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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

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icon1 hour to 3 hours 20 minutes  (approx.)
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Overview

Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with stops including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights and upgrade to the fast-track London Eye option to get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel. Hop off at Westminster Pier or Tower of London stop to enjoy a Thames River cruise.
  • Big Bus hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of London by open-top sightseeing bus
  • Sightseeing ticket valid for one, two, or three days to explore London at your own pace
  • Upgrade to the fast-track London Eye option to take in panoramic views from the London Eye
  • Thames cruise included with each ticket option
  • Redeem your voucher at any of the designated Big Bus stops
  • See top London attractions including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This ultra-customizable hop-on hop-off bus tour includes multiple routes and ticket durations.
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Hop-on hop-off bus tour
Recorded commentary
30 minute one-way river cruise
Hop on Hop off with 3 different routes
90 minute Panoramic (Non Stop) Evening Tour from Stop 11 with Premium and Deluxe Tickets
Free WIFI on Board
A choice of 3 themed live guided walking tours with Classic, Premium and Deluxe Tickets
Food and drinks

Departure Point

You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.
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Return Details

You may disembark at any of the available stops.
Explore the best of historic London—seat of the British Royalty—by bus on a lively tour of the city’s key attractions and landmarks. Hop aboard the Big Bus at any of the stops on the route, and grab a comfortable seat in the enclosed lower deck or on the open-air upper deck for the best views. Enjoy the flexibility of choosing your own itinerary and pace with the structure of strategically placed stops and informative onboard commentary from a professional guide. When purchasing your ticket, choose from multiple routes. (A complete list of stops can be found in the Itinerary below.) Upgrade to include a must-do London Eye Flight.

With your Classic (1-day), Premium (2-day), or Deluxe (3-day) pass, hop on and off the double-decker bus at any of the route’s many locations, or stay onboard for a relaxing ride through buzzing London. As you ride, learn about London’s history and interesting anecdotes about locals sites such as Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Marble Arch and more. Hop off to explore the eclectic shops in Covent Garden, snap photos of the lavish Buckingham Palace or experience the bustle of Oxford Street. Between stops, stroll through gorgeous Hyde Park and view Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square.

Your hop-on hop-off pass includes a single or return cruise along the River Thames.

Click on the ‘Additional Info’ button below to see a map of the London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour route.
Itinerary
Duration: 
1 hour 
Operating Schedule:
  Buses depart every 30 - 60 mins. First Departure at 09:20 from Stop 15 - Covent Garden and the last bus departs at 17:38
One Aldwych Hotel
Stop 15 - Covent Garden
Proud Late
Stop 19 - Temple Underground Station
Russell Square (Stop H)
Stop 39 - Woburn (Northbound)
Upper Woburn Place / Euston Road (Stop L)
Stop 40 - Euston Station
St Pancras International & Kings's Cross Stations (Stop T)
Stop 41 - Kings Cross Station
St Pancras International (Stop S)
Stop 42 - St. Pancras Station
Upper Woburn Place
Stop 43 - Euston Road
Russell Square (Stop J)
Stop 44 - Woburn (Southbound)
Southampton Row / Theobald's Road (Stop X)
Stop 45 - British Museum (Southbound)
Southampton Row Theobalds Road (Stop Y)
Stop 46 - British Museum (northbound)
Points of interest passed by on this route
Covent Garden
 
King's Cross Station
 
St. Pancras International Station
 
The British Museum
 
Duration: 
2 hours 20 minutes
Operating Schedule:
  Buses depart every 10-20 mins. The first bus departs from Stop 1 - Green Park Underground at 8:45 and the last bus departs at 18:00.
Piccadilly
Stop 1 - Green Park Undergound
Old Park Lane Hard Rock Cafe (Stop C)
Stop 2 - Hard Rock Cafe
W1K 1AB
Stop 3 - Queen Mother Gates
Hyde Park
Stop 4 - Marble Arch
Baker Street Station (Stop D)
Stop 5 - Baker Street
290 Regent St.
Stop 6 - Oxford Street
1 Heddon St
Stop 7 - Regent Street
74 Regent St.
Stop 8 - Piccadilly Circus
5b Pall Mall E
Stop 9 - Trafalgar Square
South African High Commission Home Affairs Consular Section
Stop 10 - Craig's Court
Horse Guards Parade
Stop 11 - Whitehall
4 York Rd
Stop 12 - London Eye
28 York Rd
Stop 13 - Waterloo (Eastbound)
1 Aldwych
Stop 14 - Covent Garden
26 Ludgate Hill
Stop 15 - St Paul’s Cathedral
362 Tower Hill
Stop 16 - Tooley Street
WC2R 2PH
Stop 17 - Tower of London
WC2R 2PH
Stop 18 - Temple Underground station
SW1A 2JH
Stop 19 - Westminster Pier
Lambeth Palace Road
Stop 20 - Lambeth Palace
Abingdon Street Gardens
Stop 21 - College Green
43 Tothill St
Stop 22 - Tothill Street
1 Buckingham Place
Stop 23 - Buckingham Palace
49 Buckingham Palace Rd
Stop 24 - Victoria, Nova Complex - Currently out of Service
Victoria Station (Stop R)
Stop 25 - Victoria Station
113 Lambeth Palace Rd
Stop 38 - London Eye (Westbound)
Points of interest passed by on this route
Tower of London
 
Buckingham Palace
 
HMS Belfast
 
Tower Bridge
 
Big Bus Tours
 
Somerset House
 
Mayfair
 
Nelson's Column
 
Piccadilly Circus
 
St. James's Park
 
St. James's Palace
 
St. Paul's Cathedral
 
Royal Opera House
 
Trafalgar Square
 
Hyde Park
 
Westminster Abbey
 
Covent Garden
 
Leicester Square
 
Houses of Parliament
 
Big Ben
 
Westminster Cathedral
 
Bank of England Museum
 
Green Park
 
Cenotaph
 
Changing of the Guard
 
Royal Albert Hall
 
Parliament Square
 
Statue of Eros (Anteros)
 
Downing Street
 
Royal Mews
 
Southwark Cathedral
 
Temple Church
 
Regent Street
 
St. Mary le Strand
 
St. Clement Danes Church
 
The Mall
 
Whitehall
 
The Monument to the Great Fire of London
 
Admiralty Arch
 
Thames River
 
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
 
Cleopatra's Needle
 
London Eye
 
Wellington Arch
 
30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin)
 
Grosvenor Square
 
Westminster Bridge
 
The View from The Shard
 
The London Film Museum - Covent Garden
 
Royal Exchange Building London
 
London Bridge
 
London Victoria Station
 
Wellington Monument (Achille's Statue)
 
Marble Arch Theatre
 
Marble Arch
 
Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain
 
City Hall
 
Borough Market
 
The London Dungeon
 
SEA LIFE London Aquarium
 
DreamWork's Tours: Shrek's Adventure! London
 
Westminster Bridge
 
Fleet Street
 
Duration: 
3 hours 20 minutes
Operating Schedule:
  Buses depart every 30 mins. First Departure at 08.30 from Stop 24 - Victoria, Nova Complex and the last bus departs at 18:00.
Green Park
Stop 1 - Green Park Undergound
Old Park Lane Hard Rock Cafe (Stop C)
Stop 2 - Hard Rock Cafe
Marble Arch (Stop 14)
Stop 4 - Marble Arch
Hyde Park Corner Station (Stop M)
Stop 26 - Hyde Park Corner
Harrods (Stop KA)
Stop 27 - Harrods
Victoria and Albert Museum (Stop N)
Stop 28 - South Kensington Museums
Gloucester Road
Stop 29 - Gloucester Road
The Goat
Stop 30 - Kensington Palace
Palace Gardens Terrace (Stop M)
Stop 31 - Notting Hill
Palace Court (Stop S)
Stop 32 - Kensington Gardens
Porchester Terrace (Stop D)
Stop 33 - Thistle Hotel Kensington Gardens
Lancaster Gate Columbia Hotel (Stop LE)
Stop 34 - Lancaster Gate
7 Conduit Pl
Stop 35 - Paddington Station
4b Praed St
Stop 36 - Praed Street
134 Park Ln
Stop 37 - Park Lane
Points of interest passed by on this route
Statue of Eros (Anteros)
 
St. James's Park
 
St. Mary le Strand
 
Park Lane
 
Marble Arch
 
Grosvenor Square
 
Wellington Arch
 
Hyde Park
 
South Kensington
 
Kensington Palace
 
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tickets are valid from the first date of redemption
  • Buses are all equipped with ramps for wheelchairs or strollers
  • Redeem your voucher at any of the designated Big Bus stops
  • Infants (age 0-4) can go on the tour free of charge
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • For your optional London Eye ticket you must reserve the your time slot in advance please use the link printed on your voucher.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Big Bus London
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 Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise.

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  • "If you are going in winter bus tours are not heated and it can be quite cold so layer up." See review
  • "That's ok if you're hopping off the bus, but it was a bit rainy and windy and most people were staying on the bus." See review

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star-5
Good choice for tours
Marco_R
, Aug 2022
I think the price is fair and the best way to maximize it is if you get the 48 hour pass so you can do both the blue and red tours on different days, this way it'll help you update your London to-do list.
star-3
Needs better communication
Sandra_A
, Aug 2022
The audio recording was creative and had some fun information. The ticket taker was very unfriendly and did not tell us what to expect. It would have been helpful. We started at stop 1 but expected to get back there. The driver stopped at the last spot and expected us to get off. We needed to be back at #1. He did it but begrudgingly. Also, we did not see Buckingham Palace and were told )after we asked) there was construction and we couldn’t get through. We walked over there and didn’t see any construction. That doesn’t mean there wasn’t, it just should have had an explanation when the recording said numerous times “we’re almost there”. It was a fine way to see the city for the first time.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Confirmed but no tickets
Laura_E
, Aug 2022
Amended the date and never got my new confirmation and tickets. Contacted the operator and no response.
star-4
Good experience, require bit more historic commentary
Abhishek_G
, Aug 2022
Hop On Hop Off your was good, travelling across many iconic places. However, bit more historic aspect in the commentary could’ve been way better.
star-3
Disappointing tour compared to their competition.
EileenM_M
, Aug 2022
Their maps of route were small and apparently not well marked. Driver and attendant not very friendly/professional. We accidentally got on the wrong bus (different company) the day before. Their commentary matched a well marked larger map. The second day on this bus was not well ran and some of the commentary did not follow map and made the tour very confusing.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Great way to get around the city
Debra_J
, Aug 2022
I liked that the bus takes you everywhere you need to see. The staff was kind and easy going. The commentary was a little cheeky and a little too much. I get that they are trying to make it entertaining, but I would have liked more history of the places we were visiting.
star-5
London bash
lou_v
, Aug 2022
Easy to hop on and off, to go places. Bus driver were very helpful. Buses were clean and ran on a timely fashion.
star-5
Worth every penny!
Wendy_H
, Aug 2022
Worth every penny! Easy to book on a easy to navigate website. Was able to reserve our seats for £1 and pay the rest nearer the time. Tickets sent to both phone and email for ease of access on our trip. Great communication throughout from this company. All of the bus drivers were extremely friendly and helpful. Free ear phones provided to listen to the on-board commentary, which was so useful. Staff were on hand to help throughout the tour at various stops. Bus stops were easy to locate and not too far apart. All major attractions covered. River cruise was outstanding. The staff provided a light hearted and informative commentary, which made us laugh. This tour made our day in London perfect. We managed to see all of the sights in one day and it was so easy to get around. Would highly recommend and would definitely book again!
star-4
Europetravel
DANNY_M
, Aug 2022
The history of the city was great, stop location was well marked with the Big Bus name. The boat ride gave you different look of the city from a distant. I’ll recommend trip to others
star-3
Useful but not extraordinary
Nitsa_W
, Aug 2022
Pro: Big Bus was a handy way to get around the key areas in London Pro: one of the drivers was extremely helpful in advising us how to reach a couple of landmarks Cons: Taped commentary with not a lot of useful content
star-5
Perfect way to see London
Tiffany_S
, Aug 2022
What a perfect way to see London! Great for our family of 5. Took in all of the sites in 1 day. Hopped off to see the Churchill War Rooms and everything in the vicinity. So easy. Just perfect. Highly recommend.
star-4
Great views. Loved crossing Tower Bridge
Betsy_G
, Aug 2022
Great way to see the city. Helped us gauge where the sites are and have us glimpses of ones we couldn’t squeeze into our agenda.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Eh.
Karen_G
, Aug 2022
The River cruise was the best part. The audio guide didn't match up to where we were due to construction and road closures. I was left not knowing where anything truly was. And the audio tour wasn't the best.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Guided bus tour was great
Samantha_H
, Aug 2022
The bus was very convenient to take from location to location but the real value is in taking the guided night tour. Our tour guide Paul was wonderful and very knowledgeable about all the different sites around London and I would highly recommend doing this part of the experience.
star-4
Finding the bus stop?
Cheryl_W
, Aug 2022
We had difficulty finding exactly where to get on the bus. We walked around for about 30 minutes trying to find the London Bridge stop. I also would have preferred a little more London history and a few less jokes on the tapes. Next time I will wait until I get to the city I’m going to and find the bus stop before I buy my tickets.
star-5
Great for one day
Scott_M
, Aug 2022
Very witty commentary. I would have done just one day instead of two next time. The river cruise was informative and beautiful. Overall a nice addition to our visit.
star-5
I loved all of it!! Our...
Sara_P
, Aug 2022
I loved all of it!! Our driver and tour guide was absolutely wonderful!! I would definitely recommend this tour..
star-1
There are no instructions...
Dronus
, Aug 2022
There are no instructions as to where the bus picks you up. Tried different bus stops but the bus bypassed us.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fun time on The Big Bus.
Carla_K
, Aug 2022
We were able to tour London and were able to see many wonderful sights for a reasonable price. The only disadvantage was having to wait over an hour for the bus to make it to our stop on Tothill Street, first thing in the morning.
star-2
Very disappointed
armando_A
, Aug 2022
Very disappointed with the BIG BUS experience. 85% was loud music . Narration was lacking of what all there was to see. Granted all cannot be said, but one would think that the very important sights would be better described other than by immature jokes. We also were bypassed by the 2nd driver. I need to use a cane and by the time I walked down the stairs we wer two stops after ours. He yelled at saying I did tell him to stop. All the day riding and I never heard anyone they wanted off. I told him to just dropped us off at the next stop and I would call a taxi. He insisted to take me to my oringial stop this upsetting more customers after they saw they were not on the proper route. He was very rude and his driving was awful. The many times I have taken this type of tour, I would never recommend this company in sightseeing England

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