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The Edinburgh Grand Ticket: 3 Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tours with Optional Forth Bridges Bus Tour & Boat Cruise

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Key Highlights

  • 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
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    Your ticket is valid for 24 or 48 hours.

    Start time

    Majestic Tour (Every 20-30 minutes): From 9:00am to 5:00pm
    Edinburgh Tour (Every 20-30 minutes): From 9:25am to 4:00pm
    City Sightseeing Tour (Every 20-30 minutes): From 9:15am to 4:15pm
    Forth Bridges Bus & Boat Tour (with 48+ ticket):Operates from April to October only; timings vary

    Full tour duration:
    Majestic Tour: 1 hour
    Edinburgh Tour:1 hour
    City Sightseeing Tour: 1 hour
    Forth Bridges Bus & Boat Tour: 3 hours

    Download the TimeTable

    Timings are subject to change.

    Meeting Point

    All tours depart from Waverley Bridge. Your Grand Edinburgh Ticket can be collected from the Edinburgh Bus Tours Ticket Office on Waverley Bridge, upon presentation of your booking voucher.
    (Time tables of the different Edinburgh Grand City Tours are available at the departure points).

    Ending Point

    You may end the bus tour at any of the designated stops.

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Discover the Scottish capital’s main highlights and hidden delights with the Edinburgh Grand Ticket. This great value combo ticket gives you 24 or 48 hours unlimited travel on four of the most popular hop-on hop-off bus tours in Edinburgh.

    Travel north to the Royal Botanic Garden and the Royal Yacht Britannia on Majestic Tour, explore the Old and New Towns with a knowledgeable guide on Edinburgh Tour and see all the main city sights on CitySightseeing Tour.

    The grand 48+ ticket includes all three city tours plus Forth Bridges bus tour and a boat cruise. This route operates only in summers (Apr - Oct).

    All tours include an entertaining and informative commentary through headphones except for Edinburgh tour which includes a live guide.

    Use your ticket to hop on and off the bus as you wish. 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.

    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.

    You can choose from 3 types of tickets - 24-hour ticket, 48-hour ticket and 48+ ticket. Your Edinburgh Grand Ticket is valid for 24 or 48 hours and gives you unlimited travel on three exciting tour buses with different routes throughout Edinburgh. The three bus tours are - Edinburgh Tour, Majestic Tour and City Sightseeing Tour. 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 48+ ticket includes unlimited travel for 48 hours on below 4 tours.

    The four tours are:
    The Majestic Tour: covers Botanics, Britannia and Leith
    The Edinburgh Tour: covers old and new towns
    City Sightseeing Tour: covers main city sights
    Forth Bridges Bus & Boat Tour (with 48+ ticket only): covers forth bridges and a boat cruise

    The Majestic Tour:
    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 recorded commentary 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.

    Tour offers recorded commentary in English, Gaelic, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese.

    Download the tour route map

    The Edinburgh Tour
    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. Some attractions include Scottish Parliament, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle 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:
    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

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

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • 24 or 48 hours bus ticket is valid on 3 Hop-On Hop-Off tour routes (Edinburgh Tour, City Sightseeing Tour and Majestic Tour)
    • Forth Bridges Bus & Boat Tour (operates in summer and is offered with 48+ ticket only)
    • Live Guide in Edinburgh Tour only
    • Audio commentary in English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese on all routes (Also Gaelic on Majestic tour)

    Exclusions

    • Food and drinks
    • All entrance fees to attractions
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Your Edinburgh Grand Ticket can be collected from Edinburgh Bus Tours Ticket Office on Waverley Bridge upon presentation of the booking voucher.

    On Edinburgh Tour, Majestic Tour and City Sightseeing routes, there are wheelchair ramps and two wheelchair spaces, together with display screens showing live footage from the front of the bus and subtitled commentary. Class two mobility scooters are welcome on board. Guide dogs are also welcome on board all our buses.

    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

    Additional info

    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.
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