Metroline route 4.jpg
GarageHolloway (HT)
VehicleEnviro 400EVs and New Routemasters
StartArchway station
ViaTufnell Park
Finsbury Park
St Paul's

London Buses route 4 is a Transport for London (TfL) contracted bus route in London, England. It runs between Archway and Blackfriars and is operated by Metroline.


A Metroline Volvo Olympian double-decker on route 43 on the Strand, 2005
A Metroline Volvo Olympian double-decker on route 43 on the Strand, 2005

On 25 September 1993, the contract for route 4 was won by London Suburban Bus, who operated the route with Leyland Titans.[2]

On 27 April 1995, route 4 was included in the sale of London Suburban Bus to Metroline[2] and in March 2000 to DelGro Corporation.[3]

In April 2019, TfL announced that route 4 would be shortened between Waterloo and New Change and extended to Blackfriars via Queen Victoria Street instead, with the change scheduled to take effect in June of that year.[4]

Current route

Route 4 operates via these primary locations:[5]


  1. ^ "Who runs your bus". Transport for London. Retrieved 7 December 2020.
  2. ^ a b McLachlan, Tom (1995). London Buses 1985-1995: Managing The Change. Venture Publications. p. 100. ISBN 1-898432-74-0.
  3. ^ "History". Metroline. Retrieved 3 April 2022.
  4. ^ Munro, Vicky (16 April 2019). "The London bus routes TfL has decided to scrap". MyLondon. Reach plc. Retrieved 3 April 2022.
  5. ^ "4 bus route". Transport for London. Retrieved 3 April 2022.