Vintage London Bus Tour Including Thames Cruise with Optional London Eye

Greater London, United Kingdom
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From USD 65.29

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


See London’s signature sights by vintage Routemaster bus and Thames River cruise on this sightseeing tour. Board a retro, red double-decker bus London Routemaster, and enjoy stellar views of top London attractions including the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Westminster Abbey. Then, after a short Thames sightseeing cruise, ride your London double-decker to Buckingham Palace for a photo stop or to witness the colorful Changing of the Guard ceremony. If you wish, upgrade to add a visit to the London Eye, Tower of London, or UNESCO-listed Stonehenge after your tour.
  • London guided tour by Routemaster double-decker bus
  • Open top decker routemaster buses provide panoramic views of London in summer
  • Thames River Cruise to see all the famous London landmarks from the water
  • Choice of London Eye, Tower of London, and Stonehenge add-on tours
  • All vintage Routemaster buses have open top roofs in summer so you can enjoy the best views of London

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

Get a feel for London and its key experiences in just a few hours on this affordable tour.

What's Included

  • Panoramic tour of London by 1960's Vintage bus
  • Thames River cruise
  • London Eye (if upgrade option is selected)
  • Visit Stonehenge (if upgrade option is selected)
  • Local guide
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Departure Point

  • You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.

Return Details

  • You may disembark at any of the available stops.

What To Expect

Select your tour option on booking, and hop aboard your vintage, red double-decker Routemaster bus in Victoria in central London.

Sit back and drink in the views of London’s famous sights as you trundle around the heart of the city. Pass top London attractions such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and the Tower of London.

Then, leave your iconic bus at the Thames River, and set off on a short sightseeing cruise. Find a comfortable spot on your cruise boat, and admire London landmarks such as Tower Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and the London Eye as you sail on this history-steeped river.

Next, rejoin your gleaming, retro Routemaster and drive to Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Stop outside to see the world-famous Changing of the Guard. Watch in delight as the Queen’s Foot Guards—dressed in red tunics and bearskin helmets—exchange duties with the new guard in time to military music.

If the guard change is not taking place, simply stop for photos of Buckingham Palace. Your trip concludes with a drop-off back in Victoria.

London Eye Flight Upgrade:
 If you wish, upgrade to take a flight on the London Eye following your sightseeing trip. After Buckingham Palace, enjoy a drop-off at the Eye and use your prebooked ticket for fast, hassle-free entry.

Board your shared glass capsule and marvel at the 360-degree views of London as the Eye makes a single rotation. Either before or afterward, enjoy an included visit to the London Eye 4D Experience, an incredible journey through London brought alive by multi-sensory effects and other virtual perspectives.

Your London Eye trip ends when you either leave your capsule or the 4D Experience, whichever you do last.

You can also enjoy pre-booked tickets to the Tower of London, for a speedy entrance into this top London attraction.

Afternoon Stonehenge Visit Upgrade: 
Why not take an afternoon trip to ancient, UNESCO-listed Stonehenge after your morning sightseeing tour? After Buckingham Palace, enjoy a drop-off at Victoria and board a comfortable, round-trip shuttle bus bound for Stonehenge.

Then, travel straight to this prehistoric stone circle on Salisbury Plain, and use your prebooked entrance ticket to enjoy a self-guided audio tour of the monument's perimeter and impressive visitor center.

Your Stonehenge round trip then ends with a drop-off at Victoria.
Vintage Bus Tour

5 Stops

12 Points of Interest

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

Operating Schedule: The tour departs at Victoria Coach Station, Gate 19 - 20, at 7:45am and at Gate 0 at 1pm. Boarding starts 15 minutes before the departure time stated.

Victoria Coach Station

Westminster Abbey (Stop R)

Palace of Westminster

Buckingham Palace

London Eye

Points of interest passed by on this route

Tower of London

Buckingham Palace

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

St. Paul's Cathedral

Westminster Abbey

Houses of Parliament

Big Ben

Thames River

Cleopatra's Needle

London Eye

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London Bridge

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please note: this is an open top bus tour, please be prepared for the possibility of rain. On rare occasions the open top bus may be changed to a closed top bus
  • Please note: the Changing of the Guard only takes place on the morning tour
  • Please note: at time of booking you will need to select between the morning or afternoon departures.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveller Tips

A great way to see London if you don't have a lot of time.


413 reviews
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Great overview of London
Sandra_T, May 2023
London Eye was the highlight of this tour, with the River cruise coming in a close second. Lovely experience!
London stories
Roger_K, May 2023
Clive told great stories and is very knowledgeable. He’s also very humorous and engaging. His personal experience in London really touched us.
Good 👍
Melch, May 2023
Guide was fun and knowledgeable. However the mic 🎤 was not working properly. Boat tour was great and Guide fun
Great tour
Hannah_W, May 2023
Such a fun way to see all the major tourist spots of the city! Nick, our guide, was so informative and fun! We had a blast and would highly recommend this to anyone.
Good short tour
Eric_S, May 2023
Tour guide was excellent, informative and humorous. Willing to help take photos. I was only slightly disappointed in the Thames river cruise as there was no narration on the various things to look at. Fun riding in the old double decker bus.
Great tour guide!
LINDSAY_A, May 2023
Our driver, Allen, was perfect…smart, full of UK trivia. He definitely “made” the trip! Thanks for the great tour!
Grand old bus does the trick
SUSAN_L, May 2023
The tour guide was a delight Great knowledge So many sites Wonderful suggestion Mini break with boat ride And no rain that day
The day we had scheduled...
vflovoyal, May 2023
The day we had scheduled was cancelled. We were kind enough to change date of tour for you Not worth the money. Very limited I see why there were so few on the tour. We were pointed to the London Eye even if we paid for it from you no direction. Actually you owe us a refund .We took other tours through you and another company that were good. I expect to hear from you on this matter.
Bus tour London
Carol_T, May 2023
London eye was the highlight . Bus was interesting but a little cold. Could have been better presentation of facts and interest.
Wonderful morning tour of London
LoriZaviski, May 2023
Steve, our guide, made this trip super enjoyable! So much information packed into a morning--would definitely recommend!
I booked this tour...
Valerie_T, May 2023
I booked this tour because all the other ones I wanted to really do were already booked, so this was the best I could do. It was very dry and our tour guide spoke too fast and pointed out things that were not yet in view at times so it was hard to follow. Overall I recommend finding a different tour, maybe the afternoon tea bus with commentary would be nice if you can book ahead. The only thing that made this tour more enjoyable was when we got on the Thames River cruise. The guide for that was way more lively and pleasant to listen to.
All the London sites - length just right!!
Susan_G, Apr 2023
Allen was a knowledgeable and charming tour guide. He showed us so many wonderful sites and a few extra for changing of the Horse Guard and walking us through St James Park to see The Mall to the palace. It was a wonderful tour!
From Honduras to London
Lucy_W, Apr 2023
Loved the tour, clive was very informative although the microphone kept letting him down. Very enjoyable although very cold. Loved the stop at Buckingham Palace. River Cruise was also good
Excellent - Great Tour!
Elias_P, Apr 2023
Tour was excellent- perfect for quick trip to London to see the highlights. Loved the 1960s double decker bus with open top. Guide was very knowledgeable and personable. Highly recommend!
London Bus Tour
Kory_A, Apr 2023
The tour was great!! Really good chance to see a lot of the sites of London in a half day. Lisa, the tour guide was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and took the time to answer all questions. Highly recommend.
Good way to see the highlights
Alison_E, Mar 2023
Good way to see London. Knowledgeable, entertaining guide. Wish the bus had ponchos for rain. Also, a bit of confusion with London Eye and they hand you off to a different guide and when he didn’t show up, we were left to find him on our own. It worked out but was stressful
Danielle_W, Mar 2023
Alan was AWESOME & so funny. Loved his accent more than others. Very knowledgeable & learned a LOT from him. Excellent tour for the money. Worth every penny!
Irene_R, Mar 2023
Had the best time on this trip. Loved being on the top level regardless of the cold! Beautiful sites
2023: A London Odyssey
Lucy_A, Feb 2023
Really great way to see a lot of London and have a lot of fun in one afternoon. Long tour with a lot to see. Very fun.
You_T, Nov 2022
BEWARE!! Even if you have delayed flights and notify them you won't make your tour arrival in time, they will NOT issue refunds. We took a trip last month to London and had a flight delay for 3.5 hours. I knew we would miss the start of the tour and called to see if we could either cancel ours or catch up at the next stop. I was told we would not be able to join late and therefor missed out on our bus tour and several hundred dollars in fees for our family. It was a total bummer. Maybe check around for other companies that would be more understanding for issues that are out of your hands.

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