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

Tour starts at Waverley Bridge, however you may board and disembark the bus at any one of the 24 stops around the city


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.

$ 23.42

Customer Reviews


November 2015

Wonderful bus tour of Edinburgh, not as extensive as my last trip, as they no longer go down George Street but a great and informative thing to do if you are in Edinburgh. With the ability to get on and off at many worthwhile sights. I highly recommend it..

Julie Y

November 2015

Easy access, clean bus, good price, and young, friendly guides made for a worthy investment.

Nancy M

October 2015


Haydn V

October 2015

fun and informative.

Elaine G

October 2015


Terence P

September 2015



September 2015

We could appreciate all the buldings and important places in the city

Jarid R

August 2015

Educational and fun!


August 2015

A great way to get your bearings in a new city while having the flexibility to stop at venues, and pick up the next bus when you are done. Several different routes available going to ,or really close to all the major sires in the city. Recommend this highly

Carl L

August 2015

Great way to see this beautiful city!

Sean M

August 2015

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

Fatimah E

August 2015

Nice trip, good explanation

Nancy K

August 2015

Loved it! Well placed stops at all of the major sites and excellent timing between buses. It's a great way to see a city! Even the weather cooperated!

Shellie E

August 2015

Really worth the money! Saw a lot of sights we would have missed.

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.