Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour

See the sights of London from a hop-on, hop-off bus tour and choose from 110 stops and 8 routes around top attractions and landmarks. 

The London Pass 1-day Hop-On, Hop-Off London Bus Tour Normally £34.00 - Included with London Pass

In light of COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of its passengers, our hop-on, hop-off bus companies are operating greatly reduced services. For details of the route, stopping points and days of operation for Big Bus, please bigbustours.com and for Golden Tours, please visit goldentours.com

A 1-day hop-on, hop-off bus tour is one of the most immersive ways to discover London. So, sit back, relax and let the sights, sounds and cultures of this incredible city come to you on a tour through the city’s most iconic streets.

Take in famous London landmarks while a tour guide narrates your journey through this storied city. Your bus tour is valid for one calendar day and allows you to choose from either a Big Bus London Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour, Golden Tours or Gray Line London. This means you'll make the most of a full day of sightseeing, passing top sights and attractions such as the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square. Your knowledgeable, insightful and entertaining tour guides will ensure you discover the secrets of the city unknown to most locals.  

Explore London on a 1-day Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour. Access is included in the London Pass®. 

- Pay nothing but the pass price to access this tour.
- Discover the best sights in the city effortlessly through 9 bus routes around London.
- Hop on and off at any of the bus’ 110+ stops
- Enjoy a live English audio guide - available also in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese (Mandarin), Portuguese (Brazilian) & Russian

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- Hop-on, hop-off bus tour routes

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Getting in 

- Make the most of your London Pass


Hop-on, hop-off bus tour highlights

Tower of London 

Without a doubt, the Tower of London is one of London’s most important and historic buildings and is a highlight of everyone’s itinerary. Hop-off here and explore this old fortress on a Yeoman Warder tour and learn about the Tower’s wealth of history, dating back to the Norman Conquest. Learn about the secrets and scandals of the court and the role the Tower used to play as prison, armoury and menagerie.

London Eye 

Set on London’s famous Southbank area, check out the London Eye before immersing yourself in the “cultural heart” of the city. Stroll along the famous esplanade, past street performers and pop-up eateries to the more edifying landmarks such as The British Film Institute, National Theatre, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Royal Festival Hall. Further along the river, you can find Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern.

Westminster Abbey 

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must-visit on your bus tour. Hop off and explore the country’s coronation church since the 11th century and walk down the same aisle that Kate Middleton did to marry Prince William. Westminster Abbey is a stunning historic building with impressive stained glass windows, paintings and old pews but it’s also famous as the burial ground for some of the most esteemed intellectuals, scientists and writers such as Charles Darwin, Geoffrey Chaucer and Charles Dickens.

Tower Bridge 

The most iconic crossing over the Thames, the Tower Bridge is one of the most photographed landmarks in London so jump off here to enjoy a visit of this old Victorian bascule bridge. Just opposite the Tower of London and across from London Bridge, Tower Bridge is a great attraction if you like engineering and a good view. The Victorian Engine Rooms show you show the old bascules worked and the new elevated glass walkway gives you unparalleled views over London and the river.

Buckingham Palace 

You can’t miss a photo opportunity at one of the most recognisable buildings in the country, Buckingham Palace. Home to the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, this beautiful building is a top London attraction and is one of the few working palaces left in the world. Hop off at the Buckingham Palace stop and catch the Changing of the Guard before walking through Green Park for some quiet sanctuary.

Trafalgar Square 

An iconic London landmark and is considered a cultural hub in London, hosting events, cultural celebrations and rallies, bringing together all the people of London. Symbolically it’s famous for its Nelson’s column, the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery, two of London’s most important art galleries. Trafalgar Square is also a stone’s throw away from the Embankment, great for views along the river.

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Know before you go

  • Each London Pass holder can choose one hop-on, hop-off bus tour operator - either Big Bus London, Golden Tours or Gray Line London. Once selected, you can not switch between operators. Remember, Golden Tours is easily identifiable in blue, Big Bus is easily identifiable in red.
  • Details of any road closures or scheduling effects on hop-on, hop-off bus services as a result of events or activities in Central London, can be found here for Big Bus and here for Golden Tours. 

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Getting in 

Show your London Pass to the driver for entry into the tour

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Make the most of your London Pass

A bus tour is a great way to see the top sights in London, but the most efficient way to get around is to add a London Oyster Travelcard to your order.  

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Hop-on, hop-off bus tour routes

Big Bus Routes

Best of Central London - Red Route

With 22 different stops, the features live English-speaking guides on all buses offering entertaining commentary, fun facts and unique insights to London. Covering major London sights such as Trafalgar Square, the Coca-Cola London Eye, St. Paul's Cathedral, Covent Garden, the Tower of London, Hyde Park Corner and more, it is the essential tour to start your visit!

Tour duration: Approximately 2 hours 10 minutes

First bus: 8.00 from Green Park Underground, Stop 1  

Last full tour: 18.00 from Green Park Underground, Stop 1

Best of the West - Blue Route  

Hop on and hop off the London Blue Tour at 15 different stops across West London. From the museum quarter to the leafy streets of Kensington, Bayswater, you'll discover iconic landmarks such as Harrods, the Natural History Museum, Kensington Palace, Notting Hill and Marble Arch.

Tour duration: Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

First bus: 8.20 from Marble Arch, Stop 4  

Last full tour: 18.00 from Marble Arch, Stop 4

North to Central - Green Route  

Covering Central London landmarks through Bloomsbury to St. Pancras and Euston Stations, the London Green Link tour has 10 hop-on, hop-off stops including the British Museum, Covent Garden and more as well as pre-recorded tour commentary in 12 languages.

Tour duration: Approximately 1 hour

First bus: 8.20 from Woburn, Stop 37

Last full tour: 19.00 from Woburn, Stop 37

The attraction loop - Orange Route Tour

A direct tour between London's best-known attractions such as Madame Tussauds, The London Eye, The London Dungeon, SEA LIFE London Aquarium and more while discovering Central London landmarks such as Marble Arch, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus and Lambeth Palace. 

Tour duration: Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes

First bus: 8.50 from Baker Street, Stop 34 

Last full tour: 18.30 from Baker Street, Stop 34

Click here for the Big Bus Tours Hop-On, Hop-Off bus routes and timetable.

Golden Tours, Gray Line London Routes

The Essential Tour (Blue route)
Covering all the main Central London sights, this route includes a live English speaking guide! See Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral and so much more, as your live guide informs and entertains every step of the way.

First bus: 9.00 from Victoria, Buckingham Palace Road, Stop 1.
Last bus: 17.00 from Victoria, Buckingham Palace Road, Stop 1.

The Classic Tour (Red route)
Covers all the main Central London sights and visits London’s Museum Quarter.

First bus: 08.11 from Buckingham Gate, Stop 2.
Last bus: 17.09 from Piccadilly opp Hard Rock Cafe, Stop 33.

The Grand Tour (Orange route)
This route passes Madame Tussauds and Kings Cross, as well as many other Central London sights.

First bus: 09.03 from Duncannon Street, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Stop 7.
Last bus: 18.54 from Lambeth Place, Stop 27 (weekends 18:42).

The Pick Up (Yellow route)
Operating in the morning, this route travels from the popular hotel districts to Central London.

First bus: 07.44 from Holland Park Avenue, Stop 54.
Last bus: 09.47 from Holland Park Avenue, Stop 54.

The Drop Off Route (Green route)
Operating in the evening, this route travels from Central London to the popular hotel districts.

First bus: 16:32 from Lambeth Palace Road, Stop 27 (weekend – 16:26).
Last bus: 18:12 from Lambeth Palace Road, Stop 27 (weekend – 17:58).

Click here for the Golden Tours Hop-On, Hop-Off bus routes and timetable.


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"We went to see so much more than if we had to pay individually. Was nice paying for it before the trip so didn't have to bring extra money and worry about running short. We also got the travel pass and restaurant discount book and discovered some very nice places to eat that we wouldn't have known about. Planning on coming back in 2014 and will buy another one! Recommend it 200%!"
Cindy from USA

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Visiting Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour

Visiting Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour

  • Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour 123-151 Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 9SH
  • Closest Underground Station Victoria
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour Stops Golden Tours, Gray Line Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour Stops
    Blue route - Stop 1 - Buckingham Palace Road
    Red route - Stop 2 - Buckingham Gate
    Orange route - Stop 7 - Duncannon Street

Opening Times

Please check 'Overview' for timetable


Please check the official Big Bus site and Golden Tours site for schedule amendments. 

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