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Experience the majesty and mystery of London at your own pace...

Discover the sights and 2000-year-old history of London with endless chances to hop on, hop off and explore one of the most diverse capitals in the world. Glimpse the Royals at Buckingham Palace, set your watch by Big Ben, or take a leisurely spin on the London Eye - Big Bus will drop you somewhere nearby.

Our guide to Big Bus London Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

With over 46 stops, the Red, Blue and Green Route with Big Bus Tours London is the ideal way to visit London and your ticket includes three lines that intertwine to create a route around the capital.

Big Bus Tours offers customers the best opportunity to explore London at their own pace with a choice of one or two day tickets. Your ticket comes with unlimited travel on three routes that pass by all of the key monuments and attractions, recorded commentary in five different languages, free WiFi on board, and an app that offers live bus monitoring and a thorough route map. What's more, all tickets include a free Thames River cruise!

Hop-on and hop-off as much as you like throughout the day so you can plan your time exactly as you want.

There are three different types of tickets to choose from:

Discover Ticket

  • One Day Hop-on, hop-off on any Big Bus Tours route in London
  • One-way river cruise from the Tower of London to Westminster (either direction)

Essential Ticket

  • Two days Hop-on, hop-off for on any Big Bus Tours route in London
  • One-way river cruise from the Tower of London to Westminster (either direction)
  • Choose between four walking tours, all operating daily

Explore Ticket

  • Two days Hop-on, hop-off on any Big Bus Tours route in London
  • One-way river cruise from the Tower of London to Westminster (either direction)
  • Choose between four walking tours, all operating daily
  • Panoramic Evening Tour

Red Route - First bus at 8.15am. The last full tour is 6.00pm from stop 1. The buses run every 10-20 minutes and the full tour duration is 2 hours 30 minutes.

On the Red Route, relax while taking in the finest of central London. See the most recognisable buildings in the city, such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, the London Eye, and St. Paul's Cathedral. With the tour lasting around two hours and 30 minutes, plug in, relax and enjoy engaging recorded commentary in one of 5 different languages. It's easy to get off and continue your journey on foot or to explore some of the fantastic nearby sights. To continue your trip, just use the live bus tracking (found on the Big Bus app) to find the next bus and board it.

Red Route stops - Green Park Undergound (1) - Hard Rock Café (2) - Queen Mother Gates (3) - Marble Arch (4) - Regent Street (5) - Piccadilly Circus (6) - Trafalgar Square (7) - Craig's Court (8) - Horseguards (9) - Whitehall (10) - London Eye (Eastbound) (11) - Waterloo (Eastbound) (12) - Covent Garden (13) - St Paul's Cathedral (14) - London Bridge (15) - Tower of London (16) - Temple Underground station (17) - Westminster Pier (18) - London Eye (Westbound) (19) - Lambeth Palace (20) - College Green (21) - Tothill Street (22) - Buckingham Palace (23) - Victoria Station (25).

Blue Route - First bus at 8.00am. The last full tour is 6.00pm from stop 24. The buses run every 10-20 minutes and the full tour duration is 3 hours 30 minutes.

From the museum district south of Hyde Park to the green districts of Kensington and Bayswater, our blue path is perhaps the greatest way to discover the West of London. The Natural History Museum, Kensington Palace, the V&A, the Science Museum, and Notting Hill are just a few of the well-known sites you'll pass along the way.

Blue Route stops - Victoria, Nova Complex (24) - Victoria Station (25) - Queen Mother Gates (26) - Marble Arch (Westbound) (27) - Hard Rock Café (29) - Hyde Park Corner (30) - Harrods (31) - South Kensington Museums (32) - Gloucester Road (33) - Kensington Palace  (34) - Notting Hill (35) - Kensington Gardens (36) - Thistle Hotel Kensington Gardens (37) - Lancaster Gate (38) - Paddington Station (39) - Praed Street (40) - Marble Arch (Eastbound) (41) - Baker Street (42) - Oxford Street (43) - Regent Street (5) - Piccadilly Circus (6) - Trafalgar Square (7) - Craig's Court (8) - Horseguards (9) - Whitehall (10) - London Eye (Eastbound)  (11) - Waterloo (Eastbound) (12) - Covent Garden (13) - St Paul's Cathedral (14) - London Bridge (15) - Tower of London (16) - Temple Underground station (17) - Westminster Pier (18) - London Eye (Westbound) (19) - Lambeth Palace (20) - College Green (21) - Tothill Street (22) - Buckingham Palace (23).

Green Route - First bus at 8.30am. The last full tour is 6.00pm from stop 39. The buses run every 45-60 minutes and the full tour duration is 1 hour.

The Green Route connects the stunning, newly developed neighbourhoods of St. Pancras and King's Cross with the bustle of Covent Garden, passing through Bloomsbury on the way. St. Pancras and King's Cross, which have undergone significant alteration over the past ten years, today provide a veritable feast of culinary and cultural delights as well as a walking route down the canal to the renowned Camden Market. The route connects to our lengthier, red route tour, which you may connect to from our Covent Garden and Temple stops, as well as the major railway stations in these districts and the hotels in Bloomsbury.

Green Route Stops - Woburn (Northbound) (44) - Euston Station (45) - Kings Cross Station (46) - St. Pancras Station (47) - Euston Road (48) - Woburn (Southbound) (49) - British Museum (Southbound) (50) - Temple Underground station (17) - Covent Garden (13) - British Museum (Northbound) (51).

River Cruise (included in all ticket options):

Join our partner City Cruises by Hornblower on a Thames River trip to experience life on the river. providing a wonderful chance to experience London from a unique vantage point as you travel along the Thames. The most imposing of London's bridges, Tower Bridge, will be visible when you pass across bridges. Take advantage of the recorded narration that highlights the top tourist attractions, such as Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, Shakespeare's Globe, and Tate Modern.

Present your ticket and board the cruise at Tower Pier (near stop 16) or Westminster Pier (near stop 18). Your ticket includes a one-way cruise between Westminster Pier and the Tower of London (in either direction). River cruises depart approximately every 40 minutes.

Walking Tours (included in the Essential and Explore ticket options). Each walking tour lasts around 1.5 hours:

  • Changing of the Guard Walking Tour – 10.00am – Stop 7 (Trafalgar Square) - Experience one of London’s most famous traditions that is a must-see for first time visitors to London. Follow the Guards as they march from St. James' Palace to Buckingham Palace. Please be aware that the 10am walk will change to a Royal Walk on days when there isn't a changing of the guard.
  • City of London Past to Present Walking Tour – 1.00pm – Stop 14 (St Paul’s Cathedral) - Discover the Old City of London and take a stroll through more than 2000 years of history, including the sites where the Great Fire of London, the Blitz, and the Plague occurred. View the evolution of London's skyline while standing beneath structures that are jokingly referred to as the Gherkin, the Cheese grater, and the Walkie Talkie.
  • Jack the Ripper – 4.00pm – Stop 16 (Tower of London) - Join us as we explore the stories of Jack the Ripper, one of London's most infamous serial murderers, on foot. Discover the terrifying real-life account of one of London's most infamous unsolved crimes as you explore the East End of the city.

Panoramic Evening Tour (included in the Explore ticket option):

The panoramic nighttime tour displays the city's well-known monuments and sites lit up at night. With audio commentary in 5 different languages, see London at nightfall while learning about the city's illustrious past and present. The nighttime tour is a wonderful way to round off a day in London, taking in landmarks like Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, and the Tower of London.

The Panoramic Evening Tour departs daily at 6.00pm from The London Eye (stop 11). The tour duration is around 2 hours.

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for Big Bus London 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.
  • Redeem printed or E-vouchers from the bus driver or a member of staff at any of the stops. Recommended stops are Green Park Station (Stop 1), London Eye (Stop 13), Victoria (Stop 25), and Tower of London (stop 18).
  • A child ticket is available for children aged between 4 and 15 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Children aged 4 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 onboard the bus at this time.
  • All buses run on live GPS tracking. For accurate times on the day of travel, please ensure you download the Big Bus Tours App.
  • Big Bus runs every day of the year, except for 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. 
  • Panoramic Evening Tour - Please note that the panoramic evening tour is not a hop-on, hop-off tour. A complimentary Evening Tour is included with all Explore tickets. The Evening Tour ticket must be redeemed within the period of validity of the Explore ticket – it cannot be redeemed after your ticket has expired.
  • *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.


Frequently Asked Questions for Big Bus London Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

General Information

  • What is the Big Bus London Hop-on Hop-off Bus?

    The Big Bus London Hop-on Hop-off Bus is a convenient and flexible way to explore the iconic landmarks of London. You can hop on and off at any of the designated stops, allowing you to customise your sightseeing experience.

  • How does the Big Bus London hop-on, hop-off system work?

    Simply board the bus at any of the designated stops, and enjoy commentary as you travel through the city. When you reach a site you want to explore, hop off. When you're ready to move on, hop back on the next bus. It's a hassle-free way to see London at your own pace.

  • What landmarks does the London Hop-on Hop-off Big Bus Tour cover?

    The Big Bus covers a wide array of iconic landmarks, including the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, and many more. The routes are carefully designed to showcase the best of London's attractions.


  • Are the Big Bus London Hop-on Hop-off Buses equipped with a guide or commentary?

    Yes, the buses are equipped with informative and entertaining commentary available in multiple languages. Learn about the history, culture, and fun facts about the landmarks as you travel through the city.

Opening Information

  • Is there a specific timetable for the Big Bus London Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour buses?

    Yes, the Big Bus London operates on a regular schedule. Buses typically run from early morning to evening, but specific timings may vary. Refer to the official website or contact customer service for the most up-to-date schedule information.

Ticket Information

  • Do Big Bus London Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour tickets include any additional perks or attractions?

    Some ticket options may include extras like river cruises, walking tours, or admission to popular attractions. Be sure to check the details of your selected ticket to see if any additional perks are included.

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    Great bus tour little confusing to find designated bus stops again if you do hop on and hop off. Overall experience was great! Got to see lots around London and on the open top deck :)

    Trusted Customer reviewed Big Bus London Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour 18 Sep, 2022

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