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London red bus tour - vintage Routemaster open top trip

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

Routemaster bus: tour London in an authentic London red bus

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.

Key features of Vintage London Red Bus Tour

  • 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 the Queen's 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.

Vintage Bus Tours - safety measures during COVID-19

As the UK vaccination programme gathers momentum to combat Covid-19, London should be reopening soon. Hop on hop off bus services are currently suspended, but once allowed to operate they will provide one of the safest ways to see the capital. Travelling in the open air and distanced from other passengers will help ensure your experience is a safe one.

Visit Britan has put together safety guidlines which reputable companies like Premium Tours, who provide this service, has signed up to. You can see what procedures have been put in place on their "Good to Go" safety video. This should help to reassure you and also give you an idea of what to expect when services resume.

Open Top Vintage London Double Decker Bus Tour With River Cruise
Open Top Vintage London Double Decker Bus Tour With River Cruise

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

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 Red Routemaster Bus

Your tour transport

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

  • Tower of London: Complete your red bus experience with an afternoon trip to the Tower of London!

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


  • Jack the Ripper, haunted London and Sherlock Holmes tour: Retrace the murder sites of Jack the Ripper, before heading to the safety of the Sherlock Holmes pub, combined with your red bus tour.

  • Buckingham Palace: Visitors to the State Rooms can see many of the magnificent rooms which form the heart of the working palace and are used regularly by the Royal Family for official entertainment, ceremonies and State functions. Book here.

  • Madame Tussauds Classic Red Bus tour: Ride a vintage London red bus through the highlights of London and then rub shoulders with some of the stars at Madame Tussauds London!

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

  • Thames River Cruise Boat

    Enjoy a relaxing trip on the Thames

  • 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)


  • Sealife Aquarium: Visit The SEA LIFE London Aquarium, home to one of Europe's largest collections of global marine life. Plus Changing of the Guard & Thames river cruise!


  • VIP London Eye: This new combination tour includes a fast-track VIP entry to the London Eye and uniquely your very own guide for a truly interactive flight. The vintage bus tour leaves the London Eye for a 2-hr round trip of London's main attractions. Combined VIP London Eye and Vintage bus tour.


  • 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. Book here.

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.


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





Morning or Afternoon Standard Tour




Tour + London Eye




Tour + London Dungeon




Tour + Buckingham Palace




Tour + Tower of London




Tour + Stonehenge




Tour + Madame Tussauds




Tour + Sealife Aquarium




Tour + Exclusive Cream Tea at Harrods




† Children (3-16 years)

* Seniors (60 years +)

Open Top Vintage London Double Decker Bus Tour With River Cruise


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