London Buses route N68 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Old Coulsdon and Tottenham Court Road, it is operated by Abellio London.


The original route N68 was introduced in the 1970s, and ran between Wandsworth (Armoury Way) and Farringdon Street via Clapham Junction, Lavender Hill, Vauxhall, Millbank, Parliament Square, Trafalgar Square and Aldwych. It replaced the night service on route 168, and was the last night route to be introduced before the major enhancement of the night bus network during the 1980s, when a great many more routes were introduced. The N68 had the meal relief journeys to Liverpool Street “livened up” in 1975, and was diverted to run via Strand and Aldwych instead of Victoria Embankment during the 1970s. It is mainly covered now by route N87.

Today's N68 commenced operation on 27 March 1999, running between Trafalgar Square and Purley Cross via Strand, Aldwych, Waterloo, Elephant, Camberwell, Denmark Hill, Herne Hill, Tulse Hill Station, West Norwood, Thornton Heath High Street, Whitehorse Road, West Croydon, Croydon and South Croydon. The route was initially operated by Arriva London from Croydon (TC) garage using Leyland Olympians.

In 2000, the route was diverted at Aldwych to run via Kingsway, and High Holborn to Tottenham Court Road Station and was extended from Purley to Old Coulsdon via withdrawn section of Route N159.

In 2006, the route passed to London Central using brand new Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TLs from Camberwell (Q) garage.

In November 2014, Alexander Dennis Enviro 400s were introduced.

On 31 March 2018, the route passed to Abellio London operating from their Walworth (WL) garage using Enviro 400 MMC bodied Alexander Dennis E40Hs.

Current RouteEdit

  • Old Coulsdon Tudor Rose
  • Coulsdon South Station
  • Coulsdon Town Station
  • Reedham Station
  • Purley Cross (for Purley Station)
  • South Croydon
  • Croydon High Street
  • double run via George Street to East Croydon Station
  • Wellesley Road Tramlink
  • Wellesley Road (for West Croydon Bus Station and Tramlink)
  • Thornton Heath
  • Upper Norwood
  • West Norwood Station
  • Tulse Hill Station
  • Herne Hill Station
  • Camberwell Green
  • Elephant & Castle Station
  • Waterloo Station Interchange
  • Aldwych
  • Holborn Station
  • Tottenham Court Road Station St Giles High Street

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