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    City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On, Hop-Off & Underground Vaults Tour

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    Activity Schedule

    • When does it run?


    • Duration

      Hop-on, hop-off: The ticket is valid for 24 hours

      Underground Vaults tour: 1 hour and 15 min

    • Start time

      Hop-on, hop-off: Buses run between 9am to 6pm, every 12 minutes
      Underground Vaults Tour: Different timeslots available (choose while booking)
      Ghostly Underground with ghost-themed storytelling: Different timeslots available (choose while booking)

    • Meeting Point

      Hop-on, hop-off: Board the bus at any of the designated stops. The first stop is Waterloo Place.

      Underground Vaults & Ghostly Underground tour: The tour starts at Mercat Cross, High Street. Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time.

    • Ending Point

      Hop-on, hop-off: Hop off the bus at any of the stops.

      Underground Vaults & Ghostly Underground tour: The tour ends at Blair Street Underground Vaults, Blair Street, off Hunter's Square.

    Key Highlights

    • Save money on Edinburgh sightseeing with a hop-on, hop-off tour and a tour of the Edinburgh underground vaults
    • Personalize your Edinburgh travels with this 24-hour hop-on, hop-off ticket
    • Hop on and off as you like to get up close with your favourite attractions
    • From Edinburgh Castle to the Farmer’s Market, the trail covers it all
    • Discover Edinburgh’s darkest secret on this tour of the Blair Street Underground Vaults
    • Navigate your way through one of the most breathtaking histories of modern society
    • Upgrade to include riveting commentary by a professional storyteller
    • Both printed and smartphone vouchers accepted!


    Save money on Edinburgh sightseeing with the flexible hop-on, hop-off bus tour and enjoy exclusive access to the Blair Street Underground Vaults.

    Edinburgh hop-on, hop-off:

    KIDS GO FREE OFFER: Kids go free with a full-paying adult ticket. Offer valid for bookings with travel until March 31! Up to three kids can travel free per adult ticket. Please add child tickets to the cart when making your purchase.

    The ever-popular Edinburgh Hop-on, Hop-off tour allows you to explore this historic city at your own pace and create your perfect sightseeing itinerary, hopping on and off the buses as you wish.

    Conducted on an open-topped double-decker bus, the tour has an exceptional array of stops - all strategically located to get you up close to your favorite attractions. From Edinburgh Castle to the 15th-century John Knox House and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the comprehensive route covers it all. Enjoy audio commentary in multiple languages with the award-winning ‘Horrible Stories’ commentary available for kids in English.

    Some of the hop-on, hop-off stops are:

    • Waterloo Place
    • St Andrew Square
    • St John's Church
    • Grassmarket
    • Chambers Street
    • Royal Mile

    Underground Vaults Tour:

    Discover Edinburgh’s darkest secret on this fantastic historical tour that takes you to a surreal exploration of the Blair Street Underground Vaults. Notorious for its paranormal occurrences, this tour will get you up close with its incredible history - most of which is quite tragic.

    Crimes committed in the vaults included robbery and murder. The infamous serial killer duo Burke and Hare, who sold corpses to medical schools, are rumored to have hunted for victims in the vaults and even stored some of the bodies there.

    Upgrade the tour to include riveting commentary by a cloaked Mercat Tours storyteller through the shadowy closes of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Explore the city’s most haunted vaults and listen to the dark and sinister events which took place over the years. Torture. Murder. Hangings. Brace yourself for chills galore.


    • 24-hour Hop-On, Hop-Off ticket
    • Audio guide in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian
    • Kid's Commentary in English
    • Free headphones and WiFi onboard
    • Walking tour of Edinburgh Vaults
    • Ghost-themed storyteller (if option selected)


    • Admission to attractions, unless specified

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    Please note

    Voucher information: You can show your voucher on your smartphone (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!)

    The date you choose is for the tour. The hop-on, hop-off ticket is valid for 12 months.

    Individual vouchers for each activity will be shared after the booking.

    Hop-on, hop-off:

    Timings and stops are subject to change. The updated route map will be available on the buses.

    Edinburgh is a functioning city and weather, traffic, and events may occasionally cause disruption.

    If you are traveling by cruise, you will need alternative methods of transportation to reach Stop Number 1 - Waterloo Place.

    The stop at Lawnmarket will be closed and replaced with a temporary stop at the top of Johnston Terrace.

    Customer Reviews

    • Teresa Geiger
      Good time

      We had a very good time on the hop-on hop-off bus in Edinburgh. A lot of great sites to see and enjoyed the live commentary from Angus. He was quite entertaining and very...

      United States 06/16/2018
    • Reetu Kalra

      Its good for tourist as it covers whole of city...

      United Kingdom 06/05/2018
    • Roxana Banea
      Liked it!

      Great tour, very helpful, nice and chatty bus drivers, I would recommend the tour!...

      United Kingdom 05/23/2018

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