Royal Edinburgh Ticket with Hop-On Hop-Off Tours, Edinburgh Castle Admission

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Royal Edinburgh Ticket Including Hop On Hop Off Tours and Edinburgh Castle Admission

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 days
  • Offered in: English


Discover the best of Edinburgh without the stress of public transit and massive crowds on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. With your 48-hour pass, hop aboard the double-decker, open-top bus for a panoramic sightseeing excursion. Great for kids and adults, your ticket offers five route options with dozens of strategically placed stops. Have the added bonus of free entry to royal sites like Edinburgh Castle, Royal Yacht Britannia and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
  • Enjoy 48-hour unlimited access to five different tour bus routes in Edinburgh
  • Make use of included entry to some of the capital’s must-see royal attractions including Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse and Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Travel between Edinburgh’s most popular attractions quickly and easily
  • Listen to live and recorded audio commentary for useful information about Edinburgh’s quaint and historical sights

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

A 48-hour bus pass and three fast-track entrance tickets makes this package ideal for time-crunched travelers.

What's Included

  • Entry Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse ,Royal Yacht Britannia. 48hours on all 3 City Tours
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Oct- une Palace closed Tues/Wed.Closed 7April 6May 18-27May 29Jun-7July No alternative offered.

Meeting And Pickup

Start time

Opening hours

  • 4/2/2023 - 3/28/2024

    Monday - Sunday : 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Ticket redemption point

Waterloo Place (Stop ZH), Edinburgh EH1 3EG, UK

What To Expect

Enjoy a hassle-free sightseeing tour of Edinburgh’s best attractions, monuments and landmarks by comfortable, double-decker bus. Purchase your 48-hour pass and redeem it by hopping on the bus at one of the many designated stops such as Waverley Bridge, Grassmarket or St Andrew Square. Grab a seat inside or on the open-top deck for 360-degree views, and listen to colorful audio commentary as you zip through town.

Enjoy ultimate flexibility by traveling along any of the five main tour routes (Edinburgh, Majestic, Mac, Hertitage or City Sightseeing; stops listed in the itinerary section below). Take your time exploring Old Town, wandering the historic Port of Leith, snapping photos of beautiful Newhaven Harbor, scaling the spiral staircase of Scott Monument or window shopping on Victoria Street. 

Your ticket comes with an added bonus! Hop off for free admission to the Palace of Holyroodhouse (Holyrood Palace), Her Majesty the Queen’s home in Scotland. Then flash your pass for entry to the UNESCO-listed Edinburgh Castle. Learn the castle’s brutal and glorified history, riddled with battles, sieges and centuries of royal shenanigans. If royal history fascinates you, don’t miss the opportunity for a free tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia, the gorgeous boat owned by the British Royal Family for more than four decades.

To end your tour, just hop off at any point along the route.
Royal Edinburgh Ticket - suggested itinerary

11 Stops

19 Points of Interest

Duration: 2 days

Operating Schedule: Tours leave Waterloo Place from 0900 until 1800



Ocean Terminal (Stop OA)


Waterloo Place


Charlotte Square

Dynamic Earth


Chambers Street

The Georgian House

Points of interest passed by on this route

Royal Yacht Britannia

Edinburgh Castle

Holyrood Park

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Nelson Monument

Royal Scottish Academy


Edinburgh Bus Tours

Dynamic Earth

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

The Scotch Whisky Experience

Gladstone's Land

The Museum of Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Dungeon

People's Story

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The Scottish Parliament

Canongate Kirk

Georgian House

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult
  • 3 tours running all year
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • The Palace of Holyrood house is closed during the following dates in 2023 7 April 6 May 18-27 May 29 Jun - 7 JUly 25/26 Dec
  • Royal Edinburgh Ticket includes all three city tours – please find language details below: - Edinburgh Tour – live guided in English only - City Sightseeing Edinburgh – recorded commentary listened to through headphones in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish,Portuguese, Japanese, Russian, Mandarin Chinese and Horrible Histories children’s channel - Majestic Tour - recorded commentary listened to through headphones in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Russian, Mandarin Chinese and Scottish Gaelic
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers 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.

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Traveler Tips

It is valid for 2 days since you cant just visit all the attractions in 1 day.
Book ahead leaving you the option to cancel if needs be We stayed a little way from Waverley where you need to check in on day one, but after that our 48 hours Majestic tour was fantastic.
This is a no-brainer if you’re going to be in the city for two days or more.


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Good to get a guarantee entry into the castle.
JacquelynM_W, Sep 2023
We had to walk quite a distance to get to the point where we could pick up our tickets. The operator was very good and gave us our time allotted for the entry into Edinburgh castle which worked out very well. However, no one mentioned the fact that there was a parade down the Royal Mile and the bus would not be operating. So we had to scramble to get a cab which wasn't easy. Bus was easier than finding a cab unlike other cities.
Retirement Trip
Amanda_C, Sep 2023
This is a great way to see Edinburg when you come for a first time. Everyone is very helpful and friendly. Having this ticket gives you access to all three bus lines with 3 access tickets with 2 full days access to the buses. This made our trip very easy as we did not have to waste times getting tickets for each of the areas especially the Castle. We would definitely recomment this ticket.
Edinburgh overview in a day
Marcella_J, Sep 2023
Edinburgh Castle was amazing to tour and using the HOHO bus aloud us to find a cute local pub. Great way to see a beautiful city.
I recommend it.
John_B, Sep 2023
One stop shop for a coverall tour of city with built in transportation, commentary & three of the top 10 attractions built in.
Great way to see Edinburgh !
Betty_K, Sep 2023
The tour buses with live narratives. The city was easy to navigate, tour people so great! Scott was amazing. A wonderful experience!!!!!
Could have been better
Gail_W, Aug 2023
Would try another company next time. Recording often didn’t jibe with sights along the way so a bit frustrating. The human guide was OK but my preference would be that personal family stories not be used in narration.
Edinburgh is Amazing!
Jennifer_M, Aug 2023
The people are friendly and knowledgeable! What a wonderful way to spend a day! The hop on hop off bus was a perfect way to get the “lay of the land” then we walked around.
Edinburgh by bus! Hop on hop off at your leisure.
Teri_M, Aug 2023
I have really enjoyed being able to travel on three different lines to see more of Edinburgh. The ticketing system for the three included visits was great; no issues at all and no standing in line. It’s a great way to get around and see the important sites as well as explore restaurant options in the various areas.
Well worth it.
Bill_S, Aug 2023
The bus took us to the attractions we wanted to see. On one trip we had a nice lady who gave ongoing commentary.
Best value and best customer service!
Gail_B, Aug 2023
The bus drivers were all so helpful and friendly! We saw a lot in just two days! It was so helpful to include the castle, Britannia, and Holyrood tickets with the two day hop on hop off tour!
My day on the bus!
Barbara_K, Aug 2023
All the drivers were so helpful in letting me know where to get on and off. The narrators were wonderful and I learned so much about Edinburg history. Thank you so much for a fabulous day and experience!
Mini history lessons
Jennifer_B, Aug 2023
As a veteran traveler, Hop on Hop off in a new city or country are a good way to get a quick overview and lay of the land. This was especially true of Edinburgh.Excellent on bus tour guides who gave great commentary and interesting tidbits of Scottish history.
A great way to get around the historical area
Lillie_N, Aug 2023
loved the hop on hop off bus. The only reason I didn't give them a 5 was because I think they should increase their hours. They only run from 9 until 6. I feel like 8 to 7 would be better hours, especially when it doesn't even get dark until 10 at night.
Royal Edinburgh Ticket with Hop-On Hop-Off Tours
Lynne_M, Jul 2023
Guaranteed access to all the main attractions was the reason for purchasing this ticket and it lived up to my expectations and more. For instance, as soon as I presented the ticket at Holyrood, the ticket allowed staff to prioritise those guests and allow access without having to queue. Also, Edinburgh Castle is a very popular attraction and though when I arrived mid-afternoon, no more tickets were being administered, I was allowed in to visit the attraction. Moreover, the tour buses were fantastic, frequent and the staff really lovely and helpful.
A Great Value!
Josephine_H, Jul 2023
This is a great way to make the most of your time in Edinburgh, and a terrific value. It's really worthwhile to get the fast-track entry tickets, especially to Edinburgh Castle, which is always really busy, as it allows flexibility in your schedule. The bus tours are really well done, comfortable, clean, and efficient.
Loved the bus option. ...
Jeanette_R, Jul 2023
Loved the bus option. Get to see all the sites and enjoy listening to the history. Clean buses with great staff
Great way to see a lot and let someone do the driving !
Dawn_G, Jul 2023
Great way to get to important sights and learn some history along the way. Green bus has a live person and I recommend that over the headphones
Edinburgh 🚎
Diane_C, Jun 2023
Easy way to travel around Edinburgh and see the Royal Mile! The recorded tour guide was very informative and we were provided new ear headphones/buds! All awesome!
Loved the Royal hop on off bus!
Marlene_M, Jun 2023
Loved that the ticket included entry fees to attractions especially the guaranteed entry to Edinburgh castle! Otherwise tickets for castle sell out fast
Beautiful City, great way to see it
Chelsea_M, Jun 2023
It was a great way to see the city and it was nice that it included attractions. The difference of experience with the bus lines was nice too. I wish where the bus stops were was more clearly defined, but otherwise great experience

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