York Open Top Bus Tour and Cruise - plus 1 extra day free

Activity code: OTYC

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Departure Board the bus at 20 stops
Start Time First bus tour at 10:15am
Info Board cruise at King's Staith landing
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  • 1 calendar day hop-on, hop-off open top bus tour
  • Travel before the end of Feb 2021 to receive an additional days bus tour free of charge 
  • A cruise on the River Ouze
  • See York’s most iconic landmarks including York Minster, Micklegate Bar and Clifford’s Tower
  • Limited places to allow for social distancing
  • A live guide on the bus and the river cruise
  • Single masks will be provided
  • Audio guides also available


The beautiful walled city of York can now be explored by both bus and river, with this helpful package that offers great value for money. The package includes a one calendar day open top bus ticket, where you can hop-on and hop-off at any of the 20 stops, and a river cruise ticket for a 1 hour cruise on the River Ouse. Both the bus tour and the river cruise are escorted by a live English-speaking tour guide, who will share with you many interesting facts and figures about this Roman city with a Viking past.

On the open top bus, you will pass famous landmarks such as York Minster, Micklegate Bar, Clfford’s Tower and much more. Whilst the cruise on the River Ouze heads upstream to Clifton Bridge on the northern outskirts of York city and then downstream as far as the Millennium Bridge

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Additional Information

What's Included in the tour

  • An open top bus tour ticket valid for 1 calendar day
  • Travel before the end of Feb 2021 to receive an additional days bus tour
  • A river cruise ticket
  • A professional live guide on the bus and river cruise
  • Masks provided

What's Excluded in the tour

  • Refreshments
  • Gratuities
Please note:
  • Your additional calendar day bus tour will start as soon as the first day ends. 
  • On arrival, please join the queue to board the cruise, you will be placed on the next available sailing. You can board up to 30 mins prior to the below departures.
  • Guaranteed sailings at King's Staith at 1030, 1200, 1330, 1500 & 1600
  • Guaranteed sailings at Lendal Bridge at 1040, 1210, 1340, 1510 & 1610
  • Additional sailings can operate every 30 minutes between these times, you will be advised of this whilst waiting.
  • Each sailing has live commentary. With toilets and refreshments available to buy.
  • The usual route turns at Clifton Bridge and Millennium Bridge, but can vary.
  • For any enquiries about wheel chair access at King's Staith, please call 01904 628324 (option 4) to speak to the reservations team.
Every day. 

From 10 November to 17 December 2020:
No service operating

From 18 December 2020 to 3 January 2021:
Daily: Buses operate every 30min

From 4 January to 12 February 2021:
No service operating

From 13 February to 21 February 2021:
Daily: Buses operate every 30min

From 22 February to 21 March 2021:
Saturday and Sundays only: Buses operate every 30min

From 22 March 2021 onwards:
Daily: Buses operate every 30min

The first bus departs Exhibition Square at 09:23am

Buses depart every 30 mins
The last bus departs Exhibition Square at 3:53pm

A circuit takes approx. 45 minutes

River cruise 

Days of operation:

Meeting Points: King's Staith landing, King's Staith, York, YO1 9SN

Start time: King's Staith at 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm (& 4:00pm April to October only)

Meeting Points: Lendal Bridge, Lendal Bridge, York, YO1 7DP

Start time: Lendal Bridge at 10:40am, 12:10pm, 1:40pm, 3:10pm (& 4:10pm April to October only)

Timetable can be found here
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