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Best bus tours of London

Sit back, relax and take in the sights on a London bus tour.
Blue double-decker bus driving past South Bank and the London Eye.
Discover London on an open-top bus tour. Image courtesy of Golden Tours.

Choose from sightseeing tours of top London landmarks, night-time tours, movie tours and even tours with afternoon tea. Many bus tours let you jump on and off so you can visit attractions, have lunch or go shopping. Book your bus tour now!

Golden Tours

Explore London at your own pace with the Golden Tours hop-on hop-off Bus Tour. Choose between four routes and hop off at more than 60 stops, including Shakespeare's Globe and Westminster Abbey. As well as having your transport covered, you can enjoy added extras including free walking tours and a 24-hour Thames river pass.

London by Night Open Top Bus Tour

Tourists on the London By Night bus tour approaching Tower Bridge
London By Night bus tour © Golden Tours. Image courtesy of Golden Tours

Wrap up and book a seat for the London by Night Open Top Bus Tour, which departs from Waterloo and lasts one hour and 45 minutes. Taking you through Trafalgar Square, the lights of Piccadilly Circus, past Big Ben and more, this tour is a perfect opportunity to see the capital after the sun sets, with most attractions lit up.

Don't miss seeing London lit up for the festive season on a special Christmas Lights London by Night bus tour.

Spirit of London Tour

Go on a whistle-stop ride around some of London’s most famous landmarks from the comfort of an air-conditioned coach with the Spirit of London Tour. See St Paul's Cathedral, royal residence Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and more. Your ticket also includes a relaxing Thames boat trip to Greenwich, offering a chance to take in different views of the city at a leisurely pace.
 

Brigit's Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

A colourful selection of cakes and sandwiches on Brigit's Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour
Brigit's Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour © Afternoon Tea Bus Tour. Image courtesy of Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

Feeling peckish, but want to carry on the sightseeing? Then Brigit's Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour is ideal. Join a classic Routemaster bus for high tea, including a tempting array of sandwiches, cakes and pretty pastries. Or treat the kids to its Peppa Pig Afternoon Tea, complete with guided animations, singalongs and activities.

Panoramic bus tour

See some of London's most iconic sights on a panoramic open-top bus tour with live guide. Spot famous attractions including Buckingham Palace, famous Piccadilly Circus and the Tower of London from the comfort of your seat, while hearing fascinating facts and stories from your guide. Multilingual audio guides are also available.

Big Bus Tours

Enjoy an open-top sightseeing tour with a live guide or digitally recorded commentary in 12 languages with Big Bus Tours. A classic ticket entitles you to a free one-way river cruise, while a premium two-day ticket includes a return cruise and the Premium Plus enables you to do three days' worth of sightseeing.

See London By Night

Harrods department store lit up at night in its trails of yellow lights and illuminated "Harrods" sign, against a dark blue sky and illuminated street lights.
Harrods at night © visitlondon.com/Jon Reid.

Hop aboard the signature yellow bus and See London By Night! Admire iconic landmarks and be stunned by the views around the capital as it's beautifully illuminated at night. The tour lasts around 90 minutes and passes by the Houses of Parliament, iconic Harrods, historic Kensington Palace and much more. 

Bustronome

Indulge in the best of both worlds aboard Bustronome, which combines a luxury dining experience with London sights. Cosy up on the top deck of the bus, where you'll get stuck into afternoon tea, learn about London's landmarks via an interactive map, and marvel at them from the comfort of your seat. 

London buses

If you want to take a ride on a classic Routemaster, head to Tower Hill and jump on the 15 bus. The heritage route uses the time-honoured London bus known throughout the world, running between Tower Bridge and Trafalgar Square. The number 94 bus route is another great way to experience the city using your Oyster card. The bus travels from central to west London, and visits some of the capital’s most iconic areas.

You can also ride past some of the London's top landmarks with TfL's themed bus itineraries, including Brixton Market, Buckingham Palace, St Paul's Cathedral and the Natural History Museum. 

Day trips from London

For those who want to venture past London's borders, there are countless day trips that offer a cheap way to see some of the best parts of the UK. Grab a ticket and travel out of the city to StonehengeWindsorOxford or Bath – these trips offer great value and plenty of fun.

For more sightseeing inspiration, discover the best attractions in London, book a landmark-packed tour and check out our top sightseeing tips.

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