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City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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  • 1 hour (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

An Edinburgh bus tour is the perfect way to hear commentary on city sights and get a panoramic overview. This City Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh lets you hop on and off at several strategically placed stops as many times as you like. Board the open-top double-decker bus and travel the entire route, or stop at Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum and many more. Buses depart regularly and tickets are valid for 24 hours from first use.
  • City Sightseeing 24-hour hop-on hop-off tour of Edinburgh
  • Open-top double-decker sightseeing tour with onboard commentary
  • Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, Royal Mile, Our Dynamic Earth
  • Hop on and off at several stops around the city

What's Included

  • 24 hour unlimited hop on hop off bus pass
  • On-board multilingual audio commentary in 10 languages + free headphones & kids commentary!
  • Discounts at local attractions
  • Vouchers valid for 12 months
  • 3 kids go free with every paying adult until 31st March 23
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Start time

Opening hours

  • 1/1/2022 - 3/31/2023

    Monday - Sunday : 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM

What To Expect

Venture through Edinburgh with ease on this City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour. Use your 24-hour pass to board the open-top double-decker bus at any stop. Travel the entire route or hop off at any of the stops to explore further on your own. Get to know the 15th-century capital of Scotland and its dramatic skyline with onboard commentary about the sights. 

Edinburgh bus tour highlights include the Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyrood House, the historic Royal Mile, Our Dynamic Earth and much more.
Red Route

12 Stops

26 Points of Interest

Duration: 1 hour

Operating Schedule: 09:00am - 4:00pm, every 30 minutes

24 St Andrew Square

Stop 1 is at St Andrews Square Northside

Lothian Road

Grassmarket

Hop-off at Grassmarket for a truly authentic experience of the local culture. With the pretty surroundings, and the hustle and bustle of the lively marketplace, you'll feel like you've been fully immersed into the Scottish way of life.

Lauriston Place

Johnston Terrace

Lawnmarket

Chambers Street

John Knox House

For those wanting to sharpen up on their history, check out this hugely significant spot from Scotland's past. It is believed that John Knox lived in the house, a key player in the Scottish Reformation. This double-decker bus tour comprises of a multilingual audio tour commentary, so you'll be sure to soak up lots of impressive information on your way round!

Canongate

Palace of Holyrood

Hop-off at the Holyrood stop to explore the stunning Palace of Holyrood. The palace is the residence of the Queen when she's in Scotland, so maybe you'll witness a royal wave from the window!

Dynamic Earth

Explore this fascinating science museum that explores the mysteries of our planet and the wider universe!

Regent Road

Points of interest passed by on this route

St Giles' Cathedral

Parliament House

Greyfriars Bobby

Scott Monument

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One)

Royal Mile

Dynamic Earth

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Calton Hill

Arthur's Seat

Holyrood Park

Church of St John the Evangelist

Edinburgh College of Art

George Heriot's School

Gladstone's Land

Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Museum of Edinburgh

John Knox House Museum

Canongate Kirk

Edinburgh Hop on Hop Off Tours

Edinburgh Farmers' Market

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Grassmarket

National Museum of Scotland

Edinburgh Waverley Station

Edinburgh Castle

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Season: All Year Round (Times may vary - check on arrival)
  • 9:00am - 4:00pm, every 30 minutes
  • Tour Duration: 60 minutes
  • Vouchers are valid for 12 months
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • 3 kids go free with every paying adult until 31st March 23
  • CS Edinburgh bus will be diverted until further notice between Chambers Street and Canongate via Nicolson Street, West Richmond Street, The Pleasance and St Mary’s Street. 
  • Most travelers can participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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 Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

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Traveler Tips


Similar to many HOHO bus tours in other cities, if this is your first time to see Edinburgh, it is a good way to get a glimpse of the attractions - especially if you have little time
It's a great way to get to know the lie of the land and the key tourist offerings and provides regular transportation to your next destination.
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No show bus.
Laraine_H, Oct 2022
It was terrible because the bus never came! We have asked for a refund of $74 but aviator has not responded.
Edinburgh City-Sights Hop On Hop Off 👍🏼
Tracey_A, Aug 2022
It’s a very good and fairly cheap way of seeing a city on your arrival and the fact that it was a 24 hour ticket meant we could use it the next day to easily get to a venue for another booked experience!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Our trip into Edinburgh history
Timothy_M, Oct 2022
Steph was the perfect guide who provided a wealth of information on Edinburgh Castle and Scottish history that made our visit so much more informed and enjoyable, well worth the time and investment. She was excellent.
Great trip
Janine_M, Aug 2022
We enjoyed the whole experience. Unfortunately the bus was full and my information ear phone socket was not working . I used my husbands as he was not bothered about listening
Average But could see sights
Neil_G, Aug 2022
Bus spent a long time at some stops and commentary wasn’t great, often out of sync with location, but it did get us round the sights so we could decide where to visit the following days.
Brilliant
Stephen_K, Aug 2022
Very friendly and informative tour, fantastic way to see and learn about this fantastic city. Buses are very frequent so easy to jump off look around and then hope in again
Just a great way to see...
Jack_R, Oct 2022
Just a great way to see the major parts of city and then go back to areas you wish to visit sgain. It was a rainy day it worked out good be able to sit on top under cover
Great if you don’t fancy walking
katebayne, Sep 2022
Great to be able to hop on and off took you to all the local tourist attractions had to upgrade ticket tho to get me to royal yacht which wasent aware of when brought the ticket as only certain busses go to certain places was only £8 for two of us tho extra Although most places apart from yacht and zoo are pretty walkable tbh
Never answering my question
Marierts_S, Aug 2022
I tried to get in touch with a company. But never get answers back, we have some issue with the travel and can’t be there. I want to changed my tickets for next day. I still waiting for answers.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Must Do Trip in Edinburgh
Sumesh_G, Sep 2022
Pleasant experience, travelling on the bus all through the beautiful city. We could see all the beautiful places in the City. well organised. Really appreciate the organisers.
Hop On Edinburgh
Teresa_B, Aug 2022
I use the Hop On Hop Off tours everywhere I visit. It is an excellent way to see a city and decide where you want to explore in more detail.
Edinburrrraahh...
Doreen_W, Sep 2022
Best way to see the city's important points and get the lay of the land on your first day in town. Numerous pick up and drop off points.
Ditch the earbuds.
Jim_S, Sep 2022
Every bus needs a personal driver who can personalize the narration. Earbuds are too Impersonal You miss too much information because the bus either goes too fast or too slow to fit the narration.
Easy to book
Sameera_D, Aug 2022
Quick and easy booking. Received confirmation instantly. The tour was fantastic. My kids also enjoyed it.
Good overall
Carol_K, Aug 2022
Good sights and bus ran frequently so it was easy to hop on and hop off. Unfortunately, pre recording made the experience lacking the personal touch of a live tour guide which we experienced in other busses around thr world. But all in all good experience.
Great bus!
Emily_W, Aug 2022
Definitely recommend this bus ride! We learned so much traveling through the city and I was grateful for the ride since I can't walk very much. Loved the views and history of the buildings.
Friendly
Vicki_M, Aug 2022
Friendly n helpful staff, Good value for money, Clean buses. Plenty of stops makes it easier hop on or off
Worth it for getting to desired locations.
Fran_B, Aug 2022
Easy access to the bus stops, we’ll marked, not too long a wait, drivers very friendly and knowledgeable. Would definitely use again.
Definitely a must for an Edinburgh trip
Lillian_M, Aug 2022
Great experience on the city bus tour, lots to see and great information provided on the history behind everywhere we went
We were sitting above and...
marilynbhart, Oct 2022
We were sitting above and we thought they would make a stop at EACH of the 12 stops to give us a chance to take the steps back down when the bus was NOT moving. Since they didn’t stop we missed out on seeing what we wanted to stop at. It would be helpful to announce the upcoming stops so we would know if we wanted to get off. Also, many of the stops were not available for the majority of the day due to a pre-planned Independence Rally. We should have been notified a few days ahead.
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