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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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icon1 hour  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 9 more

Overview

An Edinburgh bus tour is the perfect way to hear commentary on city sights and get a panoramic overview. This City Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh lets you hop on and off at several strategically placed stops as many times as you like. Board the open-top double-decker bus and travel the entire route, or stop at Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum and many more. Buses depart regularly and tickets are valid for 24 hours from first use.
  • City Sightseeing 24-hour hop-on hop-off tour of Edinburgh
  • Open-top double-decker sightseeing tour with onboard commentary
  • Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, Royal Mile, Our Dynamic Earth
  • Hop on and off at several stops around the city
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24 hour unlimited hop on hop off bus pass
On-board multilingual audio commentary in 10 languages + free headphones & kids commentary!
Discounts at local attractions
Vouchers valid for 12 months
3 kids go free with every paying adult until 31st March 23
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.
See itinerary

Return Details

You may disembark at any of the available stops.
Venture through Edinburgh with ease on this City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour. Use your 24-hour pass to board the open-top double-decker bus at any stop. Travel the entire route or hop off at any of the stops to explore further on your own. Get to know the 15th-century capital of Scotland and its dramatic skyline with onboard commentary about the sights. 

Edinburgh bus tour highlights include the Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyrood House, the historic Royal Mile, Our Dynamic Earth and much more.
Itinerary
Duration: 
1 hour 
Operating Schedule:
  09:00am - 4:00pm, every 30 minutes
24 St Andrew Square
Stop 1 is at St Andrews Square Northside
Lothian Road
Grassmarket
Hop-off at Grassmarket for a truly authentic experience of the local culture. With the pretty surroundings, and the hustle and bustle of the lively marketplace, you'll feel like you've been fully immersed into the Scottish way of life.
Lauriston Place
Johnston Terrace
Lawnmarket
Chambers Street
John Knox House
For those wanting to sharpen up on their history, check out this hugely significant spot from Scotland's past. It is believed that John Knox lived in the house, a key player in the Scottish Reformation. This double-decker bus tour comprises of a multilingual audio tour commentary, so you'll be sure to soak up lots of impressive information on your way round!
Canongate
Palace of Holyrood
Hop-off at the Holyrood stop to explore the stunning Palace of Holyrood. The palace is the residence of the Queen when she's in Scotland, so maybe you'll witness a royal wave from the window!
Dynamic Earth
Explore this fascinating science museum that explores the mysteries of our planet and the wider universe!
Regent Road
Points of interest passed by on this route
St Giles' Cathedral
 
Parliament House
 
Greyfriars Bobby
 
Scott Monument
 
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One)
 
Royal Mile
 
Dynamic Earth
 
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
 
Calton Hill
 
Arthur's Seat
 
Holyrood Park
 
Church of St John the Evangelist
 
Edinburgh College of Art
 
George Heriot's School
 
Gladstone's Land
 
Palace of Holyroodhouse
 
The Museum of Edinburgh
 
John Knox House Museum
 
Canongate Kirk
 
Edinburgh Hop on Hop Off Tours
 
Edinburgh Farmers' Market
 
City Sightseeing Edinburgh
 
Grassmarket
 
National Museum of Scotland
 
Edinburgh Waverley Station
 
Edinburgh Castle
 
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Season: All Year Round (Times may vary - check on arrival)
  • 9:00am - 4:00pm, every 30 minutes
  • Tour Duration: 60 minutes
  • Vouchers are valid for 12 months
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • 3 kids go free with every paying adult until 31st March 23
  • CS Edinburgh bus will be diverted until further notice between Chambers Street and Canongate via Nicolson Street, West Richmond Street, The Pleasance and St Mary’s Street. 
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY City Sightseeing Ltd - UK and Ireland
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Similar to many HOHO bus tours in other cities, if this is your first time to see Edinburgh, it is a good way to get a glimpse of the attractions - especially if you have little time" See review
  • "It's a great way to get to know the lie of the land and the key tourist offerings and provides regular transportation to your next destination." See review

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1,389 Reviews

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star-1
Stops not marked; waste of money
Ashley_R
, May 2022
The whole city is under massive amounts of construction. We wandered around to three supposed pickup spots and never saw a bus. Multiple stops are merely streets- no address, just the whole of the street. We had no idea where we were going on said streets and there were no bus stop markings from the company. We also tried going to the John Knox house and realized there was no way a bus could get through all the construction. We never found a viable bus stop to get on after walking aimlessly for over 30 minutes. Complete waste of time and money. Buyer beware.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Take the orange bus, not this one.
Jillian_C
, May 2022
Do not use this bus. We waited and two buses drove past. One did stop but the driver was unhelpful and just pointed back. If you’re in Edinburgh take the orange bus!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Hop on Hop ofg
Deborah_a
, May 2022
Very nice way to see the area. The driver was very pleasant and made it a great day. There were requent stops and a great information.
star-5
Easy first look
Elizabeth_Z
, May 2022
Easy to do and great way to get snapshot of the city. Beautiful place to visit. 2nd time here but wanted to decide what new parts I should see
star-5
Great day sightseeing Edinburgh
Carol_D
, May 2022
Great way of seeing parts of Edinburgh that we normally wouldn't think of going to. Hopped on and off the bus throughout the day. Free earphones for the commentary were great. Well worth the money.
star-5
Glasgow from the top of the bus
lalgeyer
, May 2022
Great look at the city and hear about the history from real tour guides on bus! Would do it again. Good way of getting around the city!
star-5
Hop on hop off bus
Lynne_B
, May 2022
Great to see city, we just rode all the way round first to get bearings before exploring. Tickets valid for 24 hours
star-5
Great way to see the city
Shannon_B
, May 2022
Great way to explore the city, see where places are and how far or close they are to where you want to see. You can get off at a stop, explore a little and then catch another one to take it to the next stop or back to where you got on at. All of the bus drivers were so nice and helpful, even the ones I didn't have the ticket for.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Dive In, Quick
Dorothy_B
, May 2022
Always the best way to get familiar with a new city. Hop On Hop Off drivers almost always have great tips for identifying the venue(s) you’d most enjoy exploring in more depth.
star-4
Great
Michele_L
, May 2022
We only had limited time so we stayed on the tour until the end. It was a good way to see Edinburgh. Will definitely visit again.
star-3
Disappointing don’t bother buy when you are in Edinburgh not online
Caroline_B
, Apr 2022
Better to buy tickets direct from bus and cheaper. Also no directions to pickup points to start and faulty scan code on ticket which lead to one driver saying we could not get on his bus. No direction saying after code scan driver should give us a ticket to use thereafter. We thought scan code was our ticket each time
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Highly reccomended
Wendy_G
, Apr 2022
Absolutely brilliant. Even though a few stops were altered for the road works but that isn't the tours fault. Did the whole tour, then hopped off and on the next time round. Highly recommended 6 stars
star-5
Time saving and convenient
Rachel_L
, Apr 2022
It’s my second time taking a hop-on hop-off bus tour. The staff are all friendly and helpful, the tour itself is a great way to see all the attractions in Edinburgh in a short amount of time and choosing which stops to get off to, so there’s the added advantage of flexibility. You can also hop on the bus at any stop, you don’t have to start from the first pick-up point (which will save you time, I thought we had to start from the first pick-up point and went on a wild goose chase trying to find it in the morning). Overall a very good experience! :)
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderful Edinburgh
NARENDER_M
, Apr 2022
We really all the major tourist attractions like Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile, Grass Market, Arthur Seat, Carlton Hill and many more
star-5
See it by tour bus.
Marie_C
, Apr 2022
We saw and learned so much more than just walking. Excellent value. Bus stops are conveniently located, and so easy to get off at a point of interest and back on either there or after walking to one of the other stops.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Was good experience, but...
Jessica_W
, Apr 2022
Was good experience, but disappointed we didn't stop at one of the stops as I was going to get off there and driver kept going past
star-5
Great way to meet the city
Marcia_G
, Mar 2022
Good overview of the city helped us decide on our first day in town what we wanted to plan for the rest of our days in Edinburgh. The audio was good education.
star-5
Good facts tour
Elaine_M
, Mar 2022
We did the Majestic blue tour and the Green tour (which was similar to the main red one). The guide (Steve) on the green tour was excellent and had good knowledge and humor. We had no guide on the blue one but could use the audio guide, which was good but not as personable. The blue tiur worked well with going to the Royal Yacht Brittania to save on other transport as dropped very close by.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
Disappointed
Trudy_S
, Mar 2022
The train ride from Birmingham to Edenborough was fun and educational, but the bus tour of the city was disappointing. Too little time for pictures and too little commentary.
star-5
Great tour of Edinburgh
AnneClaire_S
, Mar 2022
Great tour commented by Guide Colin who was really funny and shared his knowledge of the town. Would definitely try the other 2 buses as different routes
1 traveler found this review helpful

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