City Sightseeing Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

With great views from the top of the bus, strategically placed stops and an interesting commentary, this City Sightseeing tour is the best way to see the sights of Edinburgh. You can hop-on and off as many times as you like aboard this open-top double-decker bus. There are 14 stops and the entire route takes approximately 60 minutes. The bus departs every 20 minutes from each stop. Tickets are valid for 24 hours from first use.

What You Can Expect

See Edinburgh's sights by hop-on hop-off bus
See Edinburgh's sights by hop-on hop-off bus

The capital of Scotland since the 15th century, Edinburgh stands on 7 hills creating a dramatic skyline. Travel through the city with ease on this City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour. Tour highlights include the Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyrood House, the historic Royal Mile and Our Dynamic Earth.

City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour stops:

  • Waverley Bridge – Scott Monument, Visitor Information, Balmoral Hotel
  • Lothian Road –  St John’s Church, Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian
  • Grassmarket – historic pubs, Apex Hotels, Victoria Street
  • Lauriston Place – Edinburgh College of Art, George Heriot’s School
  • Johnston Terrace – Castle Terrace Car Park, Farmers Market (Saturdays)
  • Lawnmarket – Castle, Museums, Gladstone’s Land, High Kirk of St. Giles
  • Chambers Street – National Museum of Scotland, Greyfriars Bobby
  • John Knox House – Museum of Childhood, World’s End
  • Canongate – Museum of Edinburgh, Royal Mile, Canongate Kirk
  • Holyrood – Palace of Holyroodhouse, Scottish Parliament
  • Our Dynamic Earth – Queen’s Park, Arthur’s Seat
  • Regent Road – Burns Monument, Calton Hill, views of Arthur’s Seat
  • Hanover Street – Travelshop, City Centre shopping
  • Market Street – Waverley Railway Station, Travelshop

Days of Service


Meeting Time

All year round (excluding 25 December)

Monday- Friday: 9:30am- 5:50pm every 20 minutes

Saturday- Sunday: 9:30am- 6:00pm every 15 minutes

July- August : 9:35am- 8:00pm every 7-20 minutes

Nov-March: 9:30am - 4:00pm every 20-30 minutes

Valid from the time of first use, for the duration selected.



  • Hop-on hop-off tour


  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks

Additional Info

  • Confirmation for this tour will be received at time of booking
  • Includes special 'Horrible Histories' kid's commentary
Voucher Information

You must present a paper voucher for this tour. We will email a link to access and print your voucher at the Lead Travelers email address.

Schedule and Pricing

Departure Point



1 day

Return Details


Refunds, when possible, must be requested at least 4 business days prior to the travel date. Refunds are subject to a 7% administration fee. The Rail Protection Plan™ does not apply.

Note: Tours may be delayed or run late. Please plan accordingly.

$ 23.18

Customer Reviews

Allison T

July 2015

Loved this tour and it was a fabulous means of transportation around the city!

Syed Asad A

July 2015

Commentary on the bus was good. Did Castle and National museum tours which were enough for a full day.

Amanda R

June 2015


Susan D

June 2015

Good tour bus and was easy to get on and off

Gwenn M

June 2015

Excellent trip and a lot of fun - brilliant that we could purchase Castle tickets onboard too - saved hours of queuing :-

Ronnie S

June 2015

we hate driving or waling around strange cities hop on and hop off tours are the perfect answer we get an overview and history guide all at one time. the ability to get off at stops that interest us and spend time there and just get back on the bus at the next stop is great. often we can then find our way back to 1 special attraction to spend as long as we like

Sandy M

June 2015

Very affordable comfortable, practical, informative, a must have for every city

John M

June 2015

The trip itself was well worth the money. My only proviso was that the advertised place to meet the bus was no longer best ng used and we spent a lot of time wandering around the square before finally encountering someone who informed us that the meeting place was on the bridge across from the train station several streets away!

Karen S

June 2015

Excellent way to tour a city. Exceptional tour done of Holyrood Palace.

Susann C

June 2015

Perfect touring opportunity for Edinburgh. Provides the ultimate view and freedom. Multi-language touring tape was clear and very informative.

Valerie Y

June 2015

This tour was amazing!

Lesley E

June 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed this and we appreciated the enthusiasm of the tour guides. Particularly Colin . We used the bus twice as it was so good.

marilou s

June 2015

everything was perfect! highly recommended..

Willene G

April 2015

Very informative tour!

Antonio L R

April 2015

impossible to beat the pleasure to enjoy the town in the comfort of the buses and the tour guide.

Connie D

April 2015

Plenty of staff to help on most bus stops. Customer service was awesome. Tour was fantastic overall

Julie F

April 2015

This tour was amazing!

Julie S

March 2015

This tour was much more interesting than the Dublin Ho-Ho tour, as we had a live tour guide speaking to us as opposed to a recording that just repeated throughout the day. We also bought out Edinburgh Castle tickets through them which was great.

jonathan hill

February 2015

Good tour my wife and i booked for before going when we used it to go and see the castle the ticket we got for the Edinburgh City Hop-on Hop-off Tour was validated for 24 hours so we also used it the next day is well and did the hole tour on it

Athena Liu

March 2015

Very convenient way to explore the Capital of Scotland.

Sydney J

March 2015

The tour guides were very informative and friendly. I loved being able to hop off and spend as long as I wanted at a location without feeling rushed. Great tour!

Wendy E

March 2015

Birds eye view of the city - always a good place to start in a new place.


January 2015

I've always LOVED the concept of the Hop on Hop off tour. BEST way to orientate yourself when you go to a new city and if the option is available I always do it. The tour operator WAS the ORIGINAL Hope on Hop off tour company, they had 3 routes and I upgraded my ticket directly with the bus driver to be the 48hr ticket which in actual fact gave me 3 days to use it. I always do ALL the routes first and then go back and start the hop on hop off process. In Edinburgh there is WAY TOO MUCH TO SEE. 3 Days are clearly not enough if you want to spend a good amount of time exploring this FABULOUS city.

Elizebeth M

December 2014

Enjoyed it for its convenience. Thanks