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Golden Tours (Grey Line) Open Top Bus Tour

Hop On, Hop Off Double Deck Open Top Sightseeing Bus with Tickets for 24, 48 or 72 Hours

Golden Tours London Open Top Sightseeing Bus

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.

Key Points of Golden Tours Tour

- Tickets valid for 1 Calendar Day, 24, or 48 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 & Russian

Golden Tours Tour Routes

The Golden Tour offers three main routes (red, blue and orange tours), that between them cover all the major core 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 mins 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 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and start to wind down around 5 p.m.

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 so much 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 Kings Cross, as well as many other Central London sights.

Bayswater & 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.

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 hours - 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
(operates daily departing at 10 a.m. from Golden Tours Visitor centre – Leicester Square)

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

Beatles Walk
(operates daily departing at 1 p.m. from Golden Tours Visitor centre – Leicester Square)

Guides you through Soho and Mayfair, charting the rise of the World's greatest band (not daily).

Add-on Attraction Tickets to the Core Tour

You can just buy the bus tours, and you can also take the opportunity to include one of the major sights with the tickets in a money saving combination ticket. Major sights include...

  • London Eye

  • St Paul's Cathedral

  • Tower of London

  • Madame Tussauds

  • London Dungeon

  • London Aquarium

Panorama 24 hour London Tour Tickets
Panorama 24 hour London Tour Tickets
Panorama 48 hour London Tour Tickets

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 three hour 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 product are:

  • This is not a hop on, hop off product, you stay on the bus. The three 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 three hour bus tour.

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

Panorama 72 hour London Tour Tickets

Golden Tours Hop On Hop Off Bus now Included in the London Pass

The London Pass

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

It gives you entry into over 60 London tourist attractions.

You pay in advance and its the same standard price no matter how many attractions you visit in those days. You just show your card at the entrance or ticket office of any attraction included on the London Pass. The more attractions you visit under the scheme, the more money you save.

Some of the attractions, including some of the most well known you get fast track /skip the line entry too.

Top tier attractions include Hampton Court, Kensington Palace, London Zoo, Kew Gardens, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, the Cabinet War Rooms/Churchill Museum and Windsor Castle.

With every London Pass you get a one day ticket for use on the Golden Tours hop on, hop off sightseeing buses on your first day using the London Pass.

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, Tower of London and Ripleys are all available.

Original London Tour & Attraction Packages

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