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  • Location:London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:Varies

Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour.  With your 1-, 2- or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with dozens of possible stops, including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and fun onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights. Hop off to enjoy included walking tours, a River Thames cruise and discounts at many local venues and shops.

Highlights

  • Big Bus hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of London by open-top sightseeing bus
  • Use a sightseeing ticket valid for 1-day, 24 hours or 48 hours to explore London at your own pace
  • See top London attractions including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey
  • Travel on two different routes, one with an onboard guide and the other with audio commentary
  • Enjoy three walking tours, a River Thames cruise and make use of a Reward Voucher booklet for attraction and restaurant discounts
  • Redeem your voucher at any of the designated Big Bus stops

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What You Can Expect

Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Capture amazing pictures on your hop-on hop-off tour of London

Explore the best of historic London – seat of the British Royalty – by bus on a lively tour of the city’s key attractions and landmarks. Hop aboard the Big Bus at Hyde Park, Piccadilly Circus or any of the other stops on the route, and grab a comfortable seat in the enclosed lower deck or on the open-air upper deck for the best views. Enjoy the flexibility of choosing your own itinerary and pace with the structure of strategically placed stops and informative onboard commentary from a professional guide. When purchasing your ticket, choose the Red Route or Night Tour – both 2.5-hour full-route journeys – or the 3.5 hour Blue Route tour. 

With your 1-day, 24 hour or 48 hour pass, hop on and off the double-decker bus at any of the route’s many locations (tour stops listed below), or stay onboard for a relaxing ride through buzzing London. As you ride, learn about London’s history and interesting anecdotes about locals sites such as Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, Marble Arch and more. Hop off to explore the eclectic shops in Covent Garden, snap photos of the lavish Buckingham Palace or experience the bustle of Oxford Circle. Between stops, stroll through gorgeous Hyde Park and view Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square.

Your hop-on hop-off pass includes a Reward Voucher booklet for discounts around town, many daily activities (listed in the itinerary) and a 30-minute cruise along the River Thames! To end your London City adventure, disembark at any stop along the route, any time you like. 

Click on the ‘Additional Info’ button below to see a map of the London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour route.

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Itinerary

London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour stops:
Red Route:
  • Stop 1: Green Park Underground
  • Stop 2: Hyde Park Corner
  • Stop 3: Queen Mother Gates
  • Stop 4: Marble Arch
  • Stop 7: Regent Street
  • Stop 8: Piccadilly Circus
  • Stop 9: Haymarket
  • Stop 10: Trafalgar Square
  • Stop 11: Craig's Court
  • Stop 12: Whitehall
  • Stop 13: Westminster Bridge
  • Stop 14: London Eye
  • Stop 15: Covent Garden
  • Stop 17: St. Paul's
  • Stop 18: London Bridge
  • Stop 19: Tower of London
  • Stop 20: Embankment Pier
  • Stop 21: Westminster Pier
  • Stop 22: Westminster Bridge
  • Stop 23: Lambeth Palace
  • Stop 24: Parliament Square
  • Stop 25: Westminster Abbey
  • Stop 26: Buckingham Palace
  • Stop 27: Royal Mews
  • Stop 28: Victoria
  • Stop 29: Victoria Station
  • Stop 31: Mayfair
Blue Route:
  • Stop 1: Green Park Underground
  • Stop 2: Hyde Park Corner
  • Stop 3: Queen Mother Gates
  • Stop 4: Marble Arch
  • Stop 5: Madame Tussaud's
  • Stop 6: Oxford Circus
  • Stop 7: Regent Street
  • Stop 8: Piccadilly Circus
  • Stop 9: Haymarket
  • Stop 10: Trafalgar Square
  • Stop 11: Craig's Court
  • Stop 12: Whitehall
  • Stop 13: Westminster Bridge
  • Stop 14: London Eye
  • Stop 15: Covent Garden
  • Stop 17: St. Paul's
  • Stop 18: London Bridge
  • Stop 19: Tower of London
  • Stop 20: Embankment Pier
  • Stop 21: Westminster Pier
  • Stop 22: Westminster Bridge
  • Stop 23: Lambeth Palace
  • Stop 24: Parliament Square
  • Stop 25: Westminster Abbey
  • Stop 26: Buckingham Palace
  • Stop 27: Royal Mews
  • Stop 28: Victoria
  • Stop 29: Victoria Station
  • Stop 30: Marble Arch
  • Stop 31: Mayfair
  • Stop 32: Green Park Underground
  • Stop 33: Hyde Park Corner (opposite Hard Rock Cafe)
  • Stop 34: Hyde Park Corner (outside Lanesborough Hotel)
  • Stop 35: Harrods
  • Stop 36: South Kensington
  • Stop 37: Gloucester Road
  • Stop 38: Kensington Palace
  • Stop 39: Notting Hill
  • Stop 40: Kensington Gardens
  • Stop 41: Thistle Hotel Kensington Gardens
  • Stop 42: Bayswater
  • Stop 43: Paddington Station
London activities (operating daily; start times listed on your booking voucher):
Royal London walking tour (1.5–2 hours)
Gain insight into London’s royal history on a leisurely walking tour with an expert guide. The morning walk takes you by St James Palace and Buckingham Palace, where you arrive in time for the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Depart from Trafalgar Square (stop 10).

Harry Potter Film Locations walking tour (1.5–2 hours)
See London filming locations used in the popular Harry Potter movies. Depart from Trafalgar Square (stop 10).

The Ghosts by Gaslight walking tour (1.5–2 hours)
Discover London’s darker history with tales of ghosts, murder and the troubled times that litter London’s past. Depart from Trafalgar Square (stop 10).

River Thames cruise (30 minutes)
Want to see London’s delights from the water? With a 24-hour ticket, hop aboard a sightseeing boat and cruise from Westminster Pier to Tower Pier or vice versa. Audio commentary is provided on board. Depart from Trafalgar Square (stop 10).

Reward Voucher booklet:

Use vouchers inside this handy reward booklet to claim discounts on select attractions and restaurants around London such as 20% off Rainforest Café, a 2-for-1 offer on admission tickets to Wembley Stadium Tour, a complimentary hot fudge sundae at Hard Rock Café, and £2.00 off the entrance fee at Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum & Tour.

Customer Reviews

Coconut

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was a great thing to do on our 12 hour layover. It was cold and rainy that day but we still had a good time! Definitely recommend the Big Bus!!!

Susan G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Easy way to see London's main sites in one day.

Josephine W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great Tour - got to see all the major sights

mtbikeron

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

A good overview of London. We were a little rushed because of a late flight but would highly recommend this tour as a starting point to begin your personal tour of London. All the highlights of the city were revealed.

Paula L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The Big Bus tour was a great way to get around and the information given by the audio guide was very informative. The stops were exactly what we wanted to see. Would recommend this as a way to get around to anyone. As we used Big Bus tours in Paris, London and New York we found the services equally good. In San Francisco I accidetally used another company and was not as satisfied.

Hilton M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Fantastic experience!

Teresa P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great way to see the city. Buses are clean and plentiful. And the staff are very friendly!

Laura M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great way to get an overview to the city. It was also a great way to spend the first, jet-lagged, day in the country. We were able to take it easy and ride all over the city the first day there. We used the bus the second day to take us to the areas where we wanted to hop off and explore more deeply. London is huge and this was a solid way to get a good taste of it in a short time. The audio tour and guides were informative as well.

beverlybj

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off bus is definitely the way to get around and see everything in London!

Treen P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Fantastic! Great commentary. Our ticket included the night tour which was good.

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