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Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off City Tour

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icon1 hour 10 minutes  (approx.)
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Overview

As Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh packs historical monuments, regal landmarks, cultural destinations, and more—and this hop-on hop-off bus tour provides a thorough introduction to the city’s top sights. Pick between 24- and 48-hour ticket options, and board and disembark as and when you wish. On-board commentary will share the stories behind landmarks like the Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Castle, and more.
  • Discover many of Edinburgh’s top attractions, all in one bus tour
  • This hop-on hop-off bus tour offers a flexible and accessible way to explore
  • Learn stories about Edinburgh’s landmarks and history as you go
  • Pick between 24- or 48-hour tickets to best suit your schedule
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Bright Bus Tours Hop On Hop Off
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off City Tour?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off City Tour.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off City Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off City Tour.
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What is the social distancing policy during Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off City Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off City Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off City Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off City Tour.

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4.5
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187 Reviews

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star-1
There are too few buses...
Francoise_L
, Aug 2022
There are too few buses and we had to wait very long time (40mn instead of 15mn) while we saw 3 buses of each other companies passing the bus stop. It defeats the on and off concept. No we are not impressed by the service.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi, thank you for taking the time to review us after taking our tour, and I'm very sorry to hear that you had a negative experience. I would appreciate if you could provide more information to allow us to investigate this by contacting us via email: info@brightbustours.com Please do not hesitate to contact us directly should you wish to visit us again and we will be delighted to welcome you back on board. Thank you, Bright Bus Team
star-5
The old city wall, but...
Jeroen_K
, Aug 2022
The old city wall, but there was so much to see. Great the easy hop on hop off idea. Gives you a lot of freedom and time to vist.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Jereon, Thank you very much for your 5 star rating of Bright Bus Tours! I'm happy that you enjoyed seeing the city and hopping on and off our tour to explore all the sights and attractions. We hope to see you on board our Britannia Tour when you next visit! Thanks Scarlett
star-5
Good intro to the city
Robin_P
, Aug 2022
We were visiting during the Ftinge festival so there were throngs of people riding and it was tough to get a seat if you didn’t catch the bus at St Andrews Square but the tour a great introduction to the city. The bus has a wide route and the recorded narration is informative.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Robin, Thank you so much for rating your experience with us 5 stars! I'm delighted to hear that you had a great experience and enjoyed listening to our on board commentary. I also hope you enjoyed the Fringe festivities. Thanks again for choosing Bright Bus Tours, Scarlett
star-2
Choas
Deborah_D
, Aug 2022
A stop is needed along Princess street. We tried to get on at St Andrews sq but massive que. The staff were trying to orgainise passangers but only 1 city bus was not enough.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Debora, thank you for taking the time to review us after taking our tour, and I'm very sorry to hear that you had a negative experience. On this day we did experience a high number of passengers waiting to board at St Andrew Sq and we did try to accommodate everyone. Our City Tour departs every 15 minutes so the wait wouldn't have been too long. Thank you, Scarlett
star-4
My family enjoyed sight...
Faiza_A
, Aug 2022
My family enjoyed sight seeing the whole city of Edinburg by using the City Tour bus. Drivers were friendly and very helpfull. Thanks for the good time!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi, thank you for sharing your experience with us. I'm happy to hear that your family enjoyed their visit exploring the sights and learning more about Edinburgh on board our City Tour. We hope to see you on board again, perhaps to try our Britannia Tour. Thank you Scarlett
star-5
Loved it!
Shipra_P
, Aug 2022
We loved it! I travelled with my elderly parents and did not face any problem with this tour. Stops were sufficiently close and clearly marked.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello, Many thanks for rating your experience with us 5 stars and for sharing your review! I'm so glad to hear you loved the tour of Edinburgh. Thanks again for choosing Bright Bus Tours, Scarlett
star-5
Great value for money
Craig_D
, Aug 2022
Great way to discover the city with an informative headphone system in place , did the full 1 hrs tour then hopped on and off all day , well worth the ten pounds
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Craig, Thank you very much for the 5 star review! I'm delighted that you had a great experience on board Bright Bus Tours and that you enjoyed learning more about the city and exploring the top attractions. We hope to see you again soon, perhaps on our Britannia Tour! Scarlett
star-2
BORING
Sarah_I
, Aug 2022
Soooooo boring, want to go to sleep? Get on this bus. Doesn't even tell you what's fun to go do along the route it's a prerecorded man droning on and on in monotone.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Sarah, Thank you for taking the time to feed back on our tour, and I'm very sorry to read that your experience was not positive. I'm also very disappointed to hear you did not find our commentary to be interesting - we pride ourselves on our commentary, written by a true Edinburgh local and offering a light-hearted insight into all Scotland's Capital has to offer with updates and new information added each year. Thank you again for your feedback, Scarlett
star-5
Quick and easy way around the city
Kate_C
, Aug 2022
Buses run regularly from a number of stops across the city; close to all main attractions. The hop on hop off bus is an easy way of getting around
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Kate, Thank you very much for sharing your 5 star review! I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience on board Bright Bus Tours. Thanks again for choosing Bright Bus Tours, Scarlett
star-5
A holiday highlight.
Aislinn_B
, Aug 2022
A fantastic bus trip and a highly recommended holiday experience. We saw so many sights and the commentary is excellence. Very good value for money too.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Aislinn, Many thanks for rating your experience 5 stars and for sharing your review. I'm so happy to hear that you had a fantastic time with us and that you enjoyed your holiday exploring the sights and learning more about this historical city. We hope to see you on board when you next visit! Scarlett
star-5
Our trip to Edinburgh
Gogo_M
, Jul 2022
Exploring Edinburgh, our tour guide was very informative. I like the fact that we can hop on hop off whenever we needed to. It gave us a chance to experience Edinburgh more.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello, Thank you very much for your 5 star review. I'm happy to hear you had a positive experience on board our tour and that you enjoyed hopping on and off around the city. Thanks again Scarlett
star-5
Best of Edinburgh
Amanda_T
, Jul 2022
Loved the flexibility of this hop on and off your. No time restrictions- complete freedom to see all the highlights of Edinburgh
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello, Thank you so much for rating us 5 stars and sharing your experience. I'm delighted that you loved hopping on and off across the city exploring the top attractions. We hope to see you on board again soon. Thank you, Scarlett
star-2
No need to book
marce112005
, Jul 2022
You don’t need to purchase via Viator or any other booking company. It s extremely easy to buy tickets directly with either bus company. They are all very friendly and accept credit cards. The meeting point is St. Andrews Square. They are easy to spot or you can just ask around (people are super friendly and helpful). It was cheaper as well.
star-5
Great tour Bus
Muniba_H
, Jul 2022
Great tour with audio and we were able to hop on and off with ease. Great value also valid for 48 hours.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Muniba, Thanks so much for your review of Bright Bus Tours, I'm delighted you had the opportunity to hop on and off and enjoy everything to see and experience in Edinburgh. We would love to welcome you back again soon to try out our Britannia Tour! Many thanks Carolyn
star-5
Great staff!
sylvevl
, Jul 2022
We really enjoyed this bus tour! A lot of information and great sights pointed out. The staff was very friendly. Somehow our tickets weren't pulling up and the staff in the square were really helpful.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello, Thank you very much for the 5 star review of Bright Bus Tours. I am so delighted that you had a great experience on board our Edinburgh hop-on, hop-off City Tour. Many thanks, Scarlett
star-5
Great way to see the City
Timothy_Q
, Jul 2022
It was nice to sit and listen to the history on the earpiece. It was great being on the top with the openness to see everything. Driver gave enough time to get off and on, which was great!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Timothy, Thank you for choosing Bright Bus Tours - I am pleased to hear that you had a great experience on board our Edinburgh City Tour seeing the beautiful sights from our top deck and learning more about the historic capital. Many thanks, Scarlett
star-5
A must do for a short stay to edinburgh!
Vaalmiki_S
, Jul 2022
Saw the highlights of the city in one day. The bus was not overly crowded,quite comfortable and easy to catch. The commentary was interesting even for the kids. I think its a must do to get the most of edinburgh on a short stay.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello, Thank you so much for your review of our Edinburgh City Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour. I'm delighted that you enjoyed the tour, and that your family also had a great time - we really do hope that our tour offers something for everyone. I hope you had a wonderful trip, and we would love to welcome you back on board - perhaps to try our our Britannia Tour next time! Thanks again, Carolyn
star-5
Would recommend the trip
Jeanne_B
, Jul 2022
Just great lots to see plenty of info while doing the tour. No more to say good value for the money.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello Jeanne, Thank you for choosing Bright Bus Tours - I am so delighted that you had a great experience on board our Edinburgh City Tour. I hope you had a wonderful trip. Many thanks, Carolyn
star-3
Hot Hot Hot
Kenneth_S
, Jul 2022
Extreme uncomfortably high temperature on this day...bus stationary at certain stops way too long.Shade in downstairs area but visibility poor upstairs only limited shaded seats available.Headphones of such poor quality that not worth using.Sorry an unforgettable poor experience....did the company think...."this is a very hot day (33 degrees on 18 July) should we be doing anything different?
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello Kenneth, Thanks for your review, I must say I am puzzled to read your review as the themes you have noted are very unusual complaints for us to receive. Regarding the temperature - as I'm sure you are aware, during the time of your visit the UK experienced record breaking temperatures - the warm weather impacted several day to day activities and would indeed have meant that your open top tour was a very warm experience. This is very unusual for us to experience in Scotland - where more often we battle 4 seasons in a day. I do feel it is perhaps unfair to score us poorly based on unusual circumstances wholly out of our control. In relation to your comment about our headphones - I am very sorry again to read that you found these to be unsatisfactory. This again is not a complaint we see often from our customers, however I appreciate that everyone has their own preference. For this reason, our headphone ports allow you to use your own headphones should you prefer. As an open top tour operator in Edinburgh, I'm sure you can understand that the options to 'do something different', as you've suggested are limited. We operate all year round in a variety of temperatures, offering sunglasses and poncho's to passengers often if required in response to the ever-changing Scottish climate - however I'm sure you can appreciate opportunities to diversity our business offering are limited. Thanks again for your review, Carolyn
star-5
Well Worth the Cost
Robert_M
, Jul 2022
Great overview of Edinburgh’s city center and old town. Clean, comfortable bus with easy on and off.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Robert, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with Bright Bus Tours - I'm delighted to see that you enjoyed our Edinburgh City Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour! We do hope to welcome you back on board soon, perhaps to give our Britannia Tour a try! Thanks again Carolyn

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