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Hop-On Hop-Off Tours

City Sightseeing: 24/48-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Tour of Edinburgh with Optional Royal Edinburgh Tickets

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Discover Edinburgh with the freedom of a flexible itinerary with 2 different hop-on hop-off tours. Choose between 24 or 48-hour validity.


  • Get ultimate savings on your Edinburgh trip with the Grande Ticket offering 24 or 48-hour hop-on hop-off tours and optional access to iconic royal spots.

  • Traverse the city’s old and new regions with 3 routes and 12+ stops dotted along the way and hop-on and hop-off unlimited times.

  • The Royal Edinburgh ticket also includes guaranteed access to Edinburgh Castle, Royal Yacht Britannia, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

  • The open buses are equipped with either multilingual audio guides for kids narrated by Terry Deary or a live guide on the Red Route.

  • A few popular spots along the way include Lauriston Place, Scottish Parliament, Royal Mile, and more.


  • 24/48-hour hop-on hop-off tour of Edinburgh

  • Entry to Edinburgh Castle, Royal Yacht Britannia, the Palace of Holyroodhouse (optional)

  • 48-hour hop-on hop-off tour on Edinburgh City Sightseeing, Edinburgh Tour & Majestic Tour (optional)

  • Access to 3 routes (Red, Green & Blue)

  • Discounts at the Royal Botanic Garden, Royal Yacht Britannia, Palace of Holyroodhouse & more (full list here)

  • Audio commentary in English, French, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Scottish, German, Portuguese, Spanish & Chinese

  • Children's audio guide by Terry Deary

  • English-speaking guide (Red Route)

  • Free Wi-Fi

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Ratings & Reviews

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  • United States
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  • Switzerland
  • Germany
  • Brazil
  • Malaysia
  • United Arab Emirates
Guests from United States, France, Switzerland and over 8 countries have loved this experience
Erin Shugg



Apr, 2024

I had issues with my online tickets and the entire team could not have been more helpful or kind. Between the bus driver, ticket sales and manager, everyone went above and beyond to help sort out the ticket issue and get us on the bus and sightseeing. A giant thank you to everyone!
Eileen M Emori



Apr, 2024

Gregor was an awesome guide with a hundred stories and enthusiasm that made our trip come alive. Keep him as long as you can!! David did a fantastic job driving and made us all feel safe. Thank you for a wonderful tour!! Eileen and David Emori and our daughter Noelle Hartwick!! ❤️❤️
Cressida Thompson



Mar, 2024

Fantastic value for money. We brought the 48 hour ticket and managed to get around Edinburgh really easily. The map was easy to read the drivers and staff friendly. A special shout out to James who took the tour on the green bus route. Very informative and funny. Would recommend, well worth the money.
bonnot christel



Feb, 2024

Ease of online ticket purchase and local exchange Availability of agents for information The red tour of the city center is very good. The green tour is almost the same, but in English only, so there's no point in doing it. I found the blue tour uninteresting: lots of traffic and the less attractive side of the city. I'd still recommend the buses for their explanations of the sites.
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Lucy Hine



Jan, 2024

Got the 24 hour tickets which included all three routes, we did the green route first and had the best guide Scott! We then did the blue route and saw loads more of Edinburgh, including parts we would have not seen otherwise. Loved the fact we had it for 24 hours as we got to use it again the next morning to do more sight seeing

Saving money, and time and guaranteed discounted entry to the Royal Botanic Garden, Royal Yacht Britannia, and Palace of Holyroodhouse, this ticket is all you need to explore the city of Edinburgh. What’s more? You can also choose from 24 or 48 hours depending on your budget and flexibility.

Red Route

With buses arriving every 30 mins, catch glimpses of the city’s top sights, across the 14 stops. Also, Horrible Histories commentary, narrated by author Terry Deary for your kids, will immerse them throughout the tour.


  • First bus: 9am from Waterloo Place

  • Last bus: 4pm from Waterloo Place

  • Frequency: Approx. 30 mins

  • Popular stops: Scottish National Gallery, Lauriston Place, Royal Mile

Green Route

The Green Route takes you to the city center with an English-speaking guide onboard. Buses arrive every 30 minutes along the 15 stops dotted along the way.


  • First bus: 9:10am from Waterloo Place

  • Last bus: 3:40pm from Waterloo Place

  • Frequency: Approx. 30 mins

  • Popular stops: Edinburgh Castle, Scottish Parliament, Palace of Holyroodhouse

Blue Route

This route moves north of the city center, making way to the Leith Port. With 12 stops, and a multilingual audio guide in 10 languages, listen to intriguing stories about royal life and more.


  • First bus: 9:20am from Waterloo Place

  • Last bus: 3:50pm from Waterloo Place

  • Frequency: Approx. 30 mins

  • Popular stops: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Royal Yacht Britannia

Please click here for detailed route maps and boarding points.


  • The buses are accessible with low-floor ramps and wheelchair spaces.

  • For people with hearing impairments, screens are available on the lower decks of Red Route and Blue Route buses.

Additional note

  • Dogs are allowed on the buses.
  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • No printout required! Just show your mobile voucher to the driver and collect your bus ticket.

  • Please check your final voucher for the boarding point details and specific instructions.

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