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

Greater London, United Kingdom

From $45.60

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours 20 minutes to 3 hours 20 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

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
  • 30-minute river cruise
  • Hop on Hop off with over 45 stops
  • 90 minute Panoramic (Non Stop) Evening Tour from Stop 11 with Premium and Deluxe Tickets
  • Free WIFI on Board
  • A choice of 3 themed live guided walking tours with Classic, Premium and Deluxe Tickets
  • Food and drinks

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.

Departure Time

  • See itinerary

Return Details

  • You may disembark at any of the available stops.

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.

Click on the ‘Additional Info’ button below to see a map of the London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour route.
Red Route

26 Stops

63 Points of Interest

Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes

Operating Schedule: Buses depart every 15-20 mins. The first bus departs from Stop 1 - Green Park Underground at 9:00 and the last bus departs at 17:00.

Piccadilly

Stop 1 - Green Park Undergound

Old Park Lane Hard Rock Cafe (Stop C)

Stop 2 - Hard Rock Cafe

W1K 1AB

Stop 3 - Queen Mother Gates

Hyde Park

Stop 4 - Marble Arch

Baker Street Station (Stop D)

Stop 5 - Baker Street

290 Regent St.

Stop 6 - Oxford Street

1 Heddon St

Stop 7 - Regent Street

74 Regent St.

Stop 8 - Piccadilly Circus

5b Pall Mall E

Stop 9 - Trafalgar Square

South African High Commission Home Affairs Consular Section

Stop 10 - Craig's Court

Horse Guards Parade

Stop 11 - Whitehall

4 York Rd

Stop 12 - London Eye

28 York Rd

Stop 13 - Waterloo (Eastbound)

1 Aldwych

Stop 14 - Covent Garden

26 Ludgate Hill

Stop 15 - St Paul’s Cathedral

362 Tower Hill

Stop 16 - Tooley Street

WC2R 2PH

Stop 17 - Tower of London

WC2R 2PH

Stop 18 - Temple Underground station

SW1A 2JH

Stop 19 - Westminster Pier

Lambeth Palace Road

Stop 20 - Lambeth Palace

Abingdon Street Gardens

Stop 21 - College Green

43 Tothill St

Stop 22 - Tothill Street

1 Buckingham Place

Stop 23 - Buckingham Palace

49 Buckingham Palace Rd

Stop 24 - Victoria, Nova Complex

Victoria Station (Stop R)

Stop 25 - Victoria Station

113 Lambeth Palace Rd

Stop 38 - London Eye (Westbound)

Points of interest passed by on this route

Tower of London

Buckingham Palace

HMS Belfast

Tower Bridge

Big Bus Tours

Somerset House

Mayfair

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

Cenotaph

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

Whitehall

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 08.00 from Stop 24 - Victoria, Nova Complex and the last bus departs at 17:10.

Green Park

Stop 1 - Green Park Undergound

Old Park Lane Hard Rock Cafe (Stop C)

Stop 2 - Hard Rock Cafe

Marble Arch (Stop 14)

Stop 4 - Marble Arch

Hyde Park Corner Station (Stop M)

Stop 26 - Hyde Park Corner

Harrods (Stop KA)

Stop 27 - Harrods

Victoria and Albert Museum (Stop N)

Stop 28 - South Kensington Museums

Gloucester Road

Stop 29 - Gloucester Road

The Goat

Stop 30 - Kensington Palace

Palace Gardens Terrace (Stop M)

Stop 31 - Notting Hill

Palace Court (Stop S)

Stop 32 - Kensington Gardens

Porchester Terrace (Stop D)

Stop 33 - Thistle Hotel Kensington Gardens

Lancaster Gate Columbia Hotel (Stop LE)

Stop 34 - Lancaster Gate

7 Conduit Pl

Stop 35 - Paddington Station

4b Praed St

Stop 36 - Praed Street

134 Park Ln

Stop 37 - Park Lane

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.

about cancellations

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

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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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.
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Focus on seeing and picture taking
Rodolfo_C, Jul 2022
The bus is a great way to see every thing in a short period of time. My only negative comment is the internet didn’t work and therefore we didn’t know where to find the bus stop.
An enjoyable experience
John_S, Jun 2022
The staff at our pick up point were all so friendly. At each Hop On point, again, the staff welcomed us. The cruise was very relaxing and enjoyable.
Waste of time and money
ann, Jun 2022
Don’t waste your money. Buses were either banked up on three or none at all. You sit in traffic most of the time. Get a map of the Undergound and get around by yourself
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great way to discover the city
Linda_D, Jun 2022
Every single person we encountered on the busses and on the boat was amazing and helpful! If Big Bus is in any other city I visit I will absolutely take the tour!
Overcrowded and underwhelmed.
Robert_B, Jun 2022
To start, there's nothing wrong with the typical double-decker city bus tour. However, the pre-recorded tour guide was simply not great. I'm not new to these tours; we do one in every city - most recently in Chicago and New Orleans. I found this one bland and underwhelming. Other than that, capacity is a major problem. It's easy enough to track busses on the app, but we were waved away from bus after bus because they were each full top to bottom and with people standing in the aisles. Kudos to Big Bus for being so popular; there seemed to be plenty of space on the other various tour busses. At one point the other companies noticed us standing/waiting and began to actively recruit us for their emptier busses. More busses are definitely in order.
Best Beetle tour
Tiffany_C, Jun 2022
Damian was amazing!!! He brought his guitar and played all the hits and had a great voice! He loves the Beatles and loves his job! Is hospitality was so nice! The tour was so informative and so entertaining!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Nighttime in London
Kristie_C, Jun 2022
Seeing London at night! Highly recommend the night time tour! It hit all the famous spots of London.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great experience! Have...
Paul_W, Jun 2022
Great experience! Have loads of fun. Learn history of land mark places I never knew. The boat ride was amazing
We had a great time! Rosh...
Lindsey_T, Jun 2022
We had a great time! Rosh was an amazing driver who gave us a history lesson in real time as we rode around and saw all the sites. He also gave us some great tips about the city and helped our children to learn so much. Thank you so much for the wonderful time!
Seeing London from the...
Mandeera_B, Jun 2022
Seeing London from the top of the bus was a novel experience. Enjoyed the English humour of the running commentary. The walking tours and the Thames cruise were the main highlights. They were very well conducted.
Very long bus ride. Lots...
Karen_D, Jun 2022
Very long bus ride. Lots of London traffic. Was on for two hours. And bus driver never stopped at Victoria Station where we originally boarded.
Perfect during a layover!
Joel_M, Jun 2022
We had a 13 hour layover at Heathrow and wanted to see as much of London as we could in that time! The Big Bus tour was perfect for accomplishing that! Definitely recommend for an insightful, educational, expedient London tourist experience! Thank you for giving us something fun and relaxing to do between flights!
The River tour was...
Laurelyn_R, Jun 2022
The River tour was fantastic! Our guide was so very entertaining, and it was a nice chance to see the same landmarks from a different vantage point. Also the bus tour was educational but not boring.
Great concept of tour with very poor audio descriptions
Ginny_L, Jun 2022
The concept of the tour is fantastic and we loved being able to hop on and off. The real downfall of this experience was the audio guide which was a load of rubbish and boring.
London Fun!
Jarisa_G, Jun 2022
Great way to start your trip to London! Highly recommend this to couples and groups alike and get an overall picture of everything London has to offer!
A Fine Day for a Tour of London
James_C, Jun 2022
The Tour was thoroughly enjoyable, the recorded audio guides brought a ton of interesting information. I would STRONGLY suggest not traveling during peak rush hour as the bus got bogged down in Whitechapel. Aside from that this was a fantastic experience.
Start with red
Erin_O, Jun 2022
Ref line is great. BLUE has no narrative , wouldn't even know where you went until pulling out tour map or phone. People all very helpful.
This was a great ride- we...
Christine_S, Jun 2022
This was a great ride- we started on the blue line and changed to the red, so got the entire tour. The narration was funny and informative, with much better music selections than a competitors bus we had tried to take (and had left) several days prior.
Great experience!
Kristie_S, Jun 2022
There were plenty of buses so not much waiting around, the staff was friendly and helpful, and the recorded commentary and music was entertaining! Would definitely recommend and use again!
Not worth it
Cary_S, Jun 2022
Big waste of time and money. The bus moved at a snails pace - combo of London traffic and sitting at bus stops for no apparent reason. Most buses were overfilled and we had to stand until we could grab a seat. There were no announcements of stops and the prerecorded tour was mostly music. Aside from giving the jet lagged kids time for a nap, this was pointless. Not sure if the other hop on hop off cos are any better but they seemed less packed.
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