The Villager buses carry 300 passengers from 66 villages in the Cotswolds every week
We do not compete with commercial bus operators services but rather we complement them in terms of the routes and villages we serve – our buses are generally smaller to help penetrate some of the less accessible but still important (and by and large prettier) parts of the Cotswolds. Because our drivers and administrative staff are all volunteers we can keep our costs and prices low.
The Villager is supported financially by Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire County Councils which enables us to ensure that our fleet of five buses is maintained and regularly serviced and tested professionally, and that we can invest in new replacement buses as needed. Buses carry full insurance for passengers and drivers. All our drivers take the MIDAS bus proficiency course and are re-tested every three years to ensure that they as well as the buses are in the best possible condition to serve our passengers.
We operate nineteen regular scheduled timetabled bus routes decided by the various County Councils whose responsibility it is to provide transport facilities for rural areas. Our five buses run Monday-Friday every week (not Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year's Day) on routes centred on Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Norton, Moreton-in-Marsh, Burford, Witney and outlying villages. The routes are fixed but (Different routes run each day but each route is to a fixed schedule) vary each day. Some stops are by Request only, needing a telephone call to make sure the driver is aware of the pick-up (see Contacts).
Payment for travel can be made in two ways: cash or national bus pass.
Given the voluntary nature of our services, donations are always welcome as are new drivers who can commit to one morning or afternoon a fortnight (see Villager Bus Volunteer Drivers).