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Edinburgh Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Ltd - UK and Ireland

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While you are in port in Edinburgh, explore the historic and vibrant city with an unlimited 24 hour hop-on hop-off bus tour. From the open-top deck you’ll have a fantastic 360 degree view of the spectacular surroundings, which are a blend of stunning natural beauty, and wonderfully historic architecture. This Scottish sightseeing adventure will take you to all of Edinburgh's key points of interest, including Waverley Bridge, Grassmarket, Johnston Terrace, Old Town, Canongate, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Our Dynamic Earth and much more! There's also an informative audio tour commentary on the double-decker bus, so you can make sense of the fabulous sights you're experiencing. With access to 14 stops around the city, and the ability to hop on and off the bus as much as you please within the given time period, you can truly immerse yourself into the culture of this charming destination.

What You'll Get

When your cruise ship docks in Edinburgh, enjoy this hop-on hop-off shore excursion to see the best sights of the city. The capital of Scotland since the 15th century, Edinburgh sits on seven hills, creating a dramatic skyline. One of the highlights of your City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour is Edinburgh Castle, which sits on top of one of these hills and marks the starting point of the historic Royal Mile, the main tourist street in Edinburgh’s Old Town. The Mile concludes at the bottom of the hill at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where the British Royal Family resides when they are in Scotland.

Hop off at family friendly attractions like Our Dynamic Earth, a popular science center where you and your kids can learn all about Earth and its features. Other attractions and landmarks that are accessible from the hop-on hop-off tour include the Royal Scottish Academy, the National Gallery, St John's Church and the Caledonian Hotel.

You can hop on and off the open-top, double-decker buses as many times as you like at any of the 14 stops; the entire route takes approximately 75 minutes.

Hop On Hop Off Tour Stops:

1. Waverley Bridge

2. Lothian Road

3. Grassmarket

4. Lauriston Place

5. Johnston Terrace

6. Lawnmarket

7. Chambers Street

8. John Knox House

9. Canongate

10. Holyrood

11. Our Dynamic Earth

12. Regent Road

13. Hanover Street

14. Market Street

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Important cruise passenger info: Cruise guests arriving into Leith can collect a shuttle bus from the terminal to Waterloo Place, this is approximately a 6 minute walk from tour stop 1. Cruise guests arriving into South Queensferry (Hounds Point) can collect a shuttle bus from the terminal to Charlotte Square, this is approximately a 5 minute walk from tour stop 2. Cruise guests arriving into Newhaven will be able to pick up a local bus into central Edinburgh and will take approximately 30 minutes.
  • Bus Tour operates all year round
  • April - May: 9:00am - 6:00pm, every 12 minutes
  • June - August: 9:00am - 7:00pm, every 12 minutes
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • September - October: 9:00am - 6:00pm, every 12 minutes
  • November - March: 9:00am - 4:00pm, every 20 minutes
  • Tour Duration: 60 minutes
  • Tour start point: Waverley Bridge. However, passengers can join the bus tour at any of the stops along the route
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Be aware that on every weekend until the 5th January, the Waverley Bridge bus stop will be closed, and the bus will depart from the East End of George Street instead.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • 24 hour unlimited hop on hop off bus pass
  • On-board multilingual audio commentary in 10 languages + free headphones
  • Discounts at local attractions

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point
Board the City Sightseeing Edinburgh bus at any of the allocated tour stops along the route.

Departure Time
4/1/2019 - 10/31/2019
Monday - Sunday:09:00 AM - 07:00 PM
11/1/2019 - 12/31/2019
Monday - Sunday:09:00 AM - 07:00 PM
1/1/2020 - 3/31/2021
Monday - Sunday:09:00 AM - 07:00 PM

1 day

Return Details
At the 'end' of the tour, the bus will return to the first departure point. However, passengers can join/end the tour at any of the allocated tour stops along the route.

Voucher Info
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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The Fine Print

14-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operator's terms and conditions for this offer here.

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