E-Ticket Hop on Hop off Bus Tour London + Free River Cruise

Buy your tickets online now, and make the most of your visit to London with 6 sightseeing routes and 80 bus stops. These routes have been created especially for you to see all that London has to offer.

With this E-ticket, you can explore the city from the comfort of a double-decker tourist bus. The upper deck is open-top to bring you even closer to the tourist attractions.

You can get on and off the buses as often as you like during your ticket’s validity period. Enjoy the flexibility your ticket offers, you so that you can visit London at your own speed and can explore its streets, neighbourhoods and leading monuments.

Travia tip: if you have limited time and want to see the highlights of London, you can stay onboard and use the bus for a sightseeing tour. The live or audioguide will make it a very interesting experience. The Yellow tour, which passes all of London’s famous landmarks, takes approximately 2.5-3 hours if you stay on-board for the full itinerary. 


  • Start your hop on hop off tour at any of the 80 Original Tour stops by showing your E-ticket when getting on board
  • Great value for money: All tickets include: 6 sightseeing routes + 3 free walking tours + free Thames river cruise + free WIFi on board
  • 360 degree panoramic views
  • Free audioguide in English, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese and more
  • SPECIAL OFFER: buy and redeem your voucher before February 29th, and receive 24 hours extra when showing your E-ticket
  • 24 Hour Hop On Hop Off + FREE river cruise and walking tours
  • 48 Hour Hop On Hop Off+ FREE river cruise and walking tours
  • 8.30 to 20.30 daily, times vary per route
  • Tower Red Tour
  • Pink West End Tour
  • Yellow Original Tour
  • Blue Royal Borough Tour 
  • Orange British Museum Tour
  • Purple Route – Capital Connector
  • You can switch between routes as much as you like
  • April-Oct: Every 10-15 mins
  • Nov-March: Every 15-30 mins 
  • Frequencies vary per route, please check routes for details
  • You will receive an E-ticket and confirmation in your e-mail
  • Have your E-ticket scanned on the bus at your preferred bus stop 
  • Once scanned, you will receive two tickets: one for the Open Top Bus Tour and one for the River Cruise
  • You can use the bus ticket for access to the 3 free walking tours
  • You can board the river cruise at Westminster Pier or Tower Pier. Please check Free tours page for details
Multilingual digital audio system in English, Spanish, French, German and many more.  Free tourist guidebook
Air-conditioned double-decker open-top bus  Special audio channel and fun pack for kids
Entrance fees to attractions
 Meals, beverages or souvenirs
  • One child under 5 per adult joins for free if they don’t occupy a seat of their own. Any additional children need a ticket
  • Tickets with discount for children 5-15
  • Attractive family tickets available for 2 adults/2 children
  • No tours on December 25

Buy your tickets now!


Here you can download the map and see the bus stops of each route.

Note: You can start your hop-on-hop-off tour at any of the bus stops by showing your E-ticket to the driver.


The Yellow Original Tour shows you the top attractions of London, including London Eye, Tower of London, The Shard, Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and Leicester Square. Spectacular views guaranteed of London’s scenery along the Thames. 

– T1 buses offer commentary in English (live guide on most buses)

– T2 buses offer recorded commentary in multiple languages + the English language Kids Club

– Main departure:  Grosvenor Gardens
– First bus: 8.30
– Last bus: 17.15
– Frequency:  every 15-30 minutes (10-15 minutes from Apr-Oct)


The Tower Tour takes you to the city’s most well-known tourist area. The tour crosses the Thames from London Eye to Big Ben. With the Tower Tour, you can enjoy the city’s most historic side, on both sides of the river. 

 -Main departure: Waterloo Road terminal
– First bus: 09.00
– Last bus: 18.00
– Frequency: every 30 minutes


Experience the best of London’s entertainment and museums, such as the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery. The Pink West End Tour will take you around this cosmopolitan and lively entertainment area, brimming with culture.

– Main departure: Waterloo Road terminal
– First bus: 09.00
– Last bus: 18.00
– Frequency: every 30 minutes


The Blue Royal Borough Tour shows you the popular shopping district of Kensington with world famous department stores such as Harrods and Harvey Nicholls as well as the museums in Kensington such as Science MuseumVictoria & Albert MuseumDesign Museum and the Natural History Museum.

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea is the smallest borough in London, however, it is also one of the most densely populated. Nickname of the area is ‘Albertopolis’, named after the husband of Queen Victoria. The area contains some of the most expensive residences in London, as well as many museums (many with free entry) and cultural institutions.

-Main departure: Kensington Road/Red Brick Mansions
– First bus: 8.20
– Last bus: 17.30
Frequency: every 20-30 minutes (every 15-20 mins from Apr-Oct)


The Orange British Museum Tour welcomes over 6 million visitors a year and covers the most popular attraction in London. The museum is dedicated to art & culture and human history and houses over 8 million exhibits from all over the world. (not all of them are on show at once) Other popular places to visit are Chinatown, the British Library and several well-known theatres on Shaftesbury Avenue. You can also find some hidden gems on this route including the Museum of Comedy, Cartoon Museum and 52 Tavistock Square (site of Virginia Woolf’s home).

– Main departure: Bedford way/Royal National hotel
– First bus: 08.25
– Last bus: 18.00
– Frequency: every 20-30 minutes


The Purple Route – Capital Connector  is useful if you are staying in a hotel located in Bayswater, Notting Hill, Holland Park or Lancaster Gate. The connector is also useful if you want to go shopping at Westfield Shepherds Bush or want to connect with the Blue Route. Buses depart every 20-30 minutes.

– departure: Stop 49: Royal Crescent/opposite Hilton Kensington Hotel
– First bus: 8.00
– Last bus: 18.00

Other popular stops:

– Stop 24 – Marble Arch fine & country state agents
– First bus: 08.26
– Last bus: 18.25

– Near 64 – St Georges Church, stop C
– First bus: 9.18
– Last bus: 18.38



Your great value tickets include for free:

  • 3 free Walking Tours
  • Thames River Cruise
  • Unlimited access to all our bus tour routes


Available on the Yellow, Blue & Orange Routes

  • Younger passengers can listen to the adventures of Lucy and Jack as they explore London
  • The can listen to magical stories and hear the voice of the ghost of London
  • The Kids’ Club commentary channel is available in English


The free Kids’ Packs are available from the drivers at Victoria station and from the Original Tour Visitors Centre only.  Availability is subject to demand and changes throughout the day as supplies diminish.


Explore London on-foot with three -completely free- 90 minute walking tours.
Every tour offers something completely different, you can even join them all!

Changing the guards

  • Daily at 10am from The Original London Visitor Centre 17-19 Cockspur Street (Trafalgar Square).

Join an expert guide and admire two of London’s most royal sites. First, you will take a stroll past St. James’s Palace; the most senior royal palace in the UK. The palace was built as a gesture by King Henry VIII to his then-wife, Anne Boleyn – before he beheaded her. This is where the ceremony begins, as the New Guard set off for Buckingham Palace.

Rock n’ roll

  • Departs daily at 1pm from The Original London Visitor Centre 17-19 Cockspur Street (Trafalgar Square).

See Soho in a whole new light, with the Rock n Roll walking tour! One of the experienced guides will bring London’s impressive music history alive, from the swinging sixties to the present day.

Jack the Ripper

  • Departs daily at 4pm from The Original Tour bus stop at the Tower of London on Tower Hill.

Your guide will take you back in time to 1888, in the streets of Whitechapel, a time when the streets were dangerous and tensions ran high.


24 hour ticket holders can:

  • Cruise the Thames between Westminster Pier (next to “Big Ben”) and Tower Pier (next to the Tower of London).

48 hour ticket holders can:

  • Cruise the Thames between Westminster Pier (next to “Big Ben”) and Tower Pier (next to the Tower of London)
  • Enjoy an extended cruise to historic Greenwich where you can see the Royal Observatory, the Cutty Sark, the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich Park and the National Maritime Museum.

Listen to the commentary and enjoy spectacular views of many attractions and sights including the Tower of London, London Eye, Tower Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe,”Big Ben” and Houses of Parliament.

How to do the cruise?

  • On arriving at Westminster Pier / Tower Pier, hand-over your cruise ticket to City Cruises’ staff.
  • For subsequent journeys, simply show your valid bus ticket.
  • The cruise is operated by City Cruises Ltd and is offered as strictly subject to availability
  • Journey time: one way 30-40 minutes
  • Frequency: Westminster Pier to Westminster Pier: Every 40 minutes from 10:00am (last departure 7.20pm)
  • Tower Pier to Westminster Pier: Approximately every 35-40 minutes from 10:00am (last departure 6.35pm)

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