Edinburgh Bus Tours
Sightseeing Edinburgh by tour bus
Edinburgh bus tours are one of the most popular sightseeing activities in Scotland's Capital for a number of reasons:
- First of all, Edinburgh has tours to suit every trip schedule and more importantly, every budget.
- Secondly, an open-top bus tour gives you Edinburgh on a plate, its best attractions with the least possible hassle.
Edinburgh city bus tours
Edinburgh has 4 local open-top bus tours for sightseeing the city's most famous attractions. They are all hop-on and off tours with a 24 hours valid ticket.
The City Sightseeing Tour, Edinburgh Tour, MacTours and Majestic Tours are all operated by Edinburgh's local bus company, Lothian Buses. There are special tickets and passes available most of the year that can save you money when touring the city by bus.
How do Edinburgh's hop-on and off bus tours work?
You can get off the bus at any of the numerous stops along the way, explore the places in detail then get back on the tour bus. A knowledgeable tour guide is present on some of the tour buses to give a live account of every Edinburgh sight and attraction on the itinerary. All other bus tours have a recorded multi-lingual commentary available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and Japanese.
The buses used for tours are double deckers and because they are open-top, with no dirty windows to obstruct the views, they give you a unique perspective over Edinburgh's most famous landmarks and sights.
Edinburgh bus tours leave from Waverley Bridge, just outside Waverley train station. Covering the entire itinerary takes approx 60 minutes. The best way to use these tours is to get a general first impression of the city's attractions and sights and then return to the most interesting ones to explore in detail on a tour of your own.
When to take a bus tour around Edinburgh?
If you're in Edinburgh on a very short break -- a day or half a day trip -- then the all-in-one-go approach of the hop on hop off bus tours is a good way to see Edinburgh without having to plan in advance.
If you are unfortunate enough to visit Scotland's capital in very bad weather, then the open-top, hop-on and off Edinburgh bus tour is definitely better than walking around the City Centre in the rain or wind.
If you do have more than 1 day in Edinburgh, then it's best that you walk around, whether on your own or with an organised tour group. Edinburgh is very easy to walk around and exploring it on foot gives you a more intimate knowledge of its history, architecture, culture and pubs.