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City Sightseeing Edinburgh: 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Product ID: 3205
Hop-on to a City Sightseeing Edinburgh bus tour and enjoy unlimited hop on hop off for 24 hours. Discover sights such as Edinburgh Castle and the Grassmarket, as you travel on an open-top, double-decker bus with panoramic views of the city.
About this activity
Valid 24 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Audio guide/headphones
Spanish, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Tour Edinburgh at your own pace with a 24-hour ticket for the hop-on and hop-off bus
  • Enjoy panoramic views from the open-top deck
  • Jump off at Edinburgh Castle and get great city views
  • Explore the historic Grassmarket
  • Learn as you go with the informative on-board audio commentary
  • Go to Castle Rock
  • Stop off at Holyroodhouse
  • Have endless fun at Our Dynamic Earth
  • See Nelson's Monument and the Old Observatory
  • Visit the National Museum of Scotland and the National Gallery
Full description
Tour Edinburgh to your own schedule on the open-top sightseeing bus, and enjoy the on-board commentary that describes the history behind the lively city. Compare Edinburgh's Old Town, where families lived in cramped conditions and rubbish was thrown out of the windows, to the elegant Georgian New Town, with its 3 main streets and square at either end.

Hear about the hangings that took place in the Grassmarket as you marvel at the impenetrable Castle Rock above you, and hear about historic attempts to capture Edinburgh Castle. Drive along the Royal Mile, which joins Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Use the 24-hour ticket to hop-on and off as you please. With great visitor attractions, museums, galleries, and restaurants to suit every taste and budget, Edinburgh's got it all! Buses run every 10-20 minutes, making the following loop:
 Tour stops at: Waverley Bridge, Lothian Road, Grassmarket, Lauriston Place, Johnston Terrace, Lawnmarket, Chambers Street, John Knox House, Canongate, Holyrood, Our Dynamic Earth, Regent Road, Hanover Street and Market Street.
  • 24-hour hop-on hop-off bus ticket
  • Multilingual audio commentary
  • Headphones
What’s Not Included
  • Attraction Tickets

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• Start Point: Waverley Bridge
• Operational season: All year round
• April - May: first departure - 9:00am, last departure - 6:00pm, frequency - every 12 minutes.
• June - August: first departure - 9:00am, last departure - 7:00pm, frequency - every 12 minutes.
• September - October: first departure - 9:00am, last departure - 6:00pm, frequency - every 12 minutes.
• November - March: first departure - 9:00am, last departure - 4:00pm, frequency - every 20 minutes.
• Duration: 60 minutes
6:00 PM (April/May/September/October)
4:00 PM (November-March)
• Ticket Length: 24 hours
• Full mobility facilities on all tour buses, and a subtitled screen downstairs for those who are hard of hearing
• Customers who book a ticket with a date in 2020 can redeem their voucher at any point until 31st December 2020; for tickets booked with a date of 1st October onwards, a normal 3-month ticket validity applies
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1467 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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Edinburgh is such an easy city to walk around, that we ended up hopping off and staying off. But it was good to get us up into Edinburgh Castle, since it's a hilly walk. The driver gives you headphones and you plug in and listen as you pass the sites. Very nice.

March 16, 2020

We had a lovely time visiting Edinburgh. It was so easy to use the buses and we managed to see a lot of the city with the help of the staff and the maps provided. The tours cover all the areas of interest in the city. We only had two days to visit and we were so happy that we managed to visit so much. The ours really helped us be very efficient. Highly recommended.

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March 4, 2020

It was easy to book, easy to find, the bus conductor was super friendly and helpful when the barcode wouldn’t load!! We were sitting upstairs which was possible because of the front roof even though it was really stormy and rainy. It goes through the vicinity of pretty much all sights.

February 18, 2020

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Product ID: 3205