Edinburgh Bus Tours By Public Transport

The cheap way to tour Edinburgh

Edinburgh has one of the best bus transport schemes in the UK. Doing your own personal tour of Edinburgh by public bus is very easy. All you need is a £2.30 day ticket which you can buy aboard the bus and then just hop on and off throughout the day.

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The frequency of buses and extensive coverage of Edinburgh allows you to maximize the time you spend on tour. Edinburgh is worth a least a couple of days out to experience all it has to offer.

You can put together your own tour of Edinburgh by taking the bus to places you want to visit and then simply walk around the area. Some of the places which are well worth including in your own bus-walking tour are listed below:

Touring Edinburgh with Lothian Buses

The ticket is valid all day but you can only spend so much time on buses. Some places to include on your bus tour are:

  • Leith and the Royal Yacht Britannia at Ocean Terminal - Take the 22 bus from Princes Street instead of taking the Majestic Tour. It drops you off at Ocean Terminal. After doing the Royal Yacht Britannia tour, walk around the docks area and maybe have lunch in one of Leith's Waterfront pubs and restaurants.
  • Royal Botanical Gardens - Take buses 23 or 27 from Hanover Street. Ask the driver where to get off. After visiting the Botanical Gardens go out the same way as you came in and cross the street to take the bus back to Princes Street where you can continue your tour with a stroll along Princes Street Gardens.
  • Edinburgh Zoo - Take bus 26 from Princes Street. Ask the driver where to get off. It takes approx a good half a day to do a full tour of the Zoo. Take the same bus back to the City Centre.
  • Cramond - Take the 41 bus from George Street. The journey takes about 30 minutes. Cramond is a picturesque village on the Firth of Forth and very popular with tourists. You can also visit Dalmeny House, Cramond Tower and Kirk on your tour.

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