The Original Tour — Open-top sightseeing bus

Original Bus Tour, Visitor Centre, 17–19 Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square, London 51.507515 -0.13053
Dates & Time:
Every day
Yellow Route: Buses run every 15-30 mins from 8.30 AM to 4 PM (Mon-Thu, Nov-Feb); Every 15-30 mins from 8.30 AM to 4.30 PM (Fri-Sun, Nov-Feb); 10-20 mins from 8.30 AM to 6.20 PM (Mon-Sun, Mar-May); 5-20 mins from 8.30 AM to 8 PM (Mon-Sun, Jun-Aug); Every 10-15 mins from 8.30 AM to 6 PM (Mon-Sun, Sep-Oct)
Red Route: Buses run every 10-15 mins from 8.30 AM to 4.50 PM (Mon-Thu, Nov-Feb); Every 10-15 mins from 8.30 AM to 5.20 PM (Fri-Sun, Nov-Feb); 10-15 mins from 8.30 AM to 6.50 PM (Mon-Sun, Mar-May); 7-15 mins from 8.30 AM to 7.30 PM (Mon-Sun, Jun-Aug); Every 10-15 mins from 8.30 AM to 5.20 PM (Mon-Sun, Sep-Oct)
Tickets & Cost:
Adult £30; Child (5-15) £15; Infant (under-5) free; Family (2 ad+2 ch) £90
The contact number for Original Bus Tour is +44 (0) 208 877 1722
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Bus routes that go near Original Bus Tour are: 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 22, 23, 24, 29, 38, 53, 87, 88, 91, 94, 139, 159, 177, 453
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The best London underground train stations to visit Original Bus Tour are Charing Cross Embankment Leicester Square Piccadilly Circus
Note: The actual closest train station to Original Bus Tour is Charing Cross
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The Original Tour isn't just one of London's most popular sightseeing buses... it's also a great way to travel around the city.

The price includes a flexible hop-on, hop-off ticket -- allowing you to step off the bus whenever you like, and pick it up again a bit later. You can treat it like a travelcard, and use the bus to travel from place to place. They also include a Thames River Hopper pass for a ride along the river, and a ticket for some walking tours.

Live English speaking guides appear on the most popular routes, with a multi-language headset provided for the others.

Craig has been on several of the sightseeing buses around London, and if truth be told he's not much of a fan (he thinks they are too expensive). You can read his review of the Original Bus Tour on his blog. He has also done one for the Big Bus Tour (a rival company). You can find out more information about that tour here. Or how about a bus tour at night?

Note: Whilst the Original Bus Tour does have an official visitor centre by Trafalgar Square, you don't actually have to go there to get a ticket. You should be able to pick one up at one of their many bus stops, where a member of their staff is usually waiting.

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 Guest – “We are going to be in London on the morning of the 20th of October of 2014. I noticed last year the Original Bus Tour had a special of two days for the price of one. I was wondering if they were going to have the same special this year? And if so when should I book the reservation. We definitely want to use the Bus tour for two days.Thank you, in advance for your reply.Dave”

Admin – “They seem to chop and change it around. When it's high season it only runs for 24 hours, and when it's low season you get 48. (Personally, I think that it's not worth it when you only get 24, because you don't have enough time to take advantage of all the tours they offer.)At the moment its high season so the website says 24 hours. but it also says its valid for six months. So if you wait for low season and buy it then (in september?), then you should be able to use it in october.You might want to check directly with them to be certain, though”

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