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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 last for a 24 hour or a 48 hour period.

Like its arch rival, Big Bus, Original London Tour offers main sightseeing routes that cover all the main sights in Central London augmented by a couple of feeder services.

The service runs year round during day light hours, (like all rival services there is no evening/night time service included in the ticket).

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.

You can buy combination tickets that combine the HO, HO bus service with popular attractions or you can buy tickets to many attractions on the bus.

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

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

Original London Tour 24 Hours Extra Free Promotion Until 31st March 2017

An additional 24 hours validity will be applied to all 24hr and 48hr tickets that are issued and redeemed up to and including 31st March 2017.

Tickets purchased prior to that date but claimed on or after 1st April 2017 will not be eligible for any additional free validity.

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 four core sightseeing routes and two connector services.

The T2 (Red Route) and the T1 (Yellow Route) are the main routers that cover many of the best known 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.

Red & Yellow Tours (T2) 2 Hours 15 mins

The Red and Yellow tours are the core sightseeing routes that cover the most of the major sights in Central London.

The Yellow tour has an English speaking live guide and is highly recommended if you can understand English are the core sightseeing routes that cover the most of the major sights in Central London, (though audio guides in other languages are available).

The Red 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).

Comparison of London's Sightseeing Buses

The main difference between Yellow and Red Routes in terms of sights covered is that the Red Route but doesn't go up to Madame Tussauds and Baker Street.

Both routes operate between around 8:30am and 6 p.m. at around 15 to 30 minute intervals with much higher frequencies during the summer months.

The British Museum & Royal Borough Route Tours (Orange & Blue Routes) 2 Hours

Two other sightseeing routes, the orange and blue tours cover the main sights and hotel districts to the north east and south west of the core yellow and red tours and interconnect with other routes.

The British Museum Tour (Orange Route) gives you easy access to the British Museum, the hotel districts at Bloomsbury and Kings Cross shops and also provides easy access from Kings Cross, St Pancras and Euston train stations.

The Royal Borough Route (Blue Route) visits the sights south west of the core red and yellow routes. The Blue Route covers the popular shopping and hotel district of Kensington with the world famous Harrods and Harvey Nicholls department stores as well as the museums in Kensington including Victoria & Albert Museum, Science Museum, Natural History Museum and the Design Museum.

Both routes runs between 08:30 a.m. and 5:30pm around every 15-30 minutes.

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.

Capital Connector Routes (Green & Purple Routes)

The two remaining routes are short connection services.

The Green Route is a useful route to hop-on if you need to cross town quickly to get from one place to another.

The Purple Route is useful if you are staying in a hotel located in Bayswater, Notting Hill, Holland Park or Lancaster Gate or wish to go shopping at Westfield Shepherds Bush and will connect you into the main 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.

24 hour ticket holders can cruise the Thames between Westminster Pier by Big Ben and Tower Pier (next to the Tower of London).

48 hour ticket holders can cruise the Thames between Westminster Pier and Tower Pier also but can also enjoy an extended cruise to historic Greenwich where they can see the Royal Observatory, the Cutty Sark, the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich Park and the National Maritime Museum.

City Cruises River Boat In Front Of The Tower Of London

Free Walking Tours


Departs daily at 10.00 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.


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 - It's only Rock 'n' Roll and I like it!


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)


On-Line Advance Ticket Price Adult (Child)

Walking Tours

1 day‡

24 hrs

48 hrs

72 hrs


Original London Tour





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

Big Bus





Royal London Walk
Harry Potter
Haunted Mysteries Tour

Golden Tours





Diamond Jubilee Walk
Beatles Walk

* Includes 24 Hours Free (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


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

Golden Tours - 15% discount code available for 24 hour and 1 day tickets at our Golden Tours dedicated page.

Big Bus, Original London Tour and Golden Tours,
24 hours extra free on 24 & 48 hour tickets that are issued and claimed up to 31st March 2017.

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