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The Edinburgh Grand Ticket: 4 Route Hop-On, Hop-Off Pass

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Duration: Your ticket is valid for 48 hours. Each tour takes about 1 hour
Price per person
$31.74
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  • Enjoy history on the move with these four great bus tours
  • See more and save more with this super-value combo ticket
  • Customize your own Edinburgh itinerary with these flexible hop-on hop-off tours
  • Fabulous photo opportunities
  • Edinburgh Bus Tours is the third most popular paid visitor attraction in Scotland.

Discover the Scottish capital’s main highlights and hidden delights with the Edinburgh Grand Ticket. This great value combo ticket gives you 48 hours unlimited travel on four of the most popular hop-on hop-off bus tours in Edinburgh.

The tours are:
The Majestic Tour: Travel north to the Royal Botanic Garden and the Royal Yacht Britannia
The Edinburgh Tour: A knowledgeable guide takes you through the Old and New Towns
CitySightseeing Edinburgh: A multi-language tour of all the main city sights
MacTours City Tour: A guided vintage bus tour, including the Old Town, Grassmarket and New Town

All tours include an entertaining and informative commentary, either through headphones or from a live guide.

Use your ticket to jump on and off the bus just as you like to go sightseeing, shopping or exploring. Several routes are interchangeable, making your ticket even more flexible and fun.

Key attractions you could visit using your ticket include Camera Obscura, Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum of Scotland, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Royal Yacht Britannia, the Scottish Parliament, the Scotch Whisky Experience, plus many others.

Customer reviews

This is a great way to see the city, points of interest. The buses were all clean and the staff very friendly. I would certainly use them again...

Mr J Barratt-Hull United Kingdom
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Wife and self found the Grand Tour on-off bus tours very good. There were lots of helpful staff at Waverley Bridge and the buses were frequent. The commentaries were informative...

Mr Harry A C Ollard United Kingdom
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Itinerary

Explore Edinburgh at your own pace and in your own way with the great-value Edinburgh Grand Ticket. Your Edinburgh Grand Ticket can be collected from Edinburgh Bus Tours Ticket Sellers on Waverley Bridge upon presentation of your booking voucher.

Your Edinburgh Grand Ticket is valid for 48 hours and gives you unlimited travel on four exciting tour buses with different routes throughout Edinburgh. These are all hop-on hop-off tours so you can jump on and off as you like. All tours depart from Waverley Bridge. Several of the routes are interchangeable, offering even more possibilities for your customized itinerary.

The four tours covered by your ticket are:
The Majestic Tour: Royal Botanic Gardens and Britannia, multi-language.
The Edinburgh Tour: Wheelchair access, live guide
City Sightseeing Tour: Wheelchair access, multi-language
MacTours City Tour: Vintage bus and live guide

The Majestic Tour (12 stops):
This tour goes north through the Georgian New Town and stops at the Royal Botanic Garden before heading down to the coast at Newhaven and Leith. The stop at Ocean Terminal serves visiting cruise ships as well as the Royal Yacht Britannia. From Britannia, the tour heads back up to the city center via the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Royal Mile.

An informative multi-language commentary (in 10 languages) guides you through the history of the places, people and sights along the route. Simply plug in the headphones and listen to your chosen language.

Download the tour route map

The Edinburgh Tour (9 stops):
Your live, on-board guide gives their own personal touch to the informative English commentary. Hear all about the people who shaped Scotland’s capital city.

Leaving Waverley you head for New Town with its elegant Georgian houses. After Charlotte Square you turn back south, passing the Royal Scottish Academy and the National Gallery as you head towards the Old Town. The tour stops at Lawnmarket, very close to Edinburgh Castle. Other attractions nearby include Gladstone’s Land, Camera Obscura, and the Scotch Whisky Experience. After driving through Grassmarket with its exciting shops and pubs, you pass the Scottish Parliament and the Dynamic Earth attraction at Calton Hill. Return via Canongate past the Canongate Church, the Museum of Edinburgh and the People’s Story.

Download the tour route map

City Sightseeing Tour (11 stops):
For this tour you travel in an open-top bus with an audio commentary (in a choice of nine languages) delivered through headphones. There is also a TV screen downstairs with a subtitled version of the tour for the hearing impaired.

On leaving Waverley the tour sets off along Princes Street. Look up to see stunning views of Edinburgh Castle perched on its crag. Continue through trendy Grassmarket then pass the National Museum of Scotland and the John Knox House. After driving along Canongate you will pass the Scottish Parliament and Calton Hill. Next, you will see the south gates to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Enjoy more great views of Edinburgh Castle before returning to the start point at Waverley.

Download the tour route map

MacTours City Tour:
As well as a live guide, this bringing the wonderful history of Edinburgh to life, the tour also takes place aboard a traditional style vintage bus – a truly unforgettable experience.

The tour explores Edinburgh’s Old Town, with stunning views of the Castle and Edinburgh city center. Look out for the wonderful vista across to Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat as you venture down Regent Road. Have your camera ready!

Download the tour route map

You can do the tours in whichever order you like and finish the experience at the place most convenient for you.

Please note
Your Edinburgh Grand Ticket can be collected from Edinburgh Bus Tours Ticket Office on Waverley Bridge upon presentation of the booking voucher.
Tram-works in Edinburgh city center mean that some tours may be diverted or delayed. Wherever your tour takes you please sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.
If any problems arise clients may call the following emergency number:+44 (0) 1315562244
Inclusions
  • Bus ticket valid on four Hop-On Hop-Off tour routes
  • Audio commentary in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • All entrance fees to attractions
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?
Daily
Duration
Your ticket is valid for 48 hours. Each tour takes about 1 hour
Start time
Majestic Tour:
24 Mar – 03 Nov: Buses departs between 09:35am - 5:35pm; every 15-20 minutes
Edinburgh Tour:
24 Mar - 03 Nov: Buses departs between 09:30am - 5:30pm; every 15-20 minutes
City Sightseeing Tour:
24 Mar - 03 Nov: Buses departs between 09:40am - 5:40pm; every 15-20 minutes
29 Jun – 01 Sep: Buses departs between 09:40am - 5:45pm; every 7-15 minutes, between 6:00pm - 9:00pm; every 15-30 minutes
MacTours City Tour:
24 Mar - 03 Nov: Buses departs between 09:45am - 5:25pm; every 15-20 minutes
(Time tables of the different Edinburgh Grand City Tours are available at the departure point – Waverley Bridge).
Meeting point
All tours have frequent departures from Waverley Bridge every day. Your Edinburgh Grand Ticket can be collected from Edinburgh Bus Tours Ticket Sellers on Waverley Bridge upon presentation of the booking voucher.
Ending point
At your convenience
Sale price
$123.23
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Additional information
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
The Edinburgh Tour and City Sightseeing Edinburgh have wheelchair access, the other tours do not

For the City Sightseeing Edinburgh tour, the commentary is available in Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.

For the Majestic Tour the commentary is available in Chinese, English, French, Gaelic, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
Dos & Don'ts
Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes

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