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

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icon2 hours 20 minutes to 3 hours 20 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more

Overview

Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day 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 and upgrade to the fast-track London Eye option to get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel. 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 one, two, or three days to explore London at your own pace
  • Upgrade to the fast-track London Eye option to take in panoramic views from the London Eye
  • Thames cruise included with each ticket option
  • Redeem your voucher at any of the designated Big Bus stops
  • See top London attractions including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This ultra-customizable hop-on hop-off bus tour includes multiple routes and ticket durations.
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Hop-on hop-off bus tour
Recorded commentary
30-minute river cruise
Hop on Hop off with over 45 stops
90 minute Panoramic (Non Stop) Evening Tour from Stop 11 with Premium and Deluxe Tickets
Free WIFI on Board
A choice of 3 themed live guided walking tours with Premium and Deluxe Tickets
Food and drinks

Departure Point

You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.
See itinerary

Return Details

You may disembark at any of the available stops.
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.) Upgrade to include a must-do London Eye Flight.

With your Classic (1-day), Premium (2-day), or Deluxe (3-day) 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.
Itinerary
Duration: 
2 hours 20 minutes
Operating Schedule:
  Buses depart every 10-20 mins. The first bus departs from Stop 1 - Green Park Underground at 08:15 and the last bus departs at 18:00.
Piccadilly
Stop 1 - Green Park Undergound
Old Park Lane Hard Rock Cafe (Stop C)
Stop 2 - Hard Rock Cafe
W1K 1AB
Stop 3 - Queen Mother Gates
Hyde Park
Stop 4 - Marble Arch
Baker Street Station (Stop D)
Stop 5 - Baker Street
290 Regent St.
Stop 6 - Oxford Street
1 Heddon St
Stop 7 - Regent Street
74 Regent St.
Stop 8 - Piccadilly Circus
5b Pall Mall E
Stop 9 - Trafalgar Square
South African High Commission Home Affairs Consular Section
Stop 10 - Craig's Court
Horse Guards Parade
Stop 11 - Whitehall
4 York Rd
Stop 12 - London Eye
28 York Rd
Stop 13 - Waterloo (Eastbound)
1 Aldwych
Stop 14 - Covent Garden
26 Ludgate Hill
Stop 15 - St Paul’s Cathedral
362 Tower Hill
Stop 16 - Tooley Street
WC2R 2PH
Stop 17 - Tower of London
WC2R 2PH
Stop 18 - Temple Underground station
SW1A 2JH
Stop 19 - Westminster Pier
Lambeth Palace Road
Stop 20 - Lambeth Palace
Abingdon Street Gardens
Stop 21 - College Green
43 Tothill St
Stop 22 - Tothill Street
1 Buckingham Place
Stop 23 - Buckingham Palace
49 Buckingham Palace Rd
Stop 24 - Victoria, Nova Complex
Victoria Station (Stop R)
Stop 25 - Victoria Station
113 Lambeth Palace Rd
Stop 38 - London Eye (Westbound)
Points of interest passed by on this route
Tower of London
 
Buckingham Palace
 
HMS Belfast
 
Tower Bridge
 
Big Bus Tours
 
Somerset House
 
Mayfair
 
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
 
Cenotaph
 
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
 
Whitehall
 
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
 
The London Film Museum - Covent Garden
 
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
 
Duration: 
3 hours 20 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 17:30.
Green Park
Stop 1 - Green Park Undergound
Old Park Lane Hard Rock Cafe (Stop C)
Stop 2 - Hard Rock Cafe
Marble Arch (Stop 14)
Stop 4 - Marble Arch
Hyde Park Corner Station (Stop M)
Stop 26 - Hyde Park Corner
Harrods (Stop KA)
Stop 27 - Harrods
Victoria and Albert Museum (Stop N)
Stop 28 - South Kensington Museums
Gloucester Road
Stop 29 - Gloucester Road
The Goat
Stop 30 - Kensington Palace
Palace Gardens Terrace (Stop M)
Stop 31 - Notting Hill
Palace Court (Stop S)
Stop 32 - Kensington Gardens
Porchester Terrace (Stop D)
Stop 33 - Thistle Hotel Kensington Gardens
Lancaster Gate Columbia Hotel (Stop LE)
Stop 34 - Lancaster Gate
7 Conduit Pl
Stop 35 - Paddington Station
4b Praed St
Stop 36 - Praed Street
134 Park Ln
Stop 37 - Park Lane
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
 
  • 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
  • Redeem your voucher at any of the designated Big Bus stops
  • Infants (age 0-4) can go on the tour free of charge
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • For your optional London Eye ticket you must reserve the your time slot in advance please use the link printed on your voucher.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Big Bus London
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.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise.

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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." See review
  • "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." See review

Reviews

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star-4
6,449 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-2
River cruise was the best...
Malcolm_M
, May 2022
River cruise was the best part, the commentator was excellent, very amusing. The bus tour was very poor. Too many people on the bus, late turning up and the commentary was out of sinc. Too hard to take photos as either going too fast, or people in front
star-5
Had a great time
nzkhealth
, May 2022
The tour was great and the cruise just enhanced the whole experience. Best way to see and enjoy London. I highly recommend it.
star-3
Learn the London bus route instead
Regan_R
, May 2022
It was a hop on hop off- very basic. There were some good parts (limited waiting, adequate seating,) however, you can only ride in one direction and it took forever. Also- stops were not announced so it was a scramble to figure out where we were at times. Finally, the brochure is wrong with regards to times. Overall, it was a bus ride that got us where we wanted to be but it was a very expensive bus ride.
star-4
Great tour
Linda_K
, May 2022
We were so thankful for the bus around London especially after a ton of walking! Also the included Thames river cruise was really informative and we got amazing photos of historic sites from a different perspective. Only downside, which couldn't be helped, was the traffic in late afternoon and we couldn't get to St. Paul's in time.
star-4
Very informative and...
Jeffery_D
, May 2022
Very informative and nice, but they need more buses and should go on later than just 5 pm, especially in the summer.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Never made it
Colleen_V
, May 2022
Didn’t go. Got to London late, attempted to call and email company but was not able to speak to a rep. Send chat to tour operator with no response. Hoping to at least get a refund.
star-5
Mind blowing
Sadaquat_A
, May 2022
We really enjoyed being on the big bus. You just name anything and it was there. Excellently managed and it gave a beautiful tour of London
star-4
Once found, fantastic!
kkleppelembo
, May 2022
Once we FOUND boarding site - and after close to a 30 minute, or more, wait, the tour was lovely. It was quite the endeavor to find the place where Big Busses picked up, as all tour and public busses are red. A wonderful way to acquaint yourself with London. And I truly enjoyed the audiotour.
star-2
I was very disappointed...
Rita_H
, May 2022
I was very disappointed in this tour. The tour ended without going to the Buckingham Palace which is the main thing that I wanted to see. Additionally, the driver did not take us back to the point where we boarded the bus and was not helpful when we asked for directions.
star-5
A London must do!
Kathy_U
, May 2022
The London Hop on hop off with river cruise is a must do!! Download the app. Bring your own headphones (more comfortable) and go early so you can sit in the coveted top first seat. This will be a great way to see the city and create wonderful you want to see more of later. Bus staffing is good, bus app let's you know when to expect the next bus. Stations are clearly marked.ap shows where you are in the city so you have landmarks for future adventures. Commentary on the ride is entertaining. Humorous. And informational. Limited music, loved hearing Pet Shop boys! Enjoy!!
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-2
London disappointment.
Ed_N
, May 2022
The river cruise (Thames) was enjoyable, and informative. Too bad the rest of the excursion was so disappointing. To begin the brochure said we could get on at many places - failed to name them. After a 1/2 hour telcon, we were told where to go - wrong place by a block. Entered bus at 10:45. The recording on bus was not synced to the actual site, so pictures were not an option. A bus driver told us to get off, and take another bus, that bus told us to go back to the first bus??? To sum up, We enjoyed our previous tours with your Company (Savannah, GA & San Diego, CA). We can't believe this experience was the same Company.
star-4
trip
Janet_F
, May 2022
We were on the bus late. would have been nice of the driver when we got on the bus around 5:15 that he would be ending his trip at stop 1, this was around 5:30. We were able to get on the tube, but a family who did not speak English well was having a hard time understanding what to do.
star-1
Terrible
Mario_B
, May 2022
Terrible. River cruise paid for and included. Upon check in, bar code states cruise not included. Even after seeing the receipt from Viator that the river cruise was included, they refused to board my family as they stayed they always use the bar code as reference. Do not want to waste my time calling customer service for a refund on the river cruise.. Easier to write this review.
3 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Great experience
MichellePaul
, May 2022
The bus is perfect for seeing all the sites We especially enjoyed the boat tour with live commentary-the crew was awesome Also Molly our Jack the Ripper walking guide was great very knowledgeable
star-3
Disappointing
Nicholas_S
, May 2022
Bus journey stop / start due to traffic so very slow . Overpriced for what it is but boat cruise better .
star-5
Best Way to see London's Sight.
Swati_B
, May 2022
We loved the Big Bus Tour. Such an easy way to see the best of London’s sights. Helpful & Polite staffs
star-5
Good oversight
Janet_G
, May 2022
Good tour to take a loop of the entire city to help you decide where you want to get on and off. They never checked my ticket even though I purchased. It does get crowded though
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Good way to see London in a day
karen_w
, May 2022
The routes were good, but coordination was poor and one of the buses is not configurrd well downstairs for sightseeing. The drivers were all great but the gents at the stops, not so much.
star-5
Worth the pricd
Heather_P
, May 2022
The bus tour was very useful to establish where the major tourist attractions are. The tour is pre recorded. Overall, the buses were on time and ran on schedule.
star-3
Disappointing!
Maureen_D
, May 2022
The commentary was disappointing. Too much silly banter and not enough hard facts about, or identification of, landmarks passed. A walk down Oxford Street could have been suggested for those not interested in Madam Tussaud's. The commentary on the boat trip was better presented.

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