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
Red Route from Victoria: Every 15-30 mins from 8.30 AM to 5.20 PM (Mon-Sun, Nov-Mar), but every 10-15 mins (Apr-May, mid-Sep to Oct) and every 7-15 mins (Jun-mid Sep)
Red Route from Trafalgar Square: Every 15-30 mins from 9.20 AM to 6.10 PM (Mon-Sun, Nov-Mar), but every 10-15 mins (Apr-May, mid-Sep to Oct), and every 7-15 mins from 9.05 AM to 6.10 PM (Jun-mid Sep)
Red Route from St. Paul’s: Every 15-30 mins from 9.36 AM to 6.26 PM (Mon-Sun, Nov-Mar), but every 10-15 mins (Apr-May), and every 7-15 mins from 9.21 AM to 6.26 PM (Jun-mid Sep)
Tickets & Cost:
If bought online: Adult from £26; Child (5-15) from £12.50; Infant (under-5) free; Family (2 ad+2 ch) from £73
If bought on the bus: Adult from £30; Child (5-15) from £15; Infant (under-5) free; Family (2 ad+2 ch) from £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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Riding a sightseeing bus is #22 in our London Bucket List

Craig’ London blog> Read Craig’s review  I’ve tried this event myself and posted some photos and a review on my blog

Original Bus Tour Easy to get to? Good for kids?
Value for money? Worth a visit? 2 0 3

Sightseeing buses are on a lot of people's Top 10 things to do in London list, but it's so much more than a sightseeing tour... it's also a handy way to travel around the city because they give you a hop-on, hop-off ticket. This means you can step off the bus whenever you like, visit an attraction, and then pick the bus up again a bit later. It's a bit like having a travelcard. And they also chuck in a boat tour and a couple of walking tours for free.

They offer a few different routes, but tourists will be most interested in the 'Red' and 'Yellow' routes. The Red one is a little bit better because it shows you more places, but it takes a bit longer. The best place to pick up is near their shop by Trafalgar Square (in Cockspur Street). You can either buy a ticket there, or buy it online before you go.

The Red route will take you down the Strand, past the Royal Courts of Justice and St. Paul's Cathedral, onto The City for the Bank of England and Royal Exchange, before taking in the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Along the way back to Parliament you'll see the Shard and London Eye, before heading down Whitehall for Downing Street and Horse Guards.

Craig has been on several of the sightseeing buses around London, and if truth be told he's not a huge fan (he thinks they are way 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 as well (a rival bus company). You can find out more information about that tour here. You might also like the idea of taking a bus tour at night, so you can see the city beautifully illuminated.

If you have any questions about the Original Bus Tour then you can either ask Craig directly, or ask a question in the forum.

If you're going to do a sightseeing bus tour then we definitely recommend doing it on the first day. The whole point of these tours is to show you as many sights as quickly as possible, which is handy if you've only got a limited time in London. So get a ticket for your first morning and devote a couple of hours to it. Hopefully you'll see a few places along the way which will get you excited, and you can spend the rest of the day there when you get off.


Got a question? – Talk about this event

 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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