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With the London City Tour by Julià you will experience the city from a new perspective. The Hop Hop Hop Off tourist bus will give you wonderful panoramic views of the most important sights of London.

Its 2 routes cover the main tourist attractions that you must not miss during your visit.

Our Hop on – Hop off service allows you to get on and off at any of our stops as many times as you want. Explore our interactive map to check all our routes and find more than 30 stops in London!

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The Red Official Route presents the key sights and top attractions of London including the Tower of London, Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye, The Shard, Tower Bridge and Leicester Square.

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This route will cover all prominent museums located in the heart of West London such as Victoria & Albert , Natural History and the Science museum as well as Kensington Palace, Royal Albert Hall and Harrods

Green Route (Shuttle)

The Green Route complements the main Red Route and is ideal if you want to visit the British Museum. It will also be of great use to those staying at many hotels within the Bloomsbury area.

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Belvedere Road, behind the London Eye The York Road (Southbank) stop is next to Waterloo Station, and just a few meters from Westminster Bridge. If you decide to Hop On Hop Off at this stop, from this side of the River Thames you can enjoy one of the best views of the city towards the gigantic Ferris wheel of The London Eye. Take the opportunity to enjoy this place and get back on board the bus to continue the panoramic tourist route through the main points of interest in London. Remember that you can get on and off our red double-decker buses as many times as you want.

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With the stop Aldwych (One Aldwych Hotel) you will cross the River Thames via Waterloo Bridge and then you can visit one of the most popular places in London: Covent Gargen. A place where you can feel the true pulse of the city and lose yourself among its wide commercial, artistic and entertainment offer. Here you can visit a wide range of places of interest, from the Royal Opera House to the Roman baths, passing through the London transport museum, the Temple church or the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields. With the Hop On Hop Off service of our bus tour you can get off at this stop and enjoy Covent Gargen and its surroundings at your own pace.

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At a height of 110 m, the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral in London is the second highest in the world, just behind St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The current cathedral was built between 1676 and 1710 after the Great Fire in 1666 destroyed the original. Sir Christopher Wren was the architect entrusted with rebuilding the cathedral, and it is considered today to be his greatest work. St Paul’s Cathedral’s greatest attraction is its great dome which you can climb up to enjoy some amazing views of London.

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If you want to cross the famous Millennium Bridge, remember to get off the bus at the Queen Victoria Street stop. It is located just a few meters away. The Millennium Bridge walkway connects the Tate Modern Gallery and The Globe Theater to the iconic St. Paul's Cathedral, located across the River Thames. The 8 cables that keep the bridge in suspension are tensioned to support 2000 tons of weight, enough to support 5000 people on the bridge at the same time. It is the newest bridge built in London and it has already become one of the iconic places in the city. Remember that you can Hop On Hop Off at any of our stops and take advantage of the different points that we have selected on this tour.

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If you decide to get off at the London Bridge stop, you will be just a few steps from the River Thames. Cross the London Bridge that connects the City of London with Southwark and enjoy the views of the next bridge: the iconic Tower Bridge. Check our mobile application to see the location and frequency of the bus in real time and get back on board to continue the panoramic tourist route through the main points of interest in London.

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The Tooley Street - Tower Bridge stop will allow you to get off next to Potters Field Park, from where you can enjoy the best views of the south bank of the river towards Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. Do not forget that from this place you can also visit the modern glassed building of the London City Hall, designed by Norman Foster, and visit its exhibition halls. If you continue the tour on board the bus until the next stop, you will cross the bridge and enjoy the magnificent views of the arches of the tower from the perspective of the open top floor of our double-decker bus. Let the adventure begin!

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Tower Hill is an elevated spot northwest of the Tower of London, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in the East End of London, just outside the City of London boundary.Built during the reign of William the Conqueror, throughout history the enormous fortification that is the Tower of London has served as the Royal residence, an arsenal, a fort and a prison.

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Get off the bus at the Victoria Embankment stop on the Red Route and gaze out over the River Thames from its north bank. Cross Waterloo Bridge to visit the National Theater, or stay in the City of London to visit the Royal Opera House. You are also close to the popular Covent Garden area, where the commercial, entertainment and shopping offerings suit all tastes. If you prefer to take advantage of your Hop On Hop Off stop to visit historical and artistic points of interest, don't forget the Temple Church, the Roman Baths on Strand Lane or the statue of Michael Faraday. Get on and off the bus as many times as you want and design your own itinerary. Customize your experience and enjoy the tour!

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Westminster Bridge (Big Ben side), in front of Westminster Pier. Get off at this sightseeing bus stop and access your Thames cruise included with your 24 and 48-hour ticket. Over the last decade, the London Eye has become one of the most famous postcard images of the city. Towering over the bank of the Thames, this huge observation wheel offers you unbeatable views of London. The London Dungeon, a real house of terror, and the SEA LIFE London Aquarium, where you can see a large collection of the fauna to be found under the sea, are located at the feet of the London Eye. Crossing the Westminster Bridge, which is located right next to the London Eye, will bring you to Parliament Square in less than 5 minutes. This busy square is where you’ll find the best views of Westminster Abbey and Big Ben.

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The Horseferry Road stop will allow you to visit places on foot such as the Victoria Tower Gardens, with its privileged views of the Houses of Parliament and the River Thames, or Lambeth Bridge, with its elegant 1930s design. Cross it to visit The Garden Museum and Lambeth Palace, or stay on the same riverbank and enjoy a pleasant stroll through Westminster. You can visit both the abbey and the cathedral. Plan your visit and enjoy the experience with the geolocation functionalities that you will find in our mobile application. You will be able to locate the closest points of interest or know when the bus passes by the Horseferry Road stop before continuing your tour with us. Enjoy London in a fun and comfortable way!

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Buckingham Palace has been the official residence of the British monarch in London since 1837. The Palace is currently home to Queen Elizabeth II. Built in 1703 by the Duke of Buckingham, the building was acquired by King George III in 1762 to be used as a private residence. The Changing of the Guard takes place at the main entrance to Buckingham Palace throughout the whole year. The ceremony involves the changeover of the Guards, who are in charge of security at the Palace, and is accompanied by a military band.

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The Buckingham Palace Road stop will take you to one of the most iconic places in London: the official residence of the British royal family. Throughout the year the popular changing of the guard is held at the main entrance of the palace. Take advantage of our Hop On Hop Off service to enjoy the essential activities of your visit to London. You can visit Buckingham and its surroundings at your own pace and resume the tour to continue enjoying a panoramic tour of the essential places of your visit to the city.

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Buckingham Palace Road, Stop Z12 Buckingham Palace has been the official residence of the British monarch in London since 1837. The Palace is currently home to Queen Elizabeth II. Built in 1703 by the Duke of Buckingham, the building was acquired by King George III in 1762 to be used as a private residence. The Changing of the Guard takes place at the main entrance to Buckingham Palace throughout the whole year. The ceremony involves the changeover of the Guards, who are in charge of security at the Palace, and is accompanied by a military band.

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Grosvenor Gardens, STA Travel, Stop 10A Grosvenor Gardens is the name given to two triangular parks in Belgravia, London, faced on their western and eastern sides by streets of the same name. Both roads run roughly north to south from Hobart Place and Grosvenor Place to Buckingham Palace Road.

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The Hyde Park - Queen Elizabeth Gate stop is located to the right of the Achilles statue and is the perfect place to visit Buckingham Palace and its gardens, as well as to enter the immense and the popular Hyde Park. The Queen Elizabeth Gate will welcome you to the park. Hyde Park is one of the green lungs of the city, and has different must-see spots. The Princess Diana memorial, or the statue of Peter Pan are some of them. The Serpentine lake, with its waterfall and its pleasure boats, will accompany you during the journey.

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Marble Arch is a 19th-century white marble faced triumphal arch in London, England. The structure was designed by John Nash in 1827 to be the state entrance to the cour d'honneur of Buckingham Palace; it stood near the site of what is today the three-bayed, central projection of the palace containing the well known balcony.[1] In 1851 it was relocated and following the widening of Park Lane in the early 1960s is now sited, incongruently isolated, on a large traffic island at the junction of Oxford Street, Park Lane and Edgware Road. Admiralty Arch, Holyhead is a similar arch, even more so cut off from public access, at the other end of the A5.

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Doing Hop On Hop Off at the Marble Arch - Park Lane stop of our sightseeing bus you can enjoy one of the most popular places in the city: Hyde Park, with its access from Speakers Corner. The stop is located just a few meters from Marble Arch, at the west end of Oxford Street. Only members of the Royal Family and the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery had the privilege of passing under the arch. Now, with our open top bus, you can too. Remember that you can get on and off at any of our stops and customize your own tour of the city.

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Haymarket, outside Tiger Tiger bar restaurant Piccadilly Circus is one of London’s busiest and lively squares and never seems to be anything but full. It appears in numerous postcards thanks to its immediately recognisable neon signs and is the best place for entertainment thanks to all the theatres, shops and restaurants concentrated in the surrounding area. Follow Coventry Street for 5 minutes up to Leicester Square where you can see all the latest cinema releases.

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Trafalgar Square is one of London’s busiest and lively squares. Part of its charms are its huge outdoor space open to the public and the famous Nelson’s column and National Gallery. This art gallery is the city’s most famous, housing works by Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Tiziano, Velázquez and Michelangelo. Behind the National Gallery lies the National Portrait Gallery with a collection made up exclusively of portraits of important people from British history.

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Over the last decade, the London Eye has become one of the most famous postcard images of the city. Towering over the bank of the Thames, this huge observation wheel offers you unbeatable views of London. The London Dungeon, a real house of terror, and the SEA LIFE London Aquarium, where you can see a large collection of the fauna to be found under the sea, are located at the feet of the London Eye. Crossing the Westminster Bridge, which is located right next to the London Eye, will bring you to Parliament Square in less than 5 minutes. This busy square is where you’ll find the best views of Westminster Abbey and Big Ben.

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Knightsbridge is an upscale residential and commercial district located in central London, in the Westminster borough. It is known for its high-end shops, elegant restaurants, and luxury hotels, as well as for being home to some of London's wealthiest residents. The heart of Knightsbridge is the famous department store Harrods, which is a major tourist destination and a symbol of the neighborhood's elegance and luxury. There are also many other high-end shops in the area, such as Harvey Nichols, Gucci, Prada, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton. In addition to shopping, Knightsbridge is also known for its proximity to some of London's major tourist attractions, such as Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, and the Natural History Museum. In terms of architecture, Knightsbridge boasts many historic buildings and beautiful Georgian and Victorian mansions that have been carefully preserved and restored. Overall, Knightsbridge is a high-end neighborhood that offers a unique shopping and tourism experience in London. It is a popular destination for visitors looking for a combination of luxury and sophistication in an urban setting.

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The Royal Albert Hall is a concert hall located in London, England. It is situated in the South Kensington area and is one of the most famous and prestigious music venues in the world. The hall was opened in 1871 and was named after Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria. The Royal Albert Hall has a seating capacity of approximately 5,200 people and is known for its distinctive circular shape and dome-like roof. It is used for a wide range of events, including classical music concerts, rock and pop concerts, ballet performances, opera, and other cultural events. In addition to its use as a performance venue, the Royal Albert Hall is also a popular tourist attraction. Visitors can take guided tours of the hall, which includes a behind-the-scenes look at the venue, and its history. The hall also has several bars and restaurants, including the Verdi Italian Kitchen, which serves Italian cuisine. Overall, the Royal Albert Hall is an iconic cultural landmark in London, and a must-visit destination for anyone interested in music, architecture, and history.

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Kensington Road is a street located in the Kensington neighborhood of West London. It is an upscale and luxurious street with a wide range of shops, restaurants, and tourist attractions. One of the most popular attractions on Kensington Road is the Natural History Museum of London, which houses an impressive collection of animal, plant, fossil, and mineral specimens from around the world. Also on this street is the Victoria and Albert Museum, one of the largest art and design museums in the world. Other notable attractions on Kensington Road include the Royal Albert Hall, an iconic London venue that hosts concerts and other events, as well as the Albert Memorial, a statue dedicated to Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria. In terms of shops and restaurants, Kensington Road offers a wide variety of options, from high-end fashion shops to small independent boutiques and Michelin-starred restaurants. The street is also known for its beautiful Victorian-style buildings and its beautiful green spaces, such as Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. In summary, Kensington Road is an iconic London street that offers a wide range of tourist attractions, shops, and restaurants for visitors to enjoy.

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Gloucester Road is a major street located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London, England. The road runs from Kensington Gardens in the north to the Cromwell Road in the south, and is lined with a variety of shops, restaurants, and hotels. One of the most notable landmarks on Gloucester Road is the Natural History Museum, which is located near the intersection of Cromwell Road. The museum is one of the largest and most important natural history museums in the world, and features a vast collection of specimens from the plant and animal kingdoms. Gloucester Road is also home to several other notable cultural institutions, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Science Museum, and the Royal College of Music. These institutions attract thousands of visitors each year and contribute to the rich cultural fabric of the area. In addition to its cultural attractions, Gloucester Road is also a popular residential area, with many high-end apartments and townhouses. The road is well-connected to the rest of London, with several Underground stations, including Gloucester Road station, providing easy access to other parts of the city.

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The Victoria and Albert Museum, also known as the V&A, is an art and design museum located in London, England. It was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert. The museum houses an impressive and diverse collection of over 2.3 million objects spanning over 5,000 years of human history, from art and fashion to ceramics and architecture. Some of the standout objects include the world's largest collection of Medieval art and design, the largest collection of glass objects in the world, and the national collection of contemporary art. In addition to the permanent exhibitions, the V&A also features temporary exhibitions and educational programs for all ages. The museum also has a gift shop, restaurants and cafes, and offers guided tours for those who want to learn more about the museum's history and collection. In summary, the Victoria and Albert Museum is one of London's largest and most prestigious museums and is a must-visit destination for art and design lovers.

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Harrods is a famous department store located in the exclusive neighborhood of Knightsbridge in central London, UK. The store occupies an impressive seven-story building and is known for its wide range of high-end and luxury products. The area surrounding Harrods is very popular among tourists and locals alike for its sophisticated and vibrant atmosphere. The vicinity of the store is filled with upscale shops, restaurants, and cafes, as well as luxury hotels and high-end apartments. Just a few minutes' walk from Harrods is the famous Hyde Park, a vast park that offers an oasis of tranquility amidst the bustle of the city. The park features beautiful gardens, lakes, walking and cycling paths, and is a popular spot for picnicking and outdoor sports. Another nearby attraction to Harrods is the Natural History Museum in London, which is located about a 10-minute walk away. This museum is one of the largest and most prestigious of its kind in the world, featuring an impressive collection of animal, plant, and mineral specimens from around the globe.

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Southampton Row, stop B, for the City Sightseeing shop and information centre. The Southampton Row stop is located within walking distance of the British Museum. Nearby you can find a variety of restaurants to complete your visit!

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Woburn Place, stop H, outside the Royal National Hotel

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Southampton Row, stop Y, for the British Museum. The Southampton Row stop is located within walking distance of the British Museum. Nearby you will find several restaurants to complete your visit!

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Lancaster Place, Somerset House, Stop B Lancaster Place is located within walking distance of a number of attractions such as Waterloo Bridge, Covent Garden and Cleopatra's Needles. Also, if you get off at this stop and cross the famous Waterloo Bridge, you will have the London Eye in front of you!

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Exploring London’s Iconic Red Buses: More Than Just Transport

London’s iconic red buses are as quintessential to the city’s streets as the black cabs and the Big Ben. They’re not just a means of transport; they’re a symbol of the capital’s rich history and vibrant culture. Each route offers a unique journey through the bustling metropolis, serving both Londoners and tourists alike.

Hopping on one of these double-decker buses provides an unbeatable, elevated view of the city’s landmarks. It’s an experience that’s both practical and picturesque, weaving through the heart of London. Whether it’s a quick trip or a leisurely ride, the red buses are a must-try for anyone exploring the city.

They’ve been ferrying passengers since the early 20th century, and today, they remain an essential part of London’s public transport network. With their distinctive colour and classic design, they stand out in a city known for its diversity and dynamism. Join us as we delve into the world of London’s red buses and discover what makes them a beloved icon.

The Iconic Red Buses of London

London’s red buses stand as a testament to the city’s robust transport heritage, a true symbol of the British capital. Their bright red colour ensures they’re easily spotted against the grey backdrop of London, making them as much a part of the cityscape as the historic buildings and the River Thames.

These buses aren’t just for show; they serve an important practical function in the daily lives of commuters. They provide an efficient and cost-effective means to navigate the bustling metropolis. Popular routes, such as those passing by the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, or along the vibrant streets of the West End, offer passengers a journey enveloped in the city’s dynamic history and present-day energy.

In the age of eco-conscious travel, the red buses continue to evolve. London’s transport forays into green technology have seen hybrid and electric models join the ranks of the traditional diesel buses. This not only helps reduce the city’s carbon footprint but also maintains the contemporary relevance of the red bus fleet.

Passengers aboard the upper decks of these double-deckers are privy to perspectives that are typically hidden from those walking the streets or using underground transport. It’s not uncommon for locals and tourists alike to snap photographs of the urban vistas that unfold before them.

To enhance the experience, real-time bus tracking technology allows for a smooth and streamlined service. Passengers can receive up-to-the-minute details about bus schedules and route changes, which simplifies trip planning and reduces potential waiting times at bus stops.

Whether it’s the early morning commuter crowd or the late-night theatre-goers, London’s red buses cater to a diverse array of passengers all year round. They represent not just a means of transport, but a celebrated cultural icon.

History of London’s Red Buses

Introduction of the red buses.

The iconic red buses of London first appeared on the city’s streets over a century ago. Initially part of the London General Omnibus Company (LGOC), these vehicles quickly became synonymous with the capital. Their introduction revolutionized public transport in London, transforming it into an efficient and dependable system. Throughout the years, the red buses have been through many changes, yet they’ve maintained their classic colour due to public sentiment and official mandates , which suggests red as their recognizable feature.

Design and Features of the Red Buses

London’s red buses are known not only for their eye-catching hue but also for their distinctive design elements. The most famous model, the Routemaster , introduced in the mid-20th century, is celebrated for its open rear platform , allowing passengers to hop on and off with ease. The buses have since evolved to include a range of modern amenities , such as:

  • Low-floor designs for accessibility
  • Live digital updates on service times
  • Advanced eco-friendly technology

The current fleet ranges from diesel models to cutting-edge fully electric buses , showing the city’s commitment to innovation and sustainability . The design and features of these red buses are not simply about aesthetics but are carefully crafted to meet the demands of millions of commuters each day.

Exploring London on a Red Bus

Hop-on hop-off bus tours.

Hop-on hop-off tours are a flexible and popular way to see London’s most famous landmarks. These tours allow tourists to board and depart the ubiquitous red buses at various stops around the city, which are often located near major attractions. This system is not only convenient but also provides a narrated guide that offers insights into London’s rich history and culture. Passengers can expect to see sights such as the towering Big Ben, the historic Tower of London, and the majestic Buckingham Palace, all while riding on a vehicle that’s become a symbol of the city itself.

The Route Master Experience

The Routemaster buses, though not as prevalent as they once were, still offer a nostalgic journey through London’s streets. A ride on one of these vintage buses transports passengers back in time with its authentic vintage interior and classic design elements . To partake in the Route Master experience, tourists can look for heritage routes, specifically designed to continue the tradition of these historic vehicles. Despite their age, these buses are cherished for their timeless aesthetic and contribute to an authentic London sightseeing experience.

Benefits of Sightseeing from a Bus

Travelling by bus offers distinct advantages for those keen on sightseeing. The elevated vantage point of a bus provides panoramic views of London’s architecture and street life, often missed when travelling by underground or on foot. Sightseeing from a bus is also a matter of convenience and efficiency; it allows visitors to cover more ground without the fatigue that comes from walking. London’s buses have been meticulously designed with large windows and comfortable seating , enabling tourists to enjoy the city’s bustling streets and serene parks in a relaxed setting. Moreover, the affordable pricing of bus tours often includes multiple routes, giving travellers comprehensive access to London’s diverse neighbourhoods and historical sites.

Famous Red Bus Routes in London

Exploring London’s red buses isn’t just about the vehicles themselves; it’s also about the journeys they take you on. The city’s network of bus routes covers the expanse of the capital, allowing travellers to see the sights from the comfort of their iconic transport. Below, we’ll delve into some of the most famous red bus routes in London.

Route 9: Aldwych to Hammersmith

Imagine sitting on the top deck as Route 9 meanders from the bustling heart of Aldwych to the serene riverside views at Hammersmith. This route offers passengers the chance to witness a slice of London’s history, whizzing past architectural marvels such as the Royal Albert Hall and the posh Kensington area. The journey encompasses a diverse range of London’s culture, making it a favourite for both commuters and sightseers alike.

Route 15: Trafalgar Square to Blackwall

If you’re keen to experience London’s maritime heritage, Route 15 is your bus of choice. Starting at Trafalgar Square , the epicentre of central London’s hustle and bustle, this route takes riders eastwards towards Blackwall , an area with strong ties to the sea and shipbuilding. Highlights along the way include St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London and the financial district of the City, intertwining London’s historic past with its dynamic present.

Route 24: Hampstead Heath to Pimlico

For those seeking greenery and panoramic views of the city, Route 24 provides an idyllic journey from the heights of Hampstead Heath down to the stately area of Pimlico . It’s one of the capital’s oldest bus routes and boasts an eclectic mix of scenery. The route takes you past iconic venues such as Camden Town, renowned for its market and vibrant music scene and winds through the political heartland of Westminster, providing a glimpse into the seat of the UK government.

Fun Facts about London’s Red Buses

London’s red buses aren’t just a means of transport; they’re steeped in history and brimming with intriguing tidbits. One may not know that these crimson carriers have been a mainstay on London’s streets since the early 20th century and are recognised the world over for their vibrant hue.

A fact bound to pique the interest of bus enthusiasts and trivia lovers alike is that the traditional red colour was selected to stand out from the competition. At the time when London transport services were operated by different companies, it was imperative to catch the eye of potential passengers. Red proved to be the most conspicuous and appealing choice amidst a sea of variously coloured vehicles.

The Double-Decker Dominance

  • Double-decker buses became synonymous with London.
  • Initially introduced in the 1920s.
  • Offered increased capacity without enlarging the footprint on the road.

The iconic Routemaster buses, which became emblematic of London’s transport network, first rolled out on the streets in 1956. They served the city for over 50 years, with the last ones retiring from regular service in 2005. These vehicles were not just loved for their aesthetic appeal, but they were also admired for their engineering innovation and durability.

  • London’s buses are recognised worldwide.
  • They’ve featured in countless films, TV shows, and postcards.
  • Served as an inspiration for artists and designers globally.

The modern fleet of red buses is equally remarkable when it comes to eco-friendliness . The newer models are often hybrids or fully electric, offering a more sustainable mode of travel. These advancements ensure a cleaner London, reducing pollution levels and preserving the city’s rich heritage for future generations.

London’s red buses have consistently adapted to the evolving needs of its diverse passengers. Whether it’s the introduction of live bus tracking systems or contactless payment , these developments have enhanced the convenience and efficiency of public transport, solidifying their role in the fabric of London life.

Besides their practical role in transit, these buses offer a unique vantage point for sightseeing. Their tall stature allows tourists and locals alike to capture a distinctive view of the city’s architecture and buzz.

Exploring London’s red buses offers a journey through time and innovation. These vehicles aren’t just a means of transportation; they’re a cultural touchstone that encapsulates the spirit of the city. As they’ve transitioned from the classic Routemaster to modern eco-friendly models, they’ve maintained their iconic status while embracing sustainability. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, a ride on one of these buses provides a unique perspective on London’s bustling streets and historic landmarks. They’re not just buses; they’re rolling emblems of a city that values its heritage as much as its future.

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London Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Bus Tour

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* See the best of London with our hop-on hop-off bus * Choose from 60 stops throughout central London * Hop on and hop off for a calendar day * Cruise through the Thames on a sightseeing boat ride

  • Hop-on hop-off service
  • Experience a sightseeing cruise like no other with your free 24-hour River Thames hop-on hop-off boat ride ticket
  • No need to print your tickets – E-tickets accepted on all hop on hop off services!
  • Buses depart every 20 mins from main tourist points.
  • Bus audio guides in: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, Hindi, Japanese and Arabic
  • River Thames Boat Ride*
  • Free cancellation**
  • Hop-on hop-off bus ticket
  • Audio guides available in 11 languages
  • Free Wi-Fi on all Open Top buses
  • Entrances to attractions

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  • Audioguides available in 11 languages (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, Hindi, Japanese and Arabic)
  • This is Hop-On Hop-Off bus service, you can join at any Golden Tours bus stop.
  • No restroom available on board.
  • Duration valid from when you first hop-on the bus. Unlimited usage within your chosen timeframe. Does not include London by Night service.
  • River cruise to be used between Westminster to Tower Millennium pier or vice versa.
  • Please view the Schedule tab for bus timetables and other helpful information.
  • **You can cancel your reservation for this product up to 24hrs before to get a refund in full.

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London Big Bus Tours

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Big Bus: Evening Tour of London

  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
  • Soak up London’s charm during a 2-hour non-stop tour, showcasing the iconic landmarks under a mesmerizing dusk sky.
  • This once-a-day evening tour offers an exclusive experience, letting you explore the city's famous sights at a leisurely pace.
  • Benefit from the convenience of open-top buses and tune in to the pre-recorded commentary letting you delve into the city's rich history and culture.
  • Be captivated by the striking sights of Buckingham Palace and Big Ben, and witness the eye-catching spectacle of the London Eye, set against the city's evening skyline.
  • 2-hour evening tour
  • Pre-recorded commentary in English, French, German, Spanish & Italian

Evening Tour

  • First bus: 7:30pm from the London Eye
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Frequency: once a day
  • Tip: Nearby the London Eye stop is the famous 'Gordon’s Wine Bar', London's oldest, worth a visit post-tour.
  • Require special accommodations for your disability? Rest assured as you can contact the service provider and they'll try to assist you.
  • Mobility scooters cannot be accommodated on board due to size and weight limitations.
  • Children aged 3 and under can travel for free.
  • Children aged 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

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Big Bus: 24/48-Hour Hop-On-Hop-Off London Tour with Optional Cruise

  • Enjoy a hassle-free experience in London with this unlimited hop-on hop-off bus pass with the option of choosing between a Discover, Essential, and Explore HOHO pass.
  • With 3 different routes available on all passes and over 35 stops located near distinct stops, hop on or off at your leisure.
  • The Explore and Essential Passes offer walking tours like a 90-minute Royal Walk or Little Legs Kid’s walking tour, a 2-hour evening tour and a one-way river cruise.
  • Pick up interesting facts about some of the attractions through the onboard commentary, available in 12 languages.
  • Some of the popular stops on your route include the London Eye, Kensington Palace, Tower Bridge, and Madame Tussauds.

Discover Pass: 24-Hours

  • 24-hour unlimited hop-on hop-off pass
  • Audio guide in 12 languages
  • Hop-on hop-off map of London

Essential Pass: 48-Hours

  • 48-hour unlimited hop-on hop-off pass
  • 3 guided walking tours of Changing of the Guard, City of London & Jack the Ripper
  • 1-way river cruise

Explore Pass: 48-Hours

  • London evening tour
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Attraction entrances
  • First bus: 8am from stop #1 (Green Park Underground)
  • Last bus: 6pm from stop #1 (Green Park Underground)
  • Frequency: every 10 to 20 mins
  • Popular stops: Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Tower Bridge & Big Ben
  • Last bus: 6pm from stop #4 (Marble Arch)
  • Frequency: every 20 mins
  • Popular stops: Kensington Palace, Harrods, Notting Hill & Paddington Station Complete

Green Route

  • First bus: 8:45am from stop #13 (Covent Garden)
  • Last bus: 7pm from stop #37 (Woburn)
  • Popular stops: Kings Cross Station, St. Pancras Station, British Museum & Temple Underground Station.

Please click here for a detailed route map and boarding points.

  • Departure points: Green Park Underground (stop #1) & Trafalgar Square (stop #8)
  • Timings: Daily, at 10am

Little Legs Kids Tour

  • Departure point: Westminster Pier (stop #18)
  • Timings: Every weekend, 27-31 May (daily), and July & August at 2pm

Cruise Details

  • Boarding points: Tower Pier (near stop #17), Greenwich Pier, Westminster Pier (near stop #19), or London Eye Pier (near stops #12 & 13)
  • Frequency: approx. every 50 mins.
  • Boarding points: London Eye (Stop 11) at 19:30
  • Tip: Visit the Covent Square Market, the most popular market in London for jewelry, antiques, or a souvenir of your trip as the merchandise changes every day.
  • Facilities: Wheelchair accessibility, pre-recorded commentary.
  • The pre-recorded commentary is available in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
  • The live commentary is available in English, only on the red route.

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Combo (Save 10%): Heathrow Express One-Way Tickets + Big Bus London 24/48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

  • Save big with this cost-effective combo, ensuring hassle-free Heathrow transfers and a London city hop-on hop-off tour.
  • Reach London's vibrant Paddington from Heathrow Airport, or vice versa, in just 15 mins!
  • With frequent connections from Heathrow Airport’s terminals, get access to a transfer with the most flexible schedule through the day.
  • On a convenient hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour, access 3 routes with over 35 stops spread across the heart of the British capital.
  • Visit iconic spots like the London Eye, Kensington Palace, Tower Bridge, Madame Tussauds, and more along your route.

Heathrow Express one-way tickets

  • One-way transfer between Heathrow Airport to London Paddington (as per ticket choice)
  • Level platform access to all trains on all platforms
  • At-seat power
  • Free 4G Wi-Fi
  • Air-conditioning onboard
  • Luggage space
  • Onboard entertainment platform to browse newspapers, magazines & podcasts

Big Bus hop-on hop-off tour

From Heathrow Airport to London Paddington

  • First train: 5:12am
  • Last train: 11:57pm
  • Frequency: Every 15 mins

From London Paddington to Heathrow Airport

  • First train: 5:10am
  • Last train: 11:25pm

Green route

  • Timings: 10am, daily

Little Legs kids tour

  • Timings: Every weekend, 27-31 May (daily), and Jul & Aug at 2pm

Cruise details

  • Frequency: Approx. every 50 mins.
  • Tip: At Paddington Station, you can access National Rail, and Crossrail for London and UK travel. It's a central hub for Bakerloo, Circle, District, and Hammersmith & City tube lines.
  • Facilities: Wheelchair Accessibility, Pram/Stroller Accessibility, Free Wi-Fi, Cloakroom.
  • Pets and guide dogs are permitted on this transfer.
  • Children 15 years and under can travel free on Heathrow Express.
  • Note: The service is subject to disruptions or late departures in certain circumstances.
  • Facilities: Wheelchair Accessibility, Pre-Recorded Commentary.

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Combo (Save 7%): Stansted Express One-Way Transfers + Big Bus 24/48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of London

  • Save big and enjoy two experiences with Stansted Express and Big Bus London hop-on hop-off combo tickets.
  • Get to Tottenham Hale from Stansted Airport or vice versa, in under 40 minutes with the Stansted Express ensuring a quick and comfortable journey.
  • Make use of in-train amenities like high-speed Wi-Fi, at-seat power supply & USB plug, and ample luggage space on the Stansted Express.
  • Explore London at your own pace with the Big Bus Tour, covering over 35 stops and featuring iconic landmarks like Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace.
  • Choose between 24 or 48-hour passes, access 3 different routes, and enjoy extras like a river cruise and guided walking tours.

Stansted Express

  • One-way transfers between London Stansted Airport & Tottenham Hale
  • Ample luggage space
  • Air-conditioning
  • Wi-Fi, at-seat power supply & USB plug

Big Bus London

Discover Pass: 24-Hour

  • Audio guide in English, French, German, Italian & Spanish
  • Live guide in English on red route

From Stansted Airport to Tottenham Hale Station

  • First train: 5:30am
  • Last train: 12:30am
  • Frequency: Approx. every 30 mins

From Tottenham Hale Station to Stansted Airport

  • First train: 4:52am
  • Last train: 11:13pm
  • Frequency: Approx. every 50 mins
  • Tip: Hop off at Tottenham Hale and discover Covent Garden's street performances and boutique shops.
  • Facilities: Wheelchair & Bicycle Accessibility, Lavatory, Free Wi-Fi, Power Supply Socket, Luggage Space.
  • Tip: Savor Indian cuisine at Dishoom near Covent Garden (stop 12), a local favorite.
  • Facilities: Wheelchair Accessibility, Pre-recorded Commentary
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

London Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tours 2024

The open-top double-decker brown and yellow Big Bus is your ticket to convenient and comfortable sightseeing in London . The Big Bus Tour company offers London hop-on hop-off tours with 30+ bus stops located near the city’s top attractions and landmarks. Hop onto one of their buses and hop off at any of the numerous stops to take a closer look at desired attractions.

Why Choose London Big Bus Tours?

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Overview of the City: The Big Bus London HOHO routes are designed in a manner that ensures they give you a complete overview of the city. Even if you do not hop on and hop off, you can sit on the bus and still enjoy the sights. 

See the Top Landmarks: London Big Bus tours are an excellent way to see all the major landmarks without the stress of organizing your own itinerary and saving money on transportation

Multiple Routes: The London Big Bus Tours operate along four routes. They cover all the major tourist destinations in Central London, the City of London, and West London like the London Eye, Kensington Palace, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, and Westminster Abbey.

Audio Guides: You can also learn some interesting facts as you listen to commentary in 12 languages on the tour’s audio guides and enjoy free walking tours and a river cruise!

Your London Big Bus Ticket Options Explained

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Discover Ticket

  • 24-hour unlimited hop-on hop-off 
  • Open-top buses
  • Air-conditioned section
  • Hop-on hop-off Route Map Available
  • Audio Guide in 5 languages

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Essential Ticket

  • 48-hour unlimited hop-on hop-off 
  • 1-hour Thames River cruise
  • 3 guided walking tours

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Explore Ticket

Audio guide languages are available in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

Flexible Cancelation Policy: Get a full refund on canceling this ticket up to 24 hours in advance.

Discounted Ticket: Children aged 5-15 enjoy reduced ticket pricing.

London Big Bus Tour Timetable

  • Timing: 8:15 AM to 6 PM
  • Frequency: Every 10–20 minutes
  • Loop: 2 hours 30 minutes

Blue Route 

  • Timing: 8 AM to 6 PM
  • Loop: 1 hr 20 minutes

Green Link Route 

  • Timing: 8:30 AM to 5:45 PM
  • Frequency: Every 30–60 minutes

River Thames Cruise

  • Timing: 9 AM to 5 PM
  • Frequency: Every 50 minutes
  • Stops: Tower Pier, Greenwich Pier, Westminster Pier, or London Eye Pier
  • Timing: From 7:30 PM (from Stop #11: London Eye)
  • Frequency: Once per evening

London Big Bus Tour Routes

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Red Route (Classic Red Tour)

The Red Route/Classic Red Tour travels around best of Central London. The route has 22 stops. Highlights are Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, the London Eye, Big Ben, and St Paul’s Cathedral. 

This route lasts for around 90 minutes. The first bus starts from Green Park Underground at 9 AM.

Blue Route (Big Blue Tour)

The Blue Route/Big Blue Tour is perfect for visitors that want to see the best of West London, from Kensington Palace and Harrods to Notting Hill. It starts near Piccadilly and travels to the ritzy shopping areas near Park Lane, Regent Street, Oxford Circus, and Hyde Park. 

This route lasts around 150 minutes. The first bus starts from the  Green Park Underground at 8:30 AM.

Green Link Route

This route is primarily a transport link that connects Euston Station and King’s Cross Station to Central London. It starts at Covent Garden and has 10 stations that cover attractions like British Museum, Russel Square, and Holborn. 

The first bus leaves from King’s Cross Station at 8:50 AM and the last bus at 5:40 PM, while the first bus leaves from Covent Garden at 8:45 AM and the last bus at 6:20 PM.

The River Cruise takes you down the River Thames from Westminster to Greenwich. You can hop on and hop off at Westminster Pier, the London Eye Pier, Waterloo Pier, Tower Bridge Pier, and the Greenwich Pier (for those with a Premium or Deluxe ticket). 

The first river cruise leaves at 8:50 AM and the last one leaves at 6:35 PM, and the entire cruise takes approximately 30 minutes.

Download Map of All Routes >

Suggested London Big Bus Itineraries

Here are some suggested Big Bus HOHO routes you can follow in London:

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If you have just one day in London then pick the Red Route of the London Big Bus Tours and explore all the top attractions in West London and Central London London. Here is a sample itinerary you can use:

  • Start off at the Green Park Underground Station and take in the sights of West London, stopping at Mayfair. 
  • Get back on the bus and stop at Trafalgar Square and enjoy the free Royal Walking Tour at 10 AM and explore the area around Buckingham Palace. 
  • Take the Big Bus from Trafalgar Square to the Tower of London. Explore the landmark, then take the free River Cruise from the Tower of London Pier to Westminster Pier.
  • After a stop for lunch, explore Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament.
  • Finally, get back on the Big Bus and do the complete Red Route loop (1 hour 15 minutes), and get down at Covent Garden. Walk around the district and enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants.

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If you have 2 days, you can explore the attractions in London at a more leisurely pace. Here is a sample itinerary to use:

Day 1 – Blue Route: Set out from Green Park Underground and get down and explore the South Kensington Museums. Visit Kensington Palace and have lunch in the area, or at nearby Notting Hill. Get on the bus and stop at Baker Street for the Sherlock Holmes Museum and Madame Tussauds. Stop at the London Eye to ride the London Eye, and visit the London Dungeons and SeaLife Aquarium. Finally walk down to Westminster Pier and take the free river cruise.

Day 2 – Red Route:  Start your day at Trafalgar Square for the free ‘Royal Walk’ walking tour at 10 AM. After the tour head to Westminster Abbey. Get on the Red Route and get off at St Paul’s Cathedral. Then head to the City Hall stop to explore the H.M.S. Belfast. Finally, cross Tower Bridge, or take the bus again and get down at the Tower of London and spend time exploring the attraction.

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If you have 3 days to explore London fully, you can use all 3 routes of the London Big Bus. Here is a sample itinerary you can use –

Day 1 – Blue Route: Take the bus to the South Kensington Museums to explore the Museum of Natural History, Victoria & Albert Museum, and Science Museum. Take the bus to explore Kensington Palace and Gardens. Get down Baker Street for the Sherlock Holmes Museum and Madame Tussauds. Finish your day exploring the shops on Oxford Street.

Day 2 – Red Route & Green Link: Start your day at Trafalgar Square for the free ‘Royal Walk’ walking tour. Then head to Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, and Churchill Museum. Then change to Green Route at Covent Garden and get down at the British Museum. Return to Covent Garden and explore the area of West End.

Day 3 – Red Route: Start your trip at the London Eye and explore the nearby SeaLife Aquarium and London Dungeons. Get on the Red Bus route and get off at the Tower of London and explore the landmarks around it, including H.M.S Belfast. Take the free river cruise from the Tower of London and alight at Westminster Pier.

Highlights of the London Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour

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Buckingham Palace

Visit the Queen’s residence at Buckingham Palace . Stroll through the vast palatial gardens and witness the Change of Guards ceremony, at this treasure trove of royal experiences.

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Experience a breathtaking view of London from atop the 443-feet high London Eye observation wheel located near the River Thames,  for a unique perspective of London.

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Westminster Abbey

One of the UK’s most important religious buildings, Westminster Abbey the burial and memorial site of writers, actors, scientists, thinkers, and other famous historical significant figures.

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London Bridge

Just off the banks of River Thames, the London Bridge area is famous for its restaurants and the Tower Bridge. Often confused with the London Bridge, the Tower Bridge has stunning river views.

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St. Paul's Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral is one of Europe’s largest cathedrals Listen to the haunting acoustics in the Whispering Gallery and soaking in the breathtaking views offered by the cathedral's galleries.

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River Thames

Explore the beautiful River Thames on a  River Cruise . Travel under the London Bridge, see the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and admire the Festival Hall and the London Eye.

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Parliament Square

Parliament Square has some of the capital’s most iconic buildings including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and statues of famous leaders and historical figures.

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Madame Tussauds

Home to lifelike wax figures of over 250 celebrities, at  Madame Tussauds you can see the Royal Family, Benedict Cumberbatch, James Bond, and more.

London Big Bus Visitor Tips and Guidelines

  • Download the Big Bus Tours app as it is a convenient way to plan your itinerary and ensure you have the bus timings and route ready at your fingertips. 
  • Plan your day ahead in advance as the bus routes are in a loop and there are a few points where you can change over to other routes. Make sure you consider the timings of the attractions and the days of closing as you don’t want to waste time alighting at the wrong stops! 
  • As much as possible pre-book your tickets as you can avoid spending time in the queues outside attractions. You can purchase skip-the-line tickets for London attractions on Headout. 
  • The Big Bus ticket is valid for calendar days which means it is advisable to activate your pass as early in the day as possible. You cannot use the 1-day Big Bus ticket for 24 hours over 2 days! 
  • The top deck is comfortable during summer but ensure you pack protective sun gear, like sunscreen and a hat, just in case it gets too hot. 
  • Remember that London follows the right-hand side driving system and if you want the best close-up views of the sights as you are passing by it’s best to use the seats on the right-hand side of the bus. 
  • It is advisable to carry snacks and water in a small backpack while on the Big Bus Tour. This is ideal if you wish to take a route loop and don’t wish to get down in between. 
  • London is great for walking and a few of the neighbourhoods are best experienced while walking like Covent Garden, Piccadilly Circus, and Oxford Street. Make sure you visit these areas before or after the Bus tour timings so that you can make the best of using the bus to get around.

Frequently Asked Questions About London Big Bus Tours

A. Big Bus is one of the top hop-on hop-off tours in London.

A. Hop-on hop-off buses are tourist buses that allow you to board and leave whenever you like and sightsee at your own convenience.

A. You can purchase London Big Bus hop on hop off bus tour tickets online .

A. Yes, you can buy London Big Bus hop-on-hop-off tickets online here .

A. There are multiple hop-on hop-off bus tours, most of which begin from £36.90.

A. London Big Bus hop-on hop-off bus tours run at a frequency of 30 to 60 minutes.

A. There are three Big Bus tour routes in London - the red, blue, and green link.

A. Yes, you will get access to audio guides available in up to 12 languages to learn more about the city.

A. Yes, the London Big Bus hop-on hop-off tours are accessibility-friendly for wheelchair users.

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Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour in London + River Cruise

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Jumping on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tour in London is definitely one of the best ways to explore such a big city like London. These sightseeing bus tours are suitable for all the family, and you can just sit back and relax and let it take you to London’s most important landmarks.

One of London´s most important sightseeing bus tour is the one offered by Big Bus Tours. You can hop-on and hop-off any of their three fascinating routes, and with more than 30 stops, you won´t miss any of London´s most important must-sees.

Hop on and hop off all the times you want and wherever you want during the day and see London in one of the most effective ways, on the topless upper deck of a double decker sightseeing bus. But don’t worry if the weather isn’t great as you’ll be able to avoid the cold or rain at the front of the upper deck which is covered, just in case!

Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour in London: Advantages

There are a few reasons why we recommend a Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing bus tour in London:

  • Discover all of London´s must sees:  The streets, the famous squares, the monuments and the important attractions and the best thing is that you don´t have to worry about looking at a map and getting lost. Just enjoy the ride.
  • You can hop on and off as many times as you want during the day on all the different routes, so you will spend less time on public transport during your trip. Let´s be honest, you get to see much more on the top deck of a bus than on the London Underground!
  • The ticket includes a River Cruise on the Thames.
  • The ticket also includes a free guided walking tour  in London (See more details below).
  • Enjoy the live commentary or listen to the recorded commentary (multi-lingual if English is not your preferred choice!) and discover all the interesting things you didn´t know about London.
  • You also get a free discount book  which includes discounts to other attractions and restaurants in London such as the Hard Rock Café.
  • They have the largest fleet of open top buses in London , so they run a lot more frequently than other sightseeing tour buses.
  • Sightseeing bus tour tickets are valid for 6 months from the date of purchase, so you do not have to redeem them on a particular day. This is great because you can do the tour any day that suits you.

Big Bus London Hop-on Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour Prices

There are 3 different ticket types for the hop-on hop-off sightseeing Bus Tour in London: Classic , Premium and Deluxe .

Each one of these tickets has 3 different prices: Adults, Children (5 – 15) and Family (2 adults + 2 children under 15).

These are the different tickets available and their respective prices:

Classic: 1 Day Ticket

With this ticket you will be able to hop-on and hop-off Big Bus sightseeing bus tour as many times as you like during one day. It also includes a one way Thames River Cruise ticket (London Eye – Tower of London) and the Guided Walking Tour .

Classic Ticket Prices: Adults: £35 Children (5 – 15): £26 Family ticket (2 adults + 2 Children): £106.60

⇒ Find out more: Big Bus Tours Classic Ticket

Premium: 2 Day Ticket

The Premium ticket is valid for two consecutive days . You can hop on and hop off as many times as you like on any of the big bus routes for two days. This ticket also includes a round trip ticket on a Thames River Cruise and a free Guided Walking Tour , as well as the Night Tour during the summer months.

Premium Ticket Prices: Adult ticket: £40.40 Child ticket (5 – 15): £31.40 Family ticket (2 adults + 2 Children): £124.60

⇒ Find out more: Big Bus Tours Premium Ticket

Deluxe: 3 Day Ticket

The Deluxe ticket is valid for three consecutive days . You can hop on and hop off as many times as you like on any of the bug bus routes for three days. This ticket also includes a round trip ticket on a Thames River Cruise and the free Guided Walking Tour , as well as the Night Tour during the summer months.

Deluxe Ticket Prices: Adult ticket: £44.90 Child ticket (5 – 15): £35.90 Family ticket (2 adults + 2 Children): £139.60

⇒ Find out more: Big Bus Tours Deluxe Ticket

Night Tour and Hotel Return Service

During the summer months there is also the possibility of hopping on a sightseeing bus tour to see London at night. This night tour runs until the end of September. This night tour is also included when you buy deluxe (2 day) and premium (3 day) tickets, but you can also buy tickets for the night tour only.

There are three night tours per evening that depart from the London Eye, Victoria Station and Marble Arch. The pick-up times are:

  • London Eye (stop 7) at 19:30, 20:00 & 20:30
  • Victoria (stop 29) at 19:45, 20:15 & 20:45
  • Marble Arch (stop 4) at 20:00, 20:30 & 21:00.  From Marble Arch, which is the last stop of the tour, there is a free hotel return service that goes to Paddington, Bayswater, Notting Hill & Kensington at the end of the tour.
Night Tour only Prices: Adult ticket: £24.90 Child ticket (5 – 15): £15.00 Family ticket (2 adults + 2 Children): £64.80

Combined tickets: Big Bus Sightseeing Tour + Attraction

There is also the possibility of buying combined tickets   for Big Bus HO-HO sightseeing bus tour in London with tickets to one of London’s Top Attractions , resulting in great savings.

Once you have bought tickets, the driver or a member of staff from Big Bus Tours (at any Big Bus Tours stop) will exchange your tickets, giving you the tickets for the sightseeing bus tour as well as the tickets to your chosen attraction.

Combo tickets:  > Big Bus Tours + London Eye > Big Bus Tour + Madame Tussauds > Big Bus Tour + Tower of London > Big Bus Tour + St Paul’s Cathedral

Big Bus Tour + London Eye

This ticket includes a 1 day ticket for the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour (classic ticket) and entry to the London Eye . This ticket also includes a free river cruise and a free guided walking tour . Online tickets can be redeemed at any Big Bus Stop. You will need to use your tickets for the sightseeing bus tour and the river cruise that same day, and you will have 90 days to use your London Eye tickets.

You can buy normal entry tickets to the London Eye or fast track tickets. With fast track tickets you won’t have to queue at all.

Prices with Normal London Eye entry: Adult ticket: £64.80 Child ticket: £47.90 Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children): £227.30

⇒ Find out more: Big Bus Tour + London Eye Tickets

Prices with Fast Track London Eye entry: Adult ticket: £67.80 Child ticket: £58.80 Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children): £189.00

⇒ Find out more: Big Bus Tour + London Eye Fast-Track Tickets

Big Bus Tour + Madame Tussauds

This ticket includes a 1 day ticket for the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour (classic ticket) and entry to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum . This ticket also includes a free river cruise and a free guided walking tour .

You can redeem your tickets at any Big Bus Stop. Online tickets can be redeemed at any Big Bus Stop. You will need to use your tickets for the sightseeing bus tour and the river cruise that same day, and you will have 90 days to use your Madame Tussauds tickets.

Prices for 1 day bus tour + Madame Tussauds Adult ticket:  £65.80 Child ticket: £52.80 Family ticket: £211.40

⇒ Find out more: Big Bus Tour + Madame Tussauds Tickets

Big Bus Tour + Tower of London

You can choose a 1, 2 or 3 day ticket for the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour (classic, premium or deluxe ticket) and entry to the Tower of London. These tickets also includes a free river cruise and a free guided walking tour .

You can redeem your tickets at any Big Bus Stop. Online tickets can be redeemed at any Big Bus Stop. You will need to use your tickets for the sightseeing bus tour and the river cruise that same day, and you will have 3 days to use your Tower of London tickets.

Prices for 1 day bus tour (Classic ticket) + Tower of London Adult ticket: £61.80 Child ticket (5 – 15): £38.90

⇒ Find out more: Big Bus Tour Classic + Tower of London

Prices for 2 day bus tour (Premium ticket) + Tower of London Adult ticket: £67.80 Child ticket (5 – 15): £43.90

⇒ Find out more: Big Bus Tour Premium + Tower of London

Prices for 3 day bus tour (Deluxe ticket) + Tower of London Adult ticket: £71.80 Child ticket (5 – 15): £48.90

⇒ Find out more: Big Bus Tour Deluxe + Tower of London

Big Bus Tour + St. Paul’s Cathedral

You can choose a 1, 2 or 3 day ticket for the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour (classic, premium or deluxe ticket) and entry to St Paul’s Cathedral. These tickets also includes a free river cruise and a free guided walking tour .

Online tickets can be redeemed at any Big Bus Stop. You will need to use your tickets for the sightseeing bus tour and the river cruise that same day, and you will have 90 days to use your St Paul’s Cathedral tickets.

Prices for 1 day bus tour (Classic ticket) + St Paul’s Cathedral Adult ticket: £61.80 Child ticket (5 – 15): £38.90

⇒ Find out more: Big Bus Tour Classic + St Paul’s Cathedral

Prices for 2 day bus tour (Premium ticket) + St Paul’s Cathedral Adult ticket: £67.80 Child ticket (5 – 15): £43.90

⇒ Find out more: Big Bus Tour Premium + St Paul’s Cathedral

Prices for 3 day bus tour (Deluxe ticket) + St Paul’s Cathedral Adult ticket: £71.80 Child ticket (5 – 15): £48.90

⇒ Find out more: Big Bus Tour Deluxe + St Paul’s Cathedral

Routes and Timetable for London’s Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

There are 4 different routes which will take you to see London’s top landmarks. You can hop-on and hop-off of any of the routes as many times as  you like, and change routes whenever you want. This just makes sightseeing in London very easy, and it saves you having to use public transport in London to get from one place to another.

It’s also good to know that you can start your journey on the sightseeing bus tour at any bus stop, on any route, so you can start your journey at the bus stop that suits you best.

⇒ Here you will find a map with the routes and timetables: London Sightseeing Bus Tour Map .

1. Classic Red Tour

The first bus of this route departs at 8.10 am from the stop located just in front of Green Park underground station, on Piccadilly Street and there are buses approximately every 5 minutes. This route is the Classic Tour, a route that passes through 15 of the most important tourist places in London, including Westminster Abbey, London Eye, Big Ben, Covent Garden, the Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral among others. The red route has a live commentary in English, and there are also recorded commentaries in several languages.

The red route takes about 2 hours and 15 minutes, and has several stops in common with the blue route: stops from 2 to 5, from 7 to 11 and stop 15. It also coincides with the green route at stop 9.

2. Big Blue Tour

The first bus of the blue route departs at 8.36 am from stop number 2, which is located at Hyde Park Corner, and there are buses approximately every 5 or 10 minutes. The nearest underground stop is Green Park. The blue route is a slightly longer route, and coincides in almost all the stops with the red route, but also goes round Hyde Park, passing through the South Kensington area, where the natural history museum, the science museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum are located. It also goes past Harrods and towards Regent’s Park stopping at Baker Street, where the Sherlock Holmes museum and Madame Tussauds wax museum are located. The blue route has recorded commentaries.

The blue route takes almost 3 hours and coincides with the red route at stops 2 to 5, from 7 to 11 and stop 15. It also connects with the green route at stop 9 .

3. Green Link

The green link is very short and connects the famous Trafalgar Square with King’s Cross and St Pancras underground and train stations, going past the British museum. If you are going to spend a day in London and arrive at the King’s Cross – St Pancras station, we recommend that you use the tourist bus, since you can start the route here, change at Trafalgar Square to another route and see London easily before returning to King’s Cross with the green link again if you need to.

The first bus on the green route leaves from Covent Garden at 8.20 am, where it also links to the blue and red routes.

4. Night tour: Hotel Return Service 

The purple route is the hotel return service. It covers the areas from Marble Arch to Gloucester Road, so it’s ideal if your hotel is anywhere in between – such as Paddington, Bayswater, Notting Hill or Kensington. It runs up to 2 hours later than the other routes mentioned above.

Bus stops and timetables

Here you can find a list of the bus stops from the RED and BLUE routes, and the time of departure of the first bus at each one of them. After that, buses run every 5 – 10 minutes. Guide: Red Route ( RR ), Blue Route ( BR ) and Green Link ( GL ).

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1. GREEN PARK ( RR ) – Green Park Underground Station, next to the Ritz Hotel 2. HYDE PARK CORNER ( RR , BR )  – Opposite Hard Rock Cafe 3. QUEEN MOTHER GATES ( RR , BR ) – Opposite Hilton Hotel 4. MARBLE ARCH ( RR , BR ) – Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park 5. MAYFAIR ( RR , BR ) – Park Lane Big Bus Stop 6. ROYAL MEWS ( RR ) – 31 Buckingham Palace Road Bus Stop 7. LONDON EYE ( RR , BR ) – Westminster Bridge Road Bus Stop 8. WATERLOO ( RR , BR ) – York Road Bus Stop 9. COVENT GARDEN ( RR , BR , RV) – Big Bus Stop at No.1 Aldwych 10. ST PAUL´S CATHEDRAL ( RR , BR ) – 26 Ludgate Hill Bus Stop 11. TOWER OF LONDON ( RR , BR ) – 362 Tower Hill Bus Stop 12. YORK ROAD ( RR )– Westminster Bridge Road Bus Stop 14. WHITEHALL ( RR ) – Big Bus Stop opposite Horse Guards 15. TRAFALGAR SQUARE   ( RR , BR ) –  Pall Mall East Bus Stop Z 16. BAKER STREET ( RR ) – Big Bus Stop at 9 Marylebone Road 17. OXFORD STREET ( BR ) – Bus Stop RF on Regent Street 18. REGENT STREET ( BR )– Bus Stop V on Regent Street 19. PICCADILLY CIRCUS ( BR )– Bus Stop G on Regent Street 20. HAYMARKET ( BR )– Big Bus Stop at No.11 Haymarket  **The blue route after stopping at stop number 20 stops at stop 15 at Trafalgar Square, where it coincides with the red route** 21. CRAIG´S COURT ( BR ) – Bus Stop at Craig’s Court and Whitehall Corner 22. WHITEHALL ( BR ) – Bus Stop at No.61 Whitehall **The blue route after stopping at stop number 22 stops at stops number 7, 8, 9, 10 and  11 coinciding with the red route** 23. WESTMINSTER PIER ( BR ) – Bus Stop at No.30-35 Victoria Embankment 24. LAMBETH PLACE ( BR ) – Lambeth Palace Road Bus Stop 25. COLLEGE GREEN ( BR ) – Abingdon Street Bus Stop 26. TOTHILL STREET ( BR ) – Bus Stop at No. 43-45 Tothill Street 27. BUCKINGHAM PALACE ( BR ) – Bus Stop  at No.1 Buckingham Gate 28. RUBEN´S HOTEL ( BR ) – Bus Stop at No. 39 Buckingham Palace Road 29. VICTORIA ( BR ) – Bus Stop opposite The Bag of Nails Pub 30. VICTORIA STATION  ( BR ) – Bus Stop at No. 111 Buckingham Palace Road **The blue route after stopping at stop number 30 stops at stops number 3, 4 and 5 coinciding with the red route ** 31. GREEN PARK ( BR ) – Green Park Underground Station Bus Stop **The blue route after stopping at stop number 31 stops at stop number 2 coinciding with the red route** 32. HYDE PARK CORNER ( BR ) –  Bus Stop at No. 1 Knightsbridge 33. HARRODS ( BR ) – Bus Stop at Harrods, No. 87-135 Brompton Road 34. SOUTH KENSIGNTON MUSEUMS  ( BR ) – Bus Stop at No. 6 Thurloe Place 35. GLOUCESTER ROAD  ( BR ) – Bus Stop at No. 128 Gloucester Road 36. KENSINGTON PALACE  ( BR ) – Bus Stop at No. 5 Kensington High Street 37. NOTTING HILL GATE  ( BR ) – Bus Stop at No. 14 Notting Hill Gate 38. KENSINGTON GARDENS  ( BR ) – Bus Stop at No. 150 Bayswater Road 39. THISTLE HOTEL  ( BR ) – Bus Stop at No. 104 Bayswater Road 40. BAYSWATER ( BR ) – Bayswater Road Bus Stop 41. PADDINGTON STATION  ( BR ) – Bus Stop at No. 25 London St 42. WOBURN ( GL ) – Bus Stop opposite Royal National Hotel 43. EUSTON STATION  ( GL ) – Bus Stop L, Upper Woburn Place 44. KING´S CROSS STATION  ( GL ) – Pancras Way Bus Stop 45. ST. PANCRAS STATION  ( GL ) – Midland Road Bus Stop 46. EUSTON ROAD ( GL ) – Bus Stop M, Upper Woburn Place 47. WOBURN (SOUTHBOUND) ( GL ) – Bus Stop J, in front of Russel Court 48. BRITISH MUSEUM (SOUTHBOUND) ( GL ) – Bus Stop X, Southampton Row 49. DUNCANNON STREET ( GL ) – Bus Stop G, Duncannon Street.

FREE River Cruise when you buy Hop-On, Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour tickets

A Thames River Cruise is honestly one of the best things you can  do when visiting London, this is something that I always recommend friends and family do when they come to visit us. If it’s your first time in London I can guarantee that a cruise on the Thames will leave you speechless, as you can see many famous landmarks from the river. And the best thing is: You get a free river cruise with the London hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tour tickets. Boom!

The river cruise included is a one way ticket if you’re buying a one day sightseeing bus tour ticket, or a return ticket if you’re buying a 2 or 3 day bus tour ticket. The cruise runs from Westminster Pier to Tower of London. If you have a one day bus tour ticket you need to do the river cruise on that same day, but don’t worry as there is plenty of time do both, you would even have time to go on the London Eye on the same day.

Free Guided Walking Tour

You will also be able to make the most of your sightseeing bus tour tickets by joining the free walking tour that’s included in your ticket. The tour starts at the Big Bus Tours Bus Stop in Trafalgar Square at 10.20 am, and you will be able to enjoy the Changing of the Guard at 11.00 am at Buckingham Palace and learn all about St James’ Palace.

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