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The Original Tour London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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Bus tours with The Original Tour give you 360 views of London from our open-top buses and unlimited hop-on, hop-off access. When you book with The Original Tour you can hop-on or off our buses at over 100 bus stops in central London, access free WiFi onboard, join our free walking tours and enjoy our free river cruise. We have 7 different bus routes around London!
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult
- Hop-on, Hop-off Thames River cruise ticket is valid for the same period as your bus ticket only
- Wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Service animals allowed
- Near public transportation
- Infants must sit on laps
- Transportation is wheelchair accessible
- Most travelers can participate


Enjoy a hassle-free bus tour of London’s best attraction, monuments and landmarks by comfortable, double-decker bus. Purchase your 24, 48 or 72-hour pass and redeem it on any date by hopping on the bus at one of the many designated stops such at the Tate Gallery, Shakespeare’s Globe Theater or London Bridge. Grab a seat inside or on the open-top deck for panoramic views as you zip through town. Kid’s will delight in lively kids-focused audio commentary and complementary activity packs. Enjoy ultimate flexibility by traveling on any of the routes. Your ticket comes with an added bonus! Hop off to join any of three fascinating city walking tours or take a River Thames sightseeing cruise.
Yellow Route: The Yellow Route presents the key sights and top attractions of London including the Tower of London, Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye, The Shard, Tower Bridge and Leicester Square . Crossing the river twice, you are guaranteed some spectacular views of London’s stunning scenery along the Thames. The main departure point for this tour route is located at Coventry Street, Piccadilly Circus but you can board the bus at any stop along the route. 
Red Route: This route crosses the Thames from London Eye to Big Ben ensuring that you experience both sides of the river. 
Blue Route: Discover London’s museums and shopping districts and enjoy comprehensive audio commentary throughout. 
Orange Route: Visit the British Museum, the most popular attraction in London dedicated to human history, art & culture. You’ll also find several popular sights and places to visit including the British Library, Chinatown and the home of London’s theatreland with several renowned theatres on Shaftesbury Avenue. You may also find some hidden gems on the orange route including the Cartoon Museum, Museum of Comedy and 52 Tavistock Square which is the site of Virginia Woolf’s home, now the Tavistock Hotel.
The orange route also provides easy access to Kings Cross, St Pancras and Euston train stations. 
Pink Route: The Pink Route introduces you to London's West End - a cosmopolitan and lively entertainment area.  Experience the best of London's theatres and leading museums such as the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery..
Purple Route (Connector): The Purple Route is useful if you are staying in a hotel located in Bayswater, Notting Hill, Holland Park or Lancaster Gate or wish to go shopping at Westfield Shepherds Bush.
Thames River Sightseeing Cruise: Hop off your sightseeing bus at either Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament (Westminster Pier) or the Tower of London, and then walk the short distance to the pier. 


Departure point:

Exchange your voucher for your hop-on hop-off ticket at The Original Sightseeing Tour visitor centre in Trafalgar Square, or at the following locations:
Start point 1: Coventry Street, Piccadilly Circus
  Yellow Route: Main departure point on the corner of Coventry Street and Whitcomb Street
  Orange Route: Departs from the corner of Coventry Street and Rupert Street
Start point 2: Victoria, Grosvenor Gardens
  Yellow Route: Departs from outside The Grosvenor Hotel on Buckingham Palace Road.
- Start point 3: Trafalgar Square
  Yellow Route from Trafalgar Square (North Side) - the stop is located opposite The Original London        Visitor Centre at Stop 'Z', by the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery.
- Start point 4: Marble Arch
  Yellow Route: Depart from Speakers’ Corner. The stop is located on the Speakers’ Corner side of the      Marble Arch junction. If arriving on the London Underground, take subway exit 3, turn right at street        level and go over pedestrian crossing. You will find our bus stop on the right hand side.
- Start point 5: Russel Square and Woburn Place
  Yellow Route: Depart from the north side of the Tower of London
Alternatively you can use an eVoucher at the following locations:
Tower Hill
Kensington Palace Gate
Russell Square (Woburn Place)
Westminster Bridge
Queen’s Gallery
Charing Cross Road
Bayswater Road
Parliament Street
York Road

Departure time:

Buses depart every 15-20 minutes from 8:30am to 5pm


24 to 72 hrs



Terms and Conditions:

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Well worth the price. I did notice that one bus had more/different commentary than another I was on earlier for the same route. For that reason alone, I took the yellow route twice. Enjoyed and would use this service again if I am lucky enough to visit again.

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Susan S

The hop on hop off bus is something that my husband and I do every where that we travel. This was my children's first time to London and my daughter said this is her favorite part of the vacation.

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Overall, my experience was good and I enjoyed this tour using the 24 hour pass. I liked that a walking tour for the changing of guards in Buckingham Palace and Thames River Cruise are included in the pass. I managed to do both. I skipped the walking tour and went straight to viewing the changing of guards. It was a long wait though for the boat ride for the river cruise. Wasn't able to complete all lines (missed the orange line) given the limited time. If you have time, better to get the 48-hour or 2-day pass to maximize the tour and do it at a relaxed pace.

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Great, easy view

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Timothy J

Very nice tour of London showing all of the major sites on the line. Since London is so large, you can easily transfer to another line so you can see other attractions. It st stopped right in front of Buckingham Palace, etc. It’s a great way to see London on your first day.

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Katherine K

I found the Hop-on-Hop-Off bus helpful, but I would also say that there were times when it was difficult to find room on the buses. Most of the time we were able to get a seat.

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Gary W


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Unfortunately we had a short version of bus tour due to protesters in London blocking the roads
The boat trip for us was the best part of this tour

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Stops were not as confusing as Rome HOHO with the OMNIA card. A lot of standing at bus stops. A fire broke out in the city at one of the hotels and bus were re-routed. We had to walk a lot to different bus stops looking for this bus. We just grabbed a taxi and went back to the hotel. Only good if you don't get off the bus.

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Maya Y

Unfortunately we had a bad experience with this tour, and it was our only negative experience in an otherwise fantastic city to explore. The hop on hop off stops were not marked well and very hard to find when we finally did find the stop and get on the bus, it stopped for a 15-minute delay for no apparent reason, then by the time it started driving we were deep into rush hour traffic, arrived late to our dinner reservations, and there was no guide nor anyone to talk to. We had nothing but frustration and disappointment with this tour.


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The Original Tour London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Bus tours with The Original Tour give you 360 views of London from our open-top buses and unlimited hop-on, hop-off access. When you book with The Original Tour you can hop-on or off our buses at over 100 bus stops in central London, access free WiFi onboard, join our free walking tours and enjoy our free river cruise. We have 7 different bus routes around London!

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