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Update April 2014: prices and tour company details checked and expanded, new photos added
London is a big city – it takes time to get around and to explore all the well-known sights. If you don’t have much time, you might want to consider taking a tour on one of the many sightseeing buses. A typical tour will take you past all the most famous sights, such as Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, National Gallery, Downing Street, Big Ben, London Bridge, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Tower of London and Westminster Abbey. You’re able to hop on and off at any or all of them, so in one day you could see most of London from the bus, and visit some (but certainly not all) of the sights. Commentary is usually provided in a number of languages.
The tours are run by several companies, and there probably isn’t much to choose between them. Here’s a selection, with links to their websites:
The Original London Sightseeing Tour
Big Bus Tours
Most of the companies also offer extras such as discounts on entry to attractions and walking tours, so it may pay to shop around for one the offers you the best combination of these.
As a guide to prices, The Original Tour currently (spring 2014) charges £29.00 for adults and £14.00 for children (5–15 years). A family ticket (2 adults and 3 children) costs £86.00. But if you book ahead online the same tickets cost £25.50. £12.00 and £72.00 respectively - a decent saving. These tickets also give you free walking tours and a free river boat pass - see the website for details.
The Big Bus tour is cheaper, especially for families, and also includes a boat trip pass and free walks, but the walks are different so check to see which you fancy before choosing your bus company.
City Sightseeing prices are similar to the Original Tour and while they include the boat trip there don't appear to be any free walks. But in the winter they offer the best deal because the ticket can be used over a 48 hour period rather than the usual 24 hours.
Address: TfL Customer Services, 14 Pier Walk., London SE10 0ES
Directions: Nearest Bus, North Greenwich Bus Station. Near Cutter Lane. 4th Floor.
Phone: +44 343 222 1234
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