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City Sightseeing Edinburgh: Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour | KIDS GO FREE Special Offer!

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Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?


  • Duration

    Ticket is valid for 24 hours

  • Start time

    Buses run between 9am to 4pm, every 20 minutes. Full loop takes 60 minutes.

  • Meeting Point

    Just hop on at any of the stops and show your e-voucher to the bus driver and you’re good to go!

  • Ending Point

    You can hop off at any of the stops

Key Highlights

  • Personalise 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
  • Enjoy an immersive multilingual commentary on board
  • Keep your kids engaged with the ‘Horrible Stories’ commentary
  • Both printed and smartphone vouchers accepted!
  • Special Kids Go Free offer: Up to 3 kids go free with a full paying adult ticket. Valid till 31 Dec 2021!


KIDS GO FREE OFFER: Kids go free with a full paying adult ticket. Offer valid for bookings with travel before the 31st Dec 2021!

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 with your favourite attractions. From the spectacular Edinburgh Castle to the 15th-century John Knox House and The Queen’s official residence - the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the comprehensive route covers it all. 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. Top top it all, travelling around Edinburgh becomes quite the breeze with the bus.

The hop-on, hop-off stops are: 

  • St Andrew's Square Northside
  • Lothian Road
  • Grassmarket
  • Lauriston Place
  • Johnston Terrace
  • Lawnmarket
  • Chambers Street
  • St Mary's Street (West)
  • Canongate
  • Holyrood
  • Our Dynamic Earth
  • Regent Road

About the Supplier: City Sightseeing is one of the leading tour operators offering hop-on, hop-off services across 100 locations worldwide. They have been providing quality services since 1998.

Please note that the stops and timings are subject to change.


  • Hop-On, Hop-Off ticket valid for 24 hours
  • Audio guide in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian
  • Kid's Commentary in English
  • Free headphones and WiFi onboard


  • Entrances

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Please note

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

Kids go free offer: Children should still be booked at the time of booking but for £0. For all arrivals from 1 Jan 2022, the prices will be £8 per child as normal. Your voucher will be valid for 3 months from the date chosen at the time of booking.

We want everyone to be a part of our tours, hence there are special arrangements for wheelchairs in the buses.

Timings and stops are subject to change.

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

Our local partners do everything in their power to ensure the tours runs to schedule. However, Edinburgh is a functioning city and weather, traffic and events may occasionally cause disruption. Please note that the tour stops are subject to change.

If you are travelling by a cruise, 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.

Customer Reviews

  • 4
    Good time
    06/16/2018 Teresa Geiger, United States
  • 4
    06/05/2018 Reetu Kalra, United Kingdom
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    Liked it!
    05/23/2018 Roxana Banea, United Kingdom

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