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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 & kids commentary!
Discounts at local attractions
Vouchers valid for 12 months
3 kids go free with every paying adult until 31st March 23
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off

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.
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 30 minutes
24 St Andrew Square
Stop 1 is at St Andrews Square Northside
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
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 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.

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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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  • "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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Edinburgh City-Sights Hop On Hop Off 👍🏼
, Aug 2022
It’s a very good and fairly cheap way of seeing a city on your arrival and the fact that it was a 24 hour ticket meant we could use it the next day to easily get to a venue for another booked experience!
Easy to book
, Aug 2022
Quick and easy booking. Received confirmation instantly. The tour was fantastic. My kids also enjoyed it.
Hop On Edinburgh
, Aug 2022
I use the Hop On Hop Off tours everywhere I visit. It is an excellent way to see a city and decide where you want to explore in more detail.
, Aug 2022
Very friendly and informative tour, fantastic way to see and learn about this fantastic city. Buses are very frequent so easy to jump off look around and then hope in again
Great trip
, Aug 2022
We enjoyed the whole experience. Unfortunately the bus was full and my information ear phone socket was not working . I used my husbands as he was not bothered about listening
, Aug 2022
Friendly n helpful staff, Good value for money, Clean buses. Plenty of stops makes it easier hop on or off
Definitely a must for an Edinburgh trip
, Aug 2022
Great experience on the city bus tour, lots to see and great information provided on the history behind everywhere we went
Friendly drivers. A...
, Aug 2022
Friendly drivers. A little slow at stops sometimes but usually for a reason. Good information provided in a timely fashion along the way
Sights of Edinburgh--easy and relaxing!
, Aug 2022
We used the bus both for transportation when we were tired, and for seeing and learning about some places. Buses came quickly.
Super bus tour
, Aug 2022
Frequent buses...clean and very efficient. Tour takes you to populqr tourist sites and excellent value for money
Great tour highly recommend
, Aug 2022
Great tour and really interesting facts for both grown ups and kids with the horrible histories. Also really helpful this summer kids go free thank you for a very enjoyable tour of Edinburgh.
Great for first time visitors
, Jul 2022
The narration was informative and interesting. Edinburgh is a lovely city and this hop on hop off bus makes a great introduction to first time visitors!
Easy and efficient!
, Jul 2022
This is an easy way to get around Edinburgh and learn about the history. It has drop off points at a lot of the big attractions you will want to visit! Highly recommend the 48hour ticket as there is too much to see and so little time.
, Jul 2022
I booked from Lake District, at the day which I should travel to Edinbrugh, all trains were cancelled by the authorities due to the heat wave. So, I contacted City sightseeing to refund my money but they refused. That was very bad from them.
Edinburgh Hop on Hop off bus
, Jul 2022
It would have been great if the stops and coordinates were provided at the time of purchasing the tour. I arrived by train and walked up to the Castle and then wandered around after my tour there looking for a bus stop to get on. I eventually found one and the tour was okay. Bus was crowded.
, Jul 2022
Was a wonderful first experiance our first time staying in the city we found the bus very good and the comentrary also helpful
Informative city adventure!
, Jul 2022
It gives you the ability to learn about a city and then go venture off with better knowledge! You can get the feel of the city and decide where you would like to explore more. You also get a relaxing trip to take a break from walking.
East to use
, Jul 2022
Seeing all the different sites, good tour information Easy and great way to see the city Easy to find and ride
Great Edinburgh tour
, Jul 2022
Plenty of regular buses, busy but that is expected. Friendly drivers however it would have been useful to know there was an option for horrible histories chanel for the kids. We didn't discover this until the end of the tour.
Excellent tour of the city
, Jul 2022
We have used this company all over the world to see the city upon arrival and then make plans on what to do! The staff are amazing 🤩. I had lost my ticket 🤦🏻‍♀️ but between the Scottish humor and understanding Roberto took care of us!

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