City Sightseeing: Edinburgh Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing: Edinburgh Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour

Edinburgh, U.K.
Tour ID: 85

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  • Special Offer: upto 3 Kids Go Free! per adult ticket. Limited Offer!
  • Start your journey at Waterloo Place for a seamless bus tour experience.
  • Visit Grassmarket, the historic marketplace in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town.
  • Explore the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street.
  • Discover the medieval charm of John Knox House dating back to the 15th century.
  • Explore scenic spots like Canongate, Holyrood, and Our Dynamic Earth.
  • Smartphone Voucher Accepted! No need to print.


Join on a City sightseeing hop on hop off bus tour starting at Waterloo Place, where you will be amazed by the Edinburgh's cultural and heritage gems. From the vibrant Grassmarket to the historic John Knox House, the journey unfolds through medieval architecture and iconic landmarks. Take leisurely strolls along Canongate and Holyrood, or delve into the wonders of science at Our Dynamic Earth. 


Imagine starting your adventure in Edinburgh with a City sightseeing hop on hop off bus tour from Waterloo Place. Enjoy the ride as the bus takes you to some of the most wonderful and culturally rich places in the city. One of these places is the Grassmarket, a historic marketplace situated right in the middle of Edinburgh's Old Town. It is a vibrant and lively spot that tells stories of the city's past. The Grassmarket in Edinburgh is like a special place where many small shops, designers, and skilled workers sell their things. It is a fantastic place to shop in Edinburgh, and it is not just about buying things. There are also really good restaurants there!
As you explore, you will have the chance to hop off the bus and delve into the intriguing history of Edinburgh at the National Museum of Scotland on famous Chambers Street. This museum is like a treasure trove of knowledge, showcasing the heritage and tales of the city in an exciting way. It is a fantastic opportunity to learn and be amazed by the rich history that makes Edinburgh so special.
The next stop on the itinerary is the John Knox House, a magnificent medieval building that takes you back in time to the 15th century. Imagine standing in front of this historical gem, feeling the connection to the past. If you feel like stretching your legs, the bus tour suggests hopping off and taking a leisurely stroll along Canongate. This area is adorned with glorious buildings that capture the essence of Edinburgh's architectural beauty.
You can explore also Holyrood, where you will find a royal park and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. It is an invitation to wander around and breathe in the fresh air. And for those who have a passion for science, the bus tour offers a ride to Our Dynamic Earth. It is an exciting journey into the world of science and discovery. 
Feel at ease as you relax on our exclusive red buses, letting them take care of the roads. Keep your camera ready to capture great selfies as the bus glides by the most iconic corners of the city. The best part? You have the freedom to hop off whenever you spot something intriguing and explore it further. And do not worry – you can hop back on at any time, ensuring you have the flexibility to enjoy Edinburgh at your own pace. Have a hassle-free and enjoyable way to experience the beauty, history, and culture of Edinburgh.


Red Route:
First Bus: 08:45am, Last Bus: 05:57pm
Loop: 60 Minutes
Frequency: 12-15 Minutes
25th December (Christmas Day): the tour operates from 10am - 3pm every 20 minutes 
31st December (New Year's Eve): the tour operates from 9am - 3pm every 30 minutes 
1st January 2024 (New Year's Day): the tour operates from 11am - 4pm every 30 minutes


  • 24 Hours Edinburgh Hop On Hop Off Bus Ticket
  • Upto 3 Kids Go Free! per adult ticket
  • Audio guide in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, Kids Commentary
  • Headphones
  • Free Wi-Fi on board
  • Discounts to access local attractions
  • Special kids "Horrible Histories" commentary


  • Hotel Transfers
  • Lunch
  • Entrance Fees

Redemption Info

The first stop is located at Waterloo Place, but you can hop on or hop off the tour at any of the stops along the route.
Voucher can be exchanged directly with the driver on board.
Mobile vouchers and Printed vouchers are accepted at all stops.
You will receive a ticket in exchange for your voucher, which you must keep until the expiry date/ tour.
Please check your ticket to know when it expires.
After exchanging your voucher for a ticket, your voucher will no longer be valid.
In loss of voucher/ticket, company is not liable for any refund.
Flexible Ticket: Your voucher is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.

Know Before You Go

Wheelchair Access: Yes
Onborad Wi-Fi: Yes
Pets Allowed: Small, well-behaved dogs are allowed
Infants can travel free and you do not require to book infant ticket.
Kids Go Free! Upto 3 children will be able to travel for free per adult. Children should still be booked at the time of booking but for £0.
Disclaimer: Due to traffic issues, public holidays, weather conditions, cruise ship arrivals and unforeseen circumstances, there might be sudden changes in the route or on the schedule. In "normal times" Edinburge is a busy city, especially during special events, summer holidays and at weekends. Traffic congestion and road closures - may cause delays, reduced frequency and changes to the route. We’ll do all we can to provide a smooth and frequent service!

Information for Cruise Passengers:
Guests will be required to take alternative methods of transportation to reach the City Sightseeing stop number 1 St Andrew Square (Charges may apply to all transportation and is subject to availability). Guests are reminded to check on the location of the Edinburgh port before arrival.
Cruise guests arriving into Leith can collect a shuttle bus from the terminal to Waterloo Place, this is an approx. 6 minute walk from City Sightseeing Bus Stop 1.
Cruise guests arriving into South Queens ferry (Hounds Point) can collect a shuttle bus from the terminal to Charlotte Square, this is an approx. 10 minute walk from City Sightseeing Bus stop 2.
Cruise guests arriving into Newhaven will be able to pick up a local bus into central Edinburgh and will take approx. 30 minutes.

Operational Details:
Until 23rd March 2024: 9:00am - 4:00pm, every 30 minutes
24th March 2024 - 2nd November 2024: 8:45am - 5:57pm, every 10 - 12 minutes
3rd November 2024 - 31st March 2025: 9:00am - 4:00pm, every 30 minutes
On 24th and 31st December, the service will end at 3pm

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Cancellation Policy

No Cancellation Charges up to 24 hours before the chosen travel date. 100% cancellation fee applied within 24 hours of travel date.

Customer Reviews


Great opportunity to see the Edinburgh city in comfort. Very flexible tour hop on and off.


Easy to book! and flexible ticket gave us full flexibility to use this ticket any day in next one year.


Very good - this tour gave us a chance to see Edinburgh with different prospective.

Anonymous - Verified Customer

Great activity to do in Edinburgh. You get to see all around Edinburgh and get on and off at your convenience. Even bett... Read More

Anonymous - Verified Customer

Great activity to do in Edinburgh. You get to see all around Edinburgh and get on and off at your convenience. Even better that we found out we could use 2 other buses with this ticket and that they lasted for 24 hours. Very much worth it!

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