Get to know the city and see London's top landmarks with your choice of 1 day Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour!

One of the best ways to get around all the top attractions in London, a Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour is the perfect way to start your visit. Learn all about London’s history and culture, with entertaining narration along the way while enjoying a birds’s-eye-view of the streets below.

With a choice of a Big Bus London or Golden Tours Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour - discover London's top attractions while learning about the city. Your bus tour is valid for 1 calendar day so make the most of a full day of sightseeing, passing top sights and attractions such as Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square.

✅ 1 day Hop-On-Hop-Off tour (either for Big Bus or Golden Tours)
✅ 9 bus routes around London
✅ 110+ Hop-On-Hop-Off tourist stops
✅ See top London attractions and landmarks
✅ Live English audio guide - available also in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese (Mandarin), Portuguese (Brazilian) & Russian

Please note: Each London Explorer Pass holder can choose one Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour operator - either Big Bus London or Golden Tours, once selected you can not switch between operators. The choice is entirely up to you!


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Where to Hop-On and Hop-Off

Coca-Cola London Eye
One of London's most iconic structures, set along London’s Southbank area, get up close to the world-famous London Eye and immerse yourself in the “cultural heart” of the city. Stroll along the famous esplanade, past street performers and pop-up eateries to landmarks such as The British Film Institute, National Theatre, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Royal Festival Hall. Further along the river, you can also find Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern.

Tower of London
Without a doubt one of London’s most important historic buildings, hop off at the Tower of London and explore this old fortress on a Yeoman Warder tour and learn about the Tower’s wealth of history, dating back to the Norman Conquest. Learn about the secrets and scandals of the court and the role the Tower used to play as a palace, prison, armoury and menagerie.

Westminster Abbey
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must-visit on any London bus tour. Hop off and explore the country’s coronation church since the 11th century and walk down the same aisle that Kate Middleton did during her wedding to Prince William. Westminster Abbey is a stunning historic building with impressive stained glass windows, paintings and old pews but it also serves as the burial ground for some of history's biggest names from royals such as Elizabeth I and her half-sister Mary I to writers and intellectuals such as Charles Darwin, Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Dickens and more.

Tower Bridge
The most iconic bridge in the UK, Tower Bridge is one of the most photographed landmarks in London so jump off here to enjoy a visit of this old Victorian bascule bridge. Just opposite the Tower of London and opposite London Bridge, Tower Bridge is a great attraction if you like engineering and a good view. The Victorian Engine Rooms show you show the old bascules worked and the new elevated glass walkway gives you unparalleled views over London and the river.

Buckingham Palace
You can’t miss a photo opportunity at one of the most recognisable buildings in the country, Buckingham Palace. One of the few working palaces left in the world, Buckingham Palace is home to the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, and a top London attraction! Hop off at the Buckingham Palace stop and catch the Changing of the Guard before escaping the hustle and bustle with a stroll through Green Park.

Trafalgar Square
An iconic London landmark, Trafalgar Square is one of the city's cultural hubs - hosting events, festival celebrations, rallies and more, as well as being home to Nelson's Column, the National Gallery and National - two of the country's most important art museums. Trafalgar Square is also a stone’s throw away from the the Embankment, which is great for views along the river.

Big Bus London Tour Routes

Best of Central London - Red Tour 
With 23 different stops, the features live English-speaking guides on all buses offering entertaining commentary, fun facts and unique insights to London. Covering major London sights such as Trafalgar Square, the Coca-Cola London Eye, St. Paul's Cathedral, Covent Garden, the Tower of London, Hyde Park Corner and more, it is the essential tour to start your visit!

Tour duration: Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes

Best of the West - Blue Route Tour 
Hop on and hop off the London Blue Tour at 14 different stops across West London. From the museum quarter to the leafy streets of Kensington, Bayswater and Baker Street, you'll discover iconic landmarks such as Harrods, the Natural History Museum, Kensington Palace, Notting Hill and Madame Tussauds.

Tour duration: Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

North to Central - Green Route Tour 
Covering Central London landmarks through Bloomsbury to St. Pancras and Euston Stations, the London Green Link tour has 10 hop on hop off stops including the British Museum, Covent Garden and more as well as pre-recorded tour commentary in 12 languages.

Tour Duration: Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

Magical Merlink - Orange Route Tour
A direct tour between London's best-known attractions such as Madame Tussauds, The London Eye, The London Dungeon, SEA LIFE London Aquarium and more while discovering Central London landmarks such as Marble Arch, Green Park, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus. 

Tour duration: Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes

Click here for the Big Bus Tours hop on hop off bus routes and timetable.

Golden Tours Routes

The Essential Tour (Blue route)
Covering all the main Central London sights, this route includes a live English speaking guide. See Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral and more as your live guide keeps you entertained and educated every step of the way.

The Classic Tour (Red route)
Covers all the main Central London sights and journeys through London’s Museum Quarter.

The Grand Tour (Orange route)
This route passes Madame Tussauds, Baker Street and Kings Cross, as well as many other Central London sights.

The Pick Up (Yellow route)
Operating in the mornings only, this route travels from the popular hotel districts to Central London.

The Drop Off Route (Green route)
Operating in the evenings only, this route travels from Central London to the popular hotel districts.

Click here for the Golden Tours Hop-On-Hop-Off bus routes and timetable.

For route diversions for both operators, delay and disruption information, please check our Closures & Notices page to avoid disappointment.

A bus tour is a great way to see the top sights around London, however, we advise against using the bus tours as a mode of transportation around the city. For more efficient transport - we'd suggest using London's public transport networks.

Using Your London Explorer Pass

Simply present your Explorer Pass when boarding a Big Bus tour bus to enjoy access.

Make the most of your London Explorer Pass

- Free 1 calendar day Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour worth up to £34 
- Choice of Big Bus or Golden Tours - select which suits your preference. 
- No need to pre-pick up - just scan your Explorer Pass when you get on the bus, it's that simple. 
- Hop off at top attractions in the city and skip the lines at busy sights

The London Explorer Pass is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Choose to use your Explorer Pass for a 1 day Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus London Tour, then look to the list of other top attractions for your other Explorer Pass admission choices!

Please check Overview for Big Bus and Golden Tours bus timetables


Please check our Closure & Notices page for changings in opening hours and closure dates.

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