About this activity

Hop-on to a City Sightseeing Edinburgh bus tour and enjoy unlimited hop on hop off for 24 hours. Discover sights such as Edinburgh Castle and the Grassmarket, as you travel on an open-top, double-decker bus with panoramic views of the city.

Full Description 

Explore Edinburgh at your own pace with an award-winning hop-on hop-off open-top bus tour. Enjoy the onboard commentary that describes the history behind the city. Stop at locations like St Andrew Square, Johnstone Terrace, the Royal Mile. See sights like Edinburgh Castle and Grassmarket.


Board the bus and begin your city adventure. 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 3 main streets and 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 historic attempts to capture Edinburgh Castle. Drive along the Royal Mile, which joins Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Use the 24-hour ticket to hop on and off as you please. With great visitor attractions, museums, galleries, and restaurants to suit every taste and budget, Edinburgh’s got it all!

Buses run every 30 minutes, making the following loop: Tour Stops:

1. Waterloo Place

2. St. Andrew Square

3. Lothian Road

4. Grassmarket

5. Lauriston Place

6. Johnston Terrace

7. Lawnmarket

8. Chambers Street

9. John Knox House

10. Canongate

11. Holyrood

12. Our Dynamic Earth

13. Regent Road

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Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese



  • Tour Edinburgh at your own pace with a 24-hour ticket for the hop-on hop-off bus
  • Enjoy panoramic views from the open-top deck
  • Hop off at Edinburgh Castle and get great city views
  • Learn as you go with the informative on-board audio commentary
  • Keep the kids entertained with kid-friendly historical stories



  • 24-hour hop-on hop-off bus ticket
  • One of the best audio commentaries in 9 languages plus ‘Horrible Histories’ Kid’s Commentary
  • Headphones
  • Kids go free until March 31st 2024 with up to three kids traveling free per adult ticket (please still add child tickets to the cart when making your purchase)

Meeting Point


The first stop is located at St Andrew Square Northside, but you can join or end the tour at any of the bus stops along the route: 1. St Andrew Square – Northside 2. Lothian Road – Waldorf Astoria 3. Grassmarket 4. Lauriston Place 5. Johnstone Terrace – Edinburgh Castle, The Scottish Whiskey Experience 6. Lawnmarket – Gladstone’s End, The Real Mary King’s Close 7. Chambers Street – National Museum of Scotland 8. St Mary’s Street West 9. Canongate – John Knox House 10. Royal Mile – Scottish Parliament, Palace of Holyrood House 11. Dynamic Earth 12. Regent Road – Burns Monument.

Know Before you Go


  • Tours operate all year round from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. A full loop takes 1 hour. Buses run every 12 minutes
  • Full mobility facilities on all tour buses, and a subtitled screen downstairs for those who are hard of hearing
  • With your voucher, enjoy flexible access for up to 12 months from the travel date you select at check-out
  • Kids go free until March 31, 2024. Up to 3 kids can travel for free per adult ticket before this date
  • For 6 weeks starting Thursday, July 20, the stop at Lawnmarket will be closed and replaced with a temporary stop at the top of Johnston Terrace
  • Due to the Royal Military Tattoo at the Castle, Stops 6 and 7 will be closed on the following dates and times: Monday – Friday, starting August 4 (except August 18) from 5:30 PM. Saturday 5, 19 & 26, and Friday, August 18 from 4:00 PM

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May, 2024




August 26,2019

  • Tuesday
  • 9:00am - 10:00am
  • Lewis
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