Best bus tours of London

Sit back, relax and take in the sights on a London bus tour.
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Blue double-decker bus driving past South Bank and the London Eye.
Discover London on an open-top bus tour. Image courtesy of Golden Tours.

Choose from sightseeing tours of top London landmarks, night-time tours, movie tours and even tours with afternoon tea. Many bus tours let you jump on and off so you can visit attractions, have lunch or go shopping.

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Golden Tours

Explore London at your own pace with the Golden Tours hop-on hop-off bus tour. Choose between four routes and hop off at more than 60 stops, including Shakespeare's Globe and Westminster Abbey. As well as having your transport covered, you can enjoy added extras including a 24-hour Thames river pass.

Cost and duration: Enjoy a London bus tour around iconic sights from just £32, and decide between 24-hour, one day, 48-hour or 72-hour ticket options, depending on the length of your stay in the city.

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The Total London Experience

See some of London’s most iconic landmarks and sights in one go with The Total London Experience. This full-day tour takes in the likes of St Paul’s Cathedral, royal Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London. There’s also a chance to see the famous Changing the Guard ceremony, take a boat trip to Greenwich and see views from the London Eye.

Cost and duration: Enjoy these attractions and more with The Total London Experience. The tickets vary in price and duration, dependent on the experience option you are looking to book, but prices start from £99 for adults and £89 for children.

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London by Night Open Top Bus Tour

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliaments illuminated at dusk
Big Ben and Houses of Parliament at night time, Photo by Uncoated via Pexels

Wrap up and book a seat for the London by Night Open Top Bus Tour, which departs from Waterloo and lasts 90 minutes. Taking you through Trafalgar Square, the lights of Piccadilly Circus, past Big Ben and more, this tour is a perfect opportunity to see the capital after the sun sets, with most attractions lit up.

Cost and duration: Tickets for the 90-minute evening bus tour cost £27 for adults and £15 for children, and a family ticket option is available for £74.

Don't miss seeing London lit up for the festive season on a special Christmas Lights London by Night bus tour.

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Brigit's Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

A colourful selection of cakes and sandwiches on Brigit's Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour
Brigit's Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour © Afternoon Tea Bus Tour. Image courtesy of Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

Feeling peckish, but want to carry on the sightseeing? Then Brigit's Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour is ideal. Join a classic Routemaster bus for high tea, including a tempting array of sandwiches, cakes and pretty pastries. Enjoy the delicious afternoon tea whilst touring the city in comfort. Alternatively, why not treat the kids to its Peppa Pig Afternoon Tea, complete with guided animations, singalongs and activities?

Cost and duration: Prices vary for weekday and weekend bookings, but start at £60 for adults and £50 for children. Brigit's Bakery Afternoon Tea tour and the Peppa Pig Afternoon Tea tour bus lasts approximately 90 minutes, depending on traffic.

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Panoramic bus tour

See some of London's most iconic sights on a panoramic open-top bus tour with live guide. Spot famous attractions including Buckingham Palace, famous Piccadilly Circus and the Tower of London from the comfort of your seat, while hearing fascinating facts and stories from your guide. Multilingual audio guides are also available.

Cost and duration: The London open-top bus tour costs £29 for adults and £14 for children, and a family ticket option is available for £76. The tour can take between 90 minutes and two hours (subject to traffic on the day).

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The Ghost Bus Tours

Sample some of London's grisly history with The Ghost Bus Tours. Climb on board a classic 1960s Routemaster for a bus tour which combines comedy with spine-chilling facts from London's past. The haunted bus takes visitors around the city, via sites of murder, torture and execution, to reveal the ghosts of London.

Cost and duration: Tickets for the Ghost Bus Tour costs £25 for adults and £17 for children, with family, senior and student tickets also available. The tour takes 75 minutes.

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See London By Night

Harrods department store lit up at night against a dark blue sky and illuminated street lights in London.
Take a shopping trip to Harrods in London. © Reid.

Hop aboard the signature yellow bus and See London By Night! Admire iconic landmarks and be stunned by the views around the capital as it's beautifully illuminated at night. The tour lasts around 90 minutes and passes by the Houses of Parliament, iconic Harrods, historic Kensington Palace and much more.

Cost and duration: Tickets for the bus tour start from £14 and the tour lasts 90 minutes.

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Christmas Lights London by Night bus tour

View on Regent Street and the christmas lights, including the famous angel made of fairy lights.
Christmas lights on Regent Street. © Unsplash/Jamie Davies

Sit back and enjoy an expertly guided tour of London's landmarks lit up by thousands of sparkling lights on this Christmas Lights London by Night bus tour. The perfect way to celebrate the festive season, see some of the city's top sights, from the London Eye to Piccadilly Circus, aboard an open-top night bus.

Cost and duration: Prices for the Christmas lights evening bus tour vary depending on whether you book seats on the lower or upper deck, but start at £29 for adults and £12 for children. The tour can take up to two hours, subject to traffic on the day of travel.

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Big Bus Tours

Enjoy an open-top sightseeing tour with a live guide or digitally recorded commentary in 12 languages with Big Bus Tours. A classic ticket entitles you to a free one-way river cruise, while a premium two-day ticket includes a return cruise and the Premium Plus enables you to do three days' worth of sightseeing.

Cost and duration: The cost and duration of the Big Bus Tour vary by route, but prices start at £41.

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Indulge in the best of both worlds aboard Bustronome, which combines a luxury dining experience with London sights. Cosy up on the top deck of the bus, where you'll get stuck into lunch or dinner, learn about London's landmarks via an interactive map, and marvel at them from the comfort of your seat.

Cost and duration: Adult tickets start from £70 and children tickets from £40. The tour length is subject to traffic on the day of travel.

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London buses

A red London bus driving across Tower Bridge on a sunny day
A red London bus on Tower Bridge © / Ben Pipe

The number 94 bus route is a great way to experience the city using your Oyster card. The bus travels from central to west London, and visits some of the capital’s most iconic areas.

You can also ride past some of London's top landmarks with TfL's themed bus itineraries, including Brixton Market, Buckingham Palace, St Paul's Cathedral and the Natural History Museum. 

Day trips from London

A shot of the path leading up to Windsor Castle on a sunny day in England.  © Shutterstock
Windsor Castle. © Shutterstock.

For those who want to venture past London's borders, there are countless day trips that offer a cheap way to see some of the best parts of the UK.

Grab a ticket and travel out of the city to tick off even more iconic destinations that offer great value and plenty of fun, from Windsor Castle to Stonehenge and Bath

For more sightseeing inspiration, discover the best attractions in London, book a landmark-packed tour and check out our top sightseeing tips.

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