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The Original London Sightseeing Tour

The Original London Sightseeing Tour BusThe Original Tour is London’s longest established sightseeing tour. They operate three separate tour routes and a tour ticket is valid on all routes. You can either stay on the bus and do a complete tour or you can use the buses to hop on and hop off at one of the 80 stops along their tour routes. Your ticket allows you to do both if you want.

Tour Routes

See the Original Tour routes map (pdf)

The Yellow Route

The yellow route is the ‘Original Tour’ with live commentary from an English speaking guide. If you stay on the bus the tour lasts 2 hours 15 minutes.

The Red Route

The red route follows most of the same route as the yellow route, but also goes via Madame Tussauds. This route has recorded commentary in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Russian. If you stay on the bus the tour lasts 2 hours 15 minutes.

The Blue Route: The Museum Tour

This route connects the museums in Bloomsbury including the British Museum with the South Kensington museums (V&A, Science Museum & Natural History Museum) and goes via some of London’s major shopping streets. It has recorded commentary in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Russian. Tour lasts 2 hours 15 minutes.

Tour departure times

Tours depart every 5-15 minutes from 8.30am to 8pm daily. The final Yellow Route bus departs from Coventry St, near Piccadilly Circus at 8pm. Timetables are available on their website.

Pick-up points

You can join the tour at any of the 80 stops along the route. However, the Original Tour recommend you start the tour at one of their main departure points: Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Russell Square, Victoria, Marble Arch.

Original London Tour ticket prices

Tickets are cheaper if you book online.

24 Hour Tickets
Online tickets Standard tickets
Adults £26 £30
Child £12.50 £15
Family (2 adults + 2 children) £75 £90

 

48 Hour Tickets
Online tickets Standard tickets
Adults £36 £40
Child £16.50 £19
Family (2 adults + 2 children) £96 £118

Tickets booked online can be used on any day up to 6 months from the date of booking. They can be emailed to print at home or you can collect them from the Original London Visitor Centre on Cockspur St near Trafalgar Square. Tickets can be sent to your home address for an additional fee.

Tour languages

Tours are available with live commentary from an English speaking guide (yellow route). Recorded commentary (red & blue routes) is available in:

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Mandarin
  • Arabic
  • Portuguese
  • Brazilian Portuguese

Tour ticket extras

The following extras are included in the ticket price. The walking tours and the river boat trip must be taken during the validity of the ticket

  • Thames river cruise with City Cruises
  • Changing the Guard walk (starts 10.30am)
  • Rock’n’Roll walk (starts 1pm)
  • Jack the Ripper walk (starts 3.30pm)
  • Free children’s activity pack
  • Commentary for children on the red & blue routes

Changing the Guard and the Rock’n’Roll walk depart from The Original London Visitor Centre on Cockspur St, just off Trafalgar Square. The Jack the Ripper walks starts from The Original Tour stop at the Tower of London on Tower Hill. Walks last approximately 90 minutes.

Original London Sightseeing Tour website

Last updated: 29 July 2016