Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing bus tours are a great way to see as much as possible in a short period of time. If you take one at the start of your trip, you’ll get your bearings and find out which attractions you might want to visit.
The tours are on double decker buses. The top decks are usually open in the summer and covered in winter or when it rains.
Tour bus companies
There are several tour bus companies in London. We recommend The Original London Sightseeing Tour. It’s the longest running bus tour in London and cheaper than its closest rival. They have a visitor center on Cockspur St, just off Trafalgar Square, in case you need to ask any questions.
Tour bus routes
The open top buses follow set routes passing all the major sights in central London. You can get off at various bus stops, have a look around or visit an attraction and then take the next bus that comes along. Or, if you prefer, you can stay on the bus for a non-stop tour.
Tour tickets are valid for 24 or 48-hours. So with a 24-hour ticket if you take your first bus at 3pm on Thursday, your ticket is valid until 3pm on Friday.
You can ride the buses as many times as you like, when the buses are running. If you prefer to stay on the bus, the main sightseeing route takes approximately 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours.
These are prices when you book online or buy tickets on the day. Tickets are valid for any day up to six months after booking.
|24-Hour Tour Ticket prices|
|Original Tour – Book online||£29||£13.50||£71.50|
|Original Tour – On the day||£32||£15||£79|
***Special Offer*** All 24-hour tickets are valid for 48-hours until 1 February 2018. Tickets include a free boat trip to Greenwich and three walking tours.
Guides and recorded commentary
You have a the choice of an English-speaking guide or recorded commentary in various languages, including English.
Extras included in the ticket price
Three free walking tours every day.
- Changing the Guard
- Rock ‘n’ Roll
- Jack the Ripper
Thames riverboat trip
A Thames river cruise ticket between Westminster & the Tower of London is included in the price of the 24-hour tour.
Until 1 February 2018, the tour ticket includes a boat trip to Greenwich.
You must do the walking tours and boat trip within the time limit of the ticket, so take time to plan when you start the tour to fit them all in.
When not to do a sightseeing tour
It’s best to avoid doing a tour when there’s a major event in central London. Road closures and diversions might mean you miss some of the main sights.