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The Edinburgh Grand Ticket: Three Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tours - 24/48 hours

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from US$ 21.13 per person pp

Key Highlights

  • Enjoy Edinburgh sightseeing at your own pace with a 24-hour or 48-hour hop-on, hop-off bus ticket
  • Enjoy unlimited travel with 3 bus tour routes and hop on and off at any of the stops
  • Visit attractions of your choice and enjoy the freedom to customize your sightseeing itinerary
  • Travel in an open top bus and enjoy informative audio commentary on the bus
  • The tours promise great photo opportunities so don’t forget to keep your camera ready
  • See more and save more with this super-value combo ticket!
  • Overview

    Discover the Scottish capital’s main highlights and hidden delights with the Edinburgh Grand Ticket. This great value combo ticket allows you unlimited travel on three of the most popular hop-on hop-off bus tours in Edinburgh.

    Use your ticket to hop on and off the bus as you wish. Several routes are interchangeable, making your ticket even more flexible and fun.

    The hop-on, hop-off bus goes north through the Georgian New Town and stops at the Royal Botanic Garden before heading down to the coast at Newhaven and Leith. The stop at Ocean Terminal serves visiting cruise ships as well as the Royal Yacht Britannia. From Britannia, the tour heads back up to the city center via the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Royal Mile.
    An informative multi-language recorded commentary guides you through the history of the places, people and sights along the route. Simply plug in the headphones and listen to your chosen language.

    Download the tour route map

    Leaving Waverley, your hop-on, hop-off bus heads towards New Town with its elegant Georgian houses. After Charlotte Square the bus turns back south, passing the Royal Scottish Academy and the National Gallery, towards the Old Town. Some attractions include Scottish Parliament, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle and the Scotch Whisky Experience. After driving through Grassmarket with its exciting shops and pubs, you pass the Scottish Parliament and the Dynamic Earth attraction at Calton Hill. Return via Canongate past the Canongate Church, the Museum of Edinburgh and the People’s Story.
    Your live, on-board guide gives their own personal touch to the informative English commentary. Hear all about the people who shaped Scotland’s capital city.

    Download the tour route map

    On leaving Waverley the hop-on, hop-off bus sets off along Princes Street. Look up to see stunning views of Edinburgh Castle perched on its crag. Continue through trendy Grassmarket then pass the National Museum of Scotland and the John Knox House. After driving along Canongate, you will pass the Scottish Parliament and Calton Hill. Next, you will see the south gates to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, The Queen’s official residence in Scotland.
    For this tour you travel in an open-top bus with an audio commentary (in a choice of nine languages) delivered through headphones. There is also a TV screen downstairs with a subtitled version.

    Download the tour route map

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?



    Your ticket is valid for 24 hours or 48 hours ( depending on option chosen )

    Start time

    Majestic Tour (Every 20-30 minutes): From 9:00am to 5:00pm
    Edinburgh Tour (Every 20-30 minutes): From 9:25am to 4:00pm
    City Sightseeing Tour (Every 20-30 minutes): From 9:15am to 4:15pm

    Full loop duration for all three tours: 1 hour

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    Timings are subject to change.

    Meeting Point

    All tours depart from Waverley Bridge. You may collect your Grand Edinburgh Ticket from the Edinburgh Bus Tours Ticket Office on Waverley Bridge, upon presentation of your booking voucher.

    Ending Point

    You may end the bus tour at any of the designated stops.


  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • 24 hours and 48 hours ticket is valid on the three tour routes (Edinburgh Tour, City Sightseeing Tour and Majestic Tour)
    • Live Guide in Edinburgh Tour only
    • Audio commentary in English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese on all routes (Also Gaelic on Majestic tour)


    • Food and drinks
    • All entrance fees to attractions
  • Please note

    You have to collect your Edinburgh Grand Ticket from Edinburgh Bus Tours Ticket Office on Waverley Bridge upon presentation of the booking voucher.

    We want everyone to be a part of our tours and hence there are special arrangements for wheelchair ramps and Class two mobility scooters in the buses. The display screens with live footage are all subtitled.

    Tram-works in Edinburgh city centre mean that some tours may be diverted or delayed. Wherever your tour takes you sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organised activity to reconfirm.

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  • Customer Reviews
    • Very enjoyable and memorable tour we had so far. All 3 tours covered all sightseeing places wonderfully. We can recommend to others....

      Nitin Oza, India, 06/Jun/2018
    • Great way to get a feel for the layout of the city...

      Carole Mitchell, Canada, 06/May/2018
    • Loved having our own head phones to plug in. Booked online. So easy to pick up our tickets. Maps and info provided were really good. A great way to see Edinburgh. Wish we'd been...

      Patricia Hornby, United Kingdom, 10/Apr/2018
    • Wish I had known more about each possible stop to include the cost of entrance fees. I didn't see that in the ads when I purchased the tickets.

      Carolyn Ingles, United States, 27/Sep/2018
    • Perfetti, ottima esperienza senza nessun problema

      CLORINDA MERCURI, Italy, 31/Aug/2018
    • Would highly recommend the Edinburgh grand ticket for 48 hours. It’s a great way to see all the major city sights as the bus stops at all the relevant places. Staff are also very friendly

      Kelly Breeds, South Africa, 11/Jul/2018