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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. 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 09:00-16:00 and chances are it won't be long before you spot the colourful livery of an open-topper.

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

If you'd like to take advantage of all four then why not try the Grand Ticket, or the all inclusive Royal Edinburgh Ticket. Details can be found below under 'Bus Combination Tickets'.

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City Sightseeing Tour

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.

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Edinburgh Tour

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 four tours do not.

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Vintage Bus Tour

Besides employing old fashioned double-decker buses, ticket holders can enjoy discounted tea and cakes at 5 of Edinburgh's best cafés.

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Majestic Tour

There's plenty to discover in Edinburgh beyond the city centre. Hop-aboard the Majestic Tour and embark on a journey to the stylish and modern district of Leith.

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Edinburgh Airlink

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 and Waverley Bridge.

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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 with a mix of comedy , onboard special effects and theatrics.

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Royal Edinburgh Tour

Over 48 hours you'll have the freedom of unlimited travel aboard four renowned city bus tours as well as access to three of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. Save 20% on ticket costs.

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Edinburgh Grand Ticket

This fantastic offer includes Edinburgh's four best open-top double-decker bus tours and discounts for associated attractions with a flexible hop-on hop-off service any time over 48 hours.

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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 24-48 hours from first use.

 1, Edinburgh Tour

Recognisable by their bright 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 four tours do not. Live English-speaking guides are available from April-November, while recorded English commentary takes over from December-March.

Pricing: Adult (£14.00), Child (£6.00), Senior/Student (£13.00), Family (£33.00).

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Edinburgh Green Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

 

2, City Sightseeing Edinburgh

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 (£14.00), Child (£6.00), Senior/Student (£13.00), Family (£33.00).

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City Sightseeing Edinburgh Bus Tour

 

3, The 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 (£14.00), Child (£6.00), Senior/Student (£13.00), Family (£33.00).

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Edinburgh Majestic Tour

 

4, MacTours

Discover tales of royals, inventors, pioneers and villains aboard an iconic Routemaster open-top bus. The MacTours vintage city tour runs from April 1-October 31 and features entertaining live commentary by knowledgeable guides. Besides employing old fashioned double-decker buses what's extra unique about this tour is that ticket holders can enjoy discounted tea and cakes at 5 of Edinburgh's best cafés. See the map download at the bottom of our MacTours page for more information on the sightseeing route and exclusive discounts.

Pricing: Adult (£14.00), Child (£6.00), Senior/Student (£13.00), Family (£33.00).

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MacTours Vintage Bus Tour

 

Bus Combination Tickets:

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

Edinburgh Grand Ticket

Do you want to see and do as much as you can in Edinburgh across two days? Look no further than the Grand Sightseeing Bus Tour ticket. This fantastic offer includes Edinburgh's four best open-top double-decker bus tours and discounts for associated attractions. Two of the tours feature knowledgeable local guides and the other two have 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 24 or a 48-hour valid ticket.

Royal Edinburgh Ticket

The Royal Edinburgh ticket is one of the finest sightseeing passes the Scottish capital has to offer. Over 48 hours you'll have the freedom of unlimited travel aboard four renowned city bus tours as well as access to three of the most 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 four 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.

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Other Edinburgh Bus Tours/Services:

Edinburgh Airlink

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.

Edinburgh Airlink Airport Shuttle Bus

 

Visit The Forth Bridges From Edinburgh

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.

Edinburgh Forth Bridges Bus And Boat 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.

Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tour

 

More fun things to do in Edinburgh including walking tours, day tours and attraction tickets can be found on our main Edinburgh page. Have a browse and pick an Edinburgh Bus Tour that suits you.