Ghost Bus Tour of York

York, England
York Ghost Tour by Vintage Bus
  • 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Offered in: English


Delve into the dark recesses of York’s history on this evening ghost bus tour. With your spooky local guide, visit notorious local haunts of restless spirits, and pass eerie sites such as York Minster, Clifford’s Tower, and the grave of Dick Turpin, infamous highwayman and murderer. Throughout the tour, hear anecdotes and fascinating facts about York’s grisly past, and make key stops for a closer look at the city’s most haunted buildings. 
  • Evening ghost bus tour of York, led by an entertaining guide
  • Tour York on a classic Routemaster and discover the city’s dark past
  • Pass by must-see historical sights including Clifford’s Tower and York Minster
  • Hop on and off at some of the city’s most haunted buildings
  • Hear spine-chilling tales of the ghostly apparitions who are said to roam ‘the most haunted city in the world’
  • Choice of afternoon or evening departure

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • The Ghost Bus Tours York
    Station Rd, Bus stop RE, York YO24 1AA, UK

    Departing from Bus Stop RE daily, directly outside York station, on Station Road, right outside of The Principal York.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Choose your preferred start time that best suits your schedule, and meet your creepy guide in central York for a journey through the city’s gruesome history. Board the ghost bus – a classic Routemaster bus with its own questionable history – grab a seat in the shadowy upper or lower deck, and peer out the window as you wind through the dark, narrow streets.  

As you ride, hear chilling tales of York’s most prolific hauntings, misdeeds and most sinister characters. You’ll pass infamous landmarks like Clifford’s Tower, York Minster and Dick Turpin's grave, and stop occasionally to get better acquainted with ghostly venues. By the end, you’ll have an intimate understanding of York’s sinister side, touted as one of the spookiest cities in the world!

Your tour returns to the departure point with time to warm your chilled soul at a local pub.

Clifford's Tower (Pass By)

York Minster (Pass By)

Dick Turpin's Grave (Pass By)

The Ghost Bus Tours (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please arrive 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. The tour cannot wait for late passengers and they cannot be admitted once the show has started.
  • Please note that the tours are conducted in English
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 54 travelers

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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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1,883 reviews
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Entertaining Ghost Bus
Trevor_G, Apr 2024
Entertaining, informative and very quirky. Would definitely recommend this tour if you are looking for a laugh whilst gaining some insight into the unique and haunting history of York.
Phil has and “x Factor”
Arturas_V, Apr 2024
Phil and bob was best experience in York. Very informative, relatable humour. And overall Phil appeared a decent human being. Shame didn’t had cash in the end to tip it to show how good it was.
Informative and funny
John_R, Apr 2024
Great trip. Aaron was informative and funny. Pick up place was easy to find. Well worth an hour of your time
YukCandy_K, Apr 2024
Not what I expect it but is OK !! walking around the centre and told about some ghost stories ................................................
Excellent tour and guide
Christine_T, Jan 2024
Excellent ghost bus tour. Frank Stein our guide was very informative and funny. He kept us interested the whole tour. Bob the driver was also involved and played a good part. Enjoyed getting off the bus and exploring the shambles and hearing the tales of what went on there.
Funny and enjoyable
David_A, Jan 2024
Good fun. The presenter had so much energy. Sits small on bys but OK if you want cuddle up close to your partner.
Totally exceeded our expectations, loved it
Lisa_A, Dec 2023
Loved it- John & Bob were the best hosts too. So much fun and this tour exceeded our expectations, we didn’t expect to laugh so much. A great pre-Christmas hour of fun!
More factual ghost stories would be good.
Gary_P, Dec 2023
More factual ghost stories would be good with less of the dramatization. The play acting would be ok if it was a bit more professional and the focus was more on actual real stories
Spooky fun
Amy_M, Dec 2023
Very entertaining. The mixture of comedy and horror makes for great time, and you learn a lot along the way!
Great creepy tour!
Sarah_S, Nov 2023
My daughter and I really enjoyed this tour. The creepy bus conductor was brilliant, entertaining us with a mixture of gruesome ghost stories and humour. The bus looked great and was a fun way to see York on a drizzly Halloween night.
Highly Enjoyable
Helen_W, Oct 2023
Very atmospheric, really funny and very enjoyable such fun! Would definitely recommend informative too
Great laugh
James_R, Oct 2023
Tour guide was absolutely cracking. The your started on time and we laughed from.beginning to end. We such a good idea to filla couple of hours in York.
Great laugh, very informative, not so scary.
Claire_P, Aug 2023
We chose the bus tour as i was on crutches after surgery so couldnt do the walking tours. Bobby the driver was great, making room for me downstairs as I wouldn't have had the courage to ask people toove to accommodate me. The tour was very informative, covering all the ghostly goings on in York, really good fun, jokes were awful but suited the atmosphere of the passengers. Would have preferred an option to have a session that involved a few jump scares for a night time tour geared towards adults rather than only a family friendly option, but over all thoroughly enjoyed the history and humor.
Bus did not show up
Adina_S, Aug 2023
The bus has not showed up. We’ve waited from 5:55pm (pick up time was 6pm) till 6:30pm. When calling the tour company over the phone they lied that the bus passed at 6pm.
Lorraine_G, Aug 2023
Fabulous bus tour last night, lots of fun for all ages…….. would highly recommend this Ghost Tour! Breakfast at Bailies highly recommended!
carol_j, Aug 2023
It was brilliant so funny and really well performed we all enjoyed it and learnt a few things!!we sat upstairs and at tines it was a little rocky going round corners our advice is hold on!!!!
Ghost bus tour
Rebecca_H, Aug 2023
This experience was memorable from start to finish my whole family enjoyed it. The narrator is extremely knowledgeable and really does play his part well. I would say it more funny and informative than scary. It’s certainly suitable for young children. I would recommend this experience to anyone.
I recommend the Ghost Bus tour to everyone.
Sharon_G, Aug 2023
Loved the tour guide, he was sooo funny. The whole experience was very well executed. The only waiting time was people getting on the bus. Loved his ghost stories and the whole experience.
Utterly fantastic
Victoria_P, Jul 2023
What a fantastic time we had! We weren't sure what to expect but we found the whole experience informative and quite simply hilarious! We felt the acting talent was nothing short of excellent. 100% effort was definitely put in, highly recommend this experience 👌
Fun time
Christa_H, Jul 2023
Pretty corny but the bus is cool and the tour guides are great actors making it fun. Not at all scary so fine for kids.

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