11 — London’s cheapest sightseeing bus

The City, London 51.513086 -0.088435
Dates & Time:
Every day
Buses run every 10 minutes (approx, depending on the time of day)
Journey time from Liverpool Street: 30 mins to Trafalgar Square; 35 mins to Westminster; 45 mins to Victoria; 65 mins to Chelsea
Journey time from Bank: 25 mins to Trafalgar Square; 30 mins to Westminster; 40 mins to Victoria; 60 mins to Chelsea
Tickets & Cost:
This is a normal London bus, so you just have to pay the relevant bus fare
If you’re driving to London here are some car parks near The City
Book a minicab near The City
The following bus routes go near The City: 4, 8, 11, 15, 21, 23, 25, 26, 42, 43, 47, 48, 76, 78, 100, 133, 141, 149, 242, RV1
London bus fares 2016
The best London underground train stations to visit The City are Bank Cannon Street Mansion House Monument Moorgate
Note: The actual closest train station to The City is Bank
London train fares 2016
Disclaimer: London Drum has no association with The City. Whilst we make every effort to ensure the event information is accurate, bus tours in London are sometimes cancelled or amended without us being notified. You should always reconfirm the bus trip with The City before making plans

Read The London Craig blog> Read Craig’s review  I’ve tried this event myself. Check out my London blog for a full review, with photos.  Feel free to ask me a question about this event

If you can't afford to spend 25-30 quid on a sightseeing bus then do not fret, because there's a much cheaper alternative -- the No.11 bus. For just a couple of quid you can take in most of the sights that you'd see on the tour bus, without all that annoying chatter from the tour guide.

We recommend boarding the bus at Liverpool Street station, and bagging yourself a seat on the top deck. You can then enjoy a 40-minute ride all the way to Chelsea.

The route takes you through the heart of The City, going down Threadneedle Street (for the Bank of England, Royal Exchange and Mansion House) and Ludgate Circus (St. Paul's Cathedral). If you look to the left as you pass St. Paul's you can also get a glimpse of the Tate Modern across the Thames.

Next up is Fleet Street and the Royal Courts of Justice. The Strand will then take you down to Charing Cross and Trafalgar Square (for the National Gallery and Nelson's Column). Turning left, the bus will then take you down Whitehall towards Parliament Square, where you can see the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. (Remember to look out for Banqueting House, Horse Guards and Downing Street along the way.)

You will probably want to get off at this point, as your little bus tour will have less interest once you pass Westminster. But if you stay on until the end then you'll get a glimpse of Westminster Cathedral, Sloane Square and King's Road before heading into Fulham.

Lots of people will dismiss this "tour" as being a waste of time... it's just a bus, they will say. But take a tip from us -- it's definitely worth doing. Craig has been on it himself and written a review of what you can see. He's also put together a marathon bus journey around London which strings lots of different buses together. If you'd like to compare the details with a proper sightseeing bus, then check out the Big Bus Tour and Original Bus Tour.

More events:
Events in The City


Have you got a review?  Or a question about this event?

 Guest – “can you get the bus from Victoria couch station”

Admin – “yes you can”

Got a question?
Talk about 11 — London’s cheapest sightseeing bus


If you enjoy sightseeing bus tours in London then you might like these other London events…

The Original Tour — Open-top sightseeing bus – Every dayThe Original Tour is one of London's most popular sightseeing buses, and it's also a great way to travel around the capital.

Big Bus Tour — London sightseeing bus – Every dayThis traditional open-top bus tour will take in all the best landmarks and attractions, with a free river cruise and guided walk.

Ghost Bus Tour, around London’s dark past – Every dayThe Ghost Bus Tour will take you on a journey through London's gruesome past, and into the dark heart of the capital.

See London by night — on a sightseeing bus – Every dayThe 'See London By Night' bus tour will show you London's most famous landmarks beautifully lit up in the night sky.

Ride an old-style double-decker bus – Every dayRelive London's history, and ride a 1960s double-decker bus (the ones with a conductor and an open platform at the back).

Jewish Firsts — Walk around the City of London – 6th November 2016"A Walk of Jewish Firsts" is a walking tour around The City, introducing you to the people who battled against discrimination.

Lord Mayor’s Show, and fireworks display – 12th November 2016The Lord Mayor's Show is a spectacular event which includes a river pageant, procession in a gold coach, and fireworks.

Guided walk around the streets of Roman London – 17th November 2016Go on a guided walk through the streets of Roman London, and see what remains of the old city of Londinium.

Guided tour of London — on a bicycle – Every dayForget the sightseeing buses and jump on your bike, and see the major sights and landmarks of London from your saddle.

If you like The City, then you might also like…

> Mansion House events If you like the The City then you might like these events at London’s Mansion House as well
> Bank of England events If you can’t find any events at the The City then maybe you can try the Bank of England in London
> Royal Exchange events If you like this event at the The City then try our guide to events at the Royal Exchange in London

Have you seen our London eBook?

500 pages packed with money saving tips, reviews, photos and street maps

Honest reviews of London’s most popular attractions and landmarks

Example itineraries – two weeks of ideas, including one week for kids

Insider tips – look inside Hampton Court, Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s for free

Bus and train fares – a detailed guide to the buses, trains, Oyster cards and fares

Available to buy from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Blackwell’s, Waterstones and more

Copyright © 2016 London Drum. All rights reserved · Contact London Drum · Privacy policy / Terms of use / Cookies

By category

By day

By month

By venue

Find events

Custom dates

London Pass

Save some money with London Pass Cheap entry into London attractions

London Pass

Learn more about London Pass

> Save moneyFree or discounted entry into top attractions

> Save timeJump the longest queues with Fast Track entry

Oyster card

Get an Oyster for the cheapest fares The easiest way to travel in London

Oyster card

Buy Oyster Cards Buy travelcardsBuy an Oyster card

> Save moneyGet the cheapest fares on London transport

> Easy to usePay as you go credit on the buses, boats and underground trains

Cheap tickets

Buy theatre tickets