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The Original London Sightseeing Tour

Hop On, Hop Off Open Top Double Deck Sightseeing Bus


Original London Tour Open Top Sightseeing Bus

Forty years ago the company who ran London's red buses decided to put on a special double deck bus on a circuit of London's main attractions. This original idea, now called the Original London Sightseeing Tour has now snowballed globally in popularity to a point where every visitor to London seems to use the tours.

All tours are included in the one ticket which lasts for a 24 hour period.


Like its arch rival, Big Bus, Original London Tour offers two main sightseeing routes that cover all the main sights in Central London augmented by a feeder service that shuttles out to the British Museum and Bloomsbury not on the main routes and a couple of other services that connect major hotel districts and railway stations.


As well as the bus tours, free walks and river cruises on the River Thames are also included in the ticket. There is a kids' club where kids get their own commentary and activity book.

Key Points of Original London Tour

- Tickets valid for 24 or 48 hours from time of first use

- FREE Walking Tours! (Three of them)

- FREE Thames River Cruise

- Hop-on and hop-off service with stops at all the attractions

- Money saving combination tickets combining entrance to major sights with the Original London Tour

- English live guides + Audio guides (English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Portuguese, Mandarin, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese & Kids' Channel.)

Original London Tours 24 Hours Extra Free Promotion For Tickets Used By 3rd March 2017

If you travel before or on the 3rd March 2017, your Original Tour tickets will be valid for an extra 24 hours on the standard 24 hour and 48 hour tickets only.

Original London Tour Bus Routes

Your ticket covers all the routes on the Original London Tour network in London. You can switch from one to another route as you please.

There are two core routes, The T2 (Red Route) and the T1 (Yellow Route) that cover all the main places of interest in London and to a large part duplicate one another. The Yellow Tour has a live commentary, (only in English). The Red route has multi- lingual commentaries via headphones.


The Red Tour (T2) 2 Hours 15 mins

Comparison of London's Sightseeing Buses

This tour is highly recommended for overseas visitors not comfortable with English. It covers the best of London's sights with an informative audio guide commentary in a choice of languages (English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Russian). The route is very similar to the Yellow Route but has an extra section going up to Madame Tussaud's, Baker Street and Regent Street. The tour also has a kid's channel.

Main attractions passed : Madame Tussaud's, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, The National Gallery, Downing Street, Big Ben, London Bridge, St.Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, The Tower of London & Westminster Abbey.


The Yellow Tour (T1) 2 Hours 15 mins

The Yellow Route takes you to the best of London's sights with an entertaining and informative commentary in English.

Main attractions: Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, The National Gallery, Downing Street, Big Ben, London Bridge, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, The Tower of London & Westminster Abbey.


Museum Tour (T4 Blue Route) 2 Hours

The Museum Tour (T4) Route) gives you easy access to many of London's top Museums, shops and attractions. It runs between 08:15am and 5:15pm every 15 minutes and uses audio guides for commentary.


The tour also acts as a hotel feeder service to the Yellow and Red routes covering the South Kensington, Gloucester Road, Kensington High Street, Knightsbridge and Bloomsbury/Euston hotel districts.


Main attractions: Kensington Palace, Baden-Powell House, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Brompton Oratory, Harrods, Knightsbridge, Harvey Nichols, Hyde Park, Ritz Hotel, Piccadilly Circus, Shaftesbury Avenue, British Museum, Russell Square, Wellington Museum, Royal Albert Hall, Albert Memorial, Kensington High Street & the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain.


The Loop Line (T3)

Running at a frequency of every 10-20 minutes (20-30 minutes in winter) this service runs a loop relatively short in distance at the heart of sightseeing in London in the Westminster / Trafalgar Square facilitating interconnection with other services.

Main attractions: Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, The National Gallery, Downing Street, Big Ben, London Bridge, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, The Tower of London & Westminster Abbey.


Hotel & Railway Station Connector Services

The main tour routes are supplemented by 2 useful hotel and station connector routes connecting the hotel districts of Bayswater, Paddington, Euston and Kings Cross/St Pancras plus Paddington, Marylebone, Euston, Kings Cross and St Pancras with the main 3 sightseeing routes.

Free River Cruise with City Cruises

Enjoy a complimentary river cruise courtesy of The Original Tour.

City Cruises is pleased to offer customers of The Original Tour a FREE cruise on the River Thames. You collect your free pass from a member of The Original Tour staff, present it to the City Cruises ticket office at the boarding pier of your choice and you're on board. City Cruises depart from Westminster (Big Ben), Waterloo (London Eye), Tower of London and Greenwich Piers.


City Cruises River Boat In Front Of The Tower Of London

Free Walking Tours

THE ORIGINAL CHANGING OF THE GUARD WALK

Departs daily at 10.30 from The Original London Visitor Centre. See Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace and the regiments that guard them in this exciting walk as you march alongside the guards at Buckingham Palace.

LONDON ROCK N Roll WALK

Departs daily at 13.00 from The Original London Visitor Centre. The Beatles on a roof top, The Rolling Stones recording their first album, where David Bowie recorded, The Sex Pistol's first gig - its only Rock 'n' Roll and I like it!

THE ORIGINAL JACK THE RIPPER WALK

Departs daily at 15.30 from The Original Tour stop at Tower of London on Tower Hill. Walk in the footsteps of the world's most infamous serial killer as we reveal his murderous tale from the streets of Whitechapel in 1888.

Purchasing of Discounted Original London Sightseeing Tour Tickets

When purchasing discounted tickets on-line you will be given three options.

  • Print a voucher e-mailed to you at home after purchase. You then validate the ticket at any OLT bus stop at the time of your your first journey.

  • Collect them in person from the visitor centre by Trafalgar Square

  • Have them posted to your home address (additional charge for this service)


Original London Tour Tickets
Original London Tour & Attravtion Packages
London's Main Open Top Hop On, Hop Off Sightseeing Tours
(Discounted On-Line Advance Purchase)

Tour

On-Line Advance Ticket Price Adult (Child)

Walking Tours

1 day‡

24 hrs

48 hrs

72 hrs

 

Original London Tour

n/a

£26.00
(£12.50)

£26.00*
(£12.50)

£36.00*
(£16.50)

Changing of Guard Walk
Rock N Roll Walk
Jack The Ripper Walk

Big Bus

£22.00†
(£11.00)

£26.00
(£12.50)

£26.00*
(£12.50)

£33.00*
(£17.50)

Royal London Walk
Harry Potter
London Rocks

Golden Tours

£25.00†
(£11)

£25.50
(£12)

£25.50*
(£12.00)*

£34.00*
(£15)*

Diamond Jubilee Walk
Beatles Walk

* 24 Hours Free (included) promotional fare (see promotional activity section below)

† No river cruise included in this ticket

‡Valid for one calendar day expiring at the end of the day irrespective of start time


CURRENT PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITY

Big Bus - 10% discount code available for 24 and 48 hour tickets at our Big Bus London dedicated page.

Big Bus - 24 hours extra free on 24 & 48 hour tickets that are issued and claimed up to 28th February 2017.

Original London Tour - 24 hours extra free on 24 & 48 hour tickets that are used by 3rd March 2017.

Golden Tours - 24 hours extra free on 24 & 48 hour tickets.


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