City Sightseeing London 48hr Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour + Free River Cruise

Includes a complimentary Thames sightseeing cruise

  • Free cancellations*
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With 19 stops spread across the city, this narrated double-decker hop-on hop-off bus tour is the perfect way to explore London at your own pace. PLUS, your 48-hour ticket also includes a River Cruise between Westminster and Tower Piers. Don't forget your camera!

Our guide to City Sightseeing London 48hr Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour + Free River Cruise

Tickets at the ready… jump onboard the famous red buses and let City Sightseeing immerse you in London’s rich history, diverse culture, and striking architecture.   

Hop off at famous landmarks including the Tower of London; home to the Crown Jewels, take a stroll through the largest of the Royal Parks, Hyde Park, or stop off at St Paul’s Cathedral and marvel at the dome that has dominated the city’s skyline for more than 300 years.  

Make your way across the River Thames over Tower Bridge, a Neo-Gothic suspension bridge, and one of the most photographed landmarks in the capital.  

Stop at Westminster where Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament are on the doorstep while a short walk takes you to Westminster Abbey, Whitehall, and Downing Street, home to the Prime Minister.

Fancy a cruise down the River Thames to see the city from a different perspective? Take advantage of a free river cruise from Westminster or Tower Pier. Don't forget your camera!

First departure to Greenwich (from both piers): 10.00 am - Last departure to Greenwich from Westminster Pier:  4.00 pm (no return) - Last departure from Greenwich to Westminster Pier:  5:50 pm. Departures are every  40 minutes. Duration: approximately 35 minutes

Red Route:

  • Belvedere Road
  • Aldwych (One Aldwych Hotel)
  • Ludgate Hill (St Paul's Cathedral)
  • Queen Victoria Street (The City) - stop closed until further notice
  • London Bridge
  • Tooley Street (Tower Bridge)
  • Tower Hill (Tower of London)
  • Victoria Embankment
  • Westminster Bridge (Big Ben)
  • Horseferry Road - stop closed until further notice
  • Buckingham Gate (Buckingham Palace)
  • Buckingham Palace Road (Victoria Station)
  • Buckingham Palace Road, Stop Z12
  • Grosvenor Gardens
  • Queen Elizabeth Gate, Hyde Park
  • Marble Arch (Speakers Corner)
  • Marble Arch (Park Lane)
  • Haymarket
  • Pall Mall East (Trafalgar Square)
  • Westminster Bridge (South)

First departure from Stop 1 at 8:30 am
Last departure from Stop 1 at  4:50 pm
Tour duration:  150 minutes
Frequency: every  10 - 15 minutes

Green Route:

  • Waterloo Road (temporarily closed until further notice)
  • Old Vic (temporarily closed until further notice)
  • Aldwych  
  • Southampton Row  
  • Woburn Place  
  • Pancras Road  
  • Midland Road  
  • Euston Road  
  • Euston Square  
  • Great Russell Street  
  • Southampton Row  
  • Lancaster Place  
  • Belvedere Road 
  • York Road 
  • Lambeth North Station (temporarily closed until further notice)

First departure from Stop 1 at  9:18 am
Last departure from Stop 1 at 4:43 pm
Tour duration:  80 minutes
Frequency: every 30 minutes

Blue Route:

  • Westminster Pier
  • Tower Pier 

First departure from Stop 17 at  8:40 am
Last departure from Stop 17 at  5 pm
Tour duration:  60 minutes
Frequency: every  30 minutes

Operational Information

  • Times are subject to change at any time with little to no notice in some cases.
  • Departure Point: Customers can start their tour at any stop along the route.
  • Audio Commentary: 11 languages including English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Polish, Russian & Arabic. Individual headphones will be issued on the bus and for personal use only.

Please note: Stop 4 (Bank) and Stop 10 (Horseferry Rd) are closed until further notice. Stop 11 (Buckingham Palace) is closed every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:00 - 12:00 due to the Changing of the Guards.

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for City Sightseeing London 48hr Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour + Free River Cruise

  • You will be sent a voucher which you should present on your mobile device at any one of the official City Sightseeing stops to allow access to any of the buses. You will be issued your cruise ticket at this point
  • You can hop on and hop off the City Sightseeing London buses on this tour as many times as you like over a 48-hour period.
  • You can start your journey at any of the stops.
  • The last two departures from Stop 1 each day end the route at Westminster Pier
  • Entrance to the attractions is not included in this ticket.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Children aged 0-4 years travel free.
  • Operating times are subject to change without notice, please check locally.
  • City Sightseeing reserves the right to cancel or modify the routes or departure times.
  • Free River Cruise - The 48-hour ticket includes a same-day return trip to and from Greenwich Pier. The cruise is operated by Hornblower - City Cruises. River cruise tickets will be issued when you exchange your voucher on the bus so you must visit the bus in the first instance.
  • Please note: During the holiday season, the bus service may experience some changes as a result of events and activities taking place across the city. We advise checking locally for the latest timetables during this time.
  • If you are booking a group of ten or more, please note that due to the nature of this tour and varying demand, there is no guarantee that a group will be able to travel altogether and the group may need to split up and/or wait for the next bus.
  • Cancellation Policy: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled with the supplier 72 hours before the tour date. No refunds are given for cancellations made within 72 hours.


Frequently Asked Questions for City Sightseeing London 48hr Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour + Free River Cruise

  • How do I receive my City Sightseeing London Ticket?
    Shortly after booking, your ticket will be available to download from your customer account. You can print out the ticket to board the bus or show it on your phone. You will receive a confirmation email with easy-to-follow instructions on how to access your customer account.

  • Do I need to detail a specific date for my tour?
    No, we will issue you with an open-dated ticket voucher and you simply exchange your voucher on your chosen date. Your ticket will then be valid for 48 hours from this point.
  • Is there a limit to the number of times I can get off and re-join the tour bus?
    No, you can get off and on the buses as many times as you like over a 48 hour period.
  • How regularly do the buses run?
    The buses run every 30 minutes ensuring you never have long to wait for the next bus to come along. A full loop takes approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete.
  • Are the buses accessible by wheelchair?