Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Bus Tour of Bournemouth

Activity code: OTB

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  • Visit Bournemouth, Poole and Sandbanks
  • See the RNLI museum and the famous Sandbanks properties
  • Your ticket is valid for either 24 or 48 hours and you can hop-on and off at any of the 24 stops
  • Audioguide available onboard
  • Fully ventilated open top bus


Bournemouth, Poole and Sandbanks are famous seaside resorts on the south coast of England, but they have so much more to see than the beautiful beaches. Board an iconic open top hop-on hop-off bus for your trip around the towns. Your ticket is valid for either 24 or 48 hours from the moment that you first hop-on, giving you the chance to hop-off at as many of the 24 stops as you wish. The audioguide onboard will give you all the information about these three towns that you could possibly need.

Bournemouth houses a 7-mile long beach full of golden sands. It was previously voted Best UK Coastal Resort at the British Travel Awards. Its full of all of the things that you would expect to see at any popular seaside resort, but with a much more relaxed pace of life. Whether you are looking to visit the Pier, or one of the many gardens, your ticket will ensure that you can hop-off and on the bus whenever you like.

Poole is home to the RNLI lifeboat museum and Poole Quay and is situated to the west of Bournemouth. Its Old Town has many Georgian houses and the Poole museum gives you the history of the town.

Then head onto the small peninsula at the mouth of Poole Harbour, called Sandbanks. Here you will see the amazing houses. The houses are so expensive on Sandbanks, that it was once reported to have the fourth highest land value by area anywhere in the world.

You can select either a 24 hour or 48 hour ticket from the booking panel, where you will find the dates and prices. 

View the Route Map here.

Poole Harbour Cruise 
Add a 70-minute cruise around Europe's largest natural harbour to your trip. See the golden beaches of Sandbanks and Brownsea Island. The islands of Green, Furzey, Long and Round, which are said to have been the inspiration for classics like Lord of the Rings and Gulliver's Travel. Starting at Poole Quay with its old buildings and buzzing atmosphere, this cruise with live commentary is the perfect complement to your Golden Tours hop-on hop-off bus tour.  

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What's Included in the tour

  • A hop-on hop-off open top bus tour of Bournemouth, Poole and Sandbanks
  • Ticket valid for 24 or 48 hours from the moment you board the bus
  • 70 minute Poole Harbour Cruise if selected

What's Excluded in the tour

  • Refreshments
  • Gratuities
Please Note:
  • Customers can board the tour from any of the 24 stops along the route.

Days of Operations: Daily

21st May – 1st July: 30-min frequency. First bus: 09:45; Last bus: 17:15. 

2nd July - 3rd September: 30 min frequency First bus: 09:45; Last bus: 18:15.

4th September – 2nd October 30-min frequency. First bus: 09:45; Last bus: 17:15.

3rd October – 30th October: : 60-min frequency. First bus: 09:45; Last bus: 16:45.

Poole Harbour Cruise 

Daily at 11:00am,12:30pm,02:30pm

Meeting Point: City Cruises Poole - Poole Quay, Poole, BH15 1HJ