Seoul Hop-On Hop-Off Downtown Palace Course

Seoul, South Korea
Seoul Hop On Hop Off Downtown Palace Course

From USD 18.47

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 8 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


The royal palaces dotted around Seoul are widely considered among the South Korean capital’s most important sites of interest. With this hop-on hop-off  bus ticket, save time and effort reaching palaces including Changdeokgung, Deoksugung, and Gwangwhamun, and enjoy the freedom to jump on and off the service at your leisure. With buses every 40 minutes and on-board audio guide bringing Seoul’s history to life, you can visit all the grand palaces in one day in comfort.
  • Reach Seoul grand palaces like Deoksugung, and Gwangwhamun with ease by hop-on hop-off bus
  • On-board audio-guide shines a light on Seoul’s royal history and heritage
  • Save time and effort walking between the sites
  • Freedom to stay at each palace as long as you like

What's Included

  • Audio guide in English, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, German, French, Spanish, Thai, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia.
  • Hop-on Hop-off tour
  • Entrance fees to any sites or museums

Meeting And Pickup

Start time

09:30 am

What To Expect

Route 1

1 Stop

8 Points of Interest

Duration: 8 hours

Operating Schedule: Open on 29th May and closed on 30th May. Tickets can be purchased on-site, our Gwanghwamun ticket office on 29th May.

서울 타이거버스 정류장

Points of interest passed by on this route

N Seoul Tower

Myeongdong Shopping Street

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Changdeokgung Palace

Changgyeonggung Palace


The Blue House

Daehangno Maru Art Hall

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Circulation time is around 1.5 hours
  • Buses run every 40 minutes
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate

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.

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48 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travellers.
Showing 1-10 of 48 reviews
A good hop-on-hop-off
Alice_C, Aug 2023
It was a lovely tour with all important stop. Make sure to press the "stop" button tho if you wanna get off the bus
The worst hop-on hop-off bus in the World
Randall_P, July 2023
This service is not suited to non-Korean tourists. It is next to impossible to get advance information in a foreign language. The only way to do so is to ‘contact your local operator’ but they don’t answer the phone and when they do they do not speak English. In the bus, the Korean commentary is broadcast so loud, it is not possible to hear the translation through the ear buds provided for other language speakers. The stops are not marked, so it is very difficult to resume the journey after hopping off to see a sight. Poor ventilation and a leaky roof in the bus made this experience the worst we’ve ever had of the many HOHO services we have used around the world.
Viator is a SCAM!
Frank_G, June 2023
No one at Viator gave any information where to start the tour??? No one replied from Viator to a request for information about where the tour started or where bus stops were located?? No Tourist information officers in Seoul had heard of the Palace tours?? Viator seems to be a SCAM TO RIP OFF MONEY GIVING NO SERVICE OR INFORMATION! Wasted an entire day of my holiday, DONT USE VIATOR!!!
I see lots of room for improvement.
David_S, Apr 2022
The route map was outdated and the stops were not clearly indicated on that map at all. We searched at least 15 min for a stop and then waited more than 30 min before realizing that that stop is no longer a valid one! Moreover, the bus interval is every 60 min, not 30 min. Lastly, there were no explanations of the hotel stops--are there points of interest around those hotels or are they just convenient hop on/off locations for guests of those hotels?? I would suggest adding at least a page of explanations to the route map so that we can get a preview of each stop. I understand that this may be the problem of the local tour bus operator not providing sufficient information because its own website was difficult to navigate. However, a little improvement over the current setup would go a long way to make it better.
Superb activity
Roam49242666568, Dec 2019
Great experience to visiting famous sightseeing activity particularly the palaces.value for money coz using subway in Seoul for me its hard for there are lots of exit needs to walk,walk,walk.definitely an alternative for DIY holidays spending
Seoul tour
853prabhakarr, Oct 2019
The first bus, a trolley look alike was noisy and felt like it had no suspension. Making matters worse, the loud speakers were blaring commentary in Korean which made it hard to listen to English commentary over the earphones. The MAN buses we took subsequently were good. Still, the loud Korean commentary over the speakers made it hard to listen to English version. They should turn off the loudspeakers.
Hopping on and off in Seoul
Kari_E, June 2019
There were lots of complaints about this tour but my sister and I found it really good. It went to the major sites and we spent 2 hours just riding the whole loop and then went around and got off at the 3 spots we had identified. Ideally, if new to Seoul, I would get the two day pass but I'd been there already several times and had seen all of the palaces. The recordings in English were fine. Not super-informative but basic information. It's true that the records playing on the bus was in Korean and so you had to concentrate on water was being said through the earbuds. Also, when the bus drive announced a stop, my recording stopped...period. Honestly, though, these were pretty minor inconveniences compared to the convenience of having a bus take you exactly where you wanted to go...
the bus stops are very difficult to...
Josta, Sept 2018
the bus stops are very difficult to find and the brochure that was sent to me does not give a specific spot where the buss stops are. For example, it just said Myeondong, but that is a big area and hardly anybody speaks English there so I got so frustrated and wasted my money on this tour.
Perfect tour for one day in Seoul
Amelita_M, July 2018
So helpful in taking me & my party to enjoy Seoul's notable landmarks. It's a great city to explore and safe too, no fear of bad actors.
Complete attraction location in...
Agus U, Dec 2017
Complete attraction location in Seoul, but sometimes the bus comes to quickly around 15 minute before time table and they don't want to wait other passenger !
Unless you speak Korean, this is...
DaleA_A, Oct 2017
Unless you speak Korean, this is like riding a bus with sight seeing on your own. The bus driver didn’t speak English so we couldn’t understand what he was saying although the locals were entertained. Headset/speaker didn't explain much for all stops or sights. Research ahead then ride the bus.
I took 4 buses. One with audio with...
Adrian N, Oct 2017
I took 4 buses. One with audio with english translation but its off in what is the next stop. It always saying the same.
It's a good way to discoverSeoul on...
Elizabeth M, Oct 2017
It's a good way to discoverSeoul on your own with out the hassle of find the way around in Seoul. It let us see things in our own way and time. We miss some of the last three places but when I do go back to Seoul I want to finish the areas I missed. Thank you.
We are able to do more sightseeing...
Happjesi1, Oct 2017
We are able to do more sightseeing in Seoul with this tour. Your own selection of stopover is needed depend on your preference. Make sure you have a comfortable walking shoe and good pair of walking legs.
The tour was definitely worth it...
Hoda A, July 2017
The tour was definitely worth it! It's provided by "Seoul City Tour". We chose this because it was convenient, affordable and allowed us to explore Seoul at our own pace. It was easy to locate (Gwanghwamun Station, take exit 6). It's between Koreana Hotel and Donghwa Duty Free.
as an English only speaker, this was...
Elizabeth N, July 2017
as an English only speaker, this was such a sight for sore eyes. it hit all the spots that i was looking to see and visit and using this system allowed me to not stress about getting lost. the only thing i would change is maybe adding a little more anecdotes/facts to the audio guide about places you were passing by along the way to actual sightseeing spots. thank you for offering this tour!
Excelente forma de conocer una Ciudad.
MARCIA_G, Jan 2020
Muy accesible y fácil de trasladarse de un lugar a otro, además de bajarse en los lugares que más nos interesen.

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