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City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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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
Discounts at local attractions
Vouchers valid for 12 months
3 kids go free with every paying adult until 31st December 21
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off

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

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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.
1 hour 
Operating Schedule:
  09:00am - 4:00pm, every 20 minutes
Saint Andrew Square
Stop 1 is at St Andrews Square Southside
Lothian Road
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
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!
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 (Modern Two)
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
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 December 21
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY City Sightseeing Ltd - UK and Ireland

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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.
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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Incredible! 10/10. Would do these tours again.
, Sep 2021
Absolutely amazing. Did two bus tours with my brother and we had an incredible time. The audio guide was very informative but didn't overwhelm you with information. We saw things that we would never have had the chance to see were we travelling everywhere on foot. The best part was rounding the corner to see the castle standing high above us on the hilltop. Made me proud to live in Scotland!
Great trip
, Sep 2021
We did all 3 buses we had a fantastic day seeing all the sites, friendly drivers and staff, lots to see and do
Very Good
, Sep 2021
A well presented tour which can be extended up to 24 hours....good for getting tour bearings around the city
The actual tour was great...
, Sep 2021
The actual tour was great however the bus didn’t turn up at stop 4 this is not good we waited 45 minutes
Worth it!
, Sep 2021
Thank you for taking us to places. We truly enjoyed our trip to Edinburgh. You made it convenient for us. Wonderful tour guide - Sandra ( or Sally) on 31st August afternoon.
Excellent value for money
, Aug 2021
Never done a bus tour before, this did not disappoint, there are 3 tours and the ticket covers them all.
, Aug 2021
This was a great experience and I'm so glad I booked it. I use the Hop-on Hop-off bus whenever I holiday in a city and I find them a wonderful way to discover the place you're visiting. This time I was with my daughter in Edinburgh. The staff were efficient and there were three buses to choose from. We picked the green bus as we wanted to be at the Palace of Holyrood House. We then joined it after to see the rest of the city.
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My bus tour around Edinburgh
, Aug 2021
We were given free headphones through which was an audio tour, it helped bring the city to life, very interesting .
Great price, great way to see our capital.
, Aug 2021
Booked on line. Easy to do. Driver welcomed us and we sat upstairs. A great way to be able to see Edinburgh from a different perspective. The commentary was very useful and informative. A good price too. If you are there for several days it is a good way to help you to get around and see our capital.
Edinburgh City Tour
, Aug 2021
Nothing must to see, this can be explored by walking also. I would recommend that if you can walk and children are not part of group, take the walking tour instead.

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