London Toolkit (Spanish Pages)

The Original Tour of London's sights

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 idea, now called the Original Tour of London's sights 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 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 Tour (24 & 48 Hour Tickets)

- 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.)

Key Points of Original Tour (City Sampler)

The City Sampler ticket is a cheaper alternative to the 24 hour ticket.

The main difference are:

- Valid for 1 calendar day, not 24 hours (the ticket expires at the end of the day you ride).

- Hop-on and hop-off bus service, but no river cruise or walking tours included.

Original Tour Bus Routes

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

There are three core sightseeing routes and two connector services.

The T1 and T2, Yellow Route is the main route that covers 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). In addition there are audio guides available in the following languages: German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Portuguese, Mandarin, Arabic & Brazilian Portuguese, as well as English.


Similarly the Blue, Orange and Black Routes also provide the same digitally-recorded commentary in the above languages.

T1 and T2 The Original Tour Yellow Route 2.5 - 3 Hours

The Yellow Route is the core sightseeing route 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. If you would like your tour in another language,

Comparison of London's Sightseeing Buses

The Yellow Routes operates between around 8:10 a.m. and 10.20 p.m. during summer months, 19.50 p.m.

Hop on Hop Off buses can be caught every 15-30 minutes; as frequently as every five minutes during the summer months.

T4 Royal Borough Route (Blue) and T5 The British Museum Route (Orange) 1.5 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 tour and interconnect with other routes.


The Royal Borough Route (Blue Route) visits the sights south west of the core yellow route. The Blue Route covers the popular shopping and hotel district of Kensington with the world famous Harrods and Harvey Nichols 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 5:50 p.m. around every 15-30 minutes.

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 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.

T6 and T7 Capital Connector Routes (Purple & Black Routes)

The two remaining routes are short connection services.

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.


The Black Route is the new loop going to Baker Street and Regent's Park; covering Madame Tussauds and London Zoo. This route departs every 20 minutes from Marble Arch.

FREE River Cruise with City Cruises (With 24 & 48 Hour Tickets)

Customers of The Original Tour are automatically offered a FREE cruise on the River Thames.

The river cruise tickets are issued at the same time as your bus tickets and you may use them as many times as you like between Westminster and Tower Pier.


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.

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 (With 24 & 48 Hour Tickets)


See Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace and the regiments that guard them in this exciting walk as you march alongside the army regiments that guard the Queen and her palaces on this royal walking tour.


The walking tour departs on these days at 10 a.m. from The Original Visitor Centre, for both Changing of the Guard (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays), and for the other days, Changing of the Horse Guard.



Departs daily at 1 p.m. from The Original Visitor Centre. A walk through Soho discovering the places where the Rolling Stones recording their first album, where the Beatles played their last gig and where Jimi Hendrix and The Sex Pistols played their first - It's only Rock 'n' Roll and I like it!



Departs daily at 3.30 p.m. 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 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

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.


Save Money Combining Leading London Attractions & Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Buses

The Original Tour as its name implies is the original hop-on hop-off London sightseeing bus service.

The hop-on, hop off sightseeing buses are an excellent first day in London quickly getting you up to speed and orientated with the layout of London and your guide pointing out sights and destinations you might have not previously considered visiting.

But most visitors to London will have their own "must see" list of attractions.

So why not save some money and purchase your hop-on, hop off sightseeing bus tickets and your "must see" attractions as a package. You don't have to use the attraction tickets on the day you use the sightseeing bus either.

Madame Tussauds, The London Eye, London Dungeon, London Aquarium, St Paul’s Cathedral, Kensington Palace, Tower of London and Ripleys are all available.

Original London Tour & Attraction Packages

London Toolkit Social Media Banner London Toolkit Facebook Fan Page London Toolkit on Twitter

Copyright © 2002-2017
Travellers Toolkits Ltd All Rights Reserved