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City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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
Discounts at local attractions
Vouchers valid for 12 months
3 kids go free with every paying adult until 2nd April 22
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:
  09:10am - 4:40pm, 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 (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)
  • 9:10am - 4:40pm, 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 2nd April 22
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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. 
  • 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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Traveler Tips

  • "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


1,333 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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The bus was great for...
, Jan 2022
The bus was great for learning some more interesting facts about Edinburgh and to be able to hop on and off around the city at a reasonable rate
Sold tickets to a non event beware of viator
, Jan 2022
The issue I had was that the viator website allowed me to book and confirm and pay for 2 tickets on a day the tour was not operating, Absolutely poor service to be honest. I am awaiting my refund as had to book with an alternative that was operating. Having used the red sightseeing bus tours in other cities it was extremely disappointing to find such a shoddy service from viator as an agent.
Great, would recommend
, Dec 2021
Really good service. Very regular and helpful staff. Very informative and stopped at all main attractions
Great value and informative
, Dec 2021
3 bus tours included with the ticket, which was good value and kept us entertained for hours. Really good way to see the city.
, Dec 2021
We had a last minute emergency and couldn’t make the bus tour so we asked for a refund and were declined.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Fun ride!
, Nov 2021
It was a fun trip around town. Easy to understand and use. The bus was cold, though! I definitely recommend it.
, Nov 2021
I was disappointed as I paid £16 each person (3) and didn’t think it was made clear enough that the trip we wanted and the only one we went on cost £8
2 travelers found this review helpful
Great way to see the City...
, Nov 2021
Great way to see the City - Sandra, live tour guide was great and knew her history and Michael, driver was fab too!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Bus tour
, Nov 2021
Buses was on time the audio was very interesting explaining all the monuments/tourist sites on route. Our return bus back from holyrood palace back to grassmarket the driver was so lovely an older couple one in a wheelchair didn’t know where to get their bus back to princes street the driver luckily told them to hop on where he would drop them as close as he could, thankfully still some genuine people around!! Sandy the guide and Dave the driver on our return bus was absolutely fantastic, lots of information with his own personal touch added
1 traveler found this review helpful
, Nov 2021
We had 3 trips on the buses and enjoyed every one the staff where very friendly and the weather was good
1 traveler found this review helpful

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