Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise: Explore London’s Top Attractions
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Experience the best of London with a Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise. Explore top attractions, enjoy panoramic views, and listen to captivating commentary.
Duration: 7 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
Highlights

Red Route (Route)\nOperating Schedule: Buses depart every 10-20 mins. The first bus departs from Stop 1 - Green Park Underground at 8:15 and the last bus departs at 18:00.\n\n\n\n1. Piccadilly\n Stop 1 - Green Park Undergound\n\n2. Old Park Lane Hard Rock Cafe (Stop C)\n Stop 2 - Hard Rock Cafe\n\n3. W1K 1AB\n Stop 3 - Queen Mother Gates\n\n4. Hyde Park\n Stop 4 - Marble Arch\n\n5. Baker Street Station (Stop D)\n Stop 5 - Baker Street\n\n6. 290 Regent St.\n Stop 6 - Oxford Street\n\n7. 1 Heddon St\n Stop 7 - Regent Street\n\n8. 74 Regent St.\n Stop 8 - Piccadilly Circus\n\n9. 5b Pall Mall E\n Stop 9 - Trafalgar Square\n\n10. South African High Commission Home Affairs Consular Section\n Stop 10 - Craig’s Court\n\n11. Horse Guards Parade\n Stop 11 - Whitehall\n\n12. 4 York Rd\n Stop 12 - London Eye \n\n13. 28 York Rd\n Stop 13 - Waterloo (Eastbound)\n\n14. 1 Aldwych\n Stop 14 - Covent Garden\n\n15. 26 Ludgate Hill\n Stop 15 - St Paul’s Cathedral\n\n16. 362 Tower Hill\n Stop 16 - Tooley Street\n\n17. WC2R 2PH\n Stop 17 - Tower of London\n\n18. WC2R 2PH\n Stop 18 - Temple Underground station\n\n19. SW1A 2JH\n Stop 19 - Westminster Pier\n\n20. Lambeth Palace Road\n Stop 20 - Lambeth Palace\n\n21. Abingdon Street Gardens\n Stop 21 - College Green\n\n22. 43 Tothill St\n Stop 22 - Tothill Street\n\n23. 1 Buckingham Place\n Stop 23 - Buckingham Palace\n\n24. 49 Buckingham Palace Rd\n Stop 24 - Victoria, Nova Complex - Currently out of Service\n\n25. Victoria Station (Stop R)\n Stop 25 - Victoria Station\n\n26. Stop 38 - London Eye (Westbound) \n\n\n\nPoints of Interest\n- Tower of London\n\n- Buckingham Palace\n\n- HMS Belfast\n\n- Tower Bridge\n\n- Big Bus Tours\n\n- Somerset House\n\n- Mayfair\n\n- Nelson’s Column\n\n- Piccadilly Circus\n\n- St. James’s Park\n\n- St. James’s Palace\n\n- St. Paul’s Cathedral\n\n- Royal Opera House\n\n- Trafalgar Square\n\n- Hyde Park\n\n- Westminster Abbey\n\n- Covent Garden\n\n- Leicester Square\n\n- Houses of Parliament\n\n- Big Ben\n\n- Westminster Cathedral\n\n- Bank of England Museum\n\n- Green Park\n\n- Cenotaph\n\n- Changing of the Guard\n\n- Royal Albert Hall\n\n- Parliament Square\n\n- Statue of Eros (Anteros)\n\n- Downing Street\n\n- Royal Mews\n\n- Southwark Cathedral\n\n- Temple Church\n\n- Regent Street\n\n- St. Mary le Strand\n\n- St. Clement Danes Church\n\n- The Mall\n\n- Whitehall\n\n- The Monument to the Great Fire of London\n\n- Admiralty Arch\n\n- Thames River\n\n- Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum\n\n- Cleopatra’s Needle\n\n- London Eye\n\n- Wellington Arch\n\n- 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin)\n\n- Grosvenor Square\n\n- Westminster Bridge\n\n- The View from The Shard\n\n- London Film Museum\n\n- Royal Exchange Building London\n\n- London Bridge\n\n- London Victoria Station\n\n- Wellington Monument (Achille’s Statue)\n\n- Marble Arch Theatre\n\n- Marble Arch\n\n- Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain\n\n- City Hall\n\n- Borough Market\n\n- The London Dungeon\n\n- SEA LIFE London Aquarium\n\n- DreamWork’s Tours: Shrek’s Adventure! London\n\n- Fleet Street

What's Included
  • 90-minute Evening Panoramic Tour (Non-Stop)
  • 30-minute one-way River Cruise
  • Hop on Hop off Access to 3 Routes
  • Multilingual Recorded Commentary (5 Languages)
  • Themed Live Guided Walking Tours with 48-hour Tickets
  • Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Free WIFI on Board
What's Not Included
  • Food and drinks
Additional Information

Enjoy a panoramic view of London’s key points of interest from an open-air, double-decker Big Bus. With your 24-hour or 48-hour tickets, you can explore the city via three different routes, all complete with an audio guide. You can disembark at any stop along the way. Each ticket also includes a one-way River Thames cruise, traveling between the Tower of London and Westminster Pier. You can take the cruise in either direction.

  • 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
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
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Ameliarh8358rp
Dec 23, 2023
In conclusion, the Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise is a must-do for anyone eager to absorb the magic - My experience with the Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise was nothing short of phenomenal—a quintessential way to explore the beauty and history of this iconic city. The flexibility of the hop-on hop-off concept allowed me to tailor my itinerary to my interests, ensuring that I didn't miss any of London's renowned landmarks. The buses' well-planned routes covered all the major attractions, and the informative audio commentary provided fascinating insights into the city's rich history. The convenience of being able to disembark at any stop and explore at my own pace was a game-changer. Whether it was the historic Tower of London, the vibrant Covent Garden, or the regal Buckingham Palace, I had the freedom to immerse myself in each location and then easily hop back on the bus when ready to move on. The River Cruise was a delightful addition to the experience. Gliding along the Thames, I enjoyed panoramic views of London's skyline, including iconic landmarks such as the Shard, the London Eye, and the Tower Bridge. The live commentary during the cruise added a layer of storytelling that brought the city to life. The staff on both the buses and the river cruise were friendly and helpful, enhancing the overall experience. The buses were comfortable, and the strategic stops made navigating London's vast attractions effortless. In conclusion, the Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise is a must-do for anyone eager to absorb the magic of London. The combination of flexibility, comprehensive coverage, and the scenic river cruise makes it a five-star adventure. Highly recommended for both first-time visitors and seasoned explorers alike.
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C8462esmarys
Nov 15, 2023
Disruption surprise - I’d like to comment on the handling of the protest weekend. Your team handled it brilliantly amiss the disruptions, and changes to the routes. Things that were not expected causing your drivers and crew much anguish. Through all that they treated me personally with much care and never faltered on delivering a remarkable experience. One driver personally dropped me off at Harrods at the end of his daily route and I appreciate the extra customer service provided on such a hectic weekend. I did have a 2 day pass and used the 1st day to complete the red route and got some of the blue route done on Saturday. Thank you guys for the extra care.
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Ricardo_g
Mar 5, 2023
Great way to see many sites of London in a short amount of time. - This was a great way to spend 1st day in London. We were jet lagged and sitting on the bus was much easier than walking everywhere.
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Jenna_v
Mar 20, 2023
Limited hours - Was disappointed with the bus times/availability. Waited 1 hour for the Green Line. Discovered the buses end at 5pm by getting stranded, would have loved for them to go into the evening hours. We enjoyed the included river cruise and commentary. Next time we will just use the city buses and tube.
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Kbeckley
Nov 14, 2023
Sit in Traffic Simulator - This hop on hop off bus tour is very expensive but we figured the price was worth it as it hit most major attractions we would want to see. That couldnt be further from the truth. In reality you are paying to sit in traffic and listen to the same music repeat it self over and over. Going by the average time given on the website we thought we could do both the Red and Blue routes in a day without much problem. So to start we got on the Red Line at around 9 am, the first bus to come by the stop closest to our hotel that morning. By 1 pm we had only made it just over half way around the Red Loop. 4 hours to do only half the loop they quote 2.5 hours to complete the whole thing. We had to bail on the rest of the loop and didnt even think about trying the Blue Loop.
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Mthurmond
Jan 21, 2024
Very disappointing - I was very disappointed in this tour. I have been on several hop on hop off tours, which were all absolutely wonderful, but this one was not. We had only several hours of daylight to see as much as possible on the day we scheduled, and the bus spent almost a third of that time parked on the sidewalk for the driver to take a break and for a change of driver and then to wait for another bus to come and transfer passengers to ours. A number of the plugs did not transmit sound to the headphones. Finally, we ended up on a blue bus, rather than the red we had thought we were on and thus ended up having to take a taxi far across town to get home when it became too dark and cold to continue on, whereas the red bus would have brought us right around to our hotel. This may have been our fault, but it would have been nice had there been some reminders or more obvious signage.
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Robert_b
Aug 13, 2023
Physical threat by sales associate - Horrible, 30 minute wait no seats available. Went back to the Picadilly Circle retail store. The sales rep was obnoxious said they were not responsible. Went to shop walked by the store an hour later. The guy started swearing at me folloing me down the street threatened to have someone come to my home to rob and kill me. My 8 year old was hysterical. Walked into the viator retail store told manager he did basically nothing.
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Gregory_f
Apr 7, 2023
Not a very good experience - Couldn’t stand the tour guide Nick He is not a tour guide, he is an entertainer. We were expecting more from the tour
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Opinions-mattr
Mar 13, 2023
Avoid like the plague - Tourist Trap - The recording promises Rich history and amazing stories. It had none of that. Instead it had countless poor attempts at humour and general comments about being close to “lovely restaurants”. The tour covers a lot of London, it simply fails to tell you what’s there and misses key landmarks. It also waits at stops for unnecessarily long periods for no known reason other than to give you the chance to get off. Every stop you hear that “you’ve arrived at a big bus bus stop remember to take your headphones with you” and in between stops, rather than hearing about rich history and amazing stories you’re listening to 1990s music. If songs were credited for every play the park life by Blur would be number 1 every week as they seemed to play it every day 20 minutes. The app is rubbish too and does not tell you accurately where buses are. Honestly I feel robbed, my son was bored senseless whilst I just felt robbed after paying £72 for the both of us. The commentators are horrendous and the most information they give about anything is a Plug for Hard Rock Cafe which they’re clearly sponsored to do. Seriously, avoid at all costs. You will only be disappointed. Absolutely no one of the bus was smiling.
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Alex
Mar 4, 2023
Awful audio tour - why bother? - Absolutely shocking audio commentary. They basically played pop songs of British origin for 90% of the time. 5% trivia and 5% relevance to the place.
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