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
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.
Reviews by Viator travelers
Useful way of seeing York
, Jul 2019
Would recommend this as a way of getting a sense of what there is to see. Obviously the bus could not pass through the central historic area where streets are very narrow but places like the Shambles were pointed out to return to later. Interesting and amusing commentary on the bus.
I didn't realize how small York was when I booked hop-on hop-off tickets. We were able to easily walk around the city and see all of the sites we were interested in on our own. We rode the bus for about 10 minutes total, mostly because we had paid for it not because we needed to take a bus. We did learn a few things about York's history, but I wouldn't book hop-on hop-off tickets in York again.
This was a great way to get my bearings around York, its a beautiful city and looks big but its actually walkable. The bus was a good way of seeing the walls and there were lots of stops around the city.
The bus trip is good value and a good way to get an overview. There are audiotapes in different languages for commentary. Our first trip was spoiled by a live guide who got on and stood at the front of the bus up top right in front of us blocking our view, plugged his microphone in and began live commentary. His accent made his English hard to follow, he big-noted himself and mocked our Australian nationality which we found offensive. We stayed on to see the sights but later in the day we repeated the circuit without a live guide. It was much better.
Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. We hopped on and off 3 times, and all the drivers were pleasant and helpful. The recording was very informative, although it would be helpful if there were short pauses to allow for thinking!
We were only in York for a day, and felt seeing the city on this hop-on, hop-off bus was the most efficient way to see the highlights. The live guide, and also the recorded tour, were very interesting. This was clearly very popular, and it was sometimes difficult to squeeze back on the bus if we had gotten off at big tourist site.