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Edinburgh Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour

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Key Highlights

  • Discover Edinburgh from the top of an open-top, double-decker bus
  • Customize your own sightseeing itinerary with this 24-hour hop-on, hop-off ticket
  • Hop on and hop off at conveniently located stops to visit attractions of your preference
  • The 14 designated stops cover all major Edinburgh highlights
  • Onboard commentary is available in 9 languages as well as a special kids commentary
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    The ticket is valid for 24 hours after first use. A complete loop takes around 1 hour.

    Start time

    Buses run at the following times: Monday - Friday: 9:30am - 5:50pm; every 20 minutes Saturday - Sunday: 9:30am - 6:00pm; every 15 minutes July- August: 9:35am- 8:00pm every 7-20 minutes 02 Nov - 31 Mar: Monday - Sunday: 9:30am - 4:00pm; every 20 - 30 minutes Full Loop: 60 mins

    Meeting Point

    Bus departs from Waverley Bridge. Your ticket can be collected from the Edinburgh Bus Tours Ticket Office on Waverley Bridge upon presentation of your booking voucher. However, you can board the Edinburgh Hop-On, Hop-Off tour at any of the stops.
    Tours will depart from St. Andrews Square on 31st December.

    Ending Point

    You can end the Edinburgh Hop-On, Hop-Off tour at any of the stops.

  • Overview & Itinerary


    The ever-popular Edinburgh Hop-on, Hop-off tour allows you to see the sites of this wonderful city at your own pace and create your perfect Edinburgh sightseeing itinerary.

    Conducted on an open-topped double-decker bus the tour has a great range of stops covering all the best loved Edinburgh attractions including the Castle, Scott Monument and Queen Mary’s Bath House. You can hop on and off as often as you wish and see the sites that interest you. Frequent departures every 20-30 minutes mean that your precious Edinburgh sightseeing time is not wasted waiting for the next bus.

    While on board audio commentary via headset in 9 languages will ensure that you don’t miss a thing, what’s more a special commentary based on the award-winning “Horrible Histories” will ensure that the children are entertained.

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    On this Hop-On Hop-Off tour, you have the freedom to plan your own sightseeing itinerary. With 14 stops covering all of main attractions. This tour provides the perfect introduction to the city.

    Your ticket allows you unlimited use, meaning you can hop-on and hop-off as many times as you like at any of the designated stops.

    The Edinburgh hop-on, hop-off tour has the following stops:

    • Waverley Bridge
    • Lothian Road
    • Grassmarket
    • Lauriston Place
    • Johnston Terrace
    • Lawnmarket
    • Chambers Street
    • John Knox House
    • Canongate • Holyrood
    • Our Dynamic Earth
    • Regent Road
    • Hanover Street
    • Market Street

    You may choose to conclude this tour at any of the stops mentioned above as per your convenience.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Hop-on-hop-off ticket valid for 24 hours
    • English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian plus 'Horrible Histories' Kid's Commentary (English only).


    • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    'Horrible Histories' Kid's Commentary is available in English only.

    The route of the hop-on, hop-off tour is subject to change.

    Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    Your voucher will be valid for 3 months from the date chosen at the time of booking.

    The tour bus has a low floor with extendable ramps and collapsible wheelchairs can be stored on the bus. Passengers do not need to walk up steps to board the bus. There is a subtitled screen downstairs for disabled.

  • Reviews
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      C nitya
    • Good tour.

      The hop on hop off was a good tour great for getting us to our spots. There was one tour that we noticed was a little bit better just because it had a person on board doing the...

      Marissa McMinn
    • An excellent introduction to the city.

      This was my first visit to the city and I used the tour to familiarize myself with the layout. With warm weather I opted to sit outside and had a great view. I also chose the...

      Chris Brookes
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