Tour buses., London
innovative and entertaining open-top sightseeing tours inLondon,with live English commentary or a choice of digitally recorded commentary in 8 languages. All Big Bus tours feature a hop-on hop-off service and tickets are valid for 24 hours. The ticket also give syou a free Thames river cruise.
These tours allow you to see 100's of London attractions at your own pace and convenience, with the freedom to take a break from your tour at any time to explore a sight further, or maybe go for a spot of lunch or shopping, Then, when you're ready to continue with a tour, simply jump on the next tour bus! - your tickets are valid for 24 hours - included in the price of the ticket is:-
FREE cruise on the River Thames - sit back and cruise along London's beautiful River Thames - here is a superb opportunity to see London as you have never seen it before.
* 5 fully-guided FREE walking tours - these gentle light hearted walks give you an amazing insight into our beautiful city
* Live English Commentary (not taped) - from an informative tour guide giving you the history and facts behind the sights you will see.
* Big Language Tour with dazzling digitally recorded sights and sounds commentary in a choice of TWELVE languages.
* Over 80 traditional London double-decker open-top sightseeing buses - so you will have no longer than a 15 - 20 minute wait for a bus to arrive
A expensive transportation but you get to see all the atractions. The ticket is valid for 48 hours and includes free river cruise.
You can buy tickets directly on the bus. It costs 24£ (about 30 Euro).
There are several tour bus companies with various routes around central London. You can buy a ticket that is good for 24 hours and get on and off at set stops around the routes. This is a great way to get an overview of London and stop off and see a few places, have a bite to eat and enjoy the city. Granted, a regular city bus is cheaper but you get either a live guide or recorded commentary as well. One good plan is to take the route around once and then the second time, decide where you want to get off and what you want to see.
The two main Companies, offering similar routes and prices are
A lot of people have posted tips for this type of tour and consider it a tourist trap. They say get a travel card and get around cheaper. Yes, that's true. A travel card would be cheaper. But on the other hand, you don't get the narration, and you don't get confusion as to which stops or routes or tube lines you need to get where you want to go. You are in a strange city and London can be overwhelming. Yes it's a bit pricey for a 24 hour ticket (and they dont' run at night after about 8 p.m.) but it's a good introduction and orientation to the city.
Check the London Transport site for bus and tube maps
You can find them in many places in Central London. Mostly by Piccadily are, liecester Sq. etc'.
If you dont like to walk to all the tourist attraction and you rather see that more quickly then try this tours. they take you to all the famouse and central attraction.
I had lots of time rto explore London so i never thought to try that. i rather walk and see and stop where i really like.
I love the Big Bus tours. The reasons:
1) When we got to London, there was a tube strike and not a taxi to be had. There we were - hot and sweaty and jet lagged with luggage and in no condition to walk from Victoria Station to our Bloomsbury hotel. So I bought a BB ticket and rode the bus around to the British Museum. I could walk to the hotel from there. It's true that it cost, but I'd have had to pay at least £8 for a taxi, and I was intending to get the BB anyway.
2) Since we both have bad knees, walking a lot isn't really an option. The BB whisked us around and gave us a good overview of the city and the history. Even though we've been there before, we learned something new about almost everywhere. Also found it interesting to talk to the guides in between times when they weren't busy. (I asked questions like - why don't the windows have screens in them)
3) It is much easier to take pictures from higher up, and there's no glass window to reflect like there is in the regular double deckers. (Not that I dislike those buses - it's just harder to take photographs)
They have ticket sellers and information people at the main stops and you can charge the tickets on a credit card.
You can hop on or off at any stop.
Buses run every 5-15 minutes.
Tickets are valid for 24 hours and include:
- FREE River Cruise
- Live guides or "Sights and Sounds" commentary, digitally-recorded in eight languages. I liked the guides better.
There are two companies that offer open top bus tours - London Pride and the Big Bus Tours Company. The latter is the best known as it has buses across the UK in other tourist towns and cities.
Depending on your budget and time there are three possible trips but in my opinion the basic "red" tour would suffice - the tour takes in all the key sights of central London with views of Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London and more on this tour of central London. There is a commentary and a book of vouchers for other attractions and eating places is included with the ticket. You can get on and off the bus as it tours London - see an attraction and then get back on another bus with your ticket.
Big Bus tours operate regularly and frequently (every 5 - 10 minutes in the summer, and 10 - 20 minutes during the winter). Tours begin at 08.30 with the last buses departing at 18.00 hours during summer time and 16.30 hours in the winter.
There are many stops across the city and the website has details.
Searching the internet a few weeks before arriving in London I was uncertain as to which tour to purchase. The tour operators seem to provide similar products and in fact the tour routes and attractions are almost similar too. I finally settled for the Original London Sightseeing Tour because the rate they offered was the lowest over the internet. My booking was for mid-March 2009 and the winter promotion 2009 was still valid. The tour was priced at £20.00 per person as opposed to £24.00 if purchased over the counter. The ticket is inclusive of a 24 hrs hop on hop off bus tour, river cruise on River Thames and selected walking tours. All the tours were inclusive of live Guides. My advise to would be visitors is to search the internet before deciding on which tour to purchase. Further more get an early booking because the price will be at your advantage. The £4.00 savings for each ticket would add up to quite a sum if you are travelling in a group. As for the tour provided by the company, there are three tour routes to choose from but one could take a combination of these routes if time permits. I have been able to see most of London's famous attractions in two days. Except for a little congestion in the vicinity of the Tower Bridge and Tower of London, the sightseeing tour was great.
"The Original Tour provides more than just a great way to travel around London. Founded in 1951 at the time of The Festival of Britain and now the largest and most popular sightseeing operator in the world, it has become established as THE essential introduction to London. The Hop-on Hop-off service allows you to board any of our famous London sightseeing buses along all of our tour routes at over 90 different stops with an entertaining 'live-guided' commentary in English or a wide choice of other languages"
You can get this kind of bus trip from Big Ben (North bank) tube Wenstminster.
ohhhhhhh it was something...... I can not say we enjoy this high speed trip very much........ but we have seen London and had chance to realaise, what we need to see later ...
BE PREPEARED: drivers do not care about trees branches - look out if you are on the second level of the bus.
every 15-20 minutes.
Adult -Public price £16.00 £15.00
Child 5-15 Years. Public price £10.00 £9.00
Family - 2 Adult / 3 Child. Public price £60.00 £50.00
These are the popular open top buses for tourists. I find them quite expensive though. I prefer the day pass on the buses and underground.
Big bus company seems more value for money and the ticket includes a river cruise along Thames, as well as free walking tour with a guide.
Big Bus Company Sightseeing Tours of London. (Hop on – hop off) can be booked 'online'in advance (that is what we did), is valid for 24 hours and is also valid for a free river cruise.
The price of a ticket is 15 Pounds (adults)
They offer 3 tours : the Red Tour offers a commented tour in the language you prefer (highlights : Tower of London and St. Paul’s). The Green (Buckingham Palace, London Eye, Big Ben and British Museum) and Blue Tours (Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Madame Tussaud’s and Harrods) in English only.
The best way to get around and to see London is to take one of the Big Red Tour busses that you can get a hop-on hop-off ticket. The ticket can be purchased for one day or for the weekend.
The price was good and the live person guiding the tour was funny.
The Big Bus is an open double-decker bus with two separate tours. The Red Tour covers central London and stops include Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral and The Tower of London. The Blue Tour covers all the top attractions of Central London as well as Kensington and Hyde Park. The Green Link stops at popular London hotels and also the British Museum. A Thames River cruise is included in your ticket.
You can book online and receive a discount. There is a recorded commentary available in 8 languages. Your ticket is good for 24 hours.
I always recommend taking these tours wherever they are available especially if you're not taking any organized tour. This way you can get a little bit of history and some interesting facts while becoming familiar with the city.
There are two Bus Tour companies in London so do compare the routes.
The Original Tour offers London sightseing by double decker bus (with no roof on the top floor).
The tickets are valid for a hop-on hof-off service.
Daily departures every 15 minutes.
The original Tour Visitor Centre is located at:
17-19 Cockspur Street - Trafalgar Square - London SW1Y 5BL
Mo-Sa: 8.30AM - 6PM
Su: 9AM - 5.30PM
Fee: £22 (adult)
The Big Bus Company offers Open-Top Bus sightseeing tours.
The bus ticket is valid for 24 hours and you can boars and leave the bus at any stop of your liking in this period.
The Big Bus Information Centre is located at:
48 Buckingham Palace Road - London SW1W ORN
Fee: £25.00 (adult)
This is a company that runs a fleet of open air buses that visit most of the so called major sites of interest in London. The ticket normally lasts two days, you can get on and off whenever you choose. They normally throw in a brief thames boat trip too!
If its your first visit to London this is a good way to 'get your bearings'