London Sightseeing Buses.
First time in London and not sure where to start? One of the best ways to orientate yourself is to book a seat on the Hop-on and off buses. They are London`s famous red buses. You can explore the city at your own leisure, in comfort and with a guided multi-lingual guide.
When I visited London for the first time I was exactly in this position. It was my first time abroad and I landed in London, not knowing where to start. I booked a ticket with one of the oldest companies in London called the “The Original London Sightseeing Tour” on one of the London Sightseeing Buses.
April was still cold but I decided to sit outside because I didn`t want to miss anything. I only lasted a little while before I headed inside. I can just imagine how lovely it must be in summer. The bus picked me up close to Russell Square not very far from the Royal National Hotel where I was staying. There are various pick-up stations and you can get a map when purchasing your ticket or get the information on their website.
The tour gave me an overview of London and afterwards I felt more comfortable to explore the city on my own. I had an opportunity to orientate myself and didn’t`t feel completely lost. It was also a wonderful way to be able to identify places that I wanted to see. It helps to have a guide because they are very knowledgeable and know the city.
Buses depart every 20 minutes from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. In the late summer months the tours are more frequent. The tour takes about 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Buses and bus hopping in London.
Tickets are valid for 24 hours and you can hop-on and hop-off as you please. You can also interchange to suit your sightseeing plan. There are 80 stops with 3 main sightseeing routes and you have a lot of photo opportunities.
When you book a ticket through The Original London Sightseeing Tour you have additional benefits including:
- Free Walking Tours
- Free Thames River Cruise
- Free Kids`Club and Activity pack
- Environmentally friendly buses that are not older than 5 years.
Tickets cost £24.50 per person, Children 5 to 11 years pay £11.50 and two adults and children pay £70.00. You can purchase your London Sightseeing Buses ticket in advance and it is valid for 6 months from date of purchase. (Prices correct at time of publishing).