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

Greater London, United Kingdom
Big Bus London Hop On Hop Off Tour

From US$50.99

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 10 minutes to 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Choose between our 24 hour or 48 hours options 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. 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 24 or 48 hours to explore London at your own pace
  • Thames river cruise included with each ticket option
  • Discover London by foot and experience our live guides on a choice of three themed walking tours on our 48 hours ticket option.
  • See top London attractions including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey
  • Enjoy evening tour showcases the city’s famous landmarks and monuments as they are illuminated in the evening.
  • Choose between a choice of three live-guided themed walking tours (48 hour ticket options only)
  • Enjoy a panoramic Evening Tour showcasing the city’s famous landmarks and monuments lit up at dusk (upgrade option)

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This ultra-customizable hop-on hop-off bus tour includes multiple routes and ticket durations.

What's Included

  • Hop-on hop-off bus tour
  • Recorded commentary in 5 Languages
  • 30 minute one-way river cruise
  • Hop on Hop off with 3 different routes
  • 90 minute Panoramic (Non Stop) Evening Tour with selected tour only
  • Free WIFI on Board
  • A choice of themed live guided walking tours with both 48 hour tickets.
  • Food and drinks

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What To Expect

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.) With your 24 hours or 48 hours 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.
Green Route

10 Stops

4 Points of Interest

Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes

Operating Schedule: Buses depart every 30 - 60 mins. First Departure at 08:30 from Stop 44 - Woburn (Northbound) and the last bus departs at 17:45. Tour Duration 1 hour 10 Minutes.

One Aldwych

Proud Late

Russell Square (Stop H)

Upper Woburn Place / Euston Road (Stop L)

St Pancras International & Kings's Cross Stations (Stop T)

St Pancras International (Stop S)

Upper Woburn Place

Russell Square (Stop J)

Southampton Row / Theobald's Road (Stop X)

Southampton Row Theobalds Road (Stop Y)

Points of interest passed by on this route

Covent Garden

King's Cross Station

St. Pancras International Station

The British Museum

Red Route

26 Stops

63 Points of Interest

Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes

Operating Schedule: Buses depart every 10-20 mins. The first bus departs from Stop 1 - Green Park Underground at 8:15 and the last bus departs at 18:00.


Old Park Lane Hard Rock Cafe (Stop C)


Hyde Park

Baker Street Station (Stop D)

290 Regent St.

1 Heddon St

74 Regent St.

5b Pall Mall E

South African High Commission Home Affairs Consular Section

Horse Guards Parade

4 York Rd

28 York Rd

1 Aldwych

26 Ludgate Hill

362 Tower Hill




Lambeth Palace Road

Abingdon Street Gardens

43 Tothill St

1 Buckingham Place

49 Buckingham Palace Rd

Victoria Station (Stop R)

113 Lambeth Palace Rd

Points of interest passed by on this route

Tower of London

Buckingham Palace

HMS Belfast

Tower Bridge

Big Bus Tours

Somerset House


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


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


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

London Film Museum

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

Blue Route

15 Stops

10 Points of Interest

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

Operating Schedule: Buses depart every 10 - 20 mins. First Departure at 08.00 from Stop 24 - Victoria, Nova Complex and the last bus departs at 18:00.

Green Park

Old Park Lane Hard Rock Cafe (Stop C)

Marble Arch (Stop 14)

Hyde Park Corner Station (Stop M)

Harrods (Stop KA)

Victoria and Albert Museum (Stop N)

Gloucester Road

The Goat

Palace Gardens Terrace (Stop M)

Palace Court (Stop S)

Porchester Terrace (Stop D)

Lancaster Gate Columbia Hotel (Stop LE)

7 Conduit Pl

4b Praed St

134 Park Ln

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

Additional Info

  • 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
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Redeem your voucher at any of the designated Big Bus stops
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants (age 0-4) can go on the tour free of charge
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate

Cancellation Policy

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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Traveler Tips

If you are going in winter bus tours are not heated and it can be quite cold so layer up.
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.


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Pretty in pastels
Jennifer_M, Sept 2023
Big Bus gave us the opportunity to see so many things. We loved Notting Hill, it was very pretty and had a lot of nice shopppng.
Great Overview of London
DennisT_M, Sept 2023
We had two walking tours with our travel guide, whose name was Diana, and she was excellent! The first tour took us to Buckingham Palace among other places and the second tour took us to various spots in London where the locals worked, ate and drank. This gave us a gray feel for the city. Also, the bus ride took us to laces we would never get to on our own.
Very helpful with mobility
Lyle_D, Sept 2023
The driver and crew at various stops were exceptionally friendly and helpful. It takes a lot of professionalism to drive a bus around busy London and still be patient and responsive with clueless tourists. They were extra patient with my father and his transit wheelchair. Impressed!!!
Great, but where's the human?
Steve_G, Sept 2023
This tour offered 3 different routes and many stops at the major sights. The buses arrived often too. But to be honest, I wish there was an actual person providing guided commentary, as the regular tour instructed riders to insert head phones (provided by BigBus) for commentary. However, the Night Tour DID have a human giving the tour and it was awesome!
nwasylykhotmailcom, Sept 2023
There were lots of buses so never waited long. The audio comment was good but there were long intervals of music and quiet where they could have added some more interesting things about London I thought. Unfortunately the first bus were started with had audio problems. We changed buses after 7-8 stops. About 5 stops later, the bus broke down and we had to change buses for the second time. Not ideal as we lost our best seat and had to sit on the lower level. I would still recommend this tour unless these problems are recurring.
Slow Down So Audio can match the stops
Paula_K, Sept 2023
It’s was moving to FAST!!! We could not view the sites because driver was driving to fast. We passed by Buckingham Place and didn’t realize we has gone by it.
Great tour
Jorden_B, Sept 2023
The hop-on hop-off was a great way to see the city on our first day, and the boat from Waterloo to the Tower of London was nice. The bus gave us more ideas on things to do while we were there.
Great experience
Alice_K, Sept 2023
Perfect way to take in London on a short schedule. Gives you a glimpse of so many things, and let's you determine what you want to see more of and allows you to go off and do just that!
Highly recommend this tour.
Robin_K, Sept 2023
Thank you for a wonderful and informative tour of London. We stayed on the blue bus for the whole route for approximately 5 hours and we’re able to capture a lot of the Monopoly’s streets and take in the sights and architecture of London. Highly recommend this tour.
Inexpensive way to see the major London sights
Ciana_S, Sept 2023
I would recommend this to a first time visitor to London. It’s a really good way to see the major sights without having to do a ton of planning. Finding the stops takes a little work and the bus drivers might be friendly or not but the pre recorded facts are pretty interesting!
Loved it
Diana_B, Sept 2023
Excellent way to see London. Only difficulty in wifi at times and found commentary varied on different busses. Very satisfied though. Strongly recommend
Hop on hop off
Judith_H, Sept 2023
Enjoyed both day and night tours. Due to traffic took 5 hours to do a 3 and 1/2 f hour tour. Also cruise up the Thames was enjoyable. Good value
Overall good.
Jessie_C, Sept 2023
Bus map stops are not marked and no announcement of stop number is made. More confusing then it needs to be.
Good trip
Christine_K, Sept 2023
Easy to use and takes past a lot of major sites Traffic is slow and so it takes a long time to get between stops so plan plenty of time. Take the evening tour if you want to be in less traffic.
River cruise was very enjoyable! Was able to get great photos of Tower Bridge and the city!
David_C, Sept 2023
River cruise was very enjoyable! We were able to get wonderful photos of Tower Bridge and the cityscape. Loved it!
Excellent experience
David_M, Sept 2023
Everyone is so helpful. The buses run frequently and the commentary is helpful. Big Bus is clearly the most popular and it’s easy to see why. They do an excellent job.
Left station #1, got stuck in traffic, took forever to get to one more stop! Ruined our day. Waste!
Nancy_K, Sept 2023
We never got to most of the places we planned to see! Such a waste of money. Traffic ruined the efficiency of the buses. We had 4-5 hrs available to us and at least 50% of that time was spent sitting in stopped traffic or waiting for a bus. Only on 2 different buses the whole time. Gave up and walked to the boat to take the very short river cruise. Such a dissapointment.
48 hours in London
Malcolm_S, Sept 2023
Great way to see what London has to offer in 48 hours or less.Evening bus tour (2hours) was fabulous.Thames cruise was also great.Saw all the major sights and attractions on the Red and Blue route.Great value.
Value is fantastic
Noah_S, Sept 2023
Awesome value! Great night bus tour, got to see the tower bridge open! The operators when live were informative and the pre-recorded were also good.
Good use of you money
Sandy_S, Sept 2023
Great experience, I have many, many pics, worth the money. I bought the 48hr one which allowed me to ride around no hop off and see where I wanted to hop off the next day. It was a blast, and a fast way to see many sites in a short amount of time. The bus is easy to find and get on and off.

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