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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

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icon2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more

Overview

Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with stops including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights and upgrade to the fast-track London Eye option to get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel. Hop off at Westminster Pier or Tower of London stop to enjoy a Thames River cruise.
  • Big Bus hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of London by open-top sightseeing bus
  • Sightseeing ticket valid for one, two, or three days to explore London at your own pace
  • Upgrade to the fast-track London Eye option to take in panoramic views from the London Eye
  • Thames cruise included with each ticket option
  • Redeem your voucher at any of the designated Big Bus stops
  • See top London attractions including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This ultra-customizable hop-on hop-off bus tour includes multiple routes and ticket durations.
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Hop-on hop-off bus tour
Recorded commentary
30-minute river cruise
Hop on Hop off with over 30 stops
Optional London Eye Ticket
90 minute Panoramic (Non Stop) Evening Tour from Stop 11 with Premium and Premium Plus Tickets
Free WIFI on Board
Food and drinks

Departure Point

You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.

Departure Time

See itinerary

Return Details

You may disembark at any of the available stops.
Explore the best of historic London—seat of the British Royalty—by bus on a lively tour of the city’s key attractions and landmarks. Hop aboard the Big Bus at any of the stops on the route, and grab a comfortable seat in the enclosed lower deck or on the open-air upper deck for the best views. Enjoy the flexibility of choosing your own itinerary and pace with the structure of strategically placed stops and informative onboard commentary from a professional guide. When purchasing your ticket, choose from multiple routes. (A complete list of stops can be found in the Itinerary below.) Upgrade to include a must-do London Eye Flight.

With your Classic (1-day), Premium (2-day), or Deluxe (3-day) pass, hop on and off the double-decker bus at any of the route’s many locations, or stay onboard for a relaxing ride through buzzing London. As you ride, learn about London’s history and interesting anecdotes about locals sites such as Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Marble Arch and more. Hop off to explore the eclectic shops in Covent Garden, snap photos of the lavish Buckingham Palace or experience the bustle of Oxford Street. Between stops, stroll through gorgeous Hyde Park and view Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square.

Your hop-on hop-off pass includes a single or return cruise along the River Thames.

Click on the ‘Additional Info’ button below to see a map of the London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour route.
Itinerary
Duration: 
2 hours 
Operating Schedule:
  First Departure at 8.30am from Stop 1 and last full route from Stop 1 one is 3.58pm. Frequency every 20 - 30 mins.
GV44+MR
Stop 1 - Green Park Undergound
GV32+JJ
Stop 2 - Hard Rock Cafe
GR6R+QJ
Stop 4 - Marble Arch
GR3W+3H
Stop 26 - Hyde Park Corner
FRXP+PC
Stop 27 - Harrods
FRWJ+G3
Stop 28 - South Kensington Museums
FRV8+PX
Stop 29 - Gloucester Road
GR26+VW
Stop 30 - Kensington Palace
GR54+VM
Stop 31 - Notting Hill
GR55+XH
Stop 32 - Kensington Gardens
GR68+59
Stop 33 - Thistle Hotel Kensington Gardens
GR6C+F7
Stop 34 - Lancaster Gate
GR8G+76
Stop 35 - Paddington Station
GR9H+9M
Stop 36 - Praed Street
GR6R+XW
Stop 37 - Park Lane
Points of interest passed by on this route
Statue of Eros (Anteros)
 
St. James's Park
 
St. Mary le Strand
 
Park Lane
 
Marble Arch
 
Grosvenor Square
 
Wellington Arch
 
Hyde Park
 
South Kensington
 
Kensington Palace
 
Duration: 
2 hours 30 minutes
Operating Schedule:
  Buses depart every 20 mins. The first bus departs from Stop 1 - Green Park Undergound at 09:00 and the last bus departs at 17:00.
Piccadilly
Stop 1 - Green Park Undergound
GV32+JJ
Stop 2 - Hard Rock Cafe
W1K 1AB
Stop 3 - Queen Mother Gates
Hyde Park
Stop 4 - Marble Arch
GRCV+XG
Stop 5 - Baker Street
GV85+C5
Stop 6 - Oxford Street
GV66+CF
Stop 7 - Regent Street
GV57+X9
Stop 8 - Piccadilly Circus
GV59+7X
Stop 9 - Trafalgar Square
GV4F+P4
Stop 10 - Craig's Court
GV3F+PH
Stop 11 - Whitehall
4 York Rd
Stop 12 - London Eye
GV3M+5G
Stop 13 - Waterloo (Eastbound)
1 Aldwych
Stop 14 - Covent Garden
26 Ludgate Hill
Stop 15 - St Paul’s Cathedral
362 Tower Hill
Stop 16 - Tooley Street
WC2R 2PH
Stop 17 - Tower of London
WC2R 2PH
Stop 18 - Temple Underground station
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Stop 19 - Westminster Pier
Lambeth Palace Road
Stop 20 - Lambeth Palace
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Stop 21 - College Green
FVX9+V3
Stop 22 - Tothill Street
1 Buckingham Place
Stop 23 - Buckingham Palace
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Stop 24 - Victoria, Nova Complex
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Stop 25 - Victoria Station
GV2J+75
Stop 38 - London Eye (Westbound)
Points of interest passed by on this route
Tower of London
 
Buckingham Palace
 
HMS Belfast
 
Tower Bridge
 
Big Bus Tours
 
Somerset House
 
Mayfair
 
Nelson's Column
 
Piccadilly Circus
 
St. James's Park
 
St. James's Palace
 
St. Paul's Cathedral
 
Royal Opera House
 
Trafalgar Square
 
Hyde Park
 
Westminster Abbey
 
Covent Garden
 
Leicester Square
 
Houses of Parliament
 
Big Ben
 
Westminster Cathedral
 
Bank of England Museum
 
Green Park
 
Cenotaph
 
Changing of the Guard
 
Royal Albert Hall
 
Parliament Square
 
Statue of Eros (Anteros)
 
Downing Street
 
Royal Mews
 
Southwark Cathedral
 
Temple Church
 
Regent Street
 
St. Mary le Strand
 
St. Clement Danes Church
 
The Mall
 
Whitehall
 
The Monument to the Great Fire of London
 
Admiralty Arch
 
Thames River
 
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
 
Cleopatra's Needle
 
London Eye
 
Wellington Arch
 
30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin)
 
Grosvenor Square
 
Westminster Bridge
 
The View from The Shard
 
The London Film Museum - Covent Garden
 
Royal Exchange Building London
 
London Bridge
 
London Victoria Station
 
Wellington Monument (Achille's Statue)
 
Marble Arch Theatre
 
Marble Arch
 
Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain
 
City Hall
 
Borough Market
 
The London Dungeon
 
SEA LIFE London Aquarium
 
DreamWork's Tours: Shrek's Adventure! London
 
Westminster Bridge
 
Fleet Street
 
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tickets are valid from the first date of redemption
  • Buses are all equipped with ramps for wheelchairs or strollers
  • Redeem your voucher at any of the designated Big Bus stops
  • Infants (age 0-4) can go on the tour free of charge
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • For your optional London Eye ticket you must reserve the your time slot in advance please use the link printed on your voucher.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Big Bus London
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise.

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Traveler Tips


  • "If you are going in winter bus tours are not heated and it can be quite cold so layer up." See review
  • "That's ok if you're hopping off the bus, but it was a bit rainy and windy and most people were staying on the bus." See review

Reviews

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6,232 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-1
I’d choose a different Hop On Hop Off Tour next time
Susan_N
, Nov 2021
The Big Bus is a pain. The app claims to let you see when the bus is coming and where the stops are, but it mostly does not work. Plan to stand around a long time waiting for the bus when you finally do find one of their stops. Once on the bus, the tour description is good, and the driver is helpful, so those are redeeming qualities. I had pre-paid for a 72 hour pass, but would not do it again due to infrequency of availability and poor predictability based on a lousy app.
star-1
Worse Way To See London! WASTE OF MONEY SND TIME! DISAPPOINTING!!
Richard_J
, Nov 2021
Worse waste of money and time!! Can't be considered a "over view" tour. We had planned to use this as a "look around" of London. The recorded narration was poor, mostly music playing very little history except the identity of Jack the Ripper. After an hour and only passing a few sites, we had to get off and walk. We had planned to use the Big Bus as a way to "hop off" for our reserved sites. We used the Big Bus app and it's location portion of Big Bus real time to stop isn't correct either. It would take days if you wanted to hop on and off on both re and blue routes. We only saw a small portion of the red route. Because of wasted time had to give up Thames river cruise. After walking miles, we resorted to taxis! Taxis would have been less expense way to see London and would have not wasted half a day! Please don't make the mistake of booking with this company!!! Use the taxis or city bus!
star-2
Big Bus, Hop on Hop off, very disappointed
Frederick_M
, Oct 2021
The audio recording is very hard to listen to. Music is repetitive and the narrator talks like he is addressing a third grader. We wanted to ride the entire tour to get a quick overview, without having to walk or be out in the rain. At some of the stops you couldn't see the object of the stop. For example, Buckingham Palace cannot be seen at all at that stop or at anytime during the trip. This was a waste of time and money.
star-4
Thanks
John_S
, Oct 2021
Crossing and re-crossing the Thames and seeing all those great views. The river trip was also very enjoyable.
star-3
Some good points but a little disappointing
Wendy_B
, Oct 2021
Houses of Parliament and Piccadilly Circus. Some of the route seemed a little pointless. The route was not what we had expected and did not appear to adhere to the published route.
star-2
Terrible audio Commentary!
Lawrence_C
, Oct 2021
The audio commentary was terrible. Its a man and woman and they just act giddy and silly throughout the whole two hours. Its a joke. Was hoping to get more historical information on the structures, statues and just overall history. Our ticket also included a short river cruise. The audio was live and WAY MORE INFORMATIVE. Also the bus driver didn’t give us a proper receipt for the boat. Luckily we were able to get on using our Viator receipt. We just did the Hop on Hop Off bus in Paris last week and it was fantastic. Much more informative with the history. I would suggest a different company if you want to tour the city by bus.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Lots of knowledge on the sites
monica_w
, Oct 2021
the experience was fun bus was rocky but overall great, I would encourage people to take a jacket if u seat upper deck because even in a hot summer day the wind will be cold..
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
JUST ENOUGH!
Quincy_C
, Oct 2021
This tour provided just enough information to make the experience interesting and fun. Having the option to exit and catch another bus allowed flexibility and ease to seeing London. Thank you!
star-3
Not as good as I hoped!
Sue_R
, Sep 2021
We enjoyed seeing the various sights from a different viewpoint and the drivers were very friendly and helpful. The river trip was excellent especially as they had a live commentary. Unfortunately the 'virtual' guides weren't very good and all we could hear for a lot of it was crackling. We did a hop on and off bus tour in Dublin with a live commentary from the driver and it was so much better!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
The bus tour was alright...
Edina_S
, Sep 2021
The bus tour was alright until one of the drivers came and said "this is the last stop you have to get off" at 5:30 pm. Was really disappointing because we have paid for full-day services and there was no timeline for the river cruise neither - so we were waiting and waiting but the boat never came and there was no person who to ask
1 traveler found this review helpful

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