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Greater London, United Kingdom
Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

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icon2 hours 20 minutes to 3 hours 20 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more

Overview

Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with stops including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights and upgrade to the fast-track London Eye option to get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel. Hop off at Westminster Pier or Tower of London stop to enjoy a Thames River cruise.
  • Big Bus hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of London by open-top sightseeing bus
  • Sightseeing ticket valid for one, two, or three days to explore London at your own pace
  • Upgrade to the fast-track London Eye option to take in panoramic views from the London Eye
  • Thames cruise included with each ticket option
  • Redeem your voucher at any of the designated Big Bus stops
  • See top London attractions including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This ultra-customizable hop-on hop-off bus tour includes multiple routes and ticket durations.
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Hop-on hop-off bus tour
Recorded commentary
30-minute river cruise
Hop on Hop off with over 45 stops
90 minute Panoramic (Non Stop) Evening Tour from Stop 11 with Premium and Deluxe Tickets
Free WIFI on Board
A choice of 3 themed live guided walking tours with Classic, Premium and Deluxe Tickets
Food and drinks

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.
Explore the best of historic London—seat of the British Royalty—by bus on a lively tour of the city’s key attractions and landmarks. Hop aboard the Big Bus at any of the stops on the route, and grab a comfortable seat in the enclosed lower deck or on the open-air upper deck for the best views. Enjoy the flexibility of choosing your own itinerary and pace with the structure of strategically placed stops and informative onboard commentary from a professional guide. When purchasing your ticket, choose from multiple routes. (A complete list of stops can be found in the Itinerary below.) Upgrade to include a must-do London Eye Flight.

With your Classic (1-day), Premium (2-day), or Deluxe (3-day) pass, hop on and off the double-decker bus at any of the route’s many locations, or stay onboard for a relaxing ride through buzzing London. As you ride, learn about London’s history and interesting anecdotes about locals sites such as Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Marble Arch and more. Hop off to explore the eclectic shops in Covent Garden, snap photos of the lavish Buckingham Palace or experience the bustle of Oxford Street. Between stops, stroll through gorgeous Hyde Park and view Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square.

Your hop-on hop-off pass includes a single or return cruise along the River Thames.

Click on the ‘Additional Info’ button below to see a map of the London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour route.
Itinerary
Duration: 
2 hours 20 minutes
Operating Schedule:
  Buses depart every 15-20 mins. The first bus departs from Stop 1 - Green Park Underground at 9:00 and the last bus departs at 17:00.
Piccadilly
Stop 1 - Green Park Undergound
Old Park Lane Hard Rock Cafe (Stop C)
Stop 2 - Hard Rock Cafe
W1K 1AB
Stop 3 - Queen Mother Gates
Hyde Park
Stop 4 - Marble Arch
Baker Street Station (Stop D)
Stop 5 - Baker Street
290 Regent St.
Stop 6 - Oxford Street
1 Heddon St
Stop 7 - Regent Street
74 Regent St.
Stop 8 - Piccadilly Circus
5b Pall Mall E
Stop 9 - Trafalgar Square
South African High Commission Home Affairs Consular Section
Stop 10 - Craig's Court
Horse Guards Parade
Stop 11 - Whitehall
4 York Rd
Stop 12 - London Eye
28 York Rd
Stop 13 - Waterloo (Eastbound)
1 Aldwych
Stop 14 - Covent Garden
26 Ludgate Hill
Stop 15 - St Paul’s Cathedral
362 Tower Hill
Stop 16 - Tooley Street
WC2R 2PH
Stop 17 - Tower of London
WC2R 2PH
Stop 18 - Temple Underground station
SW1A 2JH
Stop 19 - Westminster Pier
Lambeth Palace Road
Stop 20 - Lambeth Palace
Abingdon Street Gardens
Stop 21 - College Green
43 Tothill St
Stop 22 - Tothill Street
1 Buckingham Place
Stop 23 - Buckingham Palace
49 Buckingham Palace Rd
Stop 24 - Victoria, Nova Complex
Victoria Station (Stop R)
Stop 25 - Victoria Station
113 Lambeth Palace Rd
Stop 38 - London Eye (Westbound)
Points of interest passed by on this route
Tower of London
 
Buckingham Palace
 
HMS Belfast
 
Tower Bridge
 
Big Bus Tours
 
Somerset House
 
Mayfair
 
Nelson's Column
 
Piccadilly Circus
 
St. James's Park
 
St. James's Palace
 
St. Paul's Cathedral
 
Royal Opera House
 
Trafalgar Square
 
Hyde Park
 
Westminster Abbey
 
Covent Garden
 
Leicester Square
 
Houses of Parliament
 
Big Ben
 
Westminster Cathedral
 
Bank of England Museum
 
Green Park
 
Cenotaph
 
Changing of the Guard
 
Royal Albert Hall
 
Parliament Square
 
Statue of Eros (Anteros)
 
Downing Street
 
Royal Mews
 
Southwark Cathedral
 
Temple Church
 
Regent Street
 
St. Mary le Strand
 
St. Clement Danes Church
 
The Mall
 
Whitehall
 
The Monument to the Great Fire of London
 
Admiralty Arch
 
Thames River
 
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
 
Cleopatra's Needle
 
London Eye
 
Wellington Arch
 
30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin)
 
Grosvenor Square
 
Westminster Bridge
 
The View from The Shard
 
The London Film Museum - Covent Garden
 
Royal Exchange Building London
 
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
 
Duration: 
3 hours 20 minutes
Operating Schedule:
  Buses depart every 30 mins. First Departure at 08.00 from Stop 24 - Victoria, Nova Complex and the last bus departs at 17:10.
Green Park
Stop 1 - Green Park Undergound
Old Park Lane Hard Rock Cafe (Stop C)
Stop 2 - Hard Rock Cafe
Marble Arch (Stop 14)
Stop 4 - Marble Arch
Hyde Park Corner Station (Stop M)
Stop 26 - Hyde Park Corner
Harrods (Stop KA)
Stop 27 - Harrods
Victoria and Albert Museum (Stop N)
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
Points of interest passed by on this route
Statue of Eros (Anteros)
 
St. James's Park
 
St. Mary le Strand
 
Park Lane
 
Marble Arch
 
Grosvenor Square
 
Wellington Arch
 
Hyde Park
 
South Kensington
 
Kensington Palace
 
  • Confirmation will be received at 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 the your time slot in advance please use the link printed on your voucher.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Big Bus London
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.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise.

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Traveler Tips


  • "If you are going in winter bus tours are not heated and it can be quite cold so layer up." See review
  • "That's ok if you're hopping off the bus, but it was a bit rainy and windy and most people were staying on the bus." See review

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star-1
Not recommended with young kids
Loann_N
, Jul 2022
Instruction on how to hop on bus was not clear, walked around w my daughters chasing down every bus we saw. It was frustrating.
star-5
A good quick trip!
Alyssa_D
, Jul 2022
We had minimal time to explore london and this bus tour was perfect for hitting quick tourist spots. Finding the bus stops around town was was pretty easy to navigate & the bus ride was great! Would recommend.
star-5
Worth your money
Jenni_H
, Jul 2022
It was convenient and informational. We were able to see all of the places on our bucket list. The drivers and white shirt staff were also very helpful with all of our questions.
star-5
The Best!
Julie_V
, Jul 2022
It was very convenient, driver was friendly, and tour locations were perfect. Also, loved the details shared about the sites.
star-2
Not worth the time.
DrRC_S
, Jul 2022
Not well organized. Recording is terrible choose a different bus company. Even making us use 109 letters is stupid.
star-5
Great tour. Marvelous service.
VICTOR_R
, Jul 2022
I booked the 48 hour+thame river tour, and I got to London two days later than expected, when the date of my booking has passed. I emailed to BB London, and the customer service was so fast and attentive. They changed my tickets, resent my qr code and everything was solved. I truly enjoyed this tour. The audio guide was great. The buses were in top condition. Highly recommended.
star-3
Does the job, not our...
Nathalie_W
, Jul 2022
Does the job, not our favorite hop on hop off tour company. The other hop on hop off companies were significantly more frequent. Felt we were always waiting for this bus and watching 2-3 of the others pass by. Ended up not using it much. The included river cruise was great.
star-5
London in a Day
Diana_S
, Jul 2022
Seeing an overview of London's attractions with tidbits of information related along the way. The on and off is ideal.
star-2
Blue, red
Anthony_B
, Jul 2022
Tour was slow and the commentary canned and repetitive. Taking the tube to locations would be faster.
star-5
Best London Experience
Thomas_G
, Jul 2022
Great adventure saw all the sites we expected to see . getting on and off the bus at different stops was perfect. a big Thank you to all the drivers and staff for your help with directions explaining how everything worked . Over a great experience and worth every penny
star-4
Focus on seeing and picture taking
Rodolfo_C
, Jul 2022
The bus is a great way to see every thing in a short period of time. My only negative comment is the internet didn’t work and therefore we didn’t know where to find the bus stop.
star-5
An enjoyable experience
John_S
, Jun 2022
The staff at our pick up point were all so friendly. At each Hop On point, again, the staff welcomed us. The cruise was very relaxing and enjoyable.
star-1
Waste of time and money
ann
, Jun 2022
Don’t waste your money. Buses were either banked up on three or none at all. You sit in traffic most of the time. Get a map of the Undergound and get around by yourself
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great way to discover the city
Linda_D
, Jun 2022
Every single person we encountered on the busses and on the boat was amazing and helpful! If Big Bus is in any other city I visit I will absolutely take the tour!
star-3
Overcrowded and underwhelmed.
Robert_B
, Jun 2022
To start, there's nothing wrong with the typical double-decker city bus tour. However, the pre-recorded tour guide was simply not great. I'm not new to these tours; we do one in every city - most recently in Chicago and New Orleans. I found this one bland and underwhelming. Other than that, capacity is a major problem. It's easy enough to track busses on the app, but we were waved away from bus after bus because they were each full top to bottom and with people standing in the aisles. Kudos to Big Bus for being so popular; there seemed to be plenty of space on the other various tour busses. At one point the other companies noticed us standing/waiting and began to actively recruit us for their emptier busses. More busses are definitely in order.
star-5
Best Beetle tour
Tiffany_C
, Jun 2022
Damian was amazing!!! He brought his guitar and played all the hits and had a great voice! He loves the Beatles and loves his job! Is hospitality was so nice! The tour was so informative and so entertaining!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Nighttime in London
Kristie_C
, Jun 2022
Seeing London at night! Highly recommend the night time tour! It hit all the famous spots of London.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great experience! Have...
Paul_W
, Jun 2022
Great experience! Have loads of fun. Learn history of land mark places I never knew. The boat ride was amazing
star-5
We had a great time! Rosh...
Lindsey_T
, Jun 2022
We had a great time! Rosh was an amazing driver who gave us a history lesson in real time as we rode around and saw all the sites. He also gave us some great tips about the city and helped our children to learn so much. Thank you so much for the wonderful time!
star-5
Seeing London from the...
Mandeera_B
, Jun 2022
Seeing London from the top of the bus was a novel experience. Enjoyed the English humour of the running commentary. The walking tours and the Thames cruise were the main highlights. They were very well conducted.

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