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City Sightseeing Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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iconOffered in: English and 9 more

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Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Overview

Experience one of the world’s greatest university cities on this hop-on hop-off Oxford bus tour. With a 24- or 48-hour pass, design a personalized itinerary with several possible stops including the University of Oxford buildings (some featured in the 'Harry Potter' films), Oxford Castle, and Bodleian Library, one of the world’s oldest public libraries. Enjoy unobstructed views from the open-top viewing deck and fun onboard commentary as you savor this elegant city.
  • Discover Oxford and its highlights with a City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour
  • See the best of the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ at your own pace with a 24- or 48-hour ticket
  • Pass by must-see city sights including Oxford Castle and Christ Church College
  • Set your own sightseeing schedule, hopping on and off at any of the stops
  • Sit on the open-air, top deck and soak up 360-degree views of the honey-stoned university city
  • Listen to the onboard audio commentary to learn about the historical city
24 or 48 hour bus pass
Guided walking tour
On-board audio commentary available 11 languages + free headphones
Vouchers valid for 12 months
Mobile tickets accepted
Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities

Departure Point

You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.

Departure Time

See itinerary

Return Details

You may disembark at any of the available stops.
With your 24- or 48-hour ticket, see the best of the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ by bus, with onboard audio commentary offering fascinating snippets of local history. Hop aboard the bus at any of the route’s stops (full itinerary listed below) and enjoy the flexibility of choosing your own itinerary, pace and tour duration. 

Grab a comfortable seat in either the indoor or open-air seating section and take in the sights along the route. Feel free to stay on for the entire loop, or hop off at any stop to see one of Oxford’s historical or cultural landmarks—buses depart regularly. 

Between stops, explore the city’s local color and soak up the rich character of this celebrated hub of global education. To end your tour, disembark at any stop along the route, any time you like.
Itinerary
Duration: 
40 minutes
Operating Schedule:
  9:30am - 7:00pm, every 10-20 minutes. Times may vary, especially during the months of July and August.
Park End Street
Gloucester Green Bus Station
New Road
Westgate Shopping Centre
Speedwell Street
St Aldates (Stop G2)
Brasenose College
The Queen's College
The Plain
St.Cross Road
South Parks Road
The Sheldonian Theatre
Trinity College
Parks Road
Park Town
Plantation Road
61 St Giles'
Magdalen Street East (Stop C6)
Sightseeing Randolph
Points of interest passed by on this route
Christ Church
 
Brasenose College
 
Sheldonian Theatre
 
Queen's College
 
Trinity College
 
City Sightseeing Oxford
 
Oxford Castle & Prison
 
Westgate Oxford
 
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Operates: All Year Round (except 1st January, 25th & 26th December)
  • First Tour: 9:30am
  • Last Tour: 6:00pm (April - June, September), 7:00pm (June - August), 5:00pm (March, October), 4:00pm (January - February, November - December).
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Frequency: every 10-20 minutes (Times and frequency may vary, especially post-Covid)
  • Mobile or Paper Vouchers accepted. Paper vouchers must be redeemed at City Sightseeing shop in Oxford Railway Station.
  • Please note that the guided walking tour is seasonal, and customers should enquire upon arrival for more information.
  • Vouchers are valid for 12 months
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY City Sightseeing Ltd - UK and Ireland

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during City Sightseeing Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by City Sightseeing Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during City Sightseeing Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by City Sightseeing Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during City Sightseeing Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by City Sightseeing Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "I bought a multi-day pass and one day had a driver who took the tour part seriously and slowed down so that you could actually catch the sites." See review
  • "The bus starts from right outside the Oxford station which is really convenient" See review
  • "I didn't have a car there and it helped to get a feel for the city." See review

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Tour Bus
Allison_S
, Oct. 2020
We decided that the Bus was a great way to see the city and jump on and off where ever we would like, and the bus didn’t disappoint us. You had the option of either listening to the pre-recorded tour, or the live tour being given. My partner he listened to the pre-recorded tour and I listened to the live, which were both informative, and very detailed. The drivers (we swapped buses half way through for COVID cleaning reasons) were friendly and pleased that this action was taken. I would certainly recommend this
star-5
Value for money & great info
adrian_r
, Sep. 2020
Love hop on hop off busses. Always find them so informative and a chance to see everywhere before deciding where you might want to re-visit. Bus driver made sure we knew where we were going when the trip finished as we were joining the 30 minute walking tour included, also so interesting.
star-5
Excellent Value
Graham_A
, Sep. 2020
Fantastic way to see and appreciate Oxford. The route was very well planned and enabled passengers to see many places of interest. The recorded commentary was very clear and informative.
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Difficult
Jennie_S
, Aug. 2020
When we bought tickets online, the instruction was to go to a shop near the bus station to get the tickets. It was shut. A notice instructed us to go to the bus and get the tickets there. The scanner would not read the QR code. The driver was most unhelpful, telling us to email the company. When I insisted I would not do that as I had email confirmation of the tickets and I did not want to waste my time chasing up the purchase, he rang his boss and was able to resolve the matter himself that way. One member of our party had only taken a photograph of the QR code but the driver wanted to see the whole email which they didn't have and ended up having to pay for their tickets again. I would not buy from this website again as the whole experience was marred by the difficulty in just trying to get on board. The tour itself takes you through the sights of Oxford and is value for money if you want to see everything Oxford has to offer. I'd recommend boarding early so you can take advantage of hopping on and off to visit the sights.
star-2
Printed ticket in this era is really weird!
urmipiyush
, Feb. 2020
It was extremely difficult to find the location of bus stop and main office . The address shown in the mail for redemption of the ticket was not available at the location shown by google maps
star-5
The real tour of Oxford.
petrogonasm
, Aug. 2019
The tour was great, full of information and our guide very entertaining. I would prefare that we had a wider variety of languages, as our kids did not understand English, and we had to make some basic translation.
star-5
Oxford tour
Hayleymum
, Aug. 2019
Excellent bus tour. Very informative. Got on and off to see things we were interested in. Well worth the money. Frequent buses not much waiting time.
star-5
A good way to view Oxford.
Edward H
, Jun. 2019
A good way to view Oxford, to see where all the key places are sited, to later explore. Good commentary and options as to where to join the bus tour.
star-4
An excellent service
Margaret G
, Apr. 2019
Our first circuit to get the feel and plan of Oxford on our first day was excellent (lovely informative lady driver,excellent audio equipment and several people rang a bell if they wanted to get off at the next stop.However the next day we got on an old rattle bus and we could hardly hear the commentary and were unable to turn up the volume! In the afternoon we caught a bus to take us back to our hotel and rang the bell to tell the driver to stop at the next stop as we had been told on the first bus not to stand up until the bus stops!!! Therefore we had to go round the circuit again!!! While at the station stop we asked the driver why he didn’t stop when we pressed the bell? He said he hadn’t heard it!! And was quite off hand when we asked him to definitely stop at 16 next time round. We have been on many city hop on hop off tour and they have all been excellent.It would seem that Oxford do not regularly check the buses audios and bells!
star-5
My parents went for this trip and they...
aditibasu3986
, Aug. 2018
My parents went for this trip and they loved it! The bus starts from right outside the Oxford station which is really convenient

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