Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Edinburgh Castle Entry

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Explore Edinburgh with a hop-on hop-off bus tour ticket, and see the city's royal sights at your own pace. An easy and convenient way to (...)

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Overview Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Board your open-top bus from any of the routed stops that are situated throughout the city center and beyond. Listen to the live or recorded audio commentary as you sit back, relax and travel through the heart of the beautiful and historical city of Edinburgh. With your ticket, you can remain on any of the bus routes for the entire loops, or you can hop on and off at any of the stops around the city to explore Edinburgh’s countless delights. See the Itinerary for a list of routes and stops.

Perhaps hop off at the Palace of Holyroodhouse (commonly known as Holyrood Palace), Her Majesty the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Founded as a monastery in the 12th century, palace is largely used as the setting for state ceremonies and official entertaining. Next, maybe travel up the Royal Mile to the famous Edinburgh Castle. A key element of the Edinburgh UNESCO World Heritage site, the castle has been at the center of countless battles and sieges. Royalty have lived and died within its very walls and countless generations have been inspired by its beauty. Use your ticket for a visit, and explore this top Edinburgh attraction at your leisure.

Enjoy the bus ride out of the Old Town and out to the coast. Here, perhaps hop off at the historical Port of Leith that was, for many centuries, Scotland’s premier port, before continuing onto Newhaven for postcard-perfect snaps of the harbor and a visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia, the majestic boat owned by the British Royal Family for over 40 years.

The full loop of each bus route lasts between 1 and 1.5 hours, with buses arriving regularly at each stop.
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Multiple departure times and locations available
What you can expect Explore Edinburgh with a hop-on hop-off bus tour ticket, and see the city's royal sights at your own pace. An easy and convenient way to experience the Scottish capital, this unique ticket offers unlimited travel on five different tour bus routes for 48 hours. Enjoy 360-degree panoramic views from the top deck of the bus, informative audio commentary, and the flexibility to hop on and off at any of the well-placed stops dotted around the city. This ticket also includes admission to noteworthy royal attractions including Edinburgh Castle, Royal Yacht Britannia and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Practical information


What's inside

  • Hop-on hop-off tour ticket (valid for 48 hours)
  • Admission to Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Fast-track entry to Edinburgh Castle

Hop-On Hop-Off Routes:
The Edinburgh Tour
:
  • Waverley Bridge
  • St Andrew Square, Northside
  • Lothian Road
  • Grassmarket
  • Johnston Terrace
  • Lawnmarket
  • Chambers Street
  • John Knox House
  • Dynamic Earth
  • Queen Marys Bath House, Abbeyhill
  • Old Royal High School

Majestic Tour:
  • St Andrew Square
  • Canonmills
  • Arboretum Place
  • Ferry Road
  • Newhaven Harbour
  • Cruise Terminal
  • Ocean Terminal
  • The Shore
  • Leith Mills
  • Elm Row
  • Queen Mary's BAth House
  • Queensberry House
  • Canongate Kirk
  • John Knox House
  • St Andrew Square
Mac Tour:
  • St Andrew Square
  • Lothian Road
  • Johnston Terrace
  • Lawnmarket
  • George IV Bridge
  • Nicolson Square
  • John Knox House
  • Canongate
  • Queen Mary's Bath House
  • Regent Blood
  • St Andrew Squares
City Sightseeing Tour:
  • Scott Monument
  • Royal Scottish Academy
  • National Gallery
  • St John's Church
  • Caledonian Hotel
  • St Cuthbert's Church
  • Greyfriars Bobby
  • Museum of Scotland
  • McEwan Hall
  • Royal Infirmary
  • George Heriot's School
  • Fire Brigades H.Q.
  • St Giles' Cathedral
  • City Chambers
  • Tron Kirk
  • John Knox's House
  • Scottish Parliament
  • Burn's Monument
  • Old Royal High School
  • Nelson Monument
  • City Observatory
  • St Andrew's House
  • St George's and St Andrew's Church
  • General Assembly Halls

What's NOT inside

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

Additional info

  • 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.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • 3 tours running from November to March
  • The Palace of Holyrood House is closed during the following dates 15 - 26 May and 26 June - 7 July 2018. Royal Edinburgh Ticket holders are offered entry to The Queen’s Gallery and a Palace Guidebook as a replacement. Please only buy the ticket for use during these dates if you are happy with the replacement as no part refund can be given

Departure point:

Board your bus at any of the stops around Edinburgh

Duration:

2 days

Frequency:

Daily

Departure time:

Flexible

Return details:

Valid for 48 hours from time of first use

Reviews & ratings

  • Royal Edinburgh Ticket with Hop-On Hop-Off Tours, Edinburgh Castle Admission |
    "Great value trip covers all the key things to see in Edinburgh and skips the lines ! Easy to redeem for your bus ticket at the booth in town. Highly (...) "

  • Royal Edinburgh Ticket with Hop-On Hop-Off Tours, Edinburgh Castle Admission |
    "Great value, and visiting HMY Britannia was a highlight of our trip. "

  • Royal Edinburgh Ticket with Hop-On Hop-Off Tours, Edinburgh Castle Admission |
    "This ticket was brilliant, we did a complete bus tour with guide, then used the different buses on seperate occasions to get to the castle, Holy Rood and the Royal (...) "

  • Royal Edinburgh Ticket with Hop-On Hop-Off Tours, Edinburgh Castle Admission |
    "Edinburgh castle was truly worthy of the ticket ! The views were wonderful and "

  • Royal Edinburgh Ticket with Hop-On Hop-Off Tours, Edinburgh Castle Admission |
    "Buses are clean, comfortable and on time. Free wifi and USB. Loved it ! "

  • Royal Edinburgh Ticket with Hop-On Hop-Off Tours, Edinburgh Castle Admission |
    "Excellent valu for money. "

  • Royal Edinburgh Ticket with Hop-On Hop-Off Tours, Edinburgh Castle Admission |
    "What a surprising and fantastic city. There are few places we have been that we have enjoyed as much. Firstly almost whatever you think Edinburgh is like you are (...) "

  • Royal Edinburgh Ticket with Hop-On Hop-Off Tours, Edinburgh Castle Admission |
    "Excellent value if you can manage to get it all done !! "

  • Royal Edinburgh Ticket with Hop-On Hop-Off Tours, Edinburgh Castle Admission |
    "This tour was amazing ! "

  • Royal Edinburgh Ticket with Hop-On Hop-Off Tours, Edinburgh Castle Admission |
    "Perfect way to see the city. Guides were great as well-make sure that you ask when you get there which ones have live guides (different color bus if I can remember (...) "

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