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Edinburgh Bus Tours

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Princes Street and Gardens
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Address: Waverley Bridge | City Centre Ward, Edinburgh EH1 1BQ, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 220 0770
9:30 am - 6:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 6:30 pm

Hop on - hop off and discover the best of Scotland’s Capital with Edinburgh...

Hop on - hop off and discover the best of Scotland’s Capital with Edinburgh Bus Tours. Enjoy unbeatable views and an incredible experience on board our five star tours. Explore sights including Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse and The Royal Yacht Britannia. Choose from multi-lingual commentary available in up to 10 different languages or let a specially trained English speaking guide tell you about their city. Hop on - hop off tickets valid for 24 hours give you total flexibility to explore. Make a day of it and save money with our Grand and Royal tickets.

Grand tickets give you access to all city tours for 24 or 48 hours. The Royal Edinburgh Ticket includes a Grand 48 ticket, plus admission to Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse and Royal Yacht Britannia saving you over 20%.

We operate every day of the year, except 25 December

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Great way to see the places of interest

Day one we took the hop on ,hop off bus and stayed on it.We took a notepad and wrote down the places we really wanted to get off and explore and took photos.We stayed on and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
west coast of Scotland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We went on the green bus Edinburgh tour having been on the red one previously and this one really wasn't very good. The guide was nice but the commentary was poor - e.g.: 'there's grey friars bobby' (with none of the story behind it); 'that's our old capital city in the distance' (no further explanation as to where) and at... More 

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west coast of Scotland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Day one we took the hop on ,hop off bus and stayed on it.We took a notepad and wrote down the places we really wanted to get off and explore and took photos.We stayed on and wenrpt round again this time getting off when we chose. It is a really good tour with loads of information, you can get headphones... More 

Thank rubyme
Poulton Le Fylde, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We bought a two day ticket and thought it was great value.There are three different tours ....one with a live commentary This one we really enjoyed especially with Tom who was funny and informative.It still amazes us how many people who will insist on talking whilst the guide is trying to speak.One of our guides had to ask politely not... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good way to get a feel of where everything is in the city. We caught the green but which had a guide. The guides had lots of information and we're very helpful. The ticket lasts for 24hrs and I feel it is good value for money. Our guide also inforned us of the free attractions in the city.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Me an the wife unexpectedly just paid Andy went on the tour . We both agree the tour was better than expected.live cometary from a historian . The tour takes you from Princess street or any of the other stops(attractions) £15 PP and your ticket last for 24 hours. So you can use these as a taxi around the city... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The hop on hop off is great for short stay to see all touristic attractions. Drivers are really helpful too...

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Yatton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If time is limited and you want a quick background to Edinburgh, take the Majestic Tour - as we did recently - which will cover most of the highlights. The cost of £20 (for '60+) for 48 hours is reasonable enough, and the bus itself was spotlessly clean, with a 'plug in' commentary and free map. Two slight drawbacks in... More 

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Sydney, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I bought a hop-on, hop-off ticket through Edinburgh bus tours ahead of time and found the process to be very simple and the tickets reasonably-priced. The bus stop was a little hard to find but it didn't take too long to find it and once I was at the bus stop, the bus arrived within minutes. I thought the tour... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having spent the weekend in Edinburgh, with just a couple of hours to spare before catching the train back to London we decided to squeeze in a bus tour. We bought our tickets quickly and easily from the ticket booth on Princes Street and jumped on our live commentary bus. In just over an hour we learnt so many facts... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We (4 of us celebrating our 60th birthdays) purchased a 48 hour pass to include visits to hoolroyd Palace, the Royal Yacht and the Castle. What a way to see the sights on buses that were clean and modern with audio headsets. A special mention to driver Brian who was friendly and informative and took the time to give us... More 

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Princes Street and Gardens
Glaswegians tease Edinburghers that their High Street is only half one, since buildings only line one side. But what they don’t say is how extraordinary the views are from Princes Street as a result. From here you look onto expansive and decorative public gardens beneath the mighty basalt cliffs on which Edinburgh’s Castle stands proud above the rest of the dramatic old town skyline. Yet many of those on Princes Street look the other way, as they’re concerned with chain store shopping or catching the tram or a train at main train station Waverley. But it’s not all utility here; the Scottish National Gallery rewards purposeless wandering, and December’s huge winter market in the gardens begins a season of revelry which ends with Hogmanay, Britain’s largest New Year’s street party.
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