Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

From $26.29

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Delve into Edinburgh’s horrific history on this evening ghost bus tour. With your spooky local guide, visit the city’s most terrifying locations, haunted by infamy and restless spirits! From your seat in a double-decker vintage bus, gaze at eerie sites such as Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh Castle, Grassmarket, and the Royal Mile. Throughout the trip, hear anecdotes and facts about Edinburgh’s chilling past, replete with bloody executions, unspeakable tortures, and murder.
  • Ghost tour around Edinburgh in a vintage double-decker bus
  • Discover the ghastly goings on from Edinburgh’s history
  • Admire Edinburgh’s historic attractions, including Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Hear accounts of strange occurrences witnessed in haunted locations including Greyfriars Kirk and Grassmarket square
  • Enjoy enthralling commentary from an entertaining guide

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Transport by Routemaster
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 435 Lawnmarket
    435 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2NT, UK

    Departing from Edinburgh Lawn market, outside Deacon Brodies Tavern. All tours depart from this location excluding tours between 3rd - 28th August 2022 which will operate from St Andrews Square (Meeting Point 2)

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Choose an evening start time and meet your creepy guide in central Edinburgh for a journey through the city’s gruesome history. Board the vintage double-decker ghost bus, grab a seat in the shadowy upper or lower deck, and peer out the window as you travel the dimming city streets.  

As you ride, allow your conductor’s chilling tales to transport you to the dark side. Hear about Edinburgh’s famous executions, murders, misdeeds, and most sinister characters. Rile at the stories of Burke and Hare, notorious gravediggers who made a killing off cadaver sales to medical schools in the 19th century, and the incensed witch hunts of the 16th and 17th centuries. 

Pass the city’s most haunted sites and infamous landmarks like Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and Greyfriars Kirk, plagued by the wandering souls of restless spirits. Visit Grassmarket and discover its bloody history as the execution site of many famous traitors and disrupters, including the unfortunate 'half-hangit' Maggie Dickson. Be sure to ask your guide about this story!

By the end, you have an intimate understanding of Edinburgh’s sinister side. Your tour leaves you in Edinburgh Old Town with time to warm your chilled soul at a local pub.

Edinburgh Castle (Pass By)

Customers will be provided with information on Edinburgh Castles spiritual and historical past.

Edinburgh Old Town (Pass By)

Customers will be provided with information on Edinburgh Old Town's spiritual and historical past.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please arrive 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. The tour cannot wait for late passengers and they cannot be admitted once the show has started.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 54 travelers

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.

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Don't expect a paranormal investigation, but do expect lots of laughs and giggles.
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Loved it!
Tara_K, Mar 2023
Loved this ghost tour! The host was very entertaining and charismatic and the whole experience was enjoyable!
Michelle_D, Mar 2023
Interesting stories. Entertaining conductor, well organised. Atmospheric bus, comfortable and roomy.
SO FUN!!!!!
Jessica_W, Mar 2023
The tour was hilarious and fascinating at the same time! I loved when we got to walk through the cemetery and take pictures!
Worst experience in Edinburgh
Jeffrey_A, Mar 2023
The bus intercom kept failing so we couldn't hear the host. His terrible fake accent made him completely not understandable. We were guilted into going on a tour in the rain, even the very old lady, after being told it was optional.
Becky_F, Feb 2023
Spooky Sam was brilliant and very entertaining. If this is your kind of thing, it's definitely worth it.
My experience
Dean_R, Feb 2023
Walking around the grave yard and story about granny Agnus black as well as stories about the two brothers.
A must do when in Edinburgh
Claire_H, Feb 2023
Tommy was funny and factual. We learned things we didn’t know. Tommy has some great jokes but some need updating. Overall a brilliant experience and I would 100% do it again
Great spooky experience
Gillian_M, Feb 2023
Great spooky experience! Kids loved it! Tour guide very funny! Really scary stories! So glad we booked!
Disappointed with communication
Elizabeth_N, Feb 2023
Tour was supposed to start at 7.30pm and was cancelled just as it was as supposed to start. Disappointed that we were not told earlier in the day.
Fun way to pass some time
Helen_L, Feb 2023
Great fun and a nice way to spend an hour on a cold drizzly evening. An interesting tour of Edinburgh with some fun facts and a bit of nonsense thrown in.
Enjoyable and funny experience,would highly recommend
Joanna_B, Jan 2023
Loved it from start to finish .the conductor was hilarious and told the story perfectly .would fully recommend this experience.
Fantastic Fun. A must do experience!
Amanda_H, Jan 2023
Had a fabulous experience. Group was excellent and made a new friend. Tour guide was fantastic and it was just really good fun. So glad I did it.
Spooky laughs
Fiona_R, Jan 2023
Funny, entertaining and informative tour guide. We enjoyed the trip, even the graveyard wander 👻 Great way to round off our weekend in Edinburgh
Fantastic evening with family
Derek_W, Dec 2022
Fantastic night with the wife and daughter on the ghost bus loved every second host was absolutely magic would highly recommend to anyone
Fun experience
Georgia_D, Dec 2022
This tour was exactly what we expected it was fun light hearted and a little corny. I would definitely say it’s worth doing
None it was silly and...
Christine_C, Dec 2022
None it was silly and probably only suitable for children not adults. Should state this on web page. It was not what I was expecting having been told we need to experience a ghost tour.
Well worth a spook
Danusha_S, Dec 2022
The conductor was hilarious and it was a lot of fun ! The your covered quite a few areas and the special effects were great.
Naaz_P, Dec 2022
Wonderful bus tour. Was gripping and entertaining. The host/guide was AHHHMAZING. Kids will love this. Definiely recommend.
Hilarious! Would highly recommend
Linda_S, Dec 2022
Loved this tour! We laughed the whole time. Really enjoyable. Highly recommend. Definitely go at night time.
Not to be missed!
Rachel_L, Dec 2022
Really great! Fabulous guide that made us laugh. Perfect for a wintery night to look at the history of Edinburgh.