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Buckingham Palace and Vintage Bus Tour of London

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

See London’s highlights by retro double-decker bus, cruise boat, and foot on this half-day tour. Take a seat on a vintage, red Routemaster bus and pass top London sights including Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey. Then, soak in more London landmarks, such as Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, on a Thames River sightseeing cruise. Finally, crown your tour with a visit to magnificent Buckingham Palace. Take an audio tour of the ornate State Rooms, only accessible to the public for two months in the year.
  • Cruise through London’s street on an iconic Routemaster bus
  • Enjoy a short boat ride on the Thames River, passing St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London and more
  • Explore the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, which are only open to the public for two months of the year
  • Plug into an audio guide and learn about Queen Elizabeth II and the British Royal Family

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Pair city sightseeing with guaranteed entry to Buckingham Palace’s State Rooms, open just two months per year.
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1960's Vintage bus tour
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Victoria Coach Station, 164 Buckingham Palace Rd, Belgravia, London SW1W 9TP, UK

Departure Time

7:45 AM

Departure Time

7:45 AM

Return Details

Buckingham Palace Rd, Victoria, London SW1W, UK
Travel independently to the start point in central London. Meet your expert guide and hop inside your iconic Routemaster bus—one of the vintage, red double-decker buses that are forever associated with England’s capital.

Sit back into your comfortable seat, and have your camera ready for your panoramic tour of top London sights. Journey around the landmark-packed heart of the city, and enjoy great views of such famous monuments as Lord Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey, the latter the setting of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011.

Leave your bus at the Thames River, and step on to a comfortable sightseeing boat for a scenic cruise. As you sail, admire London’s skyline. See the massive dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and snap photos of Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, and newer city icons such as the London Eye.

Afterward, continue by bus to Buckingham Palace: the official London residence of Britain’s royals since the 19th century. Walk with your guide to the entrance of the palace, a site that’s only open to the public for two months each year. Then, bid your guide goodbye and enter independently as guides are not permitted to accompany you inside.

Show your prebooked ticket, and set off on an audio-guided tour of Queen Elizabeth II’s opulent State Rooms. Admire the glittering chandeliers, sumptuous furnishings and other priceless treasures from the famous Royal Collection, and drink in the rarified atmosphere of the history-stepped rooms and halls.

Your experience ends when you exit Buckingham Palace, leaving you free to continue exploring London independently or to make your own way back to your hotel.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Tower of London
The UK's Oldest occupied Royal Palace and Fortress. Home to the 'Beefeaters' and the Crown Jewels.
Stop At:  
Buckingham Palace
The London Residence of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Tower Bridge
Cross the iconic bridge that has spanned the iver Thames since 1894
Pass By:  
St. Paul's Cathedral
Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece in the heart of the City of London
Pass By:  
Trafalgar Square
Home to Nelson's column and the beautiful fountains.
Pass By:  
Houses of Parliament
Home to the house of Commons and the House of Lords
Pass By:  
Big Ben
St George's clock tower which houses the world famous bell Big Ben.
Stop At:  
Thames River
Enjoy a boat cruise on the river Thames from the Tower of London.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
London Eye
See the incredible London eye overlooking the river Thames and the houses of Parliament
Stop At:  
Westminster Abbey
Have a photo stop outside Westminster Abbey
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note: Eating and drinking are not permitted inside the State Rooms. Photography, video recording and filming including the use of wearable devices for non-commercial purposes are not permitted inside the State Rooms.
  • Please note: this is an open top bus tour, please be prepared for the possibility of rain. On rare occasions the open top bus may be changed to a closed top bus.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Premium Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Buckingham Palace and Vintage Bus Tour of London?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Buckingham Palace and Vintage Bus Tour of London.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Buckingham Palace and Vintage Bus Tour of London?
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
See all safety measures taken by Buckingham Palace and Vintage Bus Tour of London.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Buckingham Palace and Vintage Bus Tour of London?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Buckingham Palace and Vintage Bus Tour of London.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Buckingham Palace and Vintage Bus Tour of London?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Buckingham Palace and Vintage Bus Tour of London.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Buckingham Palace and Vintage Bus Tour of London?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Buckingham Palace and Vintage Bus Tour of London.

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VLWILLIAMS2015
, Aug 2019
A royal day. Changing of the guard was so dramatic. The state rooms just stunning and the river cruise so scenic. Enjoyed the Buckingham cafe for tea and dessert and picked up a darling welsh corgi keyring.
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Poor Guide
Davethebrave99
, Jul 2019
Peter our tour guide kept reminding us how this was his day off and he shouldn’t have taken this shift. Often saying how miserable it was to be there. The cruise was mostly a waste. Seemed very rushed. A group of women did not know they had to tell Peter they were seeing the London Eye after. Peter starting yelling at them telling them they should have told him sooner. He basically told them the best he could do for them was getting off the bus now and walking. After they left, he was putting them down to the tour. Not professional at all. Made several comments that were inappropriate for children. Did not represent tour company well and did not make anyone excited to be there.
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Awesome way to get a taste of London
cindyhkraft
, Sep 2018
Totally enjoyed our bus tour on Sunday morning. We were able to see so much of London, in a short period of time. The driver was super spectacular, especially when you consider he had to avoid the bike London. We made it on time to the changing of the guards. Most tour groups missed it ,being stuck in traffic. Our guide had the perfect combination of knowledge and humor. We totally enjoyed!!!!
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3 in 1 excursion: Perfect combination
Stinalr
, Aug 2018
My husband and I had just 2 full days in London so this excursion was perfect for us. Nick our tour guide made the tour even greater with his theatrical input in describing the history of London and its attractions. We only touched the surface on The Tower if London. Very interesting. We will come back and do it on it own. We feel like we got to know London with Nick’s insite and in deapt knowledge about the city and its attractions. The Changing of the Guards and Buckingham Palace was better than I had expected. It is a very Real exoerience being in the staterooms the Queen uses for visits by head of state and other important events like giving out medals of honors, Garden Parties etc.
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Well organised tour, perfect way to...
angela-norris
, Dec 2017
Well organised tour, perfect way to see the sights from the top of a double decker bus! It was great to hop on and off the bus to see the sights. The tour guide told various stories on and off the bus and on the river cruise on the Thames: a fascinating way to see London - Westminster, bridges galore, buildings old and new. Fantastic. Buckingham Palace was a highlight - the architecture, the paintings, the ceilings, the carpets, the opportunity to walk through the royal rooms, seeing gifts presented to The Queen during her reign. Highly recommend this tour.
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Bus experience was awesome. Kevin...
James J
, Oct 2017
Bus experience was awesome. Kevin drove that big bus like it was a mini-car and Mark ? our Scottish guide provided everything we wanted/needed to know about London !
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Excellent tour! Covered lots of...
HEATHER S
, Oct 2017
Excellent tour! Covered lots of sites. Our guide was very knowledgeable! The only thing I didn't like was being rushed into Buckingham Palace at the end of the tour. It was a half day tour and it would have been nice to have just received the passes and then gone in after some lunch!
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We had a fantastic tour. Excellent...
AILEEN C
, Aug 2017
We had a fantastic tour. Excellent tour of the sights of London with a brilliant tour guide. Getting to see the Changing of the Guard was fun and carried out with military procession enabling us to witness three different aspects of it. Couldn't quite believe how lovely the boat was for the river cruise - after which we were transferred to Buckingham Palace and ushered straight to the entrance effortlessly - we then enjoyed a visit to the State Rooms. Really enjoyed the whole tour experience and excellent value for money. Special thanks to our guide.
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This tour didn't start too but as...
Deb F
, Aug 2017
This tour didn't start too but as the day went along things improved significantly, our guide was pretty good giving us interesting tidbits along the way. The cruise was wonderful and Buckingham Palace was amazing.
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Excellent tour and real WFM. We had...
Kwojdat
, Aug 2017
Excellent tour and real WFM. We had an Irish tour guide don't remember his name but he was fantastic! Very knowledgable and witty! Would recommend it!
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