London red bus tour - vintage Routemaster open top trip

Famous classic London red buses, plus river cruise and sightseeing opportunities

Vintage Red Routemaster London Bus Tour

Routemaster bus: tour London in an authentic London red bus

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Vintage London Red Bus Tours with exclusive river tour

The Vintage Red London Bus Tour is a half day sightseeing tour (morning or afternoon) seeing the iconic sights of London and a great orientation of Central London too.


You are accompanied by a professional guide throughout.

Key points of Vintage London Red Bus Tour

- Morning and afternoon tours start at Victoria Coach Station at 7.45am and 1pm. Most months the tour runs daily, in the mid-winter months there are days when the tour doesn't operate. Tour ends at Victoria around 12.30pm/5pm.


- Professional English-speaking guide


- Enjoy great views of London's iconic sights from top deck of the vintage London red bus, including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral, London Bridge, The Shard, Tower Bridge and the London Eye.


- Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace - watch the world famous Changing of the Guard ceremony of the Queen's soldiers (morning tour only). On the afternoon tour a photo stop is made at Buckingham Palace.

- Photo stop at Westminster Abbey (morning tour) or the Tower of London (afternoon tour).


- Thames River Cruise. The tour ends with a river trip seeing London from a different perspective and enjoying excellent views of St Paul's Cathedral and Shakespeare’s Globe among others. Morning tour is a circular 35-40 minute tour, the afternoon tour around an hour from the Tower of London to the London Eye.

What if it rains?

Just like the open top hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses the tour operates in all weather conditions.


On rare occasions like if very heavy rain is forecast the open top bus may be changed to a closed top bus.


Please be prepared though for the possibility of rain.

Add-ons to core tour

London Red Routemaster Bus
THames River Cruise Boat

Your tour transport

At the end of the tour you can leave the tour and explore independently at this point or you can continue the tour with many exciting and money-saving options.

  • London Eye Add a trip on the London Eye (morning and afternoon tours)

  • London Eye + Extended Champagne Tea Cruise: Extend river cruise with a one-hour River Thames cruise with traditional cream tea cruise complete with a glass of Champagne followed by entrance to the London Eye (afternoon tours only)

  • London Dungeon: Add priority entrance to the London Dungeon (morning and afternoon tours)

  • Buckingham Palace: The tour continues to Buckingham Palace where you take a tour of the palace (mornings Late July and months of August/September tour only)

  • Stonehenge: Connect to an afternoon tour to Stonehenge in a luxury touring bus returning early/mid evening to London. (morning tour only)

  • Extended Champagne Tea Cruise: Extend river cruise with a one hour River Thames cruise with traditional cream tea cruise complete with a glass of Champagne (afternoon tours only)

Victoria departure point

Your tour will begin at Victoria Coach Station, one of the major transport hubs in Central London and very close to Victoria Underground and Railway Station.


London Cruise Shuttle Bus Q&A Forum

If you require more assistance working out your journey, click through on the link below, where we give more detail of how to join the tour at Victoria Coach Station.

How to get to Victoria Coach Station & map with question & answer facility

Vintage bus tour prices & tour reservations

Prices displayed on the table below are the current prices for this tour. Major credit and debit cards are accepted. You will be emailed a confirmation with a booking reference after reservation.

The booking reference and the name of the person ordering is all that you need to quote when joining the tour. There are no paper tickets.

On the tour detail page displayed after selecting the “More info/book now” buttons below, there is a red “Book this Tour” button at the top right of the page, which when selected displays a calendar depicting which dates still have availability. By selecting your required date you start the reservation process.

Open Top Vintage London Double Decker Bus Tour With River Cruise
Open Top Vintage London Double Decker Bus Tour With River Cruise
Vintage Bus Tour with at least £5 attraction discount -
pricing & reservations





Morning + Afternoon Standard Tour




Tour + London Eye




Tour + London Eye + Extended Tea Cruise




Tour + London Dungeon




Tour + Buckingham Palace




Tour + Stonehenge




Tour + Extended Champagne Tea Cruise




† Children (3-16 years)

* Seniors (60 years +)

Open Top Vintage London Double Decker Bus Tour With River Cruise
London's main open top hop on, hop off sightseeing tours
(Discounted online advance purchase)


Online advance ticket price adult (child)

1 day‡
Bus only

24 hrs
or 1 day

48 hrs
or 2 days

72 hrs
or 3 days

Original Tour





Big Bus





Golden Tours





†Calendar days ticket      *24/48/72 hours ticket

‡Valid for one calendar day expiring at the end of the day irrespective of start time, river cruise/walking tours not included


Big Bus - 10% discount code available for 1,2 and 3 day tickets at our Big Bus London dedicated page.

Original Tour - 24 hours free with 24 hour and 48 hour ticket.


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