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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 14 strategically placed stops as many times as you like. Board the open-top double-decker bus and travel the entire 60-minute route, or stop at Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum and much more. Buses depart every 20 minutes from each stop. Tickets are valid for 24 hours from first use.


  • City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour of Edinburgh
  • Open-top double-decker sightseeing tour
  • Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, Royal Mile, Our Dynamic Earth
  • Hop on and off at 14 stops around the city
  • Onboard commentary
  • Ticket valid for 24 hours

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What You Can Expect

City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

See Edinburgh's sights by hop-on hop-off bus

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 in one hour, or hop off at any of the 14 stops to explore further on your own. You’ll 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. See Itinerary for a complete list of stops.

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City Sightseeing Edinburgh hop-on hop-off tour stops: 

  • Waverley Bridge – Scott Monument, Visitor Information, Balmoral Hotel
  • Lothian Road –  St John’s Church, Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian
  • Grassmarket – historic pubs, Apex Hotels, Victoria Street
  • Lauriston Place – Edinburgh College of Art, George Heriot’s School
  • Johnston Terrace – Castle Terrace Car Park, Farmers Market (Saturdays)
  • Lawnmarket – Castle, Museums, Gladstone’s Land, High Kirk of St Giles
  • Chambers Street – National Museum of Scotland, Greyfriars Bobby
  • John Knox House – Museum of Childhood, World’s End
  • Canongate – Museum of Edinburgh, Royal Mile, Canongate Kirk
  • Holyrood – Palace of Holyroodhouse, Scottish Parliament
  • Our Dynamic Earth – Queen’s Park, Arthur’s Seat
  • Regent Road – Burns Monument, Calton Hill, views of Arthur’s Seat
  • Hanover Street – Travelshop, City Centre shopping
  • Market Street – Waverley Railway Station, Travelshop

Customer Reviews

Willard E United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

My husband and I so enjoyed our Hop-On Hop-Off tour! We only had one day to visit Edinburgh and this was the way to go. Our tour guide was great, very knowledgable, very helpful, and a lot of fun. There was always a bus available to get back on and hear more about Ediburgh and see another sight.
My husband and I highly recommend this tour.

Claire S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A great way to get the feel of a city and get around particularly when it steep walking.

Elizabeth A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great way to see the city.

Rebecca R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great commentary during the tour.

Nina B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very good. Lots of interesting things to do and see. Drivers very helpful

Jodi A Germany

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was VERY convenient. One of the bus stops was a few hundred yards from our hotel and we just walked out and caught the next one about a 5 minute wait. There are multiple language options to include a Darker side of Edinburgh History which was very entertaining. The commentary was sprinkled with subtle humor, whilst being very informative. This was really the perfect way to start our our stay in Edinburgh and highly recommend to all!

Novena B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Karian R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Nancy Jean W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Despite a delay due to the Queens arrival the tour was perfect. It is a large city with a lot to see. By taking the tour we got to see everything in our single day trip.

Karen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

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