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  • Location:York, United Kingdom
  • Duration:1 day (approx.)

City Sightseeing York Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Journey back in time with a hop-on hop-off bus tour of York, England’s quintessential medieval town. Your flexible 24-hour ticket enables you build a custom itinerary of York’s main attractions such as York Minster, Jorvik Viking Centre, Clifford’s Tower, the impressive York City Walls and more. With unobstructed views from the open-top viewing deck and 18 possible stops around town, you’ll have the best of the city at your fingertips.


  • City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour of York with audio commentary
  • Create a personalized sightseeing itinerary and explore York at leisure
  • See top York attractions such as York Minster, Jorvik Viking Centre and Clifford's Tower
  • Hop on and off as many times as you wish at any of the 18 stops around the city
  • Make use of a ticket that’s valid for 24 hours from the time of first use

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What You Can Expect

City Sightseeing York Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

See the sights of York on a hop-on hop-off tour!

With the untarnished essence of a true medieval village, York boasts a mix of lasting heritage and modernity, offering fascinating museums, stunning Gothic architecture and a traditional drinking and eating culture. With your 24-hour pass (valid from first use), see York’s top sights with audio commentary offering an intriguing window into the past – laced with Roman and Viking conquest. Hop on the open-top, double-decker bus at any of the 18 stops along the route, and enjoy the flexibility of choosing your own sightseeing itinerary and tour duration. 

Grab a comfortable seat in either the indoor or open-air seating section and take in the views along the 1-hour route. Relax as the bus makes the entire loop or hop off at any stop – another bus will be along in 10-30 minutes to pick you up. Discover Exhibition Square and York Minster — one of the world’s most beautiful Gothic cathedrals. Then head to Clifford’s Tower – the lasting remains of William the Conquerer’s York Castle – followed by a visit to Jorvik Viking Centre to get an interactive look 9th-century life in a viking village. Finish there, or continue to the Monk Bar Fortress or any other stop on the route that catches your fancy (full itinerary listed below).  

Ending your tour is easy - just hop off!

Note: Entrance fess are not included in your hop-on, hop-off pass.

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York Hop-On Hop-Off Stops:
  • Exhibition Square (York Minster)
  • Gillygate
  • Monk Bar
  • Sainsburys
  • Peasholme Green
  • York Stonebow
  • Merchant Adventurers’ Hall
  • Clifford’s Tower (hop off here for a short walk to Jorvik Viking Centre)
  • Margaret Street
  • Walmgate Bar
  • Barbican Centre entertainment venue
  • Fishergate, Novotel York Centre
  • Nunnery Lane, Victoria Bar
  • Bishopthorpe Road
  • Knavesmire Gate
  • York Station
  • York Memorial Gardens
  • York Museum Gardens

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Awesome way to see the city! Totally do this!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We did the tour twice, once on Saturday, with the recorded commentary,and then a repeat on Sunday morning with a live guide who was brilliant, both informative and funny.
Would highly recommend the trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Really enjoyed the bus tour, entertaining commentary as we travelled. gave us ideas of parts of city to visit.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour is helpful for checking out the city quickly, specially if you have about 1.5 hours to spare in the city. Quickly takes you to places around the downtown York area. It was also USD 19, so it is cheaper to take this bus for a day pass instead of paying the same to a cab to go everywhere. Alternatively, one could walk the city, but this is a nice ride if you wanna take it easy and not walk.

Commentary is in english and it gives a decent idea about the layout and some basic history of the place.

Overall, I would say 'not bad' in British terms, but 'fabulous' in American terms...:

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

A worthwhile way to see York as it went to all the main attractions and gave us a chance to see places of interest. We were able to use it as transport to our pre-booked York Dungeons experience. We were able to visit York Minster and the Chocolate Story.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

We went around several times as the guides changed and there was so much information to take in. We loved the convenience of being able to get on and off as we wished.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

The Guide was very knowledgable and had a terrific sense of humor. We enjoyed learning about the historiacal siginifcance of York, and it was presented in a very entertaining and informative manner

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

We really enjoyed taking this tour, saw all the major attractions and were able to situate ourselves in London, thus being able to walk to the many attractions. Also included a Thames river cruise, which was unexpected.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2013

I'm a fan of City Hop-on Hop-off Tours while travelling, especially internationally. Not being familiar with these cities, and trying not to miss any important sites, this is a fantastic opportunity to see the best of what each city has to offer. This particular tour had an extremely knowledgeable guide, Lisa, who was local from York. Not only did she provide interesting facts about the city, but was also able to add funny trivia and folk lore as well. It was very easy to book this tour online. I printed off my voucher, signed it, surrendered it to the driver of the tour, and was on my way. A very reasonable price for a lifetime of memories.

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