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Edinburgh On and Off Bus

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Edinburgh On and Off Bus

If you want to visit Edinburgh at your own pace and with no rush, the double-decker hop on, hop off bus is your best option! You can get on and off all day long, with the same ticket, and learn about the history of the city through a comfortable audio system with earphones, narrated in 9 languages.

Edinburgh has been the capital of Scotland since the 15th century and stands proudly on seven hills, creating the dramatic skyline of this lively cosmopolitan city. What better way to see this fantastic city than from the top of a double decker bus? Compare Edinburgh's Old Town, where families lived in cramped conditions and rubbish was thrown out of the windows, to the elegant Georgian New Town with its three main streets and a square at either end. Hear about the hangings that took place in the Grassmarket as you marvel at the impenetrable Castle Rock above you and hear about the attempts to capture Edinburgh Castle. See the Royal Mile, which joins Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyrood House. Your tour will highlight all the things to do and see in Edinburgh as you tour through the city streets.

Please Note: Due to an event throughout August, the Johnston Terrace and Chambers Street stops will not be in operation until August 26th. The nearest bus stop to the cruise ship terminal is approximately 3.5 kilometers from the Leith Cruise Terminal, and can be reached by bus or taxi. The approximate bus fare is 1.30 GBP. Exact fare is required. A taxi from the pier costs approximately 10 GBP. There are 14 stops on this route and it takes approximately 65 minutes to complete the route without getting off. The bus runs every 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the season. The tour is narrated in English, Spanish, German, Italian, French, Portuguese, Mandarin, Japanese, and Russian. There is also a commentary for kids to enjoy called "Horrible Histories." The frequency of the buses and the first and last tour times vary by season and will be detailed in your electronic ticket.

The route includes the following stops:

  • Waverley Bridge
  • Lothian Road
  • Grassmarket
  • Lauriston Place
  • Johnston Terrace
  • Lawnmarket
  • Chambers Street
  • John Knox House*
  • Canongate*
  • Holyrood
  • Our Dynamic Earth
  • Regent Road
  • Hanover Street
  • Market Street

To see a map of the stops that are included in this tour, please CLICK HERE.

Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
24 Hours
Activity Level
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Numerous bus stops throughout Edinburgh. A taxi or bus (not included, approximately 10 GBP) is required to reach your departure location. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Recommended Dress
If you plan to visit a religious or memorial site, shoulders and knees must be covered. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes, sunglasses and sun screen are recommended.
Guests must be able to step up onto and off of the bus. To access the upper deck, a narrow staircase must be climbed. Fold up wheelchairs can be stored based on space available. There are steps required to enter several of the sites as well as steep curbs in some areas.
5 Stars5Based On 5 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsGreat Way to see the cityAugust 20, 2018

Reviewer: Shirin Gibson
I love the hop on and hop off at each port as it was the best way to see the city in a day. One can get on and off at one's leisure for one amazing price.

5 StarsHop On Hop Off EdinburghAugust 18, 2017

Reviewer: Ellen Shea
A great way to get an overview of the city. Convenient stops near the Castle, Royal Mile, Arthur's Seat and the Parliament. Good commentary and history. We did this tour in July, 2017.

5 Starsgreat way to see Ediburgh July 24, 2017

Reviewer: Brian Singer
This was a great way to see this city up close and with a good tour narrative. We were able to see the sites so much better from on top of the bus, jump off and explore and there was always another bus to jump on. We were comfortable and felt safe everywhere we went.

4 StarsEdinburghJune 16, 2017

Reviewer: Pamela Farnsworth
Bus was very accessible after getting off the train from Queensberry. Very friendly off duty bus driver who gave us very good info regarding the city highlights and history. We would recommend this excursion.


Reviewer: Bruceski
A very complete tour of the sites of Edinburgh. the hop on - hop off feature allowed us to customize our own tour!

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