London Big Bus Tours

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Big Bus: 24/48-Hour Hop-On-Hop-Off London Tour with Optional Cruise

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  • Enjoy a hassle-free experience in London with this unlimited hop-on hop-off bus pass with the option of choosing between a Discover, Essential, and Explore HOHO pass.
  • With 3 different routes available on all passes and over 35 stops located near distinct stops, hop on or off at your leisure.
  • The Explore and Essential Passes offer walking tours like a 90-minute Royal Walk or Little Legs Kid’s walking tour, a 2-hour evening tour and a one-way river cruise.
  • Pick up interesting facts about some of the attractions through the onboard commentary, available in 12 languages.
  • Some of the popular stops on your route include the London Eye, Kensington Palace, Tower Bridge, and Madame Tussauds.

Inclusions

Discover Pass: 24-Hours

  • 24-hour unlimited hop-on hop-off pass
  • Audio guide in 12 languages
  • Hop-on hop-off map of London

Essential Pass: 48-Hours

  • 48-hour unlimited hop-on hop-off pass
  • Audio guide in 12 languages
  • 3 guided walking tours of Changing of the Guard, City of London & Jack the Ripper
  • 1-way river cruise
  • Hop-on hop-off map of London

Explore Pass: 48-Hours

  • 48-hour unlimited hop-on hop-off pass
  • Audio guide in 12 languages
  • 3 guided walking tours of Changing of the Guard, City of London & Jack the Ripper
  • 1-way river cruise
  • London evening tour
  • Hop-on hop-off map of London

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Meals
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Attraction entrances

Red Route

  • First bus: 8am from stop #1 (Green Park Underground)
  • Last bus: 6pm from stop #1 (Green Park Underground)
  • Frequency: every 10 to 20 mins
  • Popular stops: Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Tower Bridge & Big Ben

Blue Route

  • First bus: 8am from stop #1 (Green Park Underground)
  • Last bus: 6pm from stop #4 (Marble Arch)
  • Frequency: every 20 mins
  • Popular stops: Kensington Palace, Harrods, Notting Hill & Paddington Station Complete

Green Route

  • First bus: 8:45am from stop #13 (Covent Garden)
  • Last bus: 7pm from stop #37 (Woburn)
  • Frequency: every 20 mins
  • Popular stops: Kings Cross Station, St. Pancras Station, British Museum & Temple Underground Station.

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

Royal Walk

  • Departure points: Green Park Underground (stop #1) & Trafalgar Square (stop #8)
  • Timings: Daily, at 10am

Little Legs Kids Tour

  • Departure point: Westminster Pier (stop #18)
  • Timings: Every weekend, 27-31 May (daily), and July & August at 2pm

Cruise Details

  • Boarding points: Tower Pier (near stop #17), Greenwich Pier, Westminster Pier (near stop #19), or London Eye Pier (near stops #12 & 13)
  • Frequency: approx. every 50 mins.

Evening Tour

  • Boarding points: London Eye (Stop 11) at 19:30
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Tip: Visit the Covent Square Market, the most popular market in London for jewelry, antiques, or a souvenir of your trip as the merchandise changes every day.
  • Facilities: Wheelchair accessibility, pre-recorded commentary.
  • The pre-recorded commentary is available in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
  • The live commentary is available in English, only on the red route.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Combo (Save 10%): Heathrow Express One-Way Tickets + Big Bus London 24/48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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  • Save big with this cost-effective combo, ensuring hassle-free Heathrow transfers and a London city hop-on hop-off tour.
  • Reach London's vibrant Paddington from Heathrow Airport, or vice versa, in just 15 mins!
  • With frequent connections from Heathrow Airport’s terminals, get access to a transfer with the most flexible schedule through the day.
  • On a convenient hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour, access 3 routes with over 35 stops spread across the heart of the British capital.
  • Visit iconic spots like the London Eye, Kensington Palace, Tower Bridge, Madame Tussauds, and more along your route.

Inclusions

Heathrow Express one-way tickets

  • One-way transfer between Heathrow Airport to London Paddington (as per ticket choice)
  • Level platform access to all trains on all platforms
  • At-seat power
  • Free 4G Wi-Fi
  • Air-conditioning onboard
  • Luggage space
  • Onboard entertainment platform to browse newspapers, magazines & podcasts

Big Bus hop-on hop-off tour

Discover Pass: 24-Hours

  • 24-hour unlimited hop-on hop-off pass
  • Audio guide in 12 languages
  • Hop-on hop-off map of London

Essential Pass: 48-Hours

  • 48-hour unlimited hop-on hop-off pass
  • Audio guide in 12 languages
  • 3 guided walking tours of Changing of the Guard, City of London & Jack the Ripper
  • 1-way river cruise
  • Hop-on hop-off map of London

Heathrow Express one-way tickets

From Heathrow Airport to London Paddington

  • First train: 5:12am
  • Last train: 11:57pm
  • Frequency: Every 15 mins

From London Paddington to Heathrow Airport

  • First train: 5:10am
  • Last train: 11:25pm
  • Frequency: Every 15 mins

Big Bus hop-on hop-off tour

Red route

  • First bus: 8am from stop #1 (Green Park Underground)
  • Last bus: 6pm from stop #1 (Green Park Underground)
  • Frequency: every 10 to 20 mins
  • Popular stops: Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Tower Bridge & Big Ben

Blue route

  • First bus: 8am from stop #1 (Green Park Underground)
  • Last bus: 6pm from stop #4 (Marble Arch)
  • Frequency: every 20 mins
  • Popular stops: Kensington Palace, Harrods, Notting Hill & Paddington Station Complete

Green route

  • First bus: 8:45am from stop #13 (Covent Garden)
  • Last bus: 7pm from stop #37 (Woburn)
  • Frequency: every 20 mins
  • Popular stops: Kings Cross Station, St. Pancras Station, British Museum & Temple Underground Station.

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

Royal walk

  • Departure points: Green Park Underground (stop #1) & Trafalgar Square (stop #8)
  • Timings: 10am, daily

Little Legs kids tour

  • Departure point: Westminster Pier (stop #18)
  • Timings: Every weekend, 27-31 May (daily), and Jul & Aug at 2pm

Cruise details

  • Boarding points: Tower Pier (near stop #17), Greenwich Pier, Westminster Pier (near stop #19), or London Eye Pier (near stops #12 & 13)
  • Frequency: Approx. every 50 mins.

Heathrow Express one-way tickets

  • Tip: At Paddington Station, you can access National Rail, and Crossrail for London and UK travel. It's a central hub for Bakerloo, Circle, District, and Hammersmith & City tube lines.
  • Facilities: Wheelchair Accessibility, Pram/Stroller Accessibility, Free Wi-Fi, Cloakroom.
  • Pets and guide dogs are permitted on this transfer.
  • Children 15 years and under can travel free on Heathrow Express.
  • Note: The service is subject to disruptions or late departures in certain circumstances.

Big Bus hop-on hop-off tour

  • Facilities: Wheelchair Accessibility, Pre-Recorded Commentary.
  • The pre-recorded commentary is available in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
  • The live commentary is available in English, only on the red route.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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  • Save big and enjoy two experiences with Stansted Express and Big Bus London hop-on hop-off combo tickets.
  • Get to Tottenham Hale from Stansted Airport or vice versa, in under 40 minutes with the Stansted Express ensuring a quick and comfortable journey.
  • Make use of in-train amenities like high-speed Wi-Fi, at-seat power supply & USB plug, and ample luggage space on the Stansted Express.
  • Explore London at your own pace with the Big Bus Tour, covering over 35 stops and featuring iconic landmarks like Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace.
  • Choose between 24 or 48-hour passes, access 3 different routes, and enjoy extras like a river cruise and guided walking tours.

Inclusions

Stansted Express

  • One-way transfers between London Stansted Airport & Tottenham Hale
  • Ample luggage space
  • Air-conditioning
  • Wi-Fi, at-seat power supply & USB plug

Big Bus London

Discover Pass: 24-Hour

  • 24-hour unlimited hop-on hop-off pass
  • Audio guide in English, French, German, Italian & Spanish
  • Live guide in English on red route
  • Hop-on hop-off map of London

Essential Pass: 48-Hours

  • 48-hour unlimited hop-on hop-off pass
  • Audio guide in English, French, German, Italian & Spanish
  • Live guide in English on red route
  • 3 guided walking tours of Changing of the Guard, City of London & Jack the Ripper
  • 1-way river cruise
  • Hop-on hop-off map of London

Stansted Express

From Stansted Airport to Tottenham Hale Station

  • First train: 5:30am
  • Last train: 12:30am
  • Frequency: Approx. every 30 mins

From Tottenham Hale Station to Stansted Airport

  • First train: 4:52am
  • Last train: 11:13pm
  • Frequency: Approx. every 30 mins

Big Bus London

Red Route

  • First bus: 8am from stop #1 (Green Park Underground)
  • Last bus: 6pm from stop #1 (Green Park Underground)
  • Popular stops: Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Tower Bridge & Big Ben

Blue Route

  • First bus: 8am from stop #1 (Green Park Underground)
  • Last bus: 6pm from stop #4 (Marble Arch)
  • Popular stops: Kensington Palace, Harrods, Notting Hill & Paddington Station Complete

Green Route

  • First bus: 8:45am from stop #13 (Covent Garden)
  • Last bus: 7pm from stop #37 (Woburn)
  • Popular stops: Kings Cross Station, St. Pancras Station, British Museum & Temple Underground Station.

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

Royal Walk

  • Departure points: Green Park Underground (stop #1) & Trafalgar Square (stop #8)
  • Timings: Daily, at 10am

Little Legs Kids Tour

  • Departure point: Westminster Pier (stop #18)
  • Timings: Every weekend, 27-31 May (daily), and July & August at 2pm

Cruise Details

  • Boarding points: Tower Pier (near stop #17), Greenwich Pier, Westminster Pier (near stop #19), or London Eye Pier (near stops #12 & 13)
  • Frequency: Approx. every 50 mins

Stansted Express

  • Tip: Hop off at Tottenham Hale and discover Covent Garden's street performances and boutique shops.
  • Facilities: Wheelchair & Bicycle Accessibility, Lavatory, Free Wi-Fi, Power Supply Socket, Luggage Space.

Big Bus London

  • Tip: Savor Indian cuisine at Dishoom near Covent Garden (stop 12), a local favorite.
  • Facilities: Wheelchair Accessibility, Pre-recorded Commentary
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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London Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tours 2024

The open-top double-decker brown and yellow Big Bus is your ticket to convenient and comfortable sightseeing in London. The Big Bus Tour company offers London hop-on hop-off tours with 30+ bus stops located near the city’s top attractions and landmarks. Hop onto one of their buses and hop off at any of the numerous stops to take a closer look at desired attractions.

Why Choose London Big Bus Tours?

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Overview of the City: The Big Bus London HOHO routes are designed in a manner that ensures they give you a complete overview of the city. Even if you do not hop on and hop off, you can sit on the bus and still enjoy the sights. 

See the Top Landmarks: London Big Bus tours are an excellent way to see all the major landmarks without the stress of organizing your own itinerary and saving money on transportation

Multiple Routes: The London Big Bus Tours operate along four routes. They cover all the major tourist destinations in Central London, the City of London, and West London like the London Eye, Kensington Palace, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, and Westminster Abbey.

Audio Guides: You can also learn some interesting facts as you listen to commentary in 12 languages on the tour’s audio guides and enjoy free walking tours and a river cruise!

Your London Big Bus Ticket Options Explained

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Discover Ticket

  • 24-hour unlimited hop-on hop-off 
  • Open-top buses
  • Air-conditioned section
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hop-on hop-off Route Map Available
  • Audio Guide in 5 languages
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Essential Ticket

  • 48-hour unlimited hop-on hop-off 
  • Open-top buses
  • Air-conditioned section
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hop-on hop-off Route Map Available
  • Audio Guide in 5 languages
  • 1-hour Thames River cruise
  • 3 guided walking tours
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Explore Ticket

  • 48-hour unlimited hop-on hop-off 
  • Open-top buses
  • Air-conditioned section
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hop-on hop-off Route Map Available
  • Audio Guide in 5 languages
  • 1-hour Thames River cruise
  • 3 guided walking tours
  • London evening tour

Audio guide languages are available in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

Flexible Cancelation Policy: Get a full refund on canceling this ticket up to 24 hours in advance.

Discounted Ticket: Children aged 5-15 enjoy reduced ticket pricing.

London Big Bus Tour Timetable

Red Route

  • Timing: 8:15 AM to 6 PM
  • Frequency: Every 10–20 minutes
  • Loop: 2 hours 30 minutes

Blue Route 

  • Timing: 8 AM to 6 PM
  • Frequency: Every 10–20 minutes
  • Loop: 1 hr 20 minutes

Green Link Route 

  • Timing: 8:30 AM to 5:45 PM
  • Frequency: Every 30–60 minutes

River Thames Cruise

  • Timing: 9 AM to 5 PM
  • Frequency: Every 50 minutes
  • Stops: Tower Pier, Greenwich Pier, Westminster Pier, or London Eye Pier

Evening Tour

  • Timing: From 7:30 PM (from Stop #11: London Eye)
  • Frequency: Once per evening

London Big Bus Tour Routes

Red Route (Classic Red Tour)

The Red Route/Classic Red Tour travels around best of Central London. The route has 22 stops. Highlights are Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, the London Eye, Big Ben, and St Paul’s Cathedral. 

This route lasts for around 90 minutes. The first bus starts from Green Park Underground at 9 AM.

Blue Route (Big Blue Tour)

The Blue Route/Big Blue Tour is perfect for visitors that want to see 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. 

This route lasts around 150 minutes. The first bus starts from the  Green Park Underground at 8:30 AM.

Green Link 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 British Museum, Russel Square, and Holborn. 

The first bus leaves from King’s Cross Station at 8:50 AM and the last bus at 5:40 PM, while the first bus leaves from Covent Garden at 8:45 AM and the last bus at 6:20 PM.

River Thames Cruise

The River Cruise takes you down the River Thames from Westminster to Greenwich. You can hop on and hop off at Westminster Pier, the London Eye Pier, Waterloo Pier, Tower Bridge Pier, and the Greenwich Pier (for those with a Premium or Deluxe ticket). 

The first river cruise leaves at 8:50 AM and the last one leaves at 6:35 PM, and the entire cruise takes approximately 30 minutes.

Suggested London Big Bus Itineraries

Here are some suggested Big Bus HOHO routes you can follow in London:

1 Day Itinerary
2 Days Itinerary
3 Days Itinerary

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. Here is a sample itinerary you can use:

  • 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 10 AM 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 10 AM. 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.

If you have 3 days to explore London fully, you can use all 3 routes of the London Big Bus. Here is a sample itinerary you can use –

Day 1 – Blue Route: Take the bus to the South Kensington Museums to explore the Museum of Natural History, Victoria & Albert Museum, and Science Museum. Take the bus to explore Kensington Palace and Gardens. Get down Baker Street for the Sherlock Holmes Museum and Madame Tussauds. Finish your day exploring the shops on Oxford Street.

Day 2 – Red Route & Green Link: Start your day at Trafalgar Square for the free ‘Royal Walk’ walking tour. Then head to Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, and Churchill Museum. Then change to Green Route at Covent Garden and get down at the British Museum. Return to Covent Garden and explore the area of West End.

Day 3 – Red Route: Start your trip at the London Eye and explore the nearby SeaLife Aquarium and London Dungeons. Get on the Red Bus route and get off at the Tower of London and explore the landmarks around it, including H.M.S Belfast. Take the free river cruise from the Tower of London and alight at Westminster Pier.




Highlights of the London Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour

Buckingham Palace

Visit the Queen’s residence at Buckingham Palace. Stroll through the vast palatial gardens and witness the Change of Guards ceremony, at this treasure trove of royal experiences.

London Eye

Experience a breathtaking view of London from atop the 443-feet high London Eye observation wheel located near the River Thames,  for a unique perspective of London.

Westminster Abbey

One of the UK’s most important religious buildings, Westminster Abbey the burial and memorial site of writers, actors, scientists, thinkers, and other famous historical significant figures.

London Bridge

Just off the banks of River Thames, the London Bridge area is famous for its restaurants and the Tower Bridge. Often confused with the London Bridge, the Tower Bridge has stunning river views.

St. Paul's Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral is one of Europe’s largest cathedrals Listen to the haunting acoustics in the Whispering Gallery and soaking in the breathtaking views offered by the cathedral's galleries.

River Thames

Explore the beautiful River Thames on a River Cruise. Travel under the London Bridge, see the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and admire the Festival Hall and the London Eye.

Parliament Square

Parliament Square has some of the capital’s most iconic buildings including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and statues of famous leaders and historical figures.

Madame Tussauds

Home to lifelike wax figures of over 250 celebrities, at Madame Tussauds you can see the Royal Family, Benedict Cumberbatch, James Bond, and more.

London Big Bus Visitor Tips and Guidelines

  • 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. 
  • 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! 
  • 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 on Headout. 
  • 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! 
  • The top deck is comfortable during summer but ensure you pack protective sun gear, like sunscreen and a hat, just in case it gets too hot. 
  • Remember that London follows the right-hand side driving system and if you want the best close-up views of the sights as you are passing by it’s best to use the seats on the right-hand side of the bus. 
  • It is advisable to carry snacks and water in a small backpack while on the Big Bus Tour. This is ideal if you wish to take a route loop and don’t wish to get down in between. 
  • London is great for walking and a few of the neighbourhoods are best experienced while walking like Covent Garden, Piccadilly Circus, and Oxford Street. Make sure you visit these areas before or after the Bus tour timings so that you can make the best of using the bus to get around.

Frequently Asked Questions About London Big Bus Tours

Q. What is a London Big Bus tour?

A. Big Bus is one of the top hop-on hop-off tours in London.

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

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

Q. Where can I buy London Big Bus hop-on hop-off tickets?

A. You can purchase London Big Bus hop on hop off bus tour tickets online.

Q. Are London Big Bus hop-on hop-off tickets available online?

A. Yes, you can buy London Big Bus hop-on-hop-off tickets online here.

Q. How much does a London Big Bus hop-on hop-off bus cost?

A. There are multiple hop-on hop-off bus tours, most of which begin from £36.90.

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

A. London Big Bus hop-on hop-off bus tours run at a frequency of 30 to 60 minutes.

Q. How many London Big Bus routes are there?

A. There are three Big Bus tour routes in London - the red, blue, and green link.

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

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

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

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