In 2009, a group of bus industry professionals achieved a long standing ambition to run a vintage bus service from Warminster in Wiltshire, to the abandoned village of Imber on the Salisbury Plain. It proved to be so popular that it has now become an annual event, with most journeys continuing across the Plain to parts of Wiltshire rarely seen by ordinary public transport users.

However, this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic

Imberbus is taking a break but will be back next year

when on one day during the summer, several London Transport Routemaster buses (plus a few newer ones) will be the only vehicles allowed to travel from Warminster Rail Station through to Imber village and to other isolated locations on the Salisbury Plain. As the buses will be operating an ordinary bus service, there will be no need for passengers to book in advance – just turn up and pay the conductor on the bus.

Please note that there are only a few days each year on which the road through Imber is open to the public, so we will not know the date when Imberbus will be running again until Spring 2021. The arrangements for our next event will also be slightly different to previous years, so if you wish to join us for a trip across Salisbury Plain and be kept up to date with the arrangements for Imberbus next year, please add your name to our mailing list by inserting your email address into the box on the right hand side of this page, or click the “+follow” button at the bottom right hand side of your screen.

In the meantime, if you want to find out more information about Imber and Imberbus, please check out the other pages on our website using the black menu bar at the top of this page and then if you need additional information, please visit our contact page to find out how to get in touch.


Imberbus 2021 is expected to be a car free day at Imber, when the only vehicles that will be allowed to access the military roads to the village will be buses that are operating the Imberbus service. There will be no access for cars, motorbikes or bicycles on that date and this rule will be strictly enforced, so if you wish to drive your own vehicle to Imber, you will need to visit on a different date – please visit the Imber Church website for details of the other days when the church is open, as this is when the road through Imber will be open to all traffic.