The Original London Sightseeing Tour

Discover top London attractions at your leisure on this flexible open dated hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of London. With three family-friendly routes and three transport link services available, this hop-on hop-off bus in London offers a perfect day of sightseeing. Admire Tower Bridge, the London Eye, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and more from the comfort of your spacious open-top double-decker bus. As a bonus, use your London hop-on hop-off tour ticket for a range of additional activities including a Thames River sightseeing cruise and three London walking tours.

What You Can Expect

Marvel at St Paul's Cathedral on a hop-on hop-off London tour
Marvel at St Paul's Cathedral on a hop-on hop-off London tour

Redeem your voucher, ride around London aboard your spacious open-top double-decker bus and enjoy the flexibility to plan your day exactly how you like. Your London sightseeing ticket can be used on three tour routes — red, yellow or blue — as well as the transport links: black, green and purple. Tour routes are great options, with entertaining commentary for all ages plus children’s activity packs.

Your ticket also includes a hop-on, hop-off Thames River cruise and three walking tours – all of which take place daily. See Itinerary for details.

Tour – Red Route:
Discover top city highlights in central London with full audio commentary throughout. Stay on board for the full loop (approx two hours), or hop on and off at your leisure at any of these stops:

Madam Tussauds, London Planetarium, Regent’s Park, Oxford Street, Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus and Eros Statue, Leicester Square, the National Gallery, Nelson’s Column and Trafalgar Square, Horse Guard’s Parade, Downing Street, Big Ben and Houses of Parliament, Lambeth Palace, Imperial War Museum, London Aquarium, London Eye, South Bank Arts Centre, BFI Imax Cinema, Covent Garden, Fleet Street, St Paul’s Cathedral, Monument, London Bridge, London Dungeon, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe, Tate Gallery Bankside, Millennium Bridge, Catamaran Cruisers, Sherlock Holmes Pub, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park and Speakers’ Corner.

Tour – Yellow Route:
Explore central London with a live guide. Stay on board for the full loop (approx two hours), or hop on or off at any of the stops. The route includes all stops mentioned on the Red Route except Madam Tussauds, London Planetarium, Regent’s Park, Oxford Street and Regent Street. These attractions are replaced with the Ritz Hotel, Royal Academy of Arts and Fortnum and Mason.

Tour – Blue Route:
Discover London’s museums and shopping districts and enjoy comprehensive audio commentary throughout. Stay on board for the full loop (approx two hours) or hop on and off at any of the stops:

Kensington Palace, Baden-Powell House, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Brompton Oratory, Harrods, Knightsbridge, Harvey Nichols, Hyde Park, Ritz Hotel, Piccadilly Circus, Shaftsbury Avenue, British Museum, Russell Square, Wellington Museum, Royal Albert Hall, Albert Memorial, Kensington High Street and Princess Diana Memorial Fountain.

Transport Links

Transport Link – Black Route:
Use this route to travel between the main London transport hubs of St Pancras, King’s Cross, Marble Arch, Paddington, Marylebone and Euston.

Transport Link – Green Route:
This route provides a handy loop around central London, stopping at Leicester Square, the London Eye, Westminster and Piccadilly Circus.

Transport Link – Purple Route:
Use this route to travel around west London, stopping at Holland Park, Notting Hill, Bayswater, Kensington Gardens, Paddington and Madam Tussauds.

The following complimentary activities are subject to availability on the day of your tour.

Thames River Sightseeing Cruise:
Simply hop off your sightseeing bus at either Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament (Westminster Pier) or the Tower of London, and then walk the short distance to the pier. Show your hop-on hop-off ticket and step aboard the boat to begin your river cruise. Take in spectacular city views from out on deck or relax by the windows inside the boat as you glide up and down the Thames River, with top London attractions such as the London Eye, Tate Modern and St Paul’s Cathedral drifting slowly by.

Walking Tour – Changing of the Guard:
Meet your guide at The Original London visitor center in Trafalgar Square at 10:30am. Stroll past St James’s Palace on your way to Buckingham Palace, and then watch the time-honored Changing of the Guard ceremony taking place. In time to drumbeats, soldiers from the Queen’s Foot Guard march in front of the palace in their red tunics and bearskin hats.

Walking Tour – Rock ‘n’ Roll:
Start at The Original London visitor center in Trafalgar Square at 1pm then set off to explore the capital. Discover famous venues and sites linked to rock ‘n’ roll legends of the past few decades. See where the Beatles were nearly arrested, the venue of Jimi Hendrix’s last gig and more.

Walking Tour – Jack the Ripper:
Leave the bus stop at the Tower of London at 3:30pm with your guide and walk around Whitechapel in London’s East End. Follow the trail of London’s infamous serial killer, hear murderous tales from the city’s dim and dark past and see the places that gave the Ripper his notorious acclaim.

Days of Service


Meeting Time

Buses depart every 15-20 minutes from 8:30am to 5pm



  • Hop-on hop-off tour
  • Sightseeing cruise
  • Walking tours
  • Children's activity pack
  • Commentary
  • Professional guide (yellow route only)


  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult
  • Hop-on, hop-off Thames River cruise ticket is valid for the same period as your bus ticket only
Voucher Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Schedule and Pricing

Departure Point



1 day

Return Details

Valid for 24 hours from time of first use


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.

German Activities Terms & Conditions

The 20% Off German Activities offer is valid with bookings of any German Rail Pass with coupon code OKTOBERFEST20. The maximum coupon code discount is $35 per booking. Offer is valid for the first 280 coupon codes redeemed or until the promo’s end date of 5:00 pm ET on September 29, 2015, whichever comes first. Offer is subject to change or extension without notice. No adjustments can be made on prior purchases. One coupon code per booking may be applied.

Ticket is valid for 24-hours From
$ 45.71

Customer Reviews

Christina D

August 2015

Easy to find and to get on/off. Info is informative and you can see as little or as much as you want. The boat tour was great that was free with this package also.

Jeffrey W

August 2015

So worth it! It is a great way to see the City and get your bearings. Initially, we were only going to do the tour bus the first day we were in London so we became familiar with what was where in relation to where we were staying. But, it was so helpful and so convenient that we extended our tickets for another 3 days! Our 8 year old daughter just loved it! She had a blast on the open double decker. There are so many stops you can get off at and so many stops you can get on at. After a walking around for a few hours and your feet hurt, you hop on the bus, relax and still see the City and get informed! I highly recommend it for all travelers - first timers, families and even travelers who have been to London before. You cannot beat it for the price and convenience. Next time, we would also like to do the evening London tour as well.

John B

August 2015

A fantastic introduction to the city before exploring in detail - particularly if you have kids and want to whet their appetite by seeing a lot quickly.


August 2015

Very good value for money when the Thames river too is included. Added a ticket for London Eye which was not a long line up. The Hop On Hop off tour guides were great on bus and boat.Will use Viator again.

Angelene B

August 2015

this tour was amazing!!! the tour guide on the yellow tour was fantastic knowledgable and funny well worth the money
The river cruise was also amazing

Yvonne G

August 2015

Excellent tour around London. Recommend to everyone who has the time

Rae C

August 2015

I made the mistake of grouping the Hop-on Hop-off bus with the Madame Tussauds Museum. The Hop-on Hop-off bus should be a day trip by itself. This bus is worth the cost and more. It allows you to switch lines and travel on the river Thames. This trip gives you a great view of London and Westminister. I will definitely use this bus in the future. Worth every penny!!!!!!

Kathleen K

August 2015

Great tour guide and wonderful to get around London and see the sights.


August 2015

This tour was perfect. We really enjoyed the free Thames cruise included in our price. Great value.

Brad M

August 2015

It was a great tour despite the streets being blocked off for a bicycle event causing excessive delays. The driver and tour guide made up for it and we were able to orient ourselves to the city!


August 2015

Great thing to do the first day! I wouldn't necessarily use it for transportation I found the tube fast and easy to figure out but I took the tour around the city and it was great activity for my first day to see the sights and get oriented to the city.

Richard S

August 2015

The best! Our guide was informative as well as witty. I learned so much and have such great photos.

Deborah L

August 2015

We really enjoyed this tour, especially when there was an actual person/guide on the bus otherwise there is a recording, which is pretty good as well. This is a great way to get your bearings and understand the various parts of London.

Lisa S

August 2015

Great way to see London! Loved it.

Karen B

August 2015

This is definitely the way to see London. The two day ticket is probably the way to go if you have extra time.

Sean M

August 2015

This was a great way to see the city. The stops were very convenient and easy to get to.

Guadalupe T

August 2015

Wonderful recommend to do this tour

Justin L

August 2015

Wonderful, we enjoyed it immensely. Our tour directors on the bus were very good and informative. We used these buses over 48 hour period continuously. Well worth doing. Commentary by individual tour leaders was terrific. Their knowledge is great.


August 2015

A great way to get a sense of the city


August 2015

A very nice tour. I'd recommend this one your first or second day in Paris. Then you can decide where you want to go back and spend more time. Our English speaking guide was very knowledgeable and very pleasant. Just a joy to be around. All in all just an excellent tour.

Janet M

August 2015

This was a great way to get an overall view of London. We were able to take three of the routes and saw lots of interesting sites around London. Would definitely recommend this tour, particularly for first time visitors to London

Phillip George T

August 2015

Love this tour!!!! Well worth doing.

James L

August 2015

Excellent live commentary on the bus - guide was excellent!
Best way to see the whole city in a few hours and then go from there.

David M

August 2015

A little puzzled with finding where to start the trip - used Marble Arch eventually. Excellent live commentary. Went right round first time, then got on again after lunch and went for the river cruise. Very good value.