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

Golden Tours London hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour

The Golden Tours London hop-on hop-off service is one of the three London hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tours operating in London.

Unlike the other two London hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus operators, Golden Tours also offer a broad range of guided coach tours from London to places like Windsor, Stonehenge and Oxford.


Golden Tours London- what included in your ticket:

  • Unlimited travel for 24,48 or 72 hours on the Golden Tours London sightseeing bus network that visits all major attractions in Central London plus walking tours and a river cruise


  • 4 open top sightseeing routes that feature live, English speaking guides and/or pre-recorded commentary in 12 languages.


  • A short river cruise with unlimited rides over a 24 hour period on the River Thames to see major sights from a different perspective.


  • Guided walking tours, morning and afternoon..


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The Golden Tours London deal

The basic format of the Golden Tours sightseeing bus is the same as for it's two competitors, a hop-on, hop-off bus service stopping at all the major tourist attractions supplemented by a river cruise and walking tours.

Golden Tours ticketing

You can buy tickets for the Golden Tours service in 24,48 and 72 hour durations.

So, if you buy a 48 hour ticket, the ticket is valid 48 hours from the time you activate the ticket by boarding the bus.


There is a best price guarantee if you purchase direct from the Golden Tours web site, see banner link above.


Golden Tours also offer a separate product which is not hop-on, hop off. On this you ride one lap on one of the main sightseeing bus routes without getting off.

Ideal if you just want to get an effecient London orientation, identifying the relative locations of the main attractions whilst hearing an informed commentary.


Golden Tours advance tickets - how it works

You pay for your tickets on the web site in advance, by credit/debit card at the time of purchase.

A confirmation ticket is sent to you immediately by e-mail which you need to print out.


You can join the tour from any Golden tours bus stop, exchanging your e-mail voucher for your tickets. Your tickets start from the time when you board the first bus.


Golden Tours + attraction combination tickets

During the ticket ordering process you can order combination tickets combining Golden Tours tickets with entrance tickets to major attractions like the London Eye and Madame Tussauds.

The really popular attractions in London like these two have very long waiting lines in the peak summer months..


Winter hop on hop off sightseeing tour promotions

In the winter months, November to March, historically all three London hop on hop off sightseeing services have offered a very good promotion along the lines of an extra day free or 2 days for the price of 1.

It is not guaranteed to happen, but as soon as one company starts offering this promotion the others follow suit.

So, if you are travelling outside the peak summer months, keep your eyes open for this promotion.


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


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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 routes and buses

Golden Tours offer 4 routes routes 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.


On the essential route you'll enjoy live, English-speaking guides as well as informative digital commentary, available in 12 languages and broadcast via complimentary headphones. On other routes just the audio guides are made available.


The audio commentary is available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Arabic, Hindi, Japanese, Chinese and Russian.


There is free Wi-Fi across the entire fleet of Big Bus London.


Free River Cruise

Enjoy a complimentary river trip included in your Golden Tours hop-on, hop-off bus ticket. The river service that the Golden Tours ticket covers runs from the Tower of London to Westminster Pier by Big Ben with several stops along the way. You have unlimited use for 24 hours.


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.


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.

 

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Big Bus v Original London Tour v Golden Tours

Comparison of London's Sightseeing Buses

There are three London hop on hop off sightseeing buses all offering a very similar product in very similar buses.

However, there are differences beyond small differences in price.


In terms of London coverage all three HoHo sightseeing bus operations visit the same areas and all the main London attractions.


There is some difference in ticketing, some have their standard ticket on calendar days, some on 24 hour blocks.

One operator operates a one lap of the main sightseeing route product with no hop-on, hop-off facility for those who just want to get orientated with London, its layout and main sights.


There are differences in the walking tours offered, and two different river cruise operators are used.

Outside the core bus routes, each operator has their own unique differences which may sway one operator over another. Click through on the banner for a thorough discussion on the differences between companies.


Tour

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

£25.00
(£12.50)

£30.50*
(£14.25)

£40.00*
(£19.00)

£50.00*
(£23.50)

Big Bus

n/a

£33.30†
(£17.10)

£39.60†
(£19.80)

£45.00†
(£22.50)

Golden Tours

£28.00
(£14.00)

£32.00*
(£16.00)

£37.00*
(£18.00)

£45.00*
(£24.00)