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Edinburgh Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour

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Duration: The ticket is valid for 24 hours after first use
Full Loop:60 mins
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  • On board commentary is available in 9 languages as well as a special kids commentary
  • The Edinburgh Hop-On, Hop-Off tour allows you to design your perfect Edinburgh sightseeing itinerary
  • 13 stops cover all the city’s highlights
  • Hop on and off as often as you wish in a 24 hour period
  • Frequent departures every 15-30 minutes ensure that valuable sightseeing time is not wasted waiting for the next bus

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 15-30 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.The complete loop covers in 60 minutes.

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Customer reviews

we really enjoyed the trip and it was made extra special for my grandson - the driver let him sit in the drivers seat for a photo before we set off!...

Mrs Sylvia Reid United Kingdom
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We joined just outside John Knox's house and the driver was friendly and helpful. The audio was excellent and available in a wide range of languages. It was amusing and...

Mrs J Thomson United Kingdom
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The Edinburgh hop-on, hop-off tour has the following stops:

Waverly Bridge: See the Scott Monument, the Victorian gothic monument constructed to honour Scottish author Sir Walter Scott.

Fredrick Street: The main attraction is the National Gallery, which houses a fine collection of pictures, furniture and sculpture. Also see the Royal Scottish Academy, Scotland’s premier organisation promoting contemporary Scottish art.

South Charlotte Street: See the beautiful Charlotte Square, a designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also worth seeing is the Georgian House.

Lothian Road: The main attractions around this site are the St. John’s and St. Cuthbert’s Churches and the Caledonian Hotel.

Grassmarket: The site is home to the White Hart Inn, Apex Hotels and West Bow.

Johnston Terrace: There is a Farmer’s Market which is held here on Saturdays.

Lawnmarket: See the castle, which dominates the skyline of Edinburgh. Another attraction is the High Kirk of St. Giles, one of the most important architectural landmarks along the Royal Mile.

Chambers Street: See the Royal Museum containing artifacts from around the world, encompassing geology, archaeology, natural history, science, technology and art. Also see the Museum of Scotland.

John Knox House: John Knox House is reputed to have been owned and lived in by Protestant Reformer John Knox during the 16th century. Also worth visiting is the Museum of Childhood. Described as 'the noisiest museum in the world', the Museum of Childhood is a favourite with adults and children alike. It is a treasure house of toys and games of all kinds from many parts of the world, ranging from dolls and teddy bears to train sets and tricycles.

Dynamic Earth: Our Dynamic Earth, considered to be the Mother Earth of all adventures, takes you on a journey of discovery, in around and across our planet. Also see the Arthur’s Seat and McDonald’s hotel.

Queen Mary’s Bath House: You can see the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen's official residence in Scotland.

Royal High School: From the Calton Hill, see the scenic views of the city.

St. Andrew Square: The main attractions here are the New Town, National Portrait Gallery, which contains the portraits of famous British men and women.

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

Please note
Your booking voucher can be exchanged for your Hop-On Hop-Off ticket at any one of the stops. Simply choose the stop which you wish to start from and present your voucher to the driver who will exchange it for a ticket that will be valid for 24 hours from that time.
'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.

  • 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
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
The ticket is valid for 24 hours after first use
Full Loop:60 mins
Start time
Buses operate:
05 Apr - 31 Oct: 9:35am - 5:30pm with a frequency of every 20 minutes
01 Nov - 31 Mar: 9:35am - 4:05pm with a frequency of every 30 minutes
Meeting point
Bus departs from Waverly Bridge. However, you can board the Edinburgh Hop-On, Hop-Off tour at any of the 13 stops.
Ending point
You can end the Edinburgh Hop-On, Hop-Off tour at any of the 13 stops.
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