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Greater London, United Kingdom
Vintage London Bus Tour Including Thames Cruise with Optional London Eye
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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 Travelers Choose This Tour

Get a feel for London and its key experiences in just a few hours on this affordable tour.
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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
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

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

Return Details

You may disembark at any of the available stops.
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.
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
Located 5-minute walk from Victoria Underground Station
Westminster Abbey (Stop R)
Palace of Westminster
Buckingham Palace
London Eye
If the London-Eye upgrade option is selected
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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  • 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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Premium Tours
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 canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Vintage London Bus Tour Including Thames Cruise with Optional London Eye?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Good views but slow
, Jun 2022
If you need a lot of assistance with travel plans then this could be for you. I enjoyed the views from the vintage bus but the 4 hours seemed like we wasted a lot of time. It would be much faster to book an Uber to Buckingham Palace and a bool a River Cruise on your own within half the time. There was a lot of waiting.
Easy viewing and lots of info!
, Jun 2022
Really enjoyed all the parts of this trip. Guide Lisa and driver (Allen?sorry) we’re wonderful. Great driving nice and slow while excellent commentary with lots of info. The Thames River ride was so interesting and to see the end of changing of the guards at the horse parade was a treat. Weather was cool but sunny and clear which helped. Highly recommend.
Stonehenge was good, Windsor castle would have been good
, Jun 2022
We were notified as we were boarding the bus that due to the Platinum Jubilee, we would not be touring Windsor castle... one of the things I really wanted to do. I was told by the tour guide that I should have been notified by Viator and Viator says I should have been notified by the tour company, but in the end..... no tour and no refund for the tickets I paid for to tour the castle. I wonder why Viator didn't rebook me to the appropriate tour before I arrived there than morning? Everyone else had been rebooked and notified of the change except me. The guide showed me the list of attendees and mine was the only one still booked in the old tour. but they both point at the other so they don't have to refund me anything. Guess I'll use a different tour company next time.
London by Bus & Boat
, Jun 2022
Great commentary by Allan during our bus tour. He had to improvise a bit due to the aftermath of the Queen’s Jubilee celebration. His British humor was on full display as he shared his extensive knowledge of the Greater London area. Most enjoyable. The boat ride down the River Thames was accentuated by the informative guide on the river.
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A little disorganized
, May 2022
The tour was good, we saw a lot of good sights. I felt it was a little disorganized and we didn’t have a ride back to Victoria station which wasn’t made clear until halfway through the tour.
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Great tour and economical
, May 2022
Richard was a fabulous tour guide. I recommend this tour to anyone visiting for the first time. It is a great way to see the main attractions quickly.
Vastness of London
, May 2022
The beautiful views of London from the street, air and water and narrated by an experienced tour guide.
, May 2022
Tour guide messed up and didn't put me on the list even though we had booked that morning and showed him the booking confirmation Took him ages to sort out while the bus filled up so when i finally got on the bus i ended up with a rubbish seat. Completely ruined my trip
I wouldn’t recommend this tour to be honest
, May 2022
Very disappointing I spent a lot of money booking this trip for 3adults and 2 children- 20 minutes at least into the bus journey the guide (Lisa) announces very casually that we wouldn’t be going near Buckingham palace due to road closures which she told me happened about 3weeks ago- I booked the tour 2weeks ago- and stop and photo opportunity was highlighted then- instead after sitting on a bus from 1pm to 2.30pm we had an hour “break” to get a coffee/ wander around by the Tower of London-while we waited for the river cruise (at4pm) seriously seriously disappointed and feel this was an absolute ripoff of a tour- we were only in London for 2 days and deliberately booked the tour as it was highlighted re the stop/photo opportunity near Buckingham Palace- my children were so disappointed especially my 18year old as was I
, May 2022
The guide was funny and friendly The tour was just the right length of time the boat tour was a great addition
It was my first time in...
, May 2022
It was my first time in London and taking this tour I learned so much about the history of this beautiful city!
Great day trip !
, May 2022
It was a great trip, despite the rain. Our tour guide Alan was really great and he made trip a totally interesting, informative and fun one ! He took care of the whole group 😊🙏👍❤️ Thank you 🙏
, May 2022
I am not interested to share my story, please do not publish it. I found the tour redundant, could have been better structured.
Amasing guide
, May 2022
Ifølge you ned to se alot ind a short amount of time its perfekt. We only had 4 days in london so it was perfekt, the guide was so kind and knew all abort london, the only Thing we thaught was the sound was to high and we sad in the front and when the guide takker abort a Thing we was past it😄
Best Tour Ever!
, Apr 2022
We had an excellent tour! The commentary from our guide was awesome, funny and sarcastic! The boat tour was equally as funny and sarcastic! Capped it off with the Eye and it was amazing! We highly recommend this tour!
Interesting, value for money!
, Apr 2022
Excellent tour guides on bus and boat cruise. Both funny and interesting. Great value for money! See all the famous spots from on top bus, including Thames River cruise.
Lovely afternoon
, Apr 2022
We went on this trip as a family and we had an amazing day out. Unfortunately our original trip was cancelled due to short numbers but the company where brilliant, they got us straight on an alternative and refunded us the difference straight away, couldn’t fault them at all. The tour guide was absolutely brilliant. Think her name was carol, she definitely knew all her stuff and made the afternoon fun. Took my 6 year old son with us as well and he loved the afternoon too. I would definitely book with this company again. I couldn’t fault them at all.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great for an overview
, Apr 2022
This was a great way to see London in a few hours and then plan your next more indepth trip. Tour operator was good!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Average tour.
, Apr 2022
The tour was okay for the short amount of time w head in London. The tour guide was not that great. The River cruise was amazing, and so was the London Eye ride.
The tour took longer than...
, Mar 2022
The tour took longer than 3 hours. Almost 4 hours including London eye. Needed more photo opportunities rather than discussions on politics by the tour guide. Otherwise frank was great and entertaining. Would recommend
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