• Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 2 days (approx.)
From USD $ 73.94 View price calendar

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Discover the best of Edinburgh without the stress of public transit and massive crowds on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. With your 48-hour pass, hop aboard the double-decker, open-top bus for a panoramic sightseeing excursion. Great for kids and adults, your ticket offers five route options with dozens of strategically placed stops. You’ll have the added bonus of free entry to royal sites like Edinburgh Castle, Royal Yacht Britannia and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.


  • Discover Edinburgh and its many attractions with the hop-on hop-off portion of your Royal Edinburgh Ticket
  • Enjoy 48-hour unlimited access to five different tour bus routes in Edinburgh
  • Make use of included entry to some of the capital’s must-see royal attractions including Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse and Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Learn about the history that has helped make Edinburgh the fascinating city that it is today
  • Travel between Edinburgh’s most popular attractions quickly and easily
  • Listen to live and recorded audio commentary for useful information about Edinburgh’s quaint and historical sights

What You Can Expect

Royal Edinburgh Ticket with Hop-On Hop-Off Tours, Edinburgh Castle Admission

Make the most of your time in Edinburgh with unlimited travel across five hop-on hop-off tour bus routes

Enjoy a hassle-free sightseeing tour of Edinburgh’s best attractions, monuments and landmarks by comfortable, double-decker bus. Purchase your 48-hour pass and redeem it by hopping on the bus at one of the many designated stops such as Waverley Bridge, Grassmarket or St Andrew Square. Grab a seat inside or on the open-top deck for 360-degree views, and listen to colorful audio commentary as you zip through town.

Enjoy ultimate flexibility by traveling along any of the five main tour routes (Edinburgh, Majestic, Mac, Hertitage or City Sightseeing; stops listed in the itinerary section below). Take your time exploring Old Town, wandering the historic Port of Leith, snapping photos of beautiful Newhaven Harbor, scaling the spiral staircase of Scott Monument or window shopping on Victoria Street. 

Your ticket comes with an added bonus! Hop off for free admission to the Palace of Holyroodhouse (Holyrood Palace), Her Majesty the Queen’s home in Scotland. Then flash your pass for entry to the UNESCO-listed Edinburgh Castle. Learn the castle’s brutal and glorified history, riddled with battles, sieges and centuries of royal shenanigans. If royal history fascinates you, don’t miss the opportunity for a free tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia, the gorgeous boat owned by the British Royal Family for more than four decades.

The full loop of each bus route lasts between 1 and 1.5 hours. To end your tour, just hop off at any point along the route.


Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Excellant value for money. We chose the 48hour majestic. On our first day we did Holyrood House and Edinburgh castle, using the city excursion bus to get to these venues. Day 2 Royal Yacht Brittania, again using bus to get to the venue. The ticket included fast track access to these attractions which made a big difference as we were visiting during school half term. Used all 3 bus tours over the 2 days making the most of the on board commentary. Staff at Ticket office were very helpful advising what things to do in which order as the time we visited also co-incided with a Royal visit so to avoid being caught in the traffic this helped a lot with our plan. Staff at the Waverley bus stand were also great for advice and information.. Definatly a great way to get an overview of the city and excellant value for money if you visit the 3 included attractions.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Buses are clean, comfortable and on time.
Free wifi and USB.
Loved it!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Edinburgh castle was truly worthy of the ticket! The views were wonderful and

Nicola B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This ticket was brilliant, we did a complete bus tour with guide, then used the different buses on seperate occasions to get to the castle, Holy Rood and the Royal Yacht, all included in the price. Simple to use and really frequent.

Rhonda R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great value trip covers all the key things to see in Edinburgh and skips the lines! Easy to redeem for your bus ticket at the booth in town. Highly recommended.

Joanna W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great value, and visiting HMY Britannia was a highlight of our trip.

Julie C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Excellent valu for money.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

What a surprising and fantastic city. There are few places we have been that we have enjoyed as much. Firstly almost whatever you think Edinburgh is like you are wrong, This city is like a place out of time, I can only think that it's look and feel is a leftover from the 1800's for the most part, and that during WWII it just did not see the same kind of destruction that most of Europe experienced. Take the hop on/off bus to start, and get a good feel for the city then take your time and look around. We had so much fun just walking around and looking at
this fantastic city. Take at least 2 or 3 days and experience this city.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Buses came frequenlty, got to see a lot of the city and a few areas that were far off from the city center thanks to these buses. Also. Castle admission was nice, saved a lot of time.

Susan P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Excellent value if you can manage to get it all done !!

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