London red bus tour - vintage Routemaster open top trip

Discounted classic London red bus tour, plus river cruise and sightseeing plus upgrade with attractions

See London in style from the top deck

Vintage London Red Bus Tours with exclusive river tour

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

In addition to a fantastic view of London's most famous sites by 1950s classic vintage Routemaster bus, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy the sites on a private guided private extended boat trip on the River Thames.

Morning tours will take you to witness the spectacular Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, and your professional live guide will be with you all the way to really bring London to life!

Plus - order today using the banners below and receive big discounts on selected products below compared to buying direct.

Vintage London bus with tour savings at a glance


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Vintage bus tour London


Vintage red bus Premium Tours, London

Open top vintage bus tour with live professional guide

• Panoramic tour of London on Open top Vintage bus • Thames River Cruise • Photostop outside Buckingham Palace • Professional guide • Opportunity to book add-ons to core tour including: London Eye or fish & chips meal

Key features of Vintage London Red Bus Tour

London Red Routemaster Bus
Your tour transport
Changing of the Guard on Vintage Red Bus Tour
Changing of the Guard
London River Cruise
Enjoy a relaxing trip on the Thames
  • Both tours leave from Victoria Coach Station - Morning tours depart 7.45am and afternoon tours depart 12.45pm.

  • Most months the tour runs daily, in the mid-winter months there are days when the tour doesn't operate.

  • Tours end at 12.30pm/4.30pm. Am tour finishes at Victoria, the pm tour you can choose to either finish at the London Eye or take the bus back to Victoria.

  • 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.

  • Am tour: Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace - watch the world famous Changing of the Guard ceremony of soldiers. Photo stop at Westminster Abbey.

  • Pm tour: photo stops at Buckingham Palace, Tower of London.

  • 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. The am river trip lasts thirty minutes from/to Westminster Pier, passing all the main attractions. The pm river trip lasts forty minutes, running from Tower to the London Eye.

Visit our blog to read our experience of this vintage red bus tour

We have written up our experience of the morning Vintage London red bus tour on our blog. Check out all the pictures and discover what going on this tour is really like.


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

Add on cream tea at Harrods with vintage London bus tour
Delicious cream tea at Harrods

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.

These tours are not available all year round. Please see top of page for more information on when the tours are available.

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  • London Eye
  • Fish & Chips lunch

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  • Exclusive cream tea at Harrods: Enjoy the English tradition in a place like no other. After your scones and Harrods preserves you will have plenty of time to explore the rest of the iconic store.
Vintage bus tour London


Vintage red bus Premium Tours, with Harrods, London

Vintage open top bus tour with cream tea at Harrods

• Panoramic tour of London on Open top Vintage bus • Thames River Cruise • Photo stop at Tower of London & Buckingham Palace • Exclusive cream tea in the Harrods Tea Rooms • Professional guide

Victoria departure point

Tower Bridge Vintage Red Bus Tour
Tower of London


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.

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 previously asked questions

Vintage bus tour prices & tour reservations

View St Paul's from river cruise on vintage bus tour London
Spectacular views await you on your river cruise

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.







Morning or Afternoon Standard Tour £59 £53.10 £49 £44.10 £56 £50.40
Tour + fish & chips £77 £69.30 £67 £60.30 £74 £66.60
Tour + London Eye £96 £86.40 £86 £77.40 £93 £83.70
Tour + Exclusive Cream Tea at Harrods £92 £82.80 £82 £73.80 £89 £80.10

† Children (3-16 years)

* Seniors (60 years +)



Online advance ticket price adult/child/family from...


24 hrs or 1-day no cruise

24-hrs or 1 day with cruise

48-hrs or 2 days no cruise

48-hrs or 2 days with cruise

72-hrs or 2 days no cruise

72-hrs or 3 days with cruise

London Evening tour

Tootbus (Original Tour) Adult
Big Bus Adult
N/A £43.00
N/A £45.00
N/A N/A £35.00
Golden Tours Adult
N/A £29.99
N/A £43.47
N/A £49.95
London's hop-on buses - 3 hop on buses compared

All the hop-on bus companies have permanently discounted online prices, (compared with walk-up prices) which are between 10 - 15% off.

Prices are seasonal and variable and prices above are based on low season prices. During school holidays prices are typically higher.

To be sure you are getting the best possible price it is advisable to check our prices above against the hop-on bus companies' websites as they occasionally run sales throughout the year:

Tootbus official website

Big Bus official website

Golden Tours official website

Tootbus offer cheaper tickets, which are bus only, no river cruise. Tootbus offer this for a 24, 48 or 72-hr period and call this ticket 'London Discovery'.

Every effort is made to keep all our information correct and the advertised prices up to date. We endeavour to be as accurate a source of information as possible but Travellers Toolkits cannot be held responsible for any price differential between our stated prices and those of the companies supplying the product or accuracy of information provided on our sites.