Please note: We recommend checking directly with the bus tour company for current operational hours.

Get to know the city and see London's top landmarks with your choice of 1-day hop-on, hop-off bus tour!

Your London Explorer Pass includes . . .

  • One calendar day Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour ticket to explore the capital
  • Nine bus routes around London
  • Live English audio guide - available also in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese (Mandarin), Portuguese (Brazilian), and Russian

London isn’t short of sights, and you can see them all at your own pace with a one-day hop-on hop-off bus tour. Each tour has an onboard guide to point out the must-sees, so you’ll learn all about London’s history and culture. You can hop off if you want a closer look and take some snaps, then hop back on again when you’re ready to see the next big attraction. Choose a Big Bus London or Golden Tours - Gray Line London hop-on-hop-off tour and make the most of your time in London.

Please note: Each London Explorer Pass holder can choose one hop-on-hop-off bus tour operator - either Big Bus London or Golden Tours - Gray Line London. Once selected you can not switch between operators. The choice is entirely up to you!


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With a choice of Big Bus or Golden Tours - Gray Line London hop-on, hop-off bus tours, you can discover London's top attractions while learning about the city. Your bus tour is valid for one calendar day so make the most of a full day of sightseeing, passing top sights and attractions such as the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and Trafalgar Square.

Big Bus London tour routes

Best of Central London - Red Route 
With 22 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 10 minutes
First Bus: 8.00 from Green Park Underground, Stop 1  
Last full tour: 18.00 from Green Park Underground, Stop 1

Best of the West - Blue Route  
Hop on and hop off the London Blue Tour at 15 different stops across West London. From the museum quarter to the leafy streets of Kensington, Bayswater, you'll discover iconic landmarks such as Harrods, the Natural History Museum, Kensington Palace, Notting Hill and Marble Arch.

Tour duration: Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes
First Bus: 8.20 from Marble Arch, Stop 4  
Last full tour: 18.00 from Marble Arch, Stop 4

North to Central - Green Route  
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
First Bus: 8.20 from Woburn, Stop 37
Last Full Tour: 19.00 from Woburn, Stop 37

The Attraction Loop - 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, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus and Lambeth Palace. 

Tour duration: Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
First Bus: 8.50 from Baker Street, Stop 34
Last full tour: 18.30 from Baker Street, Stop 34

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

Golden Tours - Gray Line London 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 so much more, as your live guide informs and entertains every step of the way.
First Bus: 9.00 from Victoria, Buckingham Palace Road, Stop 1  
Last Bus: 17.00 from Victoria, Buckingham Palace Road, Stop 1

The Classic Tour (Red route)
Covers all the main Central London sights and visits London’s Museum Quarter.
First Bus: 08.11 from Buckingham Gate, Stop 2  
Last Bus: 17.09 from Piccadilly opp Hard Rock Cafe, Stop 33

The Grand Tour (Orange route)
This route passes Madame Tussauds and Kings Cross, as well as many other Central London sights.
First Bus: 09.03 from Duncannon Street, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Stop 7 
Last Bus: 18.54 from Lambeth Place, Stop 27 (weekends 18:42)

The Pick Up (Yellow route)
Operating in the morning, this route travels from the popular hotel districts to Central London.
First Bus: 07.44 from Holland Park Avenue, Stop 54  
Last Bus: 09.47 from Holland Park Avenue, Stop 54

The Drop Off Route (Green route)
Operating in the evening, this route travels from Central London to the popular hotel districts.
First Bus: 16:32 from Lambeth Palace road, Stop 27 (weekend – 16:26)
Last Bus: 18:12 from Lambeth Palace road, Stop 27 (weekend – 17:58)

Click here for the Golden Tours hop-on, hop-off bus routes and timetable.

Details of any impact to hop-on hop-off bus services, as a result of events or activities in central London, can be found here for Golden Tours, and here for Big Bus.

Hop-on, hop-off Sights London Eye – 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’ll find Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern.

Tower of London – a must-see London sight. Explore this old fortress on a Yeoman Warder tour and learn about the Tower’s wealth of history, dating back to the Norman Conquest. You’ll learn about the secrets and scandals of the court, and the role the Tower used to play as a palace, prison, armory, and menagerie.

Westminster Abbey – hop off here and explore the country’s coronation church since the 11th century. See the stained glass windows, paintings and old pews and find out about the final resting spots of royals, writers and intellectuals

Tower Bridge – this bridge is one of the most iconic in the UK and when you hop-off here you’ll see why. Explore the Victorian engine room and ignore your fear of heights as you take to the elevated glass walkway above the river.

Buckingham Palace – home to the HRH The Queen, this is one of the few working palaces left in the world and a must-see on any visit to the capital. Hop-off here and catch the Changing of the Guard before escaping the hustle and bustle with a stroll through Green Park.

Trafalgar Square – this iconic London landmark is one of the city's cultural hubs and hosts events, festival celebrations, rallies and more. It’s also home to the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery – two of the country's most important art museums. Trafalgar Square is also a stone’s throw away from the Embankment, which is great for views along the river.


Details of any impact to hop-on, hop-off bus services, as a result of events of activities in Central London, can be found here: 

Golden Tours :

Big Bus :

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 Golden Tours, Grey Line or 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 £38 
- Choice of Big Bus or Golden Tours - Gray Line London - 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. 

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!

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