Big Bus London Tours

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Big Bus London hop-on hop-off tours

Embark on a memorable journey with London’s Big Bus hop-on hop-off tours. Experience the city's rich history and vibrant culture as you explore famous landmarks, from Buckingham Palace to the Tower of London. Enjoy the flexibility to hop on and off at your leisure and uncover the best of London's sights.

Why choose the Big Bus London tours?

big bus london convenience

Hop on hop off convenience

Enjoy the flexibility to explore London at your own pace with our hop-on, hop-off feature. Jump off at any of our designated stops and dive into the city's iconic attractions.

Big bus london views

Panoramic views

Experience London's landmarks from a unique vantage point on our open-top buses. Capture breathtaking views of Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, and more.

Expert guided tours

Learn about London's rich history and culture from our knowledgeable tour guides. Gain insights into each landmark's significance and uncover hidden gems along the way.

Multi-language commentary

Choose from a variety of languages for live commentary during your tour. Whether you speak English, Spanish, French, or Mandarin, our multilingual options ensure everyone can fully appreciate the experience.

Exclusive discounts and offers

Unlock special deals and discounts at select attractions with your Big Bus combo tickets. Maximize your London adventure while saving money on entrance fees and experiences.

Family-friendly experience

Our tours are designed to cater to all ages, making them perfect for families. Sit back, relax, and create lasting memories together as you explore London's top sights.

Big bus London routes, stops and maps

Red route

The Red Route/Classic Red tour travels around the best of Central London. Highlights are Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, the London Eye, Big Ben, and St Paul’s Cathedral. 

Overview: 

  • First stop: Green Park Underground
  • Timings: 8:30am - 6pm
  • Frequency: Every 10 to 20 minutes
  • No. of stops: 24
  • Full loop duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Blue route

The Blue Route/Big Blue tour is perfect for visitors who want to experience the best of West London, from Kensington Palace and Harrods to Notting Hill. It starts near Piccadilly and travels to the ritzy shopping areas near Park Lane, Regent Street, Oxford Circus, and Hyde Park. 

Overview: 

  • First stop: Victoria, Nova Complex
  • Timings: 8am - 6pm
  • Frequency: Every 15 to 20 minutes
  • No. of stops: 39
  • Full loop duration: 3 hours 35 minutes

Green route

This route is primarily a transport link that connects Euston Station and King’s Cross Station to Central London. It starts at Covent Garden and has 10 stations that cover attractions like the British Museum, Russel Square, and Holborn. 

Overview: 

  • First stop: Woburn - Northbound
  • Timings: 8:30am - 6pm
  • Frequency: Every 30 to 60 minutes
  • No. of stops: 10
  • Full loop duration: 1 hour 10 minutes

Suggested London Big Bus Itineraries

London in 1 day/24 hours
London in 2 days/48 hours

If you have just one day in London then pick the Red Route of the London Big Bus Tours and explore all the top attractions in West London and Central London London.

  • Start off at the Green Park Underground Station and take in the sights of West London, stopping at Mayfair. 
  • Get back on the bus and stop at Trafalgar Square and enjoy the free Royal Walking Tour at 10am and explore the area around Buckingham Palace. 
  • Take the Big Bus from Trafalgar Square to the Tower of London. Explore the landmark, then take the free River Cruise from the Tower of London Pier to Westminster Pier.
  • After a stop for lunch, explore Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament.
  • Finally, get back on the Big Bus and do the complete Red Route loop (1 hour 15 minutes), and get down at Covent Garden. Walk around the district and enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants.

If you have 2 days, you can explore the attractions in London at a more leisurely pace. Here is a sample itinerary to use:

Day 1 – Blue Route: Set out from Green Park Underground and get down and explore the South Kensington Museums. Visit Kensington Palace and have lunch in the area, or at nearby Notting Hill. Get on the bus and stop at Baker Street for the Sherlock Holmes Museum and Madame Tussauds. Stop at the London Eye to ride the London Eye, and visit the London Dungeons and SeaLife Aquarium. Finally walk down to Westminster Pier and take the free river cruise.

Day 2 – Red Route: Start your day at Trafalgar Square for the free ‘Royal Walk’ walking tour at 10am. After the tour head to Westminster Abbey. Get on the Red Route and get off at St Paul’s Cathedral. Then head to the City Hall stop to explore the H.M.S. Belfast. Finally, cross Tower Bridge, or take the bus again and get down at the Tower of London and spend time exploring the attraction.

Big Bus London tips

  1. Download the Big Bus Tours app as it is a convenient way to plan your itinerary and ensure you have the bus timings and route ready at your fingertips. 
  2. Plan your day ahead in advance as the bus routes are in a loop and there are a few points where you can change over to other routes. Make sure you consider the timings of the attractions and the days of closing as you don’t want to waste time alighting at the wrong stops! 
  3. As much as possible pre-book your tickets as you can avoid spending time in the queues outside attractions. You can purchase skip-the-line tickets for London attractions here
  4. The Big Bus ticket is valid for calendar days which means it is advisable to activate your pass as early in the day as possible. You cannot use the 1-day Big Bus ticket for 24 hours over 2 days!

Big Bus London: FAQ's

How do Big Bus hop-on hop-off buses work in London?

Hop-on hop-off buses are tourist buses that allow you to board and leave whenever you like at their destined stops and sightsee at your convenience.

What is included in a Big Bus London Tour ticket?

Your ticket grants you access to all Big Bus routes, allowing you to hop on and off at any designated
stop. Additionally, you'll enjoy informative commentary, complimentary onboard Wi-Fi, and exclusive discounts at select attractions and restaurants.

How often are the London Big Bus hop-on hop-off buses?

London Big Bus hop-on hop-off bus tours run at a frequency of 10 to 30 minutes. Depending on the route. Click here for details. 

How many London Big Bus routes are there?

There are three Big Bus tour routes in London - the red, blue, and green link. All the routes are included in your big bus ticket. 

Are there audio guides on the London Big Bus hop-on hop-off bus tours?

Yes, you will get access to audio guides available in up to 12 languages to learn more about the city.

Are the London Big Bus hop-on hop-off bus tours accessibility-friendly?

Yes, the London Big Bus hop-on hop-off tours are accessibility-friendly for wheelchair users.

How long is my ticket valid for?

Tickets are typically valid for either 24 or 48 hours from the time of redemption, depending on the ticket type purchased.