Hop-on Hop-off London Bus Tour & The View from the Shard

Activity code: OT28

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  • Unlimited hop-on hop-off adventures for either 1 day, 24 or 48 hours
  • Take advantage of our multiple stops in the capital
  • Enjoy panoramic views of London’s most iconic landmarks
  • FREE sightseeing cruise on the Thames
  • Ascend 800 feet for the View from the Shard
  • See the most sensational views that London has to offer


Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour of London
There’s no better way to explore London than on an open top bus tour! Taking you to the doorstep of the capital’s most famous landmarks and locations, you’ll be spoilt for choice at where to discover first. Whether you want to stay onboard and soak in panoramic views of Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, the Shard and more, or hop-off to explore London by foot, you’ll be sure to have a day to remember.

Choose from a 1 day, 24 or 48 hours bus ticket with unlimited hop-on hop-off at multiple stops. Hop-off at Oxford Street for a spot of shopping, visit Westminster to see the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, stop off at Trafalgar Square for Nelson’s Column and take the short walk to the bustling Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus, get up close to the golden gates of Buckingham Palace and much more – the choice is yours!!

The Routes:
  • The Classic Tour (Blue route): Taking you to all the main Central London landmarks, passing Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and much more.
  • The Essential Tour (Red route): Explore the centre and North of London. Covering Hyde Park, Regents Park, London Zoo, Madame Tussauds and Kings Cross, as well as many of the Central ‘must-sees’.
  • The Morning and Evening Drop off Service (Yellow and Green routes): The morning and late afternoon drop-off services conveniently transport you from the hotel region of West London, into the centre. Making your day as effortless and enjoyable as possible. 

Route Map and Timetable

The View from the Shard
Enjoy a visit to the tallest building in Western Europe – the Shard! This spectacular skyscraper offers you views from 800 feet above ground level across one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Spot the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, Wembley Stadium, Tower Bridge and many more.

Free River Thames Boat Ride. Valid only with the 24 or 48 bus ticket option 
Enjoy an enthralling sightseeing cruise along the heart of London’s River Thames with this boat ride. Departing from Westminster and taking you to either Tower Bridge Quay or Greenwich Pier. Disembark at the pier of your choice or take the journey in the opposite direction. You’ll get to soak in panoramic views of the capital’s most iconic landmarks for a sightseeing experience like no other! Discover fascinating facts as you cruise with live commentary from the captain and audio guides available via your Smartphone in Spanish, Chinese, English, French, German and Italian.

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Additional Information

What's Included in the tour

  • Choose a 1 day, 24 or 48 hour hop-on hop-off ticket
  • Free Wi-Fi on all Open Top buses
  • Free River Thames boat ride valid for a one-way journey*
  • View from the Shard entry 
  • Interactive telescope audio guides in 11 languages at The Shard

What's Excluded in the tour

  • Entrances to further attractions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drink, unless specified

Please Note
  • Your 24 hours ticket valid from the moment you get on your first bus.
  • Cancellation policy: Once booked cannot be cancelled or amended.
  • Buses depart every 5-10 mins from Main Tourist Points and every 15-20 mins from elsewhere.
  • *Only valid with the 24 or 48 hour bus ticket options. 
  • Audio Guides in:  

Hop on Hop off : Daily

Live Guides;
English speaking live guides operate on many of our open top buses. To guarantee travelling with a live guide for a complete loop, please board the bus at stop 77, London Eye, Belvedere Road, SE1 7GH on the hour.

Bus Frequencies; Red Route only. Orange Route not operating. 

26th March onwards 
Full service

Departure points:
You can join the tour from any of our multiple stops. Each of our stops will be clearly signposted with the words Golden Tours sitting below the Transport for London bus stop logo. Each bus stop will also display its stop number. Bus stop numbers can be found in the timetable link; 

Known events or delays that may impact the service;
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Free Boat Ride operated by Thames River Sightseeing.

Boats leave every 30 minutes from:

Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, London SW1A 2JH
Tower Bridge Quay, St Katharine's Way, London E1W 1LD
Greenwich Pier, London, SE10 9HT

The boat cruise is approx. 30 minutes in duration. 

The Shard: The View from the Shard:

Days of Operation: Wednesday to Sunday (Closed Monday and Tuesday)

What time you will open and close: Various – View the times here

Last entry time: Various – View the times here

Exception: Closed on 25th December