I went on a day trip to London with a couple of friends and we decided to get a hop on hop off bus so we'd get to see more of the city than we would on the tube. Unfortunately it proved to be a huge waste of money. The time we did spend on the bus was very informative and interesting and I have no doubt that for someone visiting the city for the first time it would be a great insight. However, to get your money's worth, you really need to stay on the bus for the entire route without hopping off!
The day we went was very busy with long queues and stand-still traffic (which I know can't be helped) but this unfortunately meant that we didn't get anywhere very quickly and spent most of the time being stationary. When we eventually did get off the bus at the first stop we wanted, that was the end of the tour for us. We spent an age waiting at bus stops and they just didn't turn up, or if they did, it wasn't the route we wanted which was very frustrating.
All the waiting around meant that we didn't get to see much at all which was very disappointing and we also ended up paying for tube tickets on top making the day quite expensive. We ended up paying £28 for what was probably a half hour bus ride, so I definitely wouldn't do this again.
If you have a limited time in London with lots of places you want to see, save time and money by getting a tube pass. If you have more time, or don't want to/aren't able to walk around, this could be a good option for you.
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