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Big Bus Hop On Hop Off London Tour and River Cruise


See the sights of London aboard an open-top, double-decker Big Bus as you admire 360-degree views of top attractions and listen to the captivating commentary. Use your 1-day, 2 days, or 3 days tickets on three different routes, one with an onboard guide and the other with audio narration, and hop on or off at any more than 40 stops around the town. A free walking tour aid is included with each option, as well as a River Thames cruise. On the bus, you will have options to choose your own language and listen to each stop’s history and what the place is famous for. Hop off at Westminster Pier or Tower of London stop to enjoy a Thames River cruise.

Hop on Hop off Tour Highlights

  • The perfect introduction to the city for first-time visitors
  • Flexibility to customise your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Fully narrated tour along the way
  • Great overview and orientation of the city

About the Tour

Home to British royalty as well as some of the world’s best-known historical monuments, attractions and landmarks, London is a city with sightseeing opportunities aplenty. Hop aboard an open-top Big Bus to soak up the sights of the beloved English capital and discover its delights at your own pace. Three routes are included with your ticket: the Red Route, which lasts for a full 2.5 hours and includes an onboard guide; the Blue Route, which lasts for a full-loop duration of 3.5 hours with audio commentary; and the Green Route, which includes stops at Covent Garden and the British Museum. At times of rain, the buses are equipped with covering the upper deck, so that the passengers enjoy the site seeing in a rainy season too.

Explore London City at your own pace

For those who want to take it easy, stay on board for the full loops listening to entertaining commentary as you go. If you want to explore the city on foot, hop on and off wherever, and whenever, you like. Big Bus offers a range of activities to do in between daily rides, including three walking tours and a 30-minute River Thames sightseeing cruise. See the Itinerary for a full list of stops and more information on the included daily activities.

Types of Big Bus Passes

With your Classic (1 day), Premium (2 days), or Deluxe (3 days) pass, the sights to see are endless. Travel to Trafalgar Square to stand in awe of Nelson’s Column, or stretch your legs on a stroll through beautiful Hyde Park. With your camera in hand, hop off your bus near Buckingham Palace to capture sights of the Queen’s London home, and look out for must-see landmarks such as Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye and more.

Click on the “Additional Info” button below to see a map of the London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour route.

Departure Point:

Blue Route starts at Stop 1 – Green Park Underground.

Red Route starts at Stop 3 – Queen Mother Gates and the

Departure Time:

8:30 am – 6 pm

Buses depart approximately every 10-20 minutes

Duration: Varies

Return Details: The last bus departs at 6 pm

Hotel drop-off is included for those staying in Paddington, Bayswater, Notting Hill and Kensington

See London on a hop-on hop-off tour of the city

Tour Inclusions:

  • Hop-on hop-off bus tour
  • Recorded commentary
  • 30-minute river cruise
  • Hop on Hop off with over 30 stops
  • Optional London Eye Ticket
  • 90-minute Panoramic (Non-Stop) Evening Tour from Stop 11 with Premium and Premium Plus Tickets
  • Free WIFI on Board

Tour Exclusions to be aware of:

  • Hotel pickup
  • Food and drinks
  • Entrance fees

Additional Information:

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  • Tickets are valid from the first date of redemption
  • Buses are not 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

Tour Itinerary:

London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour stops are divided into two routes:

Blue Route:

Duration: 2 hours

Operating Schedule: First Departure is at 8.30 am from Stop 1 and the last full route from Stop 1 is 4.40 pm. Frequency every 60 mins.
Green Park Points of interest passed by on this route
Stop 1 – Green Park Underground Statue of Eros (Anteros)
Old Park Lane Hard Rock Cafe (Stop C) St. James’s Park
Stop 2 – Hard Rock Cafe St. Mary le Strand
Marble Arch (Stop 14) Park Lane
Stop 4 – Marble Arch Marble Arch
Hyde Park Corner Station (Stop M) Grosvenor Square
Stop 26 – Hyde Park Corner Wellington Arch
Harrods (Stop KA) Hyde Park
Stop 27 – Harrods South Kensington
Victoria and Albert Museum (Stop N) Kensington Palace
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

Red Route: Best of Central London

26 Stops & 63 points of interest

Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes

The first bus departs from Stop 1 – Green Park Underground at 09:00 and the last bus departs at 17:00. Points of interest passed by on this route
Piccadilly Tower of London
Stop 1 – Green Park Underground Buckingham Palace
Old Park Lane Hard Rock Cafe (Stop C) HMS Belfast
Stop 2 – Hard Rock Cafe Tower Bridge
W1K 1AB Big Bus Tours
Stop 3 – Queen Mother Gates Somerset House
Hyde Park Mayfair
Stop 4 – Marble Arch Nelson’s Column
Baker Street Station (Stop D) Piccadilly Circus
Stop 5 – Baker Street St. James’s Park
290 Regent St. St. James’s Palace
Stop 6 – Oxford Street St. Paul’s Cathedral
1 Heddon St Royal Opera House
Stop 7 – Regent Street Trafalgar Square
74 Regent St. Hyde Park
Stop 8 – Piccadilly Circus Westminster Abbey
5b Pall Mall E Covent Garden
Stop 9 – Trafalgar Square Leicester Square
South African High Commission Home Affairs Consular Section Houses of Parliament
Stop 10 – Craig’s Court Big Ben
Horse Guards Parade Westminster Cathedral
Stop 11 – Whitehall Bank of England Museum
4 York Rd Green Park
Stop 12 – London Eye Cenotaph
28 York Rd Changing of the Guard
Stop 13 – Waterloo (Eastbound) Royal Albert Hall
1 Aldwych Parliament Square
Stop 14 – Covent Garden Statue of Eros (Anteros)
26 Ludgate Hill Downing Street
Stop 15 – St Paul’s Cathedral Royal Mews
362 Tower Hill Southwark Cathedral
Stop 16 – Tooley Street WC2R 2PH Temple Church
Stop 17 – Tower of London Regent Street
WC2R 2PH St. Mary le Strand
Stop 18 – Temple Underground station St. Clement Danes Church
SW1A 2JH The Mall
Stop 19 – Westminster Pier Whitehall
Lambeth Palace Road The Monument to the Great Fire of London
Stop 20 – Lambeth Palace Admiralty Arch
Abingdon Street Gardens Thames River
Stop 21 – College Green Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
43 Tothill St Cleopatra’s Needle
Stop 22 – Tothill Street London Eye
1 Buckingham Place Wellington Arch
Stop 23 – Buckingham Palace 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin)
49 Buckingham Palace Rd Grosvenor Square
Stop 24 – Victoria, Nova Complex Westminster Bridge
Victoria (Stop R) The View from The Shard
Stop 25 – Victoria Station The London Film Museum – Covent Garden
113 Lambeth Palace Rd Royal Exchange Building London
Stop 38 – London Eye (Westbound) 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

Additional Information about this Tour:

  • Confirmation will be received at the 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 your time slot in advance please use the link printed on your voucher.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Operated by Big Bus London

Cancellation Policy of this Tour:

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.

About London

London is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom, the largest metropolitan terrain of the country. London is among the most inhabited in the whole of Europe. It is also the world’s most visited city, whether it’s for leisure, business, work or studies. London has been on the centre stage of the world. With its roots in mediaeval times, the city of London is the oldest Local Authority based in England. The city has something for everyone whether of the historic significance, monuments, museums, royalty, British culture, food, music or the lively environment created by the people of London.

The metropolitan is a large diverse cultural centre, with people from different backgrounds present throughout the city and in Greater London. More than 300 nationalities contribute to the diversity and liveliness of London’s cultural feel and environment and even the languages are varied in every part of London. It is home to several famous museums, art galleries, theatres and cinemas which offer world-class entertainment all week long. Especially during the weekends people go out and enjoy the nightlife of London to the max. If you visit London and don’t go to its museums, theatres, palaces, and pubs you have not seen the real London. So make sure to spend at least 2 weeks getting to know and see this beautiful vibrant city. Come and visit London this July and enjoy the city with the Olympics in East London. Click Here

London Heritage Sites

London has four heritage sites:

  1. The Tower of London
  2. Kew Gardens
  3. The combined Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey, and St Margaret’s Church; and also the historic settlement in Greenwich, where the Royal Observatory, Greenwich defines the Prime Meridian.
  4. Greenwich Mean Time.

Then there are sites as well which are:

  1. Buckingham Palace
  2. The London Eye
  3. Piccadilly Circus
  4. St Paul’s Cathedral
  5. Tower Bridge
  6. Trafalgar Square