1. United Kingdom
  2. South East England
  3. London
  4. River Thames

London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

Product ID: 5089
See London’s famous landmarks with an open-top, hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Choose from a Classic (1 day), Premium (2 day) or Deluxe (3 day) ticket including a Thames river cruise, a free walking tour, and a recorded commentary or live guide.
About this activity
Duration: 24 - 72 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Audio guide/headphones
Spanish, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Arabic, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Romanian
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

Select participants, date and language:



  • Choose from a Classic (1 day), Premium (2 day) or Deluxe (3 day) ticket
  • Hop on and off the open-top buses as many times as you like
  • See all of London’s top attractions including Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, Big Ben, London Eye, Tower Bridge & Westminster Abbey
Full description
This Big Bus Tour on open-top, double decker bus gives you unlimited use of four routes for either 1, 2 or 3 days, taking you to London’s most impressive sights and key attractions.

There are 3 tickets types available:

Classic Ticket
Hop-on, hop-off for 1 day (24 hours from time of redemption)
Single river cruise (between Westminster and Tower of London – either direction)

Premium Ticket
Hop-on, hop-off for 2 days (48 hours from time of redemption)
Return river cruise (between Westminster and Greenwich, via Tower of London)

Deluxe Ticket
Hop-on, hop-off for 3 days (72 hours from time of redemption)
Return river cruise (between Westminster and Greenwich, via Tower of London)

On a Big Bus Tour, you can discover London over four different routes:

Best of Central London (Red Route)
Experience live and entertaining English commentary provided by a professional Big Bus guide or enjoy recorded commentary in 12 different languages on every Red Route bus. The Red route takes in the best of historic London including Big Ben, the London Eye and St Paul’s Cathedral. Duration: 2 hour and 10 minutes. 

Best of the West (Blue Route)
The Blue Route offers recorded commentary in 12 different languages - English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Arabic, Hindi, Japanese, Mandarin, and Russian. The Blue Route covers all the main historical sights of the West of London including stops at Harrods, London's best museums, Kensington Palace, and Marble Arch. Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes.

The Attraction Loop (Orange Route) 
The Orange Route provides a direct connection between some of London’s most loved attractions. Rub shoulders with the rich and famous at Madame Tussauds at Baker Street before heading directly to London’s Southbank to enjoy The London Eye, The London Dungeon, Sea Life London Aquarium and Shrek’s Adventure. The route runs both ways so you can hop-back on at Westminster Bridge, enjoying sights such as Lambeth Palace, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park Corner, and Marble Arch as you make your way back to Baker Street. Duration: 1.5 hours (45 minutes each way).

Green Link 
The Green Link passes through Bloomsbury, passing the British Museum connecting passengers with St Pancras and Euston stations from Covent Garden. Duration: 1 hour

Big Bus Route Highlights: 
Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard
Houses of Parliament
Big Ben
Westminster Abbey
10 Downing Street
Piccadilly Circus
Oxford Street
Regent Street
London Eye
London Dungeon
Sea Life London Aquarium
Madame Tussauds
Covent Garden
Bank of England
St Pauls Cathedral
Tower of London
Tower Bridge
The Shard
City Hall
Lambeth Palace
British Museum.
Marble Arch
Green Park
Hyde Park Corner
South Kensington Museums
Kensington Palace
Notting Hill

River Cruise
A Classic ticket includes a single river cruise from Westminster to the Tower of London (in either direction) whilst the Premium and Deluxe tickets include a return river cruise between Westminster and Greenwich with the option to break the journey at the Tower of London. 

The river cruise includes live commentary in 8 languages. You'll see top London attractions lining the Thames including Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, Shakespeare's Globe and the Tate Modern. Departure times vary for the river cruise, but tours are approximately every 20 minutes in summertime, and every 30-40 minutes in winter.

Walking Tour
Join this exclusive Big Bus London walking tour every morning at 10:00 AM from Trafalgar Square (stop 8 - red route) and Green Park (stop 1 - red and blue routes). The tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours and will take in stories and history of British Royalty and politics as you trace a route towards Buckingham Palace, St James’ Park and Westminster.

On days when there is a Changing of the Guard, your guide will walk you directly to Buckingham Palace to see this traditional ceremony for yourself before completing a short tour back to Trafalgar Square.
  • Hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour for 1 day (Classic), 2 days (Premium) or 3 days (Deluxe)
  • Thames river cruise (single or return depending on option selected)
  • Walking tour

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Meeting point

The first departure is at 8:30 AM. You can start your tour at any of the Big Bus stops. Popular starting points include Baker Street Station, Green Park Station, Marble Arch, Victoria Station and Trafalgar Square.

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Customer reviews

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A great way to hit the highlights of London, either to get oriented for a trip of several days, or when you just have a very limited amount of time. Bus was comfortable, guide was knowledgeable, and there were plenty of opportunities to get on and off. It was easy to get the tickets online, and the mobile ticket scanned easily and effortlessly. There was a live guide on one audio channel, and recorded tour highlights in many languages on other audio channels. The guide supplied decent enough earphones.

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February 23, 2020

Wikipedia will was amazing!!! It’s people like him that make these experiences fantastic! His knowledge was phenomenal and his sunny disposition and anecdotes made a very cold trip that much more enjoyable. Will needs a promotion! Training some of the other guides on the best way to inform and educate on London’s history. The tour guides on the bus are a refreshing change to a pre recorded track however the quality of these vary strongly. In saying that the bus tours themselves are great with convenient locations and lots of stops. The buses were pretty busy but the high frequency means you don’t have to wait long.

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January 18, 2020

A great way to explore the city, we also had a Thames-suprer cruise included in the price, very helpful staff. My only caveat concerns the audiobook, because the information provided by a teacher in Polish is negligible, more of a background music than valuable information about passing objects. Still, I highly recommend

January 16, 2020

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Product ID: 5089