Big Bus London Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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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 Queen 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 70 stops, the Red Route and Blue Route with Big Bus Tours London is the ideal way to visit London and your ticket includes four lines that intertwine to create a route around the capital.

Take in all the most famous sites including the Tower of London, the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and more on the Red Route, before seeing Kensington Palace, Harrods, Notting Hill and Paddington Station on the Blue Route. 

On both routes you can plug-in, sit back and relax, listening to an engaging recorded commentary in a choice of 12 languages.

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 currently three different types of tickets to choose from plus the option of the London Night Tour

Classic:

  • 1-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tour valid for both routes (valid for 24 hours from time of redemption)
  • One-way river cruise from Westminster to the Tower of London 
  • Essential Commentary throughout
  • Free onboard Wifi

Premium:

  • 2-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tour valid for both routes (valid for 48 hours from time of redemption)
  • Return river cruise between Westminster and Greenwich via Tower Pier 
  • Big Bus Night Tour
  • Essential Commentary throughout
  • Free onboard Wifi

Premium Plus

  • 3-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tour valid for both routes (valid for 72 hours from time of redemption)
  • Return river cruise between Westminster and Greenwich via Tower Pier 
  • Big Bus Night Tour
  • Essential Commentary throughout
  • Free onboard Wifi

London Night Tour

  • The Red Route but at Night - not hop on hop off

Itinerary: 

  • Red Route (Best of Central London): Highlights include Buckingham Palace – Big Ben & Houses of Parliament – Westminster Abbey – The London Eye – St Paul’s Cathedral - Tower of London – Covent Garden – Trafalgar Square – Piccadilly Circus – Marble Arch. Includes live guide!
  • Blue Route (Best of the West): Highlights include Marble Arch – Mayfair – Hyde Park Corner – Harrods – South Kensington Museums – Kensington Palace – Notting Hill – Paddington - Madame Tussauds – Oxford Street.

River Cruise:

See London from another perspective as you journey along the Thames. Imagine the sights, sounds and smells which greeted merchants arriving in London in ancient times and the thousands of vessels carrying goods to and from the capital. Delight in travelling under bridges and watching Tower Bridge arrive into view; the most majestic of London’s bridges. Enjoy recorded commentary picking out the best of the sights to see and revel in the opportunity to people watch along the Southbank and photograph the HMS Belfast from the water.

INFORMATION: Present your ticket and board the cruise at Tower Pier (near stop 17), Greenwich Pier, Westminster Pier (near stop 18) or London Eye Pier (near stop 12). River cruises, operated by City Cruises, are included in all tickets with Classic Tickets offering a one-way cruise between Westminster Pier and the Tower of London (in either direction) and Premium and Deluxe tickets offering a return cruise between Westminster and Greenwich. River cruises depart approx. every 20 minutes in the summer and every 30-40 minutes in winter.

Departs

Various bus stops around London

Start times

Red Route: First bus is at 9am from Victoria, and the last bus is at 5pm - Buses every 20 minutes.

Blue Route: First bus is at 9am from Victoria, and the last bus is at 5pm - Buses every 20 minutes. The Night Tour departs at 5.30pm for its only departure of the evening.

The Night Tour departs at 5.30pm for its only departure of the evening.

Duration

A full circuit is 2 hour and 30 minutes for the Red Route, 1 hour 20 minutes for the Blue Route and the Night Tour lasts 90 minutes

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 in advance or present on your smart phone for boarding.
  • A child ticket is available for children aged between 5 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 on board the bus at this time.
  • 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 times locally. 
  • 2 and 3 Day option must be used on consecutive days.
  • Cancellation Policy: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled prior to your holiday departure date. No refunds are given for cancellations made post departure.

FAQs

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

Do I need to book a date or time for Big Bus?

Yes. To help control capacity, all guests must pre-book a date when purchasing tickets through Big Bus. Your Bis Bus Ticket is gate-ready and guarantees use on any available Big Bus  for the selected date.

How do I receive my tickets?

Your gate-ready ticket will be available to download as soon as your booking is paid. All you need to do is present your ticket on your mobile phone, or print at home before arriving at any one of the Big Bus stops.