Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

London, England
Big Bus London Hop On Hop Off Tour

From $55.73

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 1 hour 10 minutes to 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Choose between 24- or 48-hour ticket options, and design a personal itinerary with stops including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights. Then, if you've selected the option, hop off at Westminster Pier or Tower of London stop to enjoy a Thames River cruise.
  • Enjoy a flexible and efficient way to sightsee
  • Pick between 24- or 48-hour options to fit your schedule and budget
  • A Thames River cruise or night tour is included as a bonus
  • See top sights like Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This ultra-customizable hop-on hop-off bus tour includes multiple routes and ticket durations.

What's Included

  • Hop-on hop-off bus tour
  • Recorded commentary in 5 Languages
  • 30 minute one-way river cruise
  • Hop on Hop off with 3 different routes
  • 90 minute Panoramic (Non Stop) Evening Tour with selected tour only
  • Free WIFI on Board
  • A choice of themed live guided walking tours with both 48 hour tickets.
  • Food and drinks

Meeting and Pickup

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What To Expect

Explore the best of historic London—seat of the British Royalty—by bus on a lively tour of the city’s key attractions and landmarks.

When purchasing your ticket, choose from multiple routes. (A complete list of stops can be found in the Itinerary below.) With your 24 hours or 48 hours pass, hop on and off the double-decker bus at any of the route’s many locations, or stay onboard for a relaxing ride through buzzing London.

As you ride, learn about London’s history and interesting anecdotes about locals sites such as Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Marble Arch and more. Hop off to explore the eclectic shops in Covent Garden, snap photos of the lavish Buckingham Palace or experience the bustle of Oxford Street. Between stops, stroll through gorgeous Hyde Park and view Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square.

Your hop-on hop-off pass also includes a cruise along the River Thames or a night tour as a bonus.
Green Route

10 Stops

4 Points of Interest

Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes

Operating Schedule: Buses depart every 30 - 60 mins. First Departure at 08:30 from Stop 44 - Woburn (Northbound) and the last bus departs at 17:45. Tour Duration 1 hour 10 Minutes.

One Aldwych

Proud Late

Russell Square (Stop H)

Upper Woburn Place / Euston Road (Stop L)

St Pancras International & Kings's Cross Station

St Pancras International (Stop S)

Upper Woburn Place (Stop M)

Russell Square (Stop J)

Southampton Row / Theobald's Road (Stop X)

Southampton Row Theobalds Road (Stop Y)

Points of interest passed by on this route

Covent Garden

King's Cross Station

St. Pancras International Station

The British Museum

Red Route

26 Stops

63 Points of Interest

Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes

Operating 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.


Old Park Lane / Hard Rock Cafe (Stop C)


Hyde Park

Baker Street Station (Stop D)

290 Regent St.

1 Heddon St

74 Regent St.

5b Pall Mall E

South African High Commission Home Affairs Consular Section

Horse Guards Parade

4 York Rd

28 York Rd

1 Aldwych

26 Ludgate Hill

362 Tower Hill




Lambeth Palace Road

Abingdon Street Gardens

43 Tothill St

1 Buckingham Place

49 Buckingham Palace Rd

Victoria Station (Stop R)

113 Lambeth Palace Rd

Points of interest passed by on this route

Tower of London

Buckingham Palace

HMS Belfast

Tower Bridge

Big Bus Tours

Somerset House


Nelson's Column

Piccadilly Circus

St. James's Park

St. James's Palace

St. Paul's Cathedral

Royal Opera House

Trafalgar Square

Hyde Park

Westminster Abbey

Covent Garden

Leicester Square

Houses of Parliament

Big Ben

Westminster Cathedral

Bank of England Museum

Green Park


Changing of the Guard

Royal Albert Hall

Parliament Square

Statue of Eros (Anteros)

Downing Street

Royal Mews

Southwark Cathedral

Temple Church

Regent Street

St. Mary le Strand

St. Clement Danes Church

The Mall


The Monument to the Great Fire of London

Admiralty Arch

Thames River

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum And Tour

Cleopatra's Needle

London Eye

Wellington Arch

30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin)

Grosvenor Square

Westminster Bridge

The View from The Shard

London Film Museum

Royal Exchange Building London

London Bridge

London Victoria Station

Wellington Monument (Achille's Statue)

Marble Arch Theatre

Marble Arch

Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain

City Hall

Borough Market

The London Dungeon

SEA LIFE London Aquarium

DreamWork's Tours: Shrek's Adventure! London

Westminster Bridge

Fleet Street

Blue Route

15 Stops

10 Points of Interest

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

Operating Schedule: Buses depart every 10 - 20 mins. First Departure at 08.00 from Stop 24 - Victoria, Nova Complex and the last bus departs at 18:00.

Green Park Station (Stop H)

Old Park Lane / Hard Rock Cafe (Stop C)

Marble Arch

Hyde Park Corner Station (Stop M)

Harrods (Stop KA)

Victoria and Albert Museum (Stop N)

Gloucester Road

The Goat

Palace Gardens Terrace (Stop M)

Palace Court (Stop S)

Porchester Terrace (Stop D)

Lancaster Gate Columbia Hotel (Stop LE)

7 Conduit Pl

4b Praed St

134 Park Ln

Points of interest passed by on this route

Statue of Eros (Anteros)

St. James's Park

St. Mary le Strand

Park Lane

Marble Arch

Grosvenor Square

Wellington Arch

Hyde Park

South Kensington

Kensington Palace

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tickets are valid from the first date of redemption
  • Buses are all equipped with ramps for wheelchairs or strollers
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Redeem your voucher at any of the designated Big Bus stops
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants (age 0-4) can go on the tour free of charge
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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8,768 reviews
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Good if no interrupted service
Jennifer_G, Apr 2024
The actual tour was good, full of interesting tidbits about London. However, there was a planned rally in the city that affected multiple stops for hours longer and more stops than they expected. We walked way more than expected and were very frustrated as we didn’t get the chance to finish the tour as we hoped due to the interrupted service.
Not that great
Judy_N, Apr 2024
I thought it could do a much better job explaining the history and what we were looking at. I was dissatisfied
Shirley_M, Apr 2024
It was easy. The drop-offs were in great places, easy to get to awesome sites and interesting audio.
Wild wet windy and wonderful
peter_c, Apr 2024
A very cheerful, friendly, and helpful driver. A wild wet windy and cold day but well worth braving the weather for an interstate tour. .
Great staff
Melody_S, Apr 2024
The staff were always very helpful and polite. No question was ignored and plenty of helpful hints were offered.
Hop on and hop off
Sally_M, Apr 2024
This was a great tour! We did it first thing upon arrival after checking into our hotel. It was a great way to see some of the city. Boat ride was relaxing and informative!
Expensive mistake!
alicia_r, Apr 2024
Unfriendly & unhelpful staff. Guide was off schedule with terrible audio. We got off one and hopped on another but it was the same horrible experience!
Take the time to tour on the Hop on Hop Off Bus
Lorri_H, Apr 2024
Enjoyed using both the red and blue lines. Learned a lot of London history. Wish I had time to do the River Cruise.
Big Bus is the Way to GO....... Convenience and Great Audio Narration
Teresa_A, Apr 2024
I purchased a two days pass with one way cruise. It was worth it because I was able to see all the attraction places on the bus with the audio narration. You can use the same pass for the 3 different routes. If you are not sure when will you be arriving the Tower of London, don’t worry, you can get ticket when you get off the Big Bus. You can also purchase the London Tower ticket at the entrance. So….NO need to purchase online. Enjoy. Big Bus is the way to Go…… Drivers were friendly.
BigBus in London a Nice Afternoon.
marilyn_l, Apr 2024
The bus and London were both very nice. The audio headsets did a good job and stayed on track even though thr nice weather and heavy traffic often got bogged down to less than a crawl. The boat tour was very nice as well. For an overview or Quick Look it was great. If you need a more in depth look you obviously need to spend time on the sidewalk. All in all a pleasant experience.
Great Experience
Lexxy2u2005, Apr 2024
I have done this experience about twice before, never hopping off. But this time it was with my entire family and it was spectacular and great as we thoroughly explored the iconic landmarks!! Hopping on and off at will!!!
Hal_P, Apr 2024
Horrible tour. Didn’t see half of route. Couldn’t get off at stops. We didn’t get anywhere the benefit of tour. Would recommend another line.
Best and most relaxed day tour
Cynthia_L, Apr 2024
Great tour that covered a large area of London city. We liked that the automated tour guide was in point to share and explain all significant and historical sights. We will definitely recommend this tour. And VIATOR has been a great experience arranging our tours with them in several countries.
Great way to see London!!
Clarkette_H, Apr 2024
Great way to hit the high points of London if you have limited time! I recommend it highly!! Very friendly and helpful with all our questions.
Listening to tour guid in...
Ashkan_N, Apr 2024
Listening to tour guid in a bus.that's why i want to get a copy of that voice file if possible.river cruise was also nice
Mode of transport only
Natalie_S, Apr 2024
I have used this bus in other cities and loved it. Unfortunately this one was not great… we were asked to change busses twice and also witnessed the driver and ticket person arguing at a stop. Not very professional.
A really lovely day!
BERNARD_D, Apr 2024
Helpfulness and friendliness of driver. Very good routes. Very informative commentaries. Excellent app. Great cruise!
Ana_L, Apr 2024
Great night tour and great experience. The tour guide was excellent The whole experience of the bus was amazing so far. We still have today but it will also be good
The tour of Bath and...
Cedric_M, Apr 2024
The tour of Bath and Stonehenge, also Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, Unfortunately I was misled about the night tour, I was told it was included in my ticket but it wasn't
Great informative way to see the area.
Mitchell_M, Apr 2024
Great idea and everyone does their best to get the job done, so I have high marks for the service. The only thing that glitched was when there was a 1/2 marathon in London on Sunday and the normal route was affected. It’s understandable but we were not informed of the issue. Communication was a bit broken and that was a little frustrating. But other than that it was a great service.

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