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 it you want a closer look and to 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 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, once selected you can not switch between operators. The choice is entirely up to you!


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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 vaild for 1calendar 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.

Hop-On-Hop-Off Sights

Coca-Cola 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 landmarkis 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.

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 
14 different stops across West London passing landmarks such as Harrods, the Natural History Museum, Kensington Palace, Notting Hill, and Madame Tussauds. Tour duration: Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

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)
See Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral and more.

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

The Grand Tour (Orange route)
See Madame Tussauds, Baker Street and Kings Cross, and more.

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

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

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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