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City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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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 August 21
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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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:
  08:55am - 6:25pm, every 15 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)
  • April - May: 9:00am - 6:00pm, every 12 minutes
  • June - August: 9:00am - 7:00pm, every 12 minutes
  • September - October: 9:00am - 6:00pm, every 12 minutes
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • November - March: 9:00am - 4:00pm, every 20 minutes
  • Tour Duration: 60 minutes
  • Vouchers are valid for 12 months
  • 3 kids go free with every paying adult until 31st August 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?
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?
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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Traveler Tips

  • "Recommended for first time visitors and even returning friends of Scotland." See review
  • "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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It's worth it
, Jun 2021
Everything was memorable, great experience! Nice and polite staff, very helpfull, treating us with respect, also very patient.
Well worth it
, Jun 2021
Very good pre tour handlers and easy to purchase. Excellent guide. Good visibility at top of bus and lots of opportunities to 'hop on hop off'
, Jun 2021
Everything about our tour was amazing. The people ,the places and surprisingly the weather. It was just an unforgettable experience.
Really interesting and informative
, Jun 2021
The live guide on the tour had a great sense of humour but was also very informative. For someone like myself who cannot walk far it was an ideal way to see the sights x
Great way to get orientated
, Jun 2021
Very friendly staff and guides, and you get what you expect - general history and information about the main attractions of the city. The headphones all worked well and the live guide was funny and approachable. Definitely recommend getting all three tours.
Highly recommended
, Jun 2021
Absolutely fantastic tour, great value for money, our guide Colin was so knowledgable and entertaining! It was great to have an actual guide rather than just headphones. It was brilliant to see so much of Edinburgh which really is an amazing city with so much history.
Value for money
, May 2021
Really enjoyed the tour and all the interesting commentary great value for money would definitely recommend this tour
Experience was phenomenonal.
, Nov 2020
The tour driver giving me the information. It qas first time sightseeing so everything was fantastic and great. It was even on our honeymoon.
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Worth the time
, Nov 2020
Tour guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour quite fun with his quirky wit and story’s. We rode the bus a few times and it was slightly different each time
Edinburgh bus tour
, Nov 2020
The staff team at St Andrews Square in Edinburgh we’re amazing and looked after our small group perfectly

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