Hop-on/Hop-off Edinburgh

Here you can find information about city tours with the hop-on/hop-off bus in Edinburgh. We inform you about stops, timetables and prices.

You can book the tickets directly with our partners and download them to your mobile phone. We receive a small commission for the sale. The price remains the same for you, of course.

Edinburgh Bus Tours

City Sightseeing Bus in Edinburgh
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  • 3 routes in Edinburgh
  • 15 stops
  • Audio guide + live commentary on the bus
  • Bus runs every 10-15 minutes


  • 1 route for 24 hours: £18
  • 3 routes for 24 hours: £22
  • 3 routes for 48 hours: £26

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Bright Bus Tours

Hop-on/hop-off bus
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  • 2 routes in Edinburgh
  • 16 stops
  • Audio guide + live commentary on the bus
  • Bus runs every 15 minutes
  • Reduced admission Hollyrood Distillery


  • 24 hours City Tour: £16
  • 24 hours Britannia Tour: £16
  • 48 hours both routes: £20

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When you buy your bus ticket online, you will receive a voucher that you can save on your mobile phone. You then show your digital voucher to the bus staff when you board the bus for the first time. You will then receive your ticket, which is valid from the first journey.


Hop-on/hop-off bus: places of interest

The capital of Scotland has many sights to offer. Most of them can be reached by hop-on hop-off bus.

  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Royal Mile
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Arthur's Seat
  • National Museum of Scotland
  • Calton Hill
  • Scottish National Gallery
  • The Real Mary King's Close
  • Dynamic Earth
  • St Giles' Cathedral

Not every sight is directly at the stop. To be on the safe side, allow a few minutes for a short walk.


Edinburgh Castle
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Royal Edinburgh Ticket

In addition to a hop-on/hop-off ticket for 48 hours and all three Edinburgh Bus Tours routes, you will receive the following additional services:

  • Preferential Admission Edinburgh Castle
  • Preferential admission Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Preferential entry Royal Yacht Britannia

Is an Edinburgh city tour worth it?

One of the most convenient and informative ways to discover the history and beauty of Edinburgh is on a city tour by hop-on hop-off bus.

You can get on and off at your convenience at numerous stops at the main sights and attractions. This way you can explore the city at your own pace.

Especially for travellers who are in Edinburgh for the first time, the easy orientation and the possibility to get from one place to another comfortably is very practical.

In addition, the hop-on hop-off bus offers shelter from the often changeable Scottish weather. If it's raining or cold, you can sit on the bus and enjoy the view through the large panoramic windows without having to worry about the weather.

Hop-on/hop-off bus
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All buses are equipped with informative audio commentaries in different languages that provide interesting facts and anecdotes about the various sights of the city. This way you can not only enjoy the splendour of the city, but also better understand its rich history and culture.

For visitors who have limited time in Edinburgh, these buses are an optimal solution to see many sights in a short time.


Edinburgh Bus Tours

Hop-on Hop-off Bus in Edinburgh
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Edinburgh Bus Tours is the largest provider of hop-on hop-off tours in Edinburgh and offers three routes.

All double-decker buses have a partially open upper deck. This allows you to enjoy a panoramic view during the journey in fine weather. On rainy or cold days, the covered interior provides shelter. Depending on the route, the buses are painted green-yellow, blue-yellow or red and are easily recognisable in city traffic.

With the free Edinburgh Bus Tours app, you can also follow where the buses are at any given time via live tracking. In addition, all routes and timetables are available here.

During the ride you will learn interesting information about Edinburgh via a multilingual audio guide. There is also a live commentary in English on the Edinburgh Tour.

Timetable Edinburgh Tour (green line)

  • First departure: 08:51 a.m.
  • Last departure: 5:51 p.m.
  • Frequency green line: every 12 minutes
  • Duration: approx. 70 minutes


Timetable City Sightseeing Tour (red line)

  • First departure: 08:45 a.m.
  • Last departure: 5:57 p.m.
  • Frequency red line: every 12 minutes
  • Duration: approx. 70 minutes


Timetable Regal Tour (blue line)

  • First departure: 08:40 a.m.
  • Last departure: 5:25 p.m.
  • Frequency blue line: every 15 minutes
  • Duration: approx. 75 minutes


Routes & Stops

  • 3 routes: green, red and blue line
  • additional boat trip possible
  • 15 stops in Edinburgh
  • Start stop: Waterloo Place
  • Map with all stops

The red and green lines focus mainly on the city centre. The blue line takes you out of the city centre to the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Contact Edinburgh Bus Tours

If you have any questions for the company or wish to make a complaint, you can contact Edinburgh Bus Tours as follows:

  • E-mail: hello@edinburghtour.com
  • Phone: +44 131 475 0618

If you have any questions about ticket booking, please contact Tiqets Customer Service or GetYourGuide Customer Service (depending on where you booked your ticket).


Bright Bus Tours

Hop-on/hop-off bus
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Bright Bus Tours offers two different hop-on hop-off tours of Edinburgh. The orange double-decker buses are partially open on the upper deck so that you can enjoy the magnificent view and the sun. Should the weather not cooperate, you sit protected from wind and rain.

On both routes you will receive exciting information via an audio guide. The audio guide is available in 9 languages.

Timetable City Tour

  • First departure: 9:00 a.m.
  • Last departure: 6:00 p.m.
  • Frequency: every 15 minutes
  • Duration: approx. 70 minutes

Timetable Britannia Tour

  • First departure: 9:00 a.m.
  • Last departure: 4:00 p.m.
  • Frequency: every 60 minutes
  • Duration: approx. 90 minutes


Routes & Stops

The City Tour takes you through the hustle and bustle of the Old Town and to Edinburgh's most popular sights. The Britannia Tour also starts in the heart of the city and takes you to the majestic Royal Britannia.

Contact Bright Bus Tours

If you have any questions for the company or wish to make a complaint, you can contact Bright Bus Tours as follows:

  • E-mail: info@brightbustours.com
  • Phone: +44 333 016 6162

If you have any questions about ticket booking, please contact Tiqets Customer Service or GetYourGuide Customer Service (depending on where you booked your ticket).

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