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City Sightseeing Edinburgh: Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour with Palace of Holyroodhouse Ticket

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    • Adult (16+)
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Key Highlights

  • Experience the royal history of Edinburgh with this lovely combo
  • Enjoy a hop-on, hop-off bus tour as well as admission to the Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Hop on and off as you like and travel conveniently over 24 hours to visit your favourite attractions
  • Explore the official Scottish residence of Her Majesty the Queen
  • Both printed and smartphone vouchers accepted!
  • Feast your eyes on the exquisite chambers of Mary, Queen of Scots, the State Apartments and more
  • Dig into gorgeous views of Arthurs Seat Eagle, right behind the Palace
  • Overview

    Explore the charms and history of Edinburgh with this value combo treating you to a 24-hour City Sightseeing Hop-on, Hop-off Bus and Admission to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of The Queen in Edinburgh. Get up close and personal with the long Scottish royal history with the flexibility to stay as long as you like and enjoy the convenience of discovering the city comfortably at your own pace, even if you are short on time.

    HOP-ON, HOP-OFF BUS - 24 Hours

    The ever-popular Edinburgh Hop-on, Hop-off tour allows you to explore this historic city while creating your perfect sightseeing itinerary, hopping on and off the buses as you wish. Valid for 24 hours, it is perfect for exploring the city at your own pace, even if you are short on time.

    Easily visit all the top attractions in the city with the comprehensive route trailing an array of strategically-located stops. Not to mention there’s an engaging audio commentary available on board in 9 different languages, so that you don’t miss out on a single story of this incredible city. We got your kids covered, too, with the award-winning ‘Horrible Stories’ commentary available for them in English. 

    Attractions Covered

    • Palace of Holyroodhouse
    • Waverley Bridge
    • John Knox House
    • Edinburgh Castle
    • Arthur’s Seat
    • Royal Mile
    • Museum of Edinburgh
    • Farmer’s Market
    • St. John’s Church

    …. And more!


    Visit the official Scottish home of Her Majesty the Queen, the Palace of Holyroodhouse standing at the end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile with Arthur’s Seat as the backdrop. With the flexibility to spend as long as you like, this is a taste of royalty you can’t miss out on!

    Here’s what’s in store for you!

    • The exquisitely decorated State Apartments where the Queen hosts lavish engagements and conducts official business.
    • The transition in tastes of the monarchs through the ages in its decorated ceilings, works of art and magnificent tapestries. 
    • The Throne Room and the Great Gallery, the largest room in the palace, full of Jacob de Wet’s portraits of legendary Kings of Scotland. 
    • The chambers of Mary, the Queen of Scots, unfolding its dramatic past including the murder of her Italian secretary by her husband.
    • The palace’s unique gardens and the ruins of Holyrood Abbey.
  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?



    Hop-on, Hop-off Bus: Ticket valid for 24 hours

    Palace of Holyroodhouse: You're in control! Stay as long as you'd like!

    Start time

    Hop-on, Hop-off Bus: 9am - 4pm, every 15 minutes

    Palace of Holyroodhouse
    March to October: 9:30am - 6pm (last admission: 4:30pm)
    November to April: 9:30am - 4:30pm (last admission: 3:15pm)

    Meeting Point

    Hop-on, Hop-off Bus: Just hop on at any of the stops

    Palace of Holyroodhouse: Make your way to Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX.
    Nearest Train Station is Edinburgh Waverley

    Ending Point

    Hop-on, Hop-off Bus: You can hop off at any of the stops

    Palace of Holyroodhouse: Same as the starting point

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • 24-hour Hop-on, Hop-off ticket
    • Audio Commentary in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian
    • 'Horrible Histories' Kid's Commentary (English only)
    • Free headphones & WiFi on the buses
    • Admission to Palace of Holyroodhouse


    • Entrances, unless specified

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  • Please note

    Voucher Information: No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other devices. (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!)

    Your bus voucher will be valid for 3 months from the date chosen at the time of booking.

    Our local partners do everything in their power to ensure the tours run to schedule. However, Edinburgh is a functioning city and weather, traffic and events may occasionally cause disruption.

    Palace of Holyroodhouse - Important Information

    • Don't forget to carry a valid Student ID proof if you have booked a Student Ticket for Holyroodhouse, - you'll be required to show it at the entrance.

    • As the Palace of Holyroodhouse is a working royal palace, sometimes closures can happen at short notice.

    • The Palace is completely closed on April 10, May 12-23, June 24 - July 4 & December 25-26.

    • The Palace of Holyroodhouse is largely accessible, with some restrictions.

    If you are travelling by a cruise to join the hop-on, hop-off bus, you might want to keep the following details in mind:

    • You will need alternative methods of transportation to reach Stop Number 1 - Waverley Place.

    • Don’t forget to check the exact location of Edinburgh port before you arrive.

    • If you are coming into Leith, you can take a shuttle from the terminal to Waterloo Place, which is an approximately 6-minute walk from Stop Number 1.

    • If you are coming into South Queensferry (Hounds Point), you can take a shuttle from the terminal to Charlotte Square, which is an approximately 10-minutes walk from Stop Number 2.

    • Finally, if you are coming into Newhaven, you can take a local bus to central Edinburgh which will take you approximately 30 minutes.