Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
Experience the architectural and cultural magnificence of London on our open-top live-guided sightseeing tours. The hop-on, hop-off bus tour of London also includes a free cruise along the River Thames; a selection of guided walking tours and a Big Bus voucher booklet that offers a range of discounts at attractions, shops and restaurants. The tour also offers you a choice of a recorded commentary in a range of languages, or a live commentary delivered by entertaining guides.
Customers can enjoy a live guided experience in English on every single bus operating on the company’s London red route (Best of Central London), with entertaining tour guides providing memorable storytelling whilst city visitors discover the most iconic landmarks from Hyde Park to Tower Bridge from their seat. First-class recorded commentary in 12 languages for non-English speaking passengers remains available on all buses.
Departing every 15-20 mins, the new Magical Merlink route is a direct connection between Madame Tussauds and Merlin’s Southbank attractions (London Eye, London Dungeon, SEA LIFE London Aquarium and Shrek’s Adventure). It will serve all stops between Baker Street and London Eye and additionally York Road, St Thomas’ Hospital, Horse Guards and Marble Arch on its return to Baker Street.
The Red Route (Best of Central London) will run on a 5-10 mins frequency and head out towards Regent Street with additional stops at Victoria station as well as Temple to easily connect with the Green Link. The West Blue will now be a separate route running every 10-20 mins with its terminal at Marble Arch. After its Paddington stop, the tour will continue to the Hilton Metropole Hotel at the top of Praed Street and onto Baker Street
before returning to Marble Arch. A new stop at Temple has been added to the Green Link to make route and direction changes far more effective for customers.
The personal recorded commentary tells you all about London and its tourist attractions in your choice of 12 languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Arabic, Hindi, Japanese, Mandarin and Russian. Complimentary earphones are provided.
All the Famous Landmarks
Recorded Commentary in a Choice of Languages
Hop-on, Hop-off at More Than 50 Stops
Free River Cruise
Free Walking Tours
Classic - 24 hours from departure time. Includes one-way river cruise between Westminster and Tower Bridge (in either direction)
Premium - 48 hours from departure time. Includes return river cruise from Westminster to Greenwich and one-way river cruise between Westminster and Tower Bridge (in either direction).
Deluxe - 72 hours from departure time. Includes return river cruise from Westminster to Greenwich and one-way river cruise between Westminster and Tower Bridge (in either direction).
Walking Tour offered as part of your Big Bus ticket
Walk in the footsteps of the British Royal Family and the Politicians of today and yesteryear as you journey past many of London’s most exciting Royal and Political addresses. Wind from Trafalgar Square amongst the smart addresses of Carlton Gardens before arriving at the majesty of the Mall and St James’ Park, ending under the archway of Horse Guards Parade to Whitehall. Imagine the crowds lining the streets for Royal Weddings and the political intrigue hidden from view on Whitehall; your guide will give you a fascinating glimpse into both the history and modern day of British Royalty and Politics.On days when there is a Changing of the Guard, your guide will walk you directly to Buckingham Palace to see this traditional ceremony for yourself before completing a short tour back to Trafalgar Square.
The tour is guided in English and departs at 10.30am every day from Trafalgar Square (stop 9 –red route) and will last approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.
River Cruise included in your ticket:
See London from a different perspective as you journey along the Thames. Imagine the sights, sounds and smells which greeted merchants arriving into London in ancient times and the thousands of vessels carrying goods to and from the capital. Travel under bridges and watch Tower Bridge come 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.
You can board the river cruise at:
Tower Pier (near stop 16)
Westminster Pier (near stop 18)
London Eye Pier (near stop 12)
River cruises, operated by City Cruises, are included in all tickets with Classic Tickets offering a oneway 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 summertime and every 30-40 minutes in winter.
On-board commentary in 8 languages - Italian, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese & English
You may join the tour at any of the Big Bus stops. If you choose to do ONE complete circuit this takes approx. 2 hours.
Please note, you will require a printed copy of your ticket.
Christmas Day 2018:
Big Bus Tours London will be operating a special Christmas Day Bus Tour only. This will run on a combination of the Red and Blue routes between 9:00am - 4:30pm, with a frequency of 15-20 minutes. Stops #1, #2 & #35 will be closed. The Green Link and Magical Merlink Routes will not be operating. Live guides will not be available on the Christmas Day Bus Tour, and the walking tour and the river cruise will not be operating on this day. Christmas Day Bus Tour tickets will also be valid for use on the 26th of December, and customers can join the walking tour or take the river cruise on this day instead
If you would like to join the Christmas Day Bus Tour, you can choose to upgrade your voucher to the Christmas Day Bus Tour ticket on the day with a Big Bus Tours staff member. You will need to pay the following upgrade fees:
This ticket will also be valid on 26th December.
For those customers with a Premium or Deluxe ticket and using the first day on Christmas Eve, they can choose to upgrade to use on Christmas Day or the ticket will be valid for the one or two days from Boxing Day.
Evan Evans E-tickets are valid on your nominated date, or on any other date during normal opening hours, for up to 30 days afterward. All dates are subject to availability and the supplier reserves the right to alter its opening times/service at short notice. Tickets can only be used for one visit and will be taken in by the supplier upon exchange.