal Palace High Level branch to close". The Railway Gazette 101: 124. 1954. 
  3. ^ "All change on Route 63". 18 May 2003. 
  4. ^ "Rio Ferdinand’s emotive awakening". New Vision. 17 August 2007. 
  5. ^ Route 63 Map Transport for London

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