Whether you’re visiting London for the weekend or taking an extended vacation, a London bus tour is the perfect way to become acquainted with the city. Choose from a variety of London bus tour options and see all the main London attractions. Admire Big Ben, the London Eye, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London and plenty more!
There are many options for an original London bus tour. Choose a hop on hop off bus or take a Red bus tour London style. Alternatively, if the sun is out, the open top bus London tour is top notch!
What makes the hop on hop off London bus the best? The clue is in the name! You can leave the bus at any time, meaning you can explore London at your own pace. There will be nobody chasing you to get back on, that’s up to you. Let’s say you have already been to Marble Arch; stay on the bus until somewhere you haven’t been or would like to visit again pops up. Trafalgar Square perhaps? There’s also nothing wrong with staying on the bus! Every hop on hop off London sightseeing bus provides audio guides with multiple language options. Listening to the informative audio guide provides an excellent overview of the city.
A London city tour bus is the quickest, easiest and most economical way to see London!
While many cities offer this service, none can claim to have such an iconic mode of transportation as the London red bus. What’s more, London may have a reputation for non-stop rain, but the bus tours around London are generally open top buses; a testament to the little-known secret that London often has beautiful weather. That’s not to say you shouldn’t bring an umbrella!
The “Coca Cola” London Eye was originally called “The Millenium Wheel”, as it was built (along with the “Millenium Dome”, now called “The O2”) to coincide with millennium celebrations. Although it was built as a way to see other landmarks, it very quickly became synonymous with London itself.
The Tower of London is famous for endless reasons. It has imprisoned some of the most famous men and women in history, including Queen Elizabeth I. History aside, it also guards the crown jewels (a collection of 23,578 gemstones) which you’ll be able to see. The Tower of London isn’t just a prison. It’s also a castle and a palace!
Recently, this was the setting for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding. There are many more reasons to visit here than that, however. This Gothic abbey, built in 1090, has had over 3,300 people buried in it, including 17 monarchs. Stephen Hawking was buried here in 2018. Each year, 1 million visitors come. Many of the best London bus tours, make a stop at Westminster Abbey.
Some people think it is better to make their own way to each attraction. It really isn’t. Certainly, in terms of cost, it makes it much cheaper to take a bus tour. Transport around London is not cheap (or easy to navigate) and using taxis can quickly become expensive, although going for a ride in a famous black London cab is a must!
With a bus tour, you’ll get more information about the places you’re passing on the way to the site or attraction you want to visit! Even the legendary black cab drivers are unlikely to give you a guided tour on your way to the Houses of Parliament (or wherever you may choose)! Admittedly, a walking tour would be cheaper (if it was a self-guided tour!), but London isn’t small. The city sprawls to 1,583 square kilometers. Even navigating central London by foot is tiring.
I’ve often heard locals admit that many of them know more about the history of London from going on a London bus tour then they have acquired from their entire life living there! It is all too easy to walk through Piccadilly Square, Hyde Park or beneath Nelson’s column on your way to work, without ever knowing their history and context. Perhaps this is a negative on some Londoners, but it’s also a big compliment to London city bus tours. Learning about the great and the gruesome history of a place will help you appreciate the sites so much more.
There’s more to London than meets the eye, so hop on!
That’s a difficult question. In terms of the most visited, the British Museum comes out on top, and the Tate Modern takes second place. Big Ben and the lions in Trafalgar Square are two highly popular attractions, but popularity isn't the same as fame. Based on the fame of the Queen, Buckingham Palace could be the most famous attraction with the Tower of London close behind! There’s no need to worry though. You can see them all with a London tour bus ticket!
Prices vary depending on the type of ticket you buy and the number of bus tour routes you pick. There are also London bus tour deals if you choose a two or three-day ticket option. Some deals include entry to selected museums or a sightseeing cruise along the River Thames and discounts to attractions such as The Shard and Madame Tussauds.
There are countless bus tours in London; the best one for you depends on the attractions you want to see. Our bus tour operators list the attractions along their route. If you have some idea of the places you would like to visit, then this should be straightforward. You just need to pick the bus route which most closely matches your interests. If you’re not sure, click onto one of our London bus tour providers to learn more about the attractions along each route.
There’s nothing, in particular, you need to bring (apart from your tickets). We recommend you carry an umbrella, however. Also, it’s a great opportunity to take photos so you might want to bring a camera as well.
Purchasing a ticket on one of London’s bus tours is easy. Simply, browse our selection of available tours, and find the one you like best! There are multiple options with competitive prices to satisfy all types of travelers.