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Original London Sightseeing Bus Tour

Discover the British capital by open-top double decker bus. The Original London Tour lets you explore for 24-48 hours.

• Visit over 80 stops across 4 main sightseeing routes.

• Use your ticket on any day 6 months from date of purchase.

• Present your ticket to the driver at any stop.

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• Quick Tour Facts •

Visit England Quality Assured Tour

Tickets can be used 6 months from date of purchase.


• Yellow Route:

Experienced English speaking guides.

• Red & Blue Routes:

Digital Audio: English, Deutsch, Français, Español, Italiano, Русский, 日本語, Português, 中文, العربية and Kids' Club channel.

Tour Route Times:

See Timetable Downloads.


• Yellow & Red Routes: Approx. 2-2.5 Hours.

• Blue Route: 1.5 Hours.

Departure Points:

Various, see Map Download.


Pricing Conditions:

Child tickets aged 5-15 years.

Family tickets include 2 adults and 2 children.

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About The Original London Tour:

New to London or don't know it too well? The Original London Sightseeing Bus Tour is the oldest and most comprehensive open-top bus tour in the city. With just one ticket you gain the freedom to hop-on and hop-off at over 80 stops located across 4 main routes.

Traverse the capital in comfort, be entertained by local guides, and tailor an itinerary that suits your interests. Tickets include 3 free walking tours and a handy Thames River Cruise pass.

• Live Guides On Yellow Route | • Multi-Lingual Commentary On Red & Blue Routes | • 3 Free Walking Tours | • Free Thames River Cruise.


Bus Tour Map:

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Original London Bus Tour Map


The Original London Tour | Main Routes:

Yellow Route | The Original Tour:

The yellow is the original and oldest of the three hop-on hop-off bus routes. This journey includes a fun and informative English-speaking guide who'll reveal the stories behind London's most iconic sights, from Big Ben to Tower Bridge. Experience the Yellow Route in full by hopping on at the Original London Visitor Centre or Piccadilly Circus/Whitcomb Street.

Red Route | City Sightseeing Tour:

All the sights on the red route are accompanied by pre-recorded digital audio tracks in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Japanese. Also included is an easier listening kid's channel. Experience the Red Route in full by hopping on at Victoria.

Blue Route | Royal Borough Tour:

By joining the blue route, visitors can explore the famous museums and department stores of Kensington and Chelsea. Notable for being the smallest of London's borough's, what Kensington lacks in size it more than makes up for in beauty and attractions. Hop-off right outside the Victoria & Albert, Science, Design and Natural History Museums. If you're up for splashing a bit of cash, check out Harrods and Harvey Nicholls department stores.

Like the red route the blue route features digital multi-lingual commentary. This route can be experienced in full by hopping on at Kensington Palace.

  • Timetable: Buses start running from 08:20 (from Kensington Palace Gate) and continue daily every 20-30 minutes until the last full tour departs at 17:00. If you stay on the bus for the full loop, it takes approximately 40 minutes.

Orange Route | British Museum Tour:

The Orange Route is specifically designed to service London most popular attraction - the British Museum. It provides easy access from Kings Cross, St Pancras and Euston train stations. Visitors arriving from these locations can also switch onto the Red and Yellow Routes at Trafalgar Square.

  • Timetable: Buses start running from 08:30 (from Royal National Hotel, Woburn Place) and continue daily every 15-20 minutes until the last full tour departs at 17:30.

Note On Station Pick-Ups: The section of Orange Route north of Russell Square (picking travellers up from the train stations) will not be served by every bus. Instead there will be a 20 minute service in the mornings from 10:00, with the last bus serving Euston station (stop M) at 12:11. There will then be a service taking travellers back to the stations in the late afternoon - running every 30 minutes from Royal National Hotel at 17:15, 17:44 & 18:14.


Capital Connector Routes:

Green Route | Capital Connector:

Not a key sightseeing route as such, but the green line offers a quick means of transport between major landmarks in the heart of the city centre. Consult the map and timetable downloads below for more detailed information.

  • Timetable: Departs Charing Cross Road (Leicester Square) every 10-20 minutes (20-30 minutes in winter) between 09:15-14:35.

Purple Route | Capital Connector:

This one operates similarly to the green route, except its main function is to link various popular hotels to the Red and Yellow Routes at Marble Arch. Hotels covered include those located in Bayswater, Notting Hill, Holland Park and Lancaster Gate.

This route is also useful for those who wish to go shopping at Westfield Shepherds Bush.


Free London Walking Tours:

  • Changing of the Guard | Departs daily at 10:30 from The Original London Visitor Centre.
  • Rock 'N' Roll | Departs daily at 13:00 from The Original London Visitor Centre.
  • Jack the Ripper | Departs daily at 15:30 from bus stop (Original Tour) at the Tower of London on Tower Hill.


Free Thames River Cruise:

Each ticket allows the holder to claim a FREE City Cruises cruise pass from a member of the Original Tour staff.


Blue Route Bus Stops:

  • Kensington Palace
  • Baden-Powell House
  • Natural History Museum
  • Science Museum
  • Victoria & Albert Museum
  • Harrods
  • Harvey Nichols
  • Hyde Park
  • Royal Albert Hall
  • Albert Memorial
  • Kensington High Street

Orange Route Bus Stops:

  • Ripley's Believe It Or Not!
  • Russell Square
  • British Museum
  • King's Cross Station (Stop T: every 20 mins, 10:03-12:03)
  • St. Pancras Station (Stop S: every 20 mins, 10:07-12:07)
  • Euston Station (Stop M: every 20 mins 10:11-12:11)

Yellow Route Bus Stops:

  • Piccadilly Circus/Eros Statue
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Original London Visitor Centre
  • St James's Palace
  • Ritz Hotel
  • Hyde Park
  • Wellington Museum
  • Speakers' Corner
  • Marble Arch
  • Buckingham Palace
  • St James's Park
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Big Ben & Parliament
  • The London Eye
  • London Dungeon
  • Sea Life London Aquarium
  • BFI Imax
  • South Bank Arts Centre
  • Covent Garden
  • Fleet Street
  • St Paul's Cathedral
  • Bank of England Museum
  • London Bridge
  • The Shard
  • Southwark Cathedral
  • HMS Belfast
  • Tower Bridge
  • The Tower of London
  • Sherlock Holmes Pub
  • Westminster Pier
  • Downing Street
  • Horse Guards' Parade
  • Leicester Square

Red Route Bus Stops:

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