Planning a trip to Edinburgh soon? There are so many major attractions and popular landmarks to discover! Like Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Dungeon, Museum of Childhood and more additional attractions. But where do you start and what should you see first? Take the decision-making away and let an Edinburgh bus tour pave the way for you!
To be able to experience an Edinburgh tour on an open-top bus is truly the best way! With a full-day trip, it will take you past city landmarks and beautiful sites. So, what’re you waiting for?!
Edinburgh Bus Tours
City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
You can choose what adventure you’ll like to take by simply hopping on and hopping off at the hotspots and locations you wish to! So, you’ll get the very best of city sightseeing, without having to walk around for hours and hours trying to locate the popular landmarks! You’ll have unlimited travel for 24 hours, so you can make sure you’ll have plenty of time to see everything you wish in Edinburgh city.
Whether you wish to visit Edinburgh Castle, the Farmer’s Market, the Scottish Parliament or the Palace of Holyroodhouse – the hop-on, hop-off tour has it all. Not to mention there will also be an interesting audio commentary on city sights to accompany you on the trip, which will be in 9 different languages! There will also be a Horrible Stories audio guide for the kids too – so everyone will be entertained!
Iconic Bus tour (24 hours and stops near all major sights in Edinburgh):
£16.00 - Kids go FREE
Essential Bus tour (24 hours and stops near major sights in Edinburgh and Glasgow):
Ultimate Bus tour (48 hours stops. near all major sights):
Edinburgh Bus Tours - The Majestic Tour
The 5-star rated tour is simple and easy for all tourists to enjoy! From 11 stops to discover and explore as well as on-board commentary in 10 different languages! You can join the city tours from any of the bus stops for the duration of your ticket.
Departure time is from 09:20 - 15:50 (catch a bus every 30 minutes)
Adult ticket £16.00
Child ticket (5-15) FREE
Enjoy a combo deal with an upgrade from £4.00. Includes 24/48 hour travel and discounts on attractions
Edinburgh Bus Tours - the Edinburgh Tour
With a live guide surprising you with unique and interesting facts about the surrounding sights to explore at your own leisure with the hop on, hop off bus. It really is one of many brilliant sightseeing tours that the whole family will enjoy!
Departure time is from 09:00 - 16:00
dult ticket is from £16.00
Child ticket (5-15) FREE
Enjoy a combo ticket with a £4.00 upgrade!
Bright Bus Tours
The tour starts from St Andrews Square. You and your family can also enjoy self-guided walking tours too whenever you stop off. So, you can take in the surroundings in your own time and on feet!
Tickets from £10.00
Bright Bus Britannia Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Soak up the sights and local experience of Stockbridge and Leith Shore. You can choose either the full-day tour or the 48-hour tour!
Tickets from £10.00
Red Bistro - Afternoon Tea Bus
With Red Bistro, you can discover the sights and sounds of Scotland’s capital city while indulging in a few treats! The tour will last 1 hour and 30 minutes and is available from Tuesday to Sunday.
Hop onboard a vintage Routemaster or Leyland Titan Bus, admire the most famous landmarks of Edinburgh and really sit back in this enchanting experience. You’ll find a cake stand holding delicate cakes and petit fours, with a selection of finger sandwiches and traditional scones with fresh whipped cream and jam! Talk about a sweet bus ride!
You can also sip on a glass of gin* if you choose to!
*no kids under the age of 8 are allowed on this tour.
Adult Afternoon Tea £42.50
Adult Gin Tea £48.95
Unique Edinburgh Bus Tours!
Red Bistro Harry Potter Hogwarts Express Tour
With a combination of new and old architecture, the city holds a lot of magic that will transfix you entirely. On the tour, you’ll meet on Waterloo Place and travel to some of the oldest parts of Edinburgh, past Waverley Station and to Edinburgh Castle. Where you’ll remember was an invasion of young witches and wizards…are there any more left?
Visit George Heriot’s school where a genius student like Hermione Granger would have studied. Visit the Spoon Cafe and Elephant House Cafe where JK Rowling began writing the series and make a stop at Greyfriar’s Cemetary…can you see any familiar names here?
You can also enjoy a Harry Potter-themed afternoon tea too! With chocolate frogs, jelly beans, butter beer and more!
This tour is not available all around, so keep a frog’s eye out!
The Ghost Bus Tour Edinburgh
Did you know Edinburgh has a dark history that is eerily haunted? Encounter top attractions like St Cuthbert’s Graveyard, Edinburgh Castle, The New Town, Grassmarket, Greyfriar’s Kirk, The Old Town, Holyrood Palace and the Royal Mile. What spooky mishappenings occurred here?
Will you spot some ghoulish ghosts and feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand? If you’re ready for a spine-chilling ghost and comedic bus tour, then this is the one to board!
Child (5-15) £14.00
Family (2 adults and 2 children) £51.00
Next time you’re up in Scotland, head over to Edinburgh for a fabulous bus tour – one of the most popular activities to do as a tourist! Soak up all the iconic sites, famous attractions, and bustling life and enjoy learning new and interesting facts about your favourite city! There’s no better way to discover Edinburgh than the hop-off tour.
Looking for more things to do in Scotland? We’ve got you! How about free things to do in Edinburgh? Take your kids to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! Entertain your kids with Escape Hunt Edinburgh and plan for Christmas with the Christmas markets in Edinburgh!