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Edinburgh Bus Tours

#25 of 179 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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Convenient on a wet day

The pre-recorded guide routes are suitable for non English speakers. Good sound quality. The live guides were much better especially the green buses... One of the bits that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The pre-recorded guide routes are suitable for non English speakers. Good sound quality. The live guides were much better especially the green buses... One of the bits that stuck.... Queen Elizabeth took one bath a year, number of husbands = 0; Mary Queen of Scots took two baths a year and was married thrice....😀 We were advised (too late) that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A bit unsure at first, a bit touristy(!) Really glad we got the ticket for all four busses. First the one round the city and then lunch and the one out to the Royal Yacht. Very luck with first tour. Lovely guide, Bill, a very good who made every effort to personalise the tour for us. The other trips had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It's great and affordable must to that takes you to all the tourist places in the city and the busses pass very often so you never wait long

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Today I wanted to take my Brazilian friend on a tour round the whole city. The obvious thing to do was take a bus tour; and the Majestic tour leaves from Ocean terminal, which is just round the corner from where I live. These are frequent tours with generally friendly drivers. We didn't get off to a very good start... More 

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McDonough, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was our second trip to Edinburgh and taking the bus tours. They are always great for seeing the city and getting oriented before selecting specific places to visit. The guide on the Edinburgh Tour (green bus) was hilarious! Everyone coordinating the queues were extremely nice and helpful. The whole experience was a great beginning to our six week trip!

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the best tourist buses with four colour lines. It covers all the major tourist spots and attractions. It is hop on and hop off and comes in very handy. The tickets are valid till the end of the day of the bought validity and it could also be used for local travel within the city centre.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

While there are many different tour bus companies, if you speak English, we highly recommend that you choose this bus tour to get a good overview of the city of Edinburgh as it takes you through the old city and the new city and explains the interrelationship between the two. We would advise you to stay on the bus for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We took the Royal tour option, that included the tickets to the Castle, Royal Yacht and the Hollyrod Palace. It also gives you a choice of any of the bus routes to travel, up to 48 hours from purchase date and time. The buses are spotless clean, and the guides are very knowledgeable. The tours last a good while and... More 

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Venice, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We turned in our rental car when we got to Edinburgh & purchased a 48 hr ticket to use on all 4 city tours. It was a wonderful way to see the city & get to all the sights we wanted to see. I foolishly left my camera on one of the buses. We called (thanks again to Catherine at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Excellent value, we only did the main city tour but there are several other extra options available as well if you have more time. Be aware they do not automatically stop at each bus stop as other hop on hop off busses do. You need to press the bell if you wish to get off at a stop (unless there... 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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