Why Try The City Sightseeing Edinburgh Tour?
- It's perfect for a family visit. The 14 hop-on hop-off stops cover fun attractions such as the National Museum of Scotland, Our Dynamic Earth, and the Hard Rock Cafe.
- Buses arrive every 10-15 minutes, ideal for those on the go.
- Kids can enjoy a Horrible Histories commentary narrated by author Terry Deary.
- Tickets provide generous Edinburgh attraction discounts (see below).
- Start your journey from any stop.
Map And Timetable:
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Ticket Usage Instructions:
Print off the ticket voucher you receive from this site and present it to a member of the City Sightseeing Edinburgh tour staff at any stop (see map above). Ticket vouchers are usable within 3 months of purchase.
Ticket Holder Discounts | 2017:
City Sightseeing Edinburgh ticket holders are entitled to a selection of attraction, dining and shopping discounts. View the full list here.
City Sightseeing Edinburgh | Route Details:
City Sightseeing offers Edinburgh's ultimate family oriented open-top double-decker bus tour. It provides full flexibility to explore the Scottish capital at your own pace for 24 hours. If you'd like to experience the tour in full start your journey at Waverley Bridge (stop 1). From here the tour winds counter-clockwise down Lothian Road and up the Grassmarket, providing stunning views of the Princes Street Gardens and Edinburgh Castle. Stop off at Grassmarket for a huge variety pubs, bars and restaurants.
Stop 4 takes you past the Edinburgh College of Art, after which the buses visit Johnston Terrace and Lawnmarket. On Saturdays the terrace plays host to the renowned Edinburgh Farmers Market (09:00-14:00), while Lawnmarket is an ideal spot to disembark and experience Edinburgh Castle, Camera Obscura, and many other attractions along the Royal Mile.
Stick with your City Sightseeing bus, or rejoin at Lawnmarket to arrive next at the National Museum of Scotland (stop 7), a gem for all ages. Departing Chambers Street your bus will make two more stops along the Royal Mile, encompassing such attractions as the John Knox House, the Museum of Childhood, and the Museum of Edinburgh.
Eventually the tour will reach the Scottish Parliament building and Palace of Holyroodhouse. The former offers guided tours that provide fascinating insights into the day-to-day workings of Scottish politics, while the latter is the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II in Scotland. Particularly if you're travelling with kids be sure to venture inside Our Dynamic Earth. This award winning science centre lets visitors get hands-on with the natural world and explore the history of the universe.
After leaving Our Dynamic Earth you might want to hop-off at stop 12 along Regent Road. From here you'll be ideally placed to see the Burns Monument, climb up Calton Hill and view Arthur's Seat to the south. With all the walking likely to work up a hunger rejoin the City Sightseeing bus and travel to Hanover Street at stop 13. You'll be set down close to the Hard Rock Cafe, whose set menus can be pre-booked over here. Alternatively, move onto stop 14 beside Waverley Railway Station before finishing up back at Waverley bridge.