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Edinburgh Bus Tours

#28 of 184 Tours in Edinburgh
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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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Hop-on/-off (Green Bus)

For first time visitors to EDI, a hop-on/-off bus tour may be an ideal way to get your bearings and learn some basic history of the city. We decided on the "Green Bus" tour since... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Millbrook, Alabama
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Millbrook, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

For first time visitors to EDI, a hop-on/-off bus tour may be an ideal way to get your bearings and learn some basic history of the city. We decided on the "Green Bus" tour since it focused on Old Town, New Town, and the Edinburgh Castle. Our guide was very informative and he provided tidbits that visitors may not get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Loved the open topped bus tour as did the kids (14 & 11)! Saw loads of places of interest, the castle, the palace, shops and really old side streets packed with unusual shops and eateries. There's lots more to do we didn't get to the museums or galleries but will next time. There's just so much history going on all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent range of city bus tours and great value for money if you buy the 24 or 48 hour pass for all 4 city tours! Each does a slightly different route and each takes about an hour. Excellent commentary and very informative and light hearted!

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Spent a great time, in the sunshine, relaxing, whilst seeing and finding out lots of information about Edinburgh. We chose this tour as it had a 'live' tour guide. Joy lived up to her name and was 'joy' to listen to!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Green Bus – The live commentary – Excellent , I think the chaps name is Gordon – introduced our family to Edinburgh in the best way possible, simple humour filled personal experience of Edinburgh. I believe he was guitarist in his youth but I must say this is his true professional. Also the route is just what you need –... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Went this morning and it was well worth the fare. Very informative guide. Over 1 hour long. The ticket is valid until tomorrow but sadly on way home now. Good value for money

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

we went on the one with a guide some have earphones it was very informative and if we had longer in edinburgh would have gone back to some of the places we were shown, the quide was on the top of her job and showed loads of places of interest and loads of historical facts

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I enjoyed every minute,every hour spent at Edinghbur festival August 2016 Fringe festival. loads of attractions. My daughter 9yrs enjoyed the free first aid lesson { CPR }I paid £5 just to take a picture with Elaine the Guinness world record lady with loads of piercing all over her face does it worth the payment?. I don't think so,no need... More 

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Grantham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great way to see the city. Our guide on the 1st bus , Lou was amusing friendly and informative. In fact we booked the 4 tours so we got to see quite a lot

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a couple of hours to kill and decided to try the bus tour "end to end" and not bother hopping on and off. The tour covers a reasonable part of both the old and new towns, taking just over an hour. The commentary from the guide was informative and he tried hard to be light and humorous rather... 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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