Edinburgh Bus Tours 2020

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Looking to explore the city of Edinburgh? Why not buy one of our Edinburgh Bus Tour Tickets and see everything the city has to offer easily.

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From the medieval streets of the Old Town to Leith's bohemian shore front, the bus tours of Edinburgh are an institution every bit as iconic as the famous Castle. Take a stroll down The Canongate or Grassmarket any hour between 09:00 to 16:00 and it won't be long before you spot the colourful livery of an open-topper.

Edinburgh Bus Tours

Three hop-on hop-off services are currently in operation: Edinburgh Tour (green), City Sightseeing Edinburgh (red) and the Majestic Tour (blue). Have a read below and find out which one best suits your sightseeing needs.

Tours At A Glance

  • 5) Royal Ticket (3 Tours + Castle, Britannia & Holyrood Palace).

Edinburgh's Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours:

The main departure point for all of Edinburgh's hop-on hop-off bus tours is Waverley Bridge. Start here if you'd like to enjoy the sightseeing experience in full, otherwise, embark from whichever bus stop is closest. Friendly staff will accept your ticket voucher and exchange it for passes that are valid 24-hours from first use.

Note: If you'd like to do all three tours then why not try the Grand Ticket, or the all inclusive Royal Edinburgh Ticket? See 'Ticket Offers' for details.


1) Edinburgh Tour (directions_bus):

Official Edinburgh Tour

Recognisable by their green livery and live tour guides, the Edinburgh Tour buses offer a quintessential introduction to the heart of the Scottish capital. In addition to key locations throughout the Old Town these open-toppers take in parts of New Town such as Rose and George Street that the other three tours do not. Live English-speaking guides are available all year round.

  • Pricing: Adult (£16.00), Child (£8.00), Senior (£15.00), Family (£39.00).
  • Key Discounts: £5 off Edinburgh Dungeon, 10% off Camera Obscura, 10% off Scotch Whisky Experience Tour + more.
  • Unique Stops: The Mound and Charlotte Square.


2) City Sightseeing Edinburgh (directions_bus):

City Sightseeing Edinburgh Bus Tour

The bus tour you're most likely to recognise at first glance is City Sightseeing Edinburgh. With frequent departures of between 10-20 minutes and a concise tour route these red open-top double-deckers are ideal for short stay visitors and families.

Entertaining commentary is available in nine different languages, as well as the Terry Deary Horrible Histories commentary - a great option for kids! Languages include: English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese.

  • Pricing: Adult (£16.00), Child (£8.00), Senior (£15.00), Family (£39.00).
  • Key Discounts: £5 off Edinburgh Dungeon, 10% off Camera Obscura, £1 off Mary King's Close + more.
  • Unique Stops: Lothian Road and Lauriston Place.


3) The Majestic Tour (directions_bus):

Edinburgh Majestic Tour

There's plenty more to discover in Edinburgh beyond the city centre. Hop-aboard the Majestic Tour and embark on a journey to the stylish and modern riverside district of Leith. On the outward journey from Waverley Bridge you can choose to alight by the picturesque Water of Leith walkway, the Royal Botanic Garden, Ferry Road and Newhaven Harbour. The highlight stop is Ocean Terminal, where the famous Royal Yacht Britannia is berthed. The Majestic Tour returns to Waverley Bridge via Leith Mills and the Old Town.

Multi-lingual commentary available all year round in ten different languages: English, Gaelic, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese.

  • Pricing: Adult (£16.00), Child (£8.00), Senior (£15.00), Family (£39.00).
  • Key Discounts: 2 for 1 Royal Botanic Gardens Glasshouses Entry, 10% off Royal Yacht Britannia + more.
  • Unique Stops: RBG Edinburgh, Newhaven Harbour, Royal Yacht Britannia and more.

How To Book Tickets:

Edinburgh Bus Tour tickets can be purchased online and printed at home. Once printed, they can be presented to the bus driver at any stop on your chosen tour. Alternatively, tickets can be shown to a member of staff at the Waverley Bridge ticket kiosk, or the Lothian Buses Travel Shop near Market Street.

NOTE: All hop-on hop-off tickets are valid for their stated duration from the moment of first use.

Edinburgh Bus Tour | Ticket Offers:

As stated above, our hop-on hop-off tours can be bought individually or as part of a money saving package. Book the Grand Ticket for 48-hour access to all three sightseeing tours, or the Royal Ticket for additional entry to Edinburgh Castle, Royal Yacht Britannia and Holyrood Palace.

Edinburgh Grand Ticket:

Grand Ticket Offer

Do you want to see and do as much as you can in Edinburgh across two days? Look no further than the Grand Ticket. This fantastic offer includes Edinburgh's three best open-top double-decker bus tours and discounts for associated attractions. Two of the tours feature knowledgeable local guides and the other has multi-lingual commentary in 9-10 languages.

The flexible hop-on hop-off service and easy-to-read maps mean you'll waste no time searching or fretting over what to do next. Choose either a 3-tour, 48-hour valid ticket, or the 48+ which also includes the 3 Bridges Bus & Boat Tour.

  • Pricing: Adults from £24.00 - VIEW ALL.


Royal Edinburgh Ticket:

Edinburgh Royal Ticket

The Royal Edinburgh ticket is the closest thing the Scottish capital has to a sightseeing and attraction pass. Get unlimited, 48-hour travel aboard the three city bus tours plus entry to three popular tourist attractions. Enjoy unrivalled views from the ramparts of Edinburgh castle, board Royal Yacht Britannia at Leith and explore the Queen's official residence in Scotland.

Each of these top spots are frequented, amongst many more, by the three bus tours, which offer informative and entertaining commentary every step of the way. If taken full advantage of the Royal ticket will save you 20% on the combined cost of all the individual tickets and by end you'll be beaming with the knowledge of a seasoned local. Get the regal welcome you deserve.

  • Pricing: Adults from £57.00 - VIEW ALL.

Other Edinburgh Bus Tours & Services:

Edinburgh Airlink:

Edinburgh Airlink Shuttle Bus

If you arrive in Edinburgh by plane then the easiest way to reach the city centre is by Airlink. This airport shuttle bus offers 24 hour transport between Edinburgh Airport (outside domestic arrivals) and Waverley Bridge. Other intermediary stops along the route include Edinburgh Zoo, Murrayfield, Haymarket Train Station and West End.

The vehicles themselves are comfortable and modern, with free Wi-Fi access available to all passengers and ample power points for mobile device charging. The service runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and return ticket portions can be used within 6 months.

  • Pricing: Adults from £4.50 - VIEW ALL.


Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tour:

Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tour

No one summaries the dark and grizzly chapters of Edinburgh's history quite like the folks at the Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tour. Their unique mix of comedy sightseeing, onboard special effects and theatrics has been resurrecting local legends and entertaining visitors for years. You can read our review of the tour here, and make reservations by clicking here.

  • Pricing: Adults from £17.00 - VIEW ALL.


Rabbie's Edinburgh City Tour:

Rabbie's Edinburgh City Tour

If you've ever visited Edinburgh as a tourist then you might be familiar with Rabbie's, the award-winning small group tour specialist. While they're famous for their full/half-day tours of Scotland, England, Ireland and even France, their newest journey is a little closer to home.

The Edinburgh City Tour is an open-top mini-coach that covers all of the capital's major UNESCO heritage sights. Hear tales of the Scotland's famous sons and daughters from a friendly local narrator (who just so happens to go by the name of Rabbie), and get the ultimate viewing perspective on top landmarks. Tours run every day at 09:45, 12:15 and 15:15, all year round, so haste ye along to Waverley Bridge if you're visiting the Auld Reekie this year.

  • Pricing: Adults from £15.00 - VIEW ALL.


Forth Bridges Bus & Boat Tour:

Fourth Bridges Bus And Boat Tour

The Forth Bridges Bus & Boat Tour runs every year from late March until the end of October. Unlike the hop-on hop-off city tours listed above this service delivers sightseers straight to the coastal town of South Queensferry. You're then treated to a cruise aboard the 'Forth Belle', which passes beneath the iconic forth crossings and moors at Inchcolm Island.

Spend an hour and a half exploring this isolated wildlife haven before catching the return boat to Hawes Pier. Here a bus will be waiting to take you back to Waverley Bridge.

  • Pricing: Adults from £25.00 - VIEW ALL.
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