Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours

All top attractions covered
All top attractions covered
Regular schedule. Unlimited rides
Regular schedule. Unlimited rides
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Last minute availability. Instant confirmation



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City Sightseeing: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Edinburgh Tour

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You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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  • Discover the best of Edinburgh on this unlimited 24-hour hop-on-hop-off bus tour, giving you maximum convenience.
  • Get access to the Red Route, with over 13 stops to dotted around the Scottish capital.
  • Learn about the city's iconic attractions through the audio guide available on board and enlighten your kids with the kid's commentary ‘Horrible Histories.’
  • The open-top double-decker bus will give you the best views of the city – perfect for sightseeing.
  • Some popular stops on your route include the John Knox House, Grassmarket, Holyrood & Johnston Terrace.

Inclusions

  • 24-hour unlimited hop-on hop-off pass
  • Audio guide available in 9 languages
  • Kid's commentary

Exclusions

  • Earphones
  • Entry tickets to attractions

Red Route

  • First bus: 9am from stop #2 (St. Andrews Square)
  • Last bus: 4pm from stop #2 (St. Andrews Square)
  • Frequency: Every 30 mins
  • Popular stops: Lothian Road, Grassmarket, Lawnmarket & Regent Road

Please click here for the detailed route map and boarding points.

  • Tip: Want to take a break from exploring? Savor Scottish cuisine: haggis, fish and chips, and Scotch whiskey by exploring local spots for authentic flavors.
  • Facilities: Wheelchair accessibility, audio guide & kid's commentary.
  • The audio guide is available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, and Russian.
  • The kid's commentary is available under 'Horrible Histories'.
  • Please carry your earphones for the best audio experience.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
  • These tickets are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.
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24/48-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Tour of Edinburgh

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You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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  • Planning a trip to Edinburgh? Grab the Grande Ticket offering 24 or 48-hour hop-on hop-off tours and explore the city at your own pace.
  • Choose from 3 different routes, each with over 12 convenient stops, and hop on and off as many times as you like.
  • What's more? Your ticket includes guaranteed access to the Royal Botanic Garden, Royal Yacht Britannia, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
  • The open-top buses are equipped with either multilingual audio guides for kids narrated by Terry Deary or a live guide on the Red Route.
  • Pass by several popular spots, including Lauriston Place, the Scottish Parliament, the iconic Royal Mile, and many more.

Inclusions

  • 24/48-hour hop-on hop-off tour of Edinburgh (depending on ticket selected)
  • Access to 3 routes (Red, Green & Blue)
  • Discounts at the Royal Botanic Garden, Royal Yacht Britannia, Palace of Holyroodhouse & more
  • Audio commentary in English, French, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Scottish, German, Portuguese, Spanish & Chinese
  • Children's audio guide by Terry Deary
  • English-speaking guide (Red Route)
  • Free WiFi

Red Route

  • First bus: 9am from Waterloo Place
  • Last bus: 4pm from Waterloo Place
  • Frequency: Approx. 30 mins
  • Popular stops: Scottish National Gallery, Lauriston Place, Royal Mile

Green Route

  • First bus: 9:10am from Waterloo Place
  • Last bus: 3:40pm from Waterloo Place
  • Frequency: Approx. 30 mins
  • Popular stops: Edinburgh Castle, Scottish Parliament, Palace of Holyroodhouse

Blue Route

  • First bus: 9:20am from Waterloo Place
  • Last bus: 3:50pm from Waterloo Place
  • Frequency: Approx. 30 mins
  • Popular stops: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Royal Yacht Britannia

Please click here for detailed route maps and boarding points.

  • Tip: Don’t forget to grab discounted tickets to iconic food places like Street Pizza by Gordon Ramsay, Hard Rock Cafe, and Bread Street Kitchen & Bar
  • The buses are accessible with low-floor ramps and wheelchair spaces.
  • For people with hearing impairments, screens are available on the lower decks of Red Route and Blue Route buses.
  • Dogs are allowed on the buses.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Edinburgh with Entry to 3 Royal Attractions

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You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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  • Grab a 48-hour hop-on hop-off pass and explore Edinburgh's iconic sights hassle-free.
  • Choose from 3 vibrant routes: Red, Green, or Blue, scheduled every 30 mins and each route packed with 14-15 stops.
  • But wait, there's more! Your pass offers tickets to iconic landmarks like Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Yacht Britannia, and Palace of Holyroodhouse.
  • Hop aboard comfy buses equipped with audio guides in multiple languages, or lively English commentary from expert guides, depending on your route.
  • The most popular stops on your HOHO route include the Royal Mile, Grassmarket, Scottish Parliament, and so much more.

Inclusions

  • 48-hour hop-on hop-off bus pass
  • Access to 3 routes
  • Entry to Edinburgh Castle
  • Entry to Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Entry to Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Audio guide in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Scottish & Portuguese (Red & Blue Routes)
  • English-speaking guide (Green Route)
  • Headphones (Blue Route)

Red Route

  • First bus: 9am from stop #1 (Waterloo Place)
  • Last bus: 4pm from stop #1 (Waterloo Place)
  • Frequency: 30 mins
  • Popular stops: National Museum of Scotland, Lawn Market, Scottish Parliament

Green Route

  • First bus: 9:06am from stop #1 (Waterloo Place)
  • Last bus: 3:40pm from stop #1 (Waterloo Place)
  • Frequency: 30 mins
  • Popular stops: Edinburgh Castle, Scottish Parliament, Palace of Holyroodhouse

Blue Route

  • First bus: 9:20am from stop #1 (Waterloo Place)
  • Last bus: 3:50pm from stop #1 (Waterloo Place)
  • Frequency: 30 mins
  • Popular stops: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Meville Monument

Please click here for detailed route maps and boarding points.

  • Tip: Don't miss the Honours of Scotland exhibition at Edinburgh Castle, showcasing the oldest Crown jewels in the British Isles!
  • Disabled guests are welcome as the buses are wheelchair and class 2 mobility scooter accessible.
  • Screens are conveniently available on the buses.
  • Your dogs and assistance dogs are welcome on the buses.
  • Note that the ticket lets you visit Edinburgh Castle and Royal Yacht Britannia within 48 hours. If you need to visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse outside of that timeframe, your ticket will still be valid.
  • Children up to and including 15 must be accompanied by an adult or senior citizen.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Edinburgh Hop On Hop Off Bus Tours

Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland, known for its stunning architecture, rich history, and cultural festivals. It is home to famous landmarks such as Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, and Arthur's Seat, as well as a vibrant food and drink scene and world-class museums.

But getting around the old city can be confusing for a new visitor. With Edinburgh’s Hop On Hop Off Buses, you can get to explore all the top spots in the city. And, with this convenient mode of transport, all you need is one ticket!

Read on to learn more about Edinburgh hop-on hop-off bus tours.

Why Choose Edinburgh Hop On Hop Off Bus Tours?

Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off
  • Visit Iconic Landmarks: See all of the city’s top attractions from the open-top buses that are ideal for sightseeing.
  • Easy and Convenient: Explore the best of the city without worrying about your commute with just one ticket.
  • Save Money: Hop-on hop-off bus tours will help you save money as you won’t have to spend on local transport fares to get from one spot to the other.
  • Pre-Recorded Commentary: There are audio guides in 9 languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, and Russian, as well as a special kid's commentary to give you information on all the attractions you will visit.

For more information on the special features and inclusion, please check your tickets.

Edinburgh On Hop Off Bus Tour Timetable

Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off
  • Timings: 9:05 AM to 5:25 PM
  • Closures: 24, 25, 26 & 31 Dec and 1 & 2 Jan

Red Route

  • Timings: The first bus is at 9:10 AM and the last bus is at 3:40 PM
  • Frequency: Every 30 mins

Edinburgh Hop On Hop Off Visitor Tips and Guidelines

  • Know What Your Ticket Includes: Most hop-on hop-off bus tour operators have multiple ticket options. Some may not include all the routes on the tour, while others may even offer additional perks like a boat ride or a walking tour. 
  • Plan Your Route: Find out the routes that your hop-on hop-off bus will take (all tour operators offer a map of their routes), so you can decide which stops you would like to get off at beforehand. It is also important to know which major attractions are near the stops. 
  • Schedule Your Stops: If you want to tour any of the attractions near the bus stops, make sure you know how long the tour will be, and when the next hop-on hop-off bus will stop. 
  • Buy Attraction Tickets: Many attractions require entry tickets, be sure to purchase these in advance online to avoid standing and waiting in long queues.
  • Peak Hours: If you can you the time and day of your bus tour, find out what the rush hours are in New York during your visit, so you can avoid getting stuck in traffic. 
  • Try to Take the Tour Twice: If you have time, consider first making a full loop on the bus without getting on or off the bus. It may seem like this defeats the purpose of a “hop-on hop-off” tour, but this way you can get an overview of Edinburgh with a good seat and view for the entire trip.

Frequently Asked Questions About Edinburgh Hop On Hop Off Bus Tours

Q. Does Edinburgh have a hop-on hop-off bus tour?

A. Yes, Edinburgh has a hop-on hop-off bus tour.

Q. Where can I buy Edinburgh hop-on hop-off tickets?

A. You can buy Edinburgh hop-on hop-off tickets online.

Q. Are Edinburgh hop-on hop-off tickets available online?

A. Yes, you can avail Edinburgh hop-on hop-off tickets online.

Q. How much does hop-on hop-off bus cost in Edinburgh?

A. Hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour ticket prices start from £16.

Q. How do hop on hop off buses work in Edinburgh?

A. Hop-on hop-off buses in Edinburgh allow you to get on and leave the bus at any of the designated stops to see the major city landmarks whenever you want.

Q. How often are the hop-on hop-off buses in Edinburgh

A. Edinburgh hop-on hop-off buses run between 10 AM to 6 PM and arrive at a frequency of 15 minutes.

Q. Are there audio guides on the Edinburgh hop-on hop-off bus tours?

A. Yes, there are audio guides available for adults in 5 languages on the New York hop-on hop-off bus tours, including English, Spanish, Italian, French & German.

Q. Are Edinburgh's hop-on hop-off bus tours accessibility-friendly?

A. Yes, Edinburgh’s hop-on hop-off bus tours are accessible to wheelchair users.