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

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Key Highlights

  • Explore the charming city of Oxford on an exciting hop-on, hop-off bus tour
  • With 2 routes covering 30 stops, hop off at any of the stops and visit attractions of your choice
  • Witness the majestic architecture of Oxford's university buildings
  • Don’t miss the unique combination of college, chapel and a cathedral in one foundation at Christ Church
  • Your ticket is valid for 24 or 48 hours with unlimited travel; hop on and off as much as you like
  • Enjoy informative audio commentary in multiple languages and know more about Oxford
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    The ticket is valid for 24 or 48 hours. Duration of full loop 60 minutes.

    Start time

    City & University Tour: Buses depart from 9:30am to 6:00pm; every 15 minutes
    Meadows & Bridges Tour(Available from 25 March to 31 October) : Buses depart from 9:45am and 5:45pm, every 20 minutes.

    Meeting Point

    You may board the bus at any stop. The voucher can be exchanged at any of the stops directly with the driver.

    Ending Point

    You may leave the bus at any stop.

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Oxford, The City of Dreaming Spires, is famous the world over for its University and place in history. For over 800 years, it has been a home to royalty and scholars. Visit one of the many historic buildings, colleges and museums, go out for a drink or a meal, or enjoy a show in the theatres.

    Shop till you drop in the market squares, enjoy a pleasant River Thames walk or stroll along the Oxford canal, one of England's most peaceful waterways. You can also simply sit back and enjoy a drive through Oxford while listening to informative audio commentary.

    Download the tour route map


    Hop on the bus at any of the stops to start your hop-on, hop-off Oxford tour. The hop-on hop-off tour allows you to plan your own sightseeing itinerary. With 19 stops covering all of Oxford’s main attractions such as the River Thames Walk and the Oxford Canal, this tour provides the perfect introduction to the historical city.

    This tour is available in two options; you can choose between a 24 or 48 hour ticket. Your ticket allows you unlimited travel, meaning you can hop on and off as many times as you like at any of the designated stops. You can also simply sit back and enjoy the entire 1 hour and 30 minutes loop as you listen to informative audio commentary in a choice of 10 languages. There is also audio commentary available on board, especially for kids!

    The buses operate on two routes – City & University Tour and Meadows & Bridges Tour. You can board the bus from any of the following stops. Some of the attractions covered by the routes are: • Castle Mill Stream
    • Westgate Shopping Centre
    • Sheldonian Theatre
    • Browns restaurant
    • Redbridge Park
    • Hinksey Park
    • Folly Bridge
    • The Queen's College
    • Randolph Hotel & Shopping
    • Christ Church

    You can end the tour at any of the stops.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Pre-recorded audio commentary in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, Russia, Polish
    • Kids Commentary
    • Disposable ear phones. You can plug into your preferred language.
    • English live guide on some routes
  • Please note & Additional info

    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 or 48 hours from that time.

    The duration and frequency of the tour may vary due to traffic conditions.

    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 wheelchair space. Passengers do not need to walk up steps to board the bus. Wheelchairs can also be can be collapsed down and stored on the bus.

    For passengers with hearing impairments we offer the ‘overhead’ head phones (rather than the in-ear type) which helps when passengers have hearing aids. We can also offer a basic script of the commentary.

    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.

  • reviews
    • Great Experience

      Staff members were extremely helpful....

      Anna Logan, United Kingdom, 08/Aug/2017
    • Another great tour - this time of the city of dreaming spires

      When I visit a city for the first time I always grab one of the hoponhopoff bus tours. This trip round Oxford allows you to get your bearings and gives some interesting basic...

      Heather Darsie, United States, 17/Sep/2017
    • Good value and interesting ride. Hopped off twice. Better value than a taxi.

      Lucky with the weather, over which nobody has any control. We used the tour as an informative “Taxi” and hopped off twice enabling us to explore two sites in depth and mark down...

      Michael Morley, United Kingdom, 14/Sep/2017
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