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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

Greater London, United Kingdom

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  • 1 hour to 3 hours 20 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with stops including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights and upgrade to the fast-track London Eye option to get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel. Hop off at Westminster Pier or Tower of London stop to enjoy a Thames River cruise.
  • Big Bus hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of London by open-top sightseeing bus
  • Sightseeing ticket valid for one, two, or three days to explore London at your own pace
  • Upgrade to the fast-track London Eye option to take in panoramic views from the London Eye
  • Thames cruise included with each ticket option
  • Redeem your voucher at any of the designated Big Bus stops
  • See top London attractions including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This ultra-customizable hop-on hop-off bus tour includes multiple routes and ticket durations.

What's Included

  • Hop-on hop-off bus tour
  • Recorded commentary in 5 Languages
  • 30 minute one-way river cruise
  • Hop on Hop off with 3 different routes
  • 90 minute Panoramic (Non Stop) Evening Tour with selected tour only
  • Free WIFI on Board
  • A choice of themed live guided walking tours with both 48 hour tickets.
  • Food and drinks

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What To Expect

Explore the best of historic London—seat of the British Royalty—by bus on a lively tour of the city’s key attractions and landmarks. Hop aboard the Big Bus at any of the stops on the route, and grab a comfortable seat in the enclosed lower deck or on the open-air upper deck for the best views. Enjoy the flexibility of choosing your own itinerary and pace with the structure of strategically placed stops and informative onboard commentary from a professional guide. When purchasing your ticket, choose from multiple routes. (A complete list of stops can be found in the Itinerary below.) Upgrade to include a must-do London Eye Flight.

With your Classic (1-day), Premium (2-day), or Deluxe (3-day) pass, hop on and off the double-decker bus at any of the route’s many locations, or stay onboard for a relaxing ride through buzzing London. As you ride, learn about London’s history and interesting anecdotes about locals sites such as Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Marble Arch and more. Hop off to explore the eclectic shops in Covent Garden, snap photos of the lavish Buckingham Palace or experience the bustle of Oxford Street. Between stops, stroll through gorgeous Hyde Park and view Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square.

Your hop-on hop-off pass includes a single or return cruise along the River Thames.
Green Route

10 Stops

4 Points of Interest

Duration: 1 hour

Operating Schedule: Buses depart every 30 - 60 mins. First Departure at 09:20 from Stop 15 - Covent Garden and the last bus departs at 17:38

One Aldwych

Proud Late

Russell Square (Stop H)

Upper Woburn Place / Euston Road (Stop L)

St Pancras International & Kings's Cross Stations (Stop T)

St Pancras International (Stop S)

Upper Woburn Place

Russell Square (Stop J)

Southampton Row / Theobald's Road (Stop X)

Southampton Row Theobalds Road (Stop Y)

Points of interest passed by on this route

Covent Garden

King's Cross Station

St. Pancras International Station

The British Museum

Red Route

26 Stops

63 Points of Interest

Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes

Operating Schedule: Buses depart every 10-20 mins. The first bus departs from Stop 1 - Green Park Underground at 8:45 and the last bus departs at 18:00.


Old Park Lane Hard Rock Cafe (Stop C)


Hyde Park

Baker Street Station (Stop D)

290 Regent St.

1 Heddon St

74 Regent St.

5b Pall Mall E

South African High Commission Home Affairs Consular Section

Horse Guards Parade

4 York Rd

28 York Rd

1 Aldwych

26 Ludgate Hill

362 Tower Hill




Lambeth Palace Road

Abingdon Street Gardens

43 Tothill St

1 Buckingham Place

49 Buckingham Palace Rd

Victoria Station (Stop R)

113 Lambeth Palace Rd

Points of interest passed by on this route

Tower of London

Buckingham Palace

HMS Belfast

Tower Bridge

Big Bus Tours

Somerset House


Nelson's Column

Piccadilly Circus

St. James's Park

St. James's Palace

St. Paul's Cathedral

Royal Opera House

Trafalgar Square

Hyde Park

Westminster Abbey

Covent Garden

Leicester Square

Houses of Parliament

Big Ben

Westminster Cathedral

Bank of England Museum

Green Park


Changing of the Guard

Royal Albert Hall

Parliament Square

Statue of Eros (Anteros)

Downing Street

Royal Mews

Southwark Cathedral

Temple Church

Regent Street

St. Mary le Strand

St. Clement Danes Church

The Mall


The Monument to the Great Fire of London

Admiralty Arch

Thames River

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

Cleopatra's Needle

London Eye

Wellington Arch

30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin)

Grosvenor Square

Westminster Bridge

The View from The Shard

The London Film Museum - Covent Garden

Royal Exchange Building London

London Bridge

London Victoria Station

Wellington Monument (Achille's Statue)

Marble Arch Theatre

Marble Arch

Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain

City Hall

Borough Market

The London Dungeon

SEA LIFE London Aquarium

DreamWork's Tours: Shrek's Adventure! London

Westminster Bridge

Fleet Street

Blue Route

15 Stops

10 Points of Interest

Duration: 3 hours 20 minutes

Operating Schedule: Buses depart every 30 mins. First Departure at 08.30 from Stop 24 - Victoria, Nova Complex and the last bus departs at 18:00.

Green Park

Old Park Lane Hard Rock Cafe (Stop C)

Marble Arch (Stop 14)

Hyde Park Corner Station (Stop M)

Harrods (Stop KA)

Victoria and Albert Museum (Stop N)

Gloucester Road

The Goat

Palace Gardens Terrace (Stop M)

Palace Court (Stop S)

Porchester Terrace (Stop D)

Lancaster Gate Columbia Hotel (Stop LE)

7 Conduit Pl

4b Praed St

134 Park Ln

Points of interest passed by on this route

Statue of Eros (Anteros)

St. James's Park

St. Mary le Strand

Park Lane

Marble Arch

Grosvenor Square

Wellington Arch

Hyde Park

South Kensington

Kensington Palace

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tickets are valid from the first date of redemption
  • Buses are all equipped with ramps for wheelchairs or strollers
  • Redeem your voucher at any of the designated Big Bus stops
  • Infants (age 0-4) can go on the tour free of charge
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • For your optional London Eye ticket you must reserve the your time slot in advance please use the link printed on your voucher.
  • 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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Traveler Tips

If you are going in winter bus tours are not heated and it can be quite cold so layer up.
That's ok if you're hopping off the bus, but it was a bit rainy and windy and most people were staying on the bus.


7,734 reviews
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Lack of Bus Stop Location Detail
Rick_L, Jun 2023
The locations of the Big Bus Stops were not clarified and should have been. We had to spend some signficant extra time locating where we should get on the tour.
Long days long ride bad traffic
GianL_O, Jun 2023
We also rode the river tour from stop 16 back to Westminster. The second day was a bit taxing as it took almost 3 hours to get through the city and traffic past. What we had already seen on the first day. very tiring. For this reason we decided to not continue the tour bus. And took a regular city bus back to our hotel. Much quicker.
Good most times
CareyH, Jun 2023
Most of the time the trips were outstanding but one trip we had a driver that got confused and ran around in a circle. Great way to see London and they do in depth where you desire to visit and spend more time
Waste of time and money.
Enrique_R, Jun 2023
It was a waste of time and money because of the traffic you spend all day in traffic jams, and it takes all the to go around the route. Would never recommend better to go walking or take taxis to each particular destination and do all the sightseeing around never. Never again would I take this bus in London.
Not Good.
Todd_H, Jun 2023
My wife and I had just "hopped on" for the first time earlier today near Buckingham Palace. We climbed the narrow spiral stairs and found 2 empty seats up top and sat down. There were small empty plastic zip lock bags littered all around our seats on the floor. After waiting several minutes without moving, we decided to hop back off and walk. My wife slipped one of the plastic baggies that was lying on the staircase about half way down. She landed hard on her back and elbows along with a hard shot from a step to the back of her head. All of the passengers gasped and looked concerned, but nobody offered to help. That's ok. People aren't required to be decent. But the driver on the other hand should have showed a little concern while she was laying there. He was completely aware that she was hurt. He heard the loud thump and looked right at her. Not a word. Nothing.
Riding Around London
Linda_M, Jun 2023
Really enjoyed the commentary explaining where we were and the stories told. It was a good experience and easy to get around London to see so much
Overall great- one rude driver
Paige_T, Jun 2023
This is a great option for getting around and seeing what you want at your own pace. We did have one rude driver who tried to argue that our tickets weren’t real even though we had been riding all day, had us get off the bus at the next stop, just for the manager at the stop to scan our tickets and tell him to let us back on. He was switched out at the next stop for a driver that was much friendlier. Other than that, an excellent time.
KRISTINA_V, Jun 2023
Mandy was super helpful and this was the best way to see all the POI. The river cruise was amazing. Strongly recommend
Worst hop on hop off go with anyone else
Corey_R, Jun 2023
Worst bus in town! No room over crowded every bus full people standing on top and bottom. Drivers keep say song there is room up top even when they can see the camera clearly from their seat. No warning on last ride got dumped across town and had to taxi back! Waited for 3 hrs for a bus with a seat.
Decent overview of London
juliaflaherty08, May 2023
This is the best way to see London in a casual and flexible manner. It’s a decent value for a 24-hour pass. I’d recommend using it your first or second day to give you a preview of anything and everything you want to spend more time doing. This tour will give you a good overview of what’s out there. I wish it were a person giving the tour rather than the audio clips—they weren’t always very accurate or engaging.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Don't do it
Todd_B, May 2023
Do not spend your money on this. The bus sat in traffic more than driving. It didn't stay on the route it was suppose to and nobody had a clue where we were. At one point the driver just stopped the bus in traffic and took a smoke break. After that we just got off and walked. We made much better time and saw the things the bus was suppose to drive by. Complete waste of time and money.
The best way to see London
Darren_W, May 2023
The best way to travel London. Easy to navigate and the staff are so friendly and helpful. A must to do
Not organized properly. Bus stops not clearly marked.
Gregory_H, May 2023
Was able to ride once within the 48 hour period. After arriving at the closest bus stop we could not get on, due to the bus being full. Then had to wait another 20 minutes for the next bus. When it arrived it was so full it was standing only. After four stops we sat down but separated. After several more stops we were finally able to sit together. Unfortunately the loop was complete and did not want start over. Later that afternoon we could not find a bus stop.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Easy to do on a 6 hour layover!
Yolanda_M, May 2023
Quick and easy way to see the city! I had a 6 hour layover in Gatwick and was able to book In advance take the train from Gatwick and then hop on the bus see about 10 stops before. I made it back to the airport so that I did not miss my connecting flight.
My s9ns and I had a great...
jane_w, May 2023
My s9ns and I had a great time on the bus. It stopped close to where we wanted to go. I needed to use a walker/scooter due to bad joints. Most of the drivers were excellent I would highly recommend the use of The Big Bus
Bad experience
Huong_Q, May 2023
Horrible experience. Can’t get on the bus at all. Waited long time at the bus stop but it didn’t stop. Try 2 different stops on the app and still can’t get on. The app is not accurate or informative at all.
Sadly due to the Ride...
Lisa_O, May 2023
Sadly due to the Ride London bike race many roads were closed. The bus kept being diverted off the tour. A refund would be appreciated.
Lorraine_M, May 2023
Although travelling via open top bus & river cruise is a great day out I found this company didn’t communicate information well. I wasn’t informed there would be road closures 5 days from booking .
Not Happy
Carla_E, May 2023
The idea of the Hop off Hop On Bus is a good idea, I just was not happy with the information supplied by Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise. I found the App was not very friendly, and did not give good locations for the Bus Stops. I even received wrong information from the employee's about the various stops. Additionally, I did not receive proper information about the tickets for the River Boat Cruise. I must of asked 4 employees before I received the proper information. I was not happy with this company. There are many choices of Bus companies; choose someone else.
Hop on Hop off disappointment
NormaJ_C, May 2023
Unfortunately, the bus route indicates red stops and blue stops, but they don't necessarily adhere to the route. We got on a red bus at stop 16 expecting to ride for a while and then get off near our hotel at stop 1. Part way through, the driver said he wasn't going to stop at 1 through 3 and we should get off and catch a blue bus instead. The agents at stop 16 had assured us we could take either bus. It appears to be a very unorganized operation. There are many companies offering Hop on Hop off. Suggest choosing one of the others.
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