Golden Tours (Gray Line) hop-on hop-off open top bus tour

Hop-on hop-off double deck open top sightseeing bus tour with tickets for 24, 48 or 72 hours

Golden Tours London open top sightseeing bus

Tour options: Golden Tours has red, blue and orange routes to major sights

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Golden Tours hop-on hop-off

The Golden Tours open top bus tour is the comparatively new kid on the block as far as the hop-on, hop-off buses are concerned, challenging the long-established players Original London Tour and the Big Bus Tour.

The basic format remains the same for all three competitors, a hop-on, hop-off bus service stopping at all the major tourist attractions supplemented by a river cruise and walking tours.


Just like Original Tour, Goden Tours also offer you the chance to buy combination tickets that combine the ho-ho bus service with popular attractions, saving you considerable amounts on entrance fees.


Golden Tours also offer a unique product - a three hour tour of London (no hop-on/hop-off) for those short on time. Here you can choose one of three routes.


Note that if you have a London Pass you can choose between a Golden Tours or Big Bus one calendar day bus tour included in the price.

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Key points of Golden Tours

- Tickets valid for one calendar day, 24, 48 or 72 hours

- FREE Thames River Cruise

- FREE Walking tours

- FREE wi-fi on the bus

- English speaking guides on Essential tour + audio guides available in the following languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Mandarin and Russian.


Golden Tours routes

The Golden Tour offers three main routes (Blue, Red and Orange Tours), that between them cover all the major sights in London (see link to route map and summary of routes below). You can switch from one to another as you please if you buy the hop-on hop-off ticket.

Frequencies are every 5-10 minutes at the main tourist points where routes overlap and 10-20 minutes at the outer reaches of the network. The main routes start up about 8.30am to 9am and start to wind down around 5pm.

The Essential Tour (Blue Route): Covers all the main Central London sights. This route includes a live English speaking guide. See Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral and more, as your live guide informs and entertains every step of the way.


The Classic Tour (Red Route): Covers all the main Central London sights and visits London's Museum Quarter.


The Grand Tour (Orange Route): This route passes Madame Tussauds and King's Cross, as well as many other Central London sights.

Bayswater and Paddington hotel district feeder service

If your accommodation is in the Bayswater, Notting Hill or Paddington hotel districts there is a special hotel connector service. These run before the main services start up and run in the mornings only.


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Free River Cruise

Enjoy a complimentary river trip included in your panorama hop-on, hop-off bus ticket. You are allowed one trip on the Thames Clipper service. The river trip runs from the Tower of London to Westminster Pier by Big Ben, stopping at the London Eye.

Frequencies are approximately every 20 minutes in the summer and every 30-40 minutes in the winter. Note the river cruise is not included in the one calendar day ticket.


Free Walking Tours

Two walking tours are made available for those purchasing the hop-on, hop-off tickets. You may join as many of the walks as you wish. These relaxed walking tours give you the opportunity to learn about a specific part of London history. The walking tours last approximately 1.5-2 hours and leave from the Trafalgar Square. Note the walking tours are not included in the one calendar day ticket.

Comparison of London's Sightseeing Buses

Royal London Walking Tour
(Depart daily 10am from Golden Tours visitor centre – Leicester Square)

Discover the homes of the royal family in London and related spots like the favourite club of the young Royals and the famous Royal Jewellers to mention a few.

The Beatles Walking Tour
(Depart daily 1pm from Golden Tours visitor centre – Leicester Square)

Guides you through Soho and Mayfair, charting the rise of one of the world's greatest bands.


Add-on Attraction Tickets to Tour

You can buy the bus tours, and you can take the opportunity to include one or more than one of the major sights in a money-saving combination ticket. Sights include:


  • London Eye

  • St Paul's Cathedral

  • Tower of London

  • Madame Tussauds

  • London Dungeon

  • London Aquarium

  • View from the Shard

  • Westminster Abbey

  • The Ultimate London Experience - four selected attractions in one package

Buying Golden Tours tickets

You can buy tickets in advance online with the voucher e-mailed to you immediately. Ticket durations for the tour are for one calendar day or for 24, 48 or 72 hours from the time you board the first bus.

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London introduction: 3-hour Open Top London Bus Tour

If you only have a limited time to see the very best London has to offer, then this 3-hour London Open Top Bus Tour will fit in perfectly with your schedule.


In summary you travel one lap of the hop-on hop-off route without getting off. The key aspects of this tour are:


  • This is not a hop-on, hop-off product as you stay on the bus. The 3-hour tour will finish where you started, but you can get off at any stop before your finish stop. You travel on the standard hop-on hop-off bus which will make many stops

  • You are free to choose one of the three routes for your 3-hour bus tour

  • Walking tours and river cruises are not included in this tour.

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Golden Tours and Big Bus included in the London Pass

London Pass Sightseeing Information

The London Pass is a flat rate sightseeing pass to many (but not all) of London's main sightseeing attractions. You can buy a London Pass for 1, 2, 3, 6 or 10 day durations.

The London Pass gives you entry into more than 60 London tourist attractions and a river cruise on the River Thames.


The London Pass also now includes use of either Golden Tours or Big Bus hop-on hop-off bus for one calendar day, whatever the duration of the London Pass.

Key points of the London Pass HoHo bus offer

  • You can choose to ride on the Golden Tours or Big Bus hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus for one calendar day. Original London Tour is not covered.

  • The HoHo bus offer is for one calendar day not for 24 hours.

  • Most people use the HoHo facility on the first day of their London Pass, but there is nothing stopping using it on another day when the London Pass is valid.

  • The HoHo bus offer with London Pass doesn't include the walking tours and river cruises included in the standard tickets issued by the HoHo companies concerned, only the bus tour.

  • You show your London Pass to the driver or tour guide of the first bus you board. They will scan your London Pass and issue you with a separate ticket for the bus company concerned valid for the rest of the day. You cannot switch to the other bus company once you have made your first journey.

London Pass more details

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 and Tower of London are all available.

Original London Tour & Attraction Packages