Big Bus Los Angeles Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Explore the Glitz and Glamour of Hollywood and the laid back sunshine of the Pacific coast as you explore Los Angeles with Big Bus Tours.

Enjoy the views, discover the history, and learn all the stories behind the city made famous for story-telling from our multi-language recorded commentary.

Our guide to Big Bus Los Angeles Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Travelling to LA and eager to explore? Take one of the LA Big Buses and explore the city's attractions and everything it has to offer. Pick the route that best suits your itinerary, or simply spend a day or two hopping on and off them all. 

The Hop-On Hop-Off tour enables you to go around the most renowned locations in the City of Angels and includes attractions such as the TCL Chinese Theatre, Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and much more. There are 2 main routes covering the most iconic Los Angeles landmarks and attractions, giving you the chance to see exactly what Los Angeles has to offer. 

Pick a one or two-day ticket and learn the history and fun facts about Hollywood as the Big Bus double-decker takes you on a ride through time with 12 different stops on our Hollywood Route. Hop on and off as many times as you like, giving you plenty of time to explore.

To complement the Hollywood tour, the Santa Monica Beach Shuttle is a great way to travel from Beverly Hills to the infamous Santa Monica and Venice beaches. This is great for passengers looking to spend time at the Pier, swimming or soaking up the sun; both of our routes are filled with FUN!

There are three different types of tickets to choose from:

Discover Ticket

  • 1-Day hop-on, hop-off
  • Beach Shuttle

Essential Ticket

  • 2-Day hop-on, hop-off
  • Beach Shuttle
  • TCL Chinese Theatre VIP Walking Tour
  • 1hr Biking

Explore Ticket

  • 2-Day hop-on, hop-off
  • Beach Shuttle
  • Celebrity Homes & Lifestyle Tour
  • TCL Theatre VIP Walking Tour 
  • 1hr Biking

Red Route (Hollywood Route) - First bus at 10.00am. The last full tour is 4.30pm. The buses run every 30-45 minutes and the full tour duration is 2 hours.

With 12 stops along the way, the Hollywood Tour begins in the heart of Hollywood where the Walk of Fame is. Shortly after departing, experience views of the historic TCL Chinese Theatre and make your way off Hollywood Blvd as you head to the Sunset Strip. Next, travel through West Hollywood towards the well-known city of Beverly Hills, where many scenes from movies were filmed. The Hollywood tour offers multiple stops, so you can hop off to shop and eat, but the most popular stop is The Farmer’s Market/The Grove. Finish the Hollywood Tour with a loop around Paramount Studios and a stop right in front of their gates.

Red Route stops - Big Bus Visitor Center Hollywood (1) - TCL Chinese Theatre (2) - Guitar Center “Rock Walk” (3) - The Comedy Store (4) - West Hollywood (5) - Beverly Gardens Park (6) - Beverly Center (7) - LACMA/La Brea Tarpits (8) - Farmers Market/The Grove (9) - Melrose Ave Shopping (10) - Paramount Studios (11) - Hollywood and Vine (12).

Blue Route (Beach Shuttle) - First bus at 10.45am from stop 10. The last full tour is 4.15pm from stops 6 and 16. The buses run every 60 minutes and the full tour duration is 1 hour 45 minutes.

Take advantage of the Beach Shuttle to catch a wave or stroll along the pier. Passengers will be picked up at Stop 6 in Beverly Gardens and transported to Santa Monica. Learn about and view Beverly Hills, Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica Pier and the beaches near the ocean. Hop off to explore the shops, restaurants and local vendors and why not spend the day at the beautiful beach and soak up the sun.

Blue Route stops - Beverly Gardens (6) - Santa Monica Pier (16) - Santa Monica Beach (17) - Venice Boardwalk (18) - Main Street (19).

Celebrity Homes & Lifestyle Tour (included in the explore ticket option):

What’s Hollywood without Celebrities? Join the Celebrity Homes & Lifestyle Tour to discover where the brightest stars of music, film and TV live, work and play. See current or former homes of stars like Michael Jackson, Madonna, Marilyn Monroe, Paul Walker, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Kylie Jenner and more! You'll also drive through the beautiful Hollywood Hills, Mulholland Drive and the famous Rodeo Drive. There will be a stop at Universal Overlook for picturesque views of the San Fernando Valley and Universal Studios, and get the opportunity to capture incredible long-distance photos of the Hollywood sign. You'll travel like a VIP in the brand-new convertible Mercedes sprinter minibuses, complete with leather seats and expert driver-guides. Keep your eyes sharp and you might even spot a few stars in their natural habitat! 

The Celebrity Homes & Lifestyle Tour departs daily at 11.00am, 1.30pm & 4.00pm from 6763 Hollywood Blvd (Visitor Center). The tour duration is around 2 hours. 

 

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for Big Bus Los Angeles Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

 

  • You will be sent a gate-ready Big Bus Ticket. Simply print it in advance or present it on your smartphone for boarding.
  • A child ticket is available for children aged between 3 and 12 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Children aged 2 years and under may travel free of charge. All Children must be accompanied by an adult. Strollers must be folded and stowed on the lower deck.
  • Luggage is not permitted on board the bus at this time.
  • Big Bus Los Angeles runs every day of the year, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Occasionally severe weather and special event days could affect service.
  • The tour company reserves the right to deviate from the route of a service where reasonably prudent to do so in the light of circumstances beyond the company’s control.
  • Please note routes may cancelled and operating times may change without notice. Please check the times locally. 
  • All buses run on live GPS tracking. For accurate times on the day of travel, please ensure you download the Big Bus Tours App.
  • Tickets and vouchers can be redeemed at any of the Big Bus Stops by the driver or by one of the customer service representatives at Stop 1, Visitor Center.  
  • Celebrity Homes & Lifestyle Tour - Please check in 15-20 minutes early at Stop 1 Visitor Center to redeem your tickets and vouchers.
  • Tickets and vouchers can be redeemed at any of the Big Bus Stops by the driver or by one of the customer service representatives at Stop 1, Visitor Center.  
  • *Cancellation Policy: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled with the operator up to 72 hours before your chosen activity date. No refunds are given for cancellations made within 72 hours.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions for Big Bus Los Angeles Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

General Information

  • What is the Big Bus Los Angeles Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour?

    The Big Bus Los Angeles Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour is a flexible sightseeing experience that allows you to explore the city at your own pace. You can board an open-top double-decker bus at various stops and hop off to visit iconic attractions and landmarks, then hop back on to continue your journey.

  • How does the Hop-On Hop-Off system work?

    It's simple! When you purchase your ticket, you'll receive a map with all the stops and a schedule. You can hop on at any designated stop, and when you want to explore an attraction, just hop off. Buses run at regular intervals, so you can hop back on when you're ready to move to the next location.

  • How long is the validity of my ticket?

    Ticket validity typically ranges from 24 to 48 hours, depending on the type of ticket you choose. You can use your ticket during this period as many times as you like.

  • What are the major attractions covered by the tour?

    The Big Bus Los Angeles tour typically covers famous attractions such as the Hollywood Walk of Fame, TCL Chinese Theatre, Universal Studios Hollywood, Griffith Observatory, and more. The exact route may vary slightly depending on the route you choose.

Rides & Attractions

  • Are guided tours provided on the bus?

    Yes, the buses are equipped with multilingual audio commentary. You'll receive informative and entertaining commentary about the attractions you pass by, enhancing your sightseeing experience.

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