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Want To See A Cool Double Decker Bus Conversion? I Couldn’t Believe It!

Interested in tooling around the English countryside in your very own bed and breakfast on wheels? We have just the ticket!

This vintage 1960 Bristol transit bus has been converted into a luxury motorcoach, complete with kitchen, watercloset and separate upstairs sleeping quarters.

It even has a tiny patio on the top of the bus for dining and views of the surrounding countryside.

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This 1960 Bristol was a transit bus once upon a time, here is the roof down.

exterior view

And here is the roof lifted to give full overhead height in the upstairs.

roof lifted

At under 30 feet in length and just over 12 feet tall, this former double decker transit bus packs a lot of cool features into a pretty small space.

One feature that feels quaint is the driver’s cab, positioned neatly in the front corner of the bus, like a cockpit in some time machine. Here, all of the vintage bus details have been preserved in the controls and dials.

The bus in its two passenger bus “past lives”.

coered top
open top

The bus has gone through several lifetimes, once covered on top, and once with an open observation deck.

It served Brighton and Hove’s 22nd district from 1960 to 1990, a testament to the rugged British engineering.

In its current incarnation, a hydraulic lifting roof allows for full overhead height in the upper floor, while still maintaining a low enough profile for travel under most bridges.

Super cool vintage driver’s cab.

drivers cab

It has been outfitted with the required comforts, including a gas heating stove, Thetford cassette toilet, a shower and 60 gallon fresh and 40 gallon grey water tanks.

The exterior is also fitted with a double bicycle rack on the rear of the bus for adventuring on shorter excursions.

The upstairs bedroom features two beds, stairs come up on the left.

upstairs view

Inside, the conversion has been handled very professionally. The dinette stands at the front of the bus followed by a full kitchen “amidships” near the spiral stairs and a bath at the rear.

Upstairs the space is devoted entirely to a bedroom, with a door at one end for access to the roof top patio.

A view of the dowstairs from the rear, stairs on right, kitchen on left, dinette in the back near the driver’s seat.


The kitchen overlooks a booth style dinette and features a counter with cabinets, a stove and fridge.

A large pantry lines one wall behind the kitchen, neatly hidden behind locking cabinet doors.

The décor is decidedly English, in muted colors and somewhat 80’s themed, geometric patterns.

The shower and toilet are tucked away in their own compartments behind the kitchen, keeping all of the plumbing at one end of the bus for easier maintenance.

Here’s a closer look at the cooking space, with stove, oven, sink and prep area visible.

kitchen view

Many of the original windows have been covered over, giving the downstairs a cozy feel, with natural light from the windshield and driver’s windows and some from the rear.

Upstairs you have complete privacy. There are four small curtained windows – and with the roof lifted – a subtle glow of natural light comes through the canvas panels fitted between the roof and wall top.

The bus’s entrance is in the rear, inset in this alcove.

rear door

A balcony patio features a wooden deck over the driver’s cab, with a rail and a small patio set, just right for two or three diners to enjoy a nice meal – or tea!

The ad states,

Very neat and accident-free 1960 Bristol FS non-smokers motor home with
solar-power, perfect for 3-4 people. Convertion to motor home 1991-1996.
Complete reconditioned mechanics. Very beautiful, generous & solid finishing.

It’s for sale by owner with no public price, but if you fancy a double decker motorhome, you’ve got an opportunity!