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Big Bus Tours: London

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Big Bus Tours: London

 KidRated’s Big Bus Tour Top Tips:

  • Wrap up warm!
  • The tours are quite long but if you need a break you can hop off and hop on again later
  • Older kids will love staying up past their bedtime on the night tour

Marvel at London’s famous landmarks such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and the London Eye from the top of a double-decker bus. The London Big Bus Tours offer visitors the chance to buy a hop-on, hop-off 24 or 48-hour pass, so you can travel around the city at your leisure, learning about London’s 2000 year history along the way.


The price of the ticket includes a Thames River cruise, and guided walking tours to make the most of this attraction-packed city. Additionally, you receive a Big Bus voucher booklet offering discounts at popular shops, restaurants and attractions. Information is also offered both by entertaining live tour guides and recorded commentary, available in a range of languages.


Big Bus Tours is an entertaining, cost-effective way to visit many of the must-sees in London. You get a lot of bang for your buck with this tour!

Booking Advice:

  • Buy Tickets Now to save money
  • Take advantage of the walking tours and river cruise included in the price of your ticket
  • Live guides and recorded commentary are also included depending on your route
  • Enjoy the night tour for FREE when you purchase a 48-hour ticket



Hop on and off at over 50 stops! Check the site for pick up and drop off points.

Phone number:

+44 (0) 20 7808 6753


How to get there:

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Teen Verdict

Family days out, attractions and things to do in London and beyond for kids, older kids and teenagers rated by kids and teens with KidRated


Really fun and effective way to visit as many sights as possible in one day. Definitely one to bring a friend along and make a day of it. If you’re not rolling in it and looking save a bit of money, I would say that you might want to just stick to the regular old bus. However, I really enjoyed the Big Bus because of the flexibility to hop on and off AND the open top was pretty cool.

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About London Laura Porter

Laura Porter

  • The Red Route tour is circular, has a live commentary and you’ll see pretty much all of the ‘tick list’ London sights. It takes about 2.5 hours so make sure everyone uses the toilet before boarding.
  • Take snacks as children will always tell you they’re hungry as soon as you get on the bus.
  • Sit near the tour guide so you can ask questions as it helps to keep the kids paying attention.
  • Let children take photos from the top deck.
  • It’s OK to wave to people on the pavement.
  • Check the walking tours and river cruise timetable in advance.
  • The walking tours can have really large groups so be prepared to try and get near the front.
  • Use the free river cruise ticket to go to Greenwich as there’s lots to do there for free.

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  1. Phil McArdle

    BEWARE! There was a parody disaster movie called “Big Bus,” but unfortunately, our experience was NOT a comedy. Too bad negative stars isn’t an option…

    Big Bus continued to book tours when London was gridlocked and more than one of their buses were out of service. They “activated” our online purchase at what turned out to be a non-working bus at St. Pancras – in retrospect this smacks of bad faith.

    After wasting an hour (personnel walking us to alternate pickup locations while still selling tickets – again felt like bad faith) completely unable to get near a bus, we ended up taking the tube to other stops to try and “hop on;” unfortunately all were packed with no room to get on. After wasting yet more time we ended up taking the tube and were never able to use the service we paid for, yet afterwards, they keep claiming NON-REFUNDABLE.

    I’m filing a dispute with my credit card company, and contacting various UK and London authorities.

    Also notable were other buses (e.g. Toots) were not over-capacity, and even seemed to have room on their open upper decks.

  2. Daniela Elders

    I am sitting currently on one of their busses and I am sincerely regretting going with this company. I am have been freezing for over 3 hours on this bus and still have not gotten to what I wanted to see. Not just are the busses very slow but they are also not heated which my 63 year old mother did not tolerate very well. I cannot believe how bad of a service this company has done so far. I wanted to see the London Eye and they have not gotten me there in time to see it during day light and good weather. I had asked the ground personnel which buss to take and they got me one wrong one.
    I am utterly disappointed!!!!

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