35px London Buses
Operated by Metroline
Garage Edgware
Vehicle Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President
Alexander Dennis Enviro 400
PVR 13
Start Northwick Park Hospital
Via Harrow
Mill Hill
End Brent Cross Shopping Centre
Length 11 miles (17 km)
Level Daily
Frequency About every 20 minutes (about every 10 mins between Northwick Park Hospital & Edgware Station)
Journey time 50-80 minutes
Day 5:30am until 1:00am
Night No night service
Adult single fares
Oyster 90p
Cash £2.00
peak vehicle requirement
Transport for LondonPerformance

London Buses route 186 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, United Kingdom. The service is currently contracted to Metroline.


The 186 was one of five routes selected by London Transport for evaluation of the first low floor buses from 1993/1994 (The others were 101, 120, 144 and 222). All 68 buses ordered were fitted with Wright Pathfinder bodies, but the chassis were divided between Dennis and Scania, with the 186 being one of the routes to receive the LLW-class Dennis Lance SLFs.

Apart from artics, the vast majority of subsequent low-floor single-deck buses in London have been Darts and other lightweight models. Neither of the London Transport designs was a major success anywhere in the country, but Scania and Volvo make other models of full-size low-floor single deckers and these are quite popular outside London. The LLWs worked fairly well on the 186, with not-too-heavy loadings (despite their size the buses have only 34 seats) and at the same time no very narrow or twisty roads that could make their length a problem.

The Dennis Lance SLF's on route 186 was replaced by low-floor Volvo B7TL double-deck buses (X-registered VPL's cascaded from Holloway).

Then on about May 2017, existing Alexander Enviro400s were Introduced

Current routeEdit

Route departing Northwick Park HospitalEdit

Route departing Brent CrossEdit

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

List of bus routes in London

1-99 | 100-199 | 200-299 | 300-399 | 400-499 | 500-599 | 600-699 | Letter prefix | Night only

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