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Our Edinburgh City Tour takes you on a journey through the bustling streets of Scotland’s capital city. Learn about everything from the Scottish Enlightenment to the sinister stories associated with Edinburgh’s underground and hop on and off at some of the city’s must-see sights.

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The Bright Bus Edinburgh City Tour offers a taste of Scotland’s Capital!

Our City Tour in Edinburgh shows you the busy streets of new and old Edinburgh, including the old town and other famous tourist spots.
The City Tour bus in Edinburgh stops at various attractions for you to visit.

These include Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum of Scotland, the Scottish Parliament, Dynamic Earth, and The Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh shows you the busy streets of new and old Edinburgh, including the old town and other famous tourist spots. The City Tour bus in Edinburgh stops at various attractions for you to visit. These include Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum of Scotland, Victoria Street and a lot more!

Journey Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes

Frequency: Every 15 minutes

Starting Point: Waterloo Place, or hop on at any of our City Tour stops

Join our daily tours and discover the most picture-perfect and intriguing places in Edinburgh. 

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Hidden Gems

Ready to discover all the secrets Edinburgh has to offer on our city tours? Take a look at a few of the best places in Edinburgh you won’t want to miss on your trip!

Calton Hill

Our Scotland city tour in Edinburgh kicks off with the breathtaking Calton Hill (City Tour Stop 1), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire incredible natural sights and stone landmarks, and hear more from our informative tour guides. This tour stop on our city sightseeing tour in Edinburgh offers stunning cityscape views, with notable landmarks like the National Monument — a must-visit for history and beauty. 

Princes Street Gardens

When visiting the top attractions on board our hop-on, hop-off Edinburgh bus tours, you won’t want to miss these serene surroundings. Princes Street Gardens is a beautiful park in Edinburgh, located between the Old Town and New Town. It has manicured gardens, colourful flowers, and a great view of Edinburgh Castle. Stop for a picnic, snap photos of the stunning plant life, and enjoy the serene atmosphere and culture.

Victoria Street aka Diagon Alley

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, our Edinburgh city tours happen to stop in the rumoured inspiration behind Diagon Alley! Victoria Street (City Tour Stop 5) is a vibrant and picturesque curved street with colourful buildings, boutique shops, and cosy cafés. Its charm and character make it a popular destination for locals and tourists. Get your Edinburgh hop-on, hop-off bus tickets as soon as possible so you don’t miss this magical stop on our tour! Snap some funny pics to recreate Harry Potter moments while you’re there. 

The Vennel Steps

City Tour Stop 5 on our Edinburgh bus tour offers you some of the best views of Edinburgh Castle! It’s a historic and atmospheric set of stairs connecting different levels of the town. This iconic spot really shows you that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and you’ll enjoy every moment of it! The stairs provide views of different stunning places, a touch of tradition, and a look into Edinburgh’s old buildings.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse 

The 15th tour stop takes an iconic look into the history of Edinburgh royalty with the palace. You’ll get to explore the Royal Mile during your visit when you get tickets for our Edinburgh tour buses. An expert guide aboard the tourist bus in Edinburgh will tell you about when the building was built, the real people who lived and dined there, the history of Mary Queen of Scots, and so much more. 

Dynamic Earth

Ever dreamt of seeing a real iceberg? Or maybe a 4D simulated flight? Our Edinburgh city bus tour stop number 14 is at Dynamic Earth, a fantastic attraction filled with 360 interactive galleries and tons of activities for our groups! From experiencing an earthquake to exploring the planetarium and going for a simulated flight, this stop on our open-top bus tours Edinburgh will shake up your week!

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Bright Bus Perks

Have a look at these incredible perks of touring the city of Edinburgh with Bright Bus Tours.

The Real Mary Kings Close
£1 Off Adult tickets before 1 pm with the code BRIGHTBUS

The Real Mary King’s Close (

The Cauldron Edinburgh
15% off on potion classes with the Bright Bus tour ticket. Book online with the code BRIGHTBUS_WIZARD

Our Potions Bar Edinburgh | Magical Drinks | The Cauldron Edinburgh

Holyrood Distillery
£2 off all tours with the Bright Bus tour ticket. Book online and use code BBT22

Distillery Tour | Whisky Tour | Gin Tour | Holyrood Distillery

The Magic Cup

10% off showing the Bright Bus ticket

Located in Waverley Mall

Sushi Stop
10% off showing the Bright Bus ticket

Located in Waverley Mall

Bright Bus Tours: The Brightest Way to Enjoy City Sightseeing in Edinburgh

Bright Bus Tours is an open-top bus in Edinburgh that has been creating incredible adventures for visitors since 2019. As Scotland’s official open-top bus tour, we aim to craft unforgettable memories on our Edinburgh tour bus.

We don’t just offer city tours in Edinburgh, either. At Bright Bus Tours, we also offer the cheapest and fastest way to get from Edinburgh Airport to the city centre with our Bright Bus Airport Express. With this incredible service, you can connect directly with our hop-on, hop-off bus in Edinburgh without skipping a beat!

Our Edinburgh city bus tours put your experiences first. Our commitment to your Scottish travels earned us a 5-star rating for customer service and a 4-star rating in quality assurance from Visit Scotland. With our city sightseeing bus in Edinburgh, we don’t just focus on selling tickets; we focus on you by offering secret insider tips and showing you the hidden and not-so-hidden gems that make Edinburgh so special. 

With our open-top bus tours in Edinburgh, we offer the friendliest and best-value way to explore Edinburgh. Here are a couple of additional benefits of taking bus tours from Edinburgh with us:

  • A fun alternative to exploring the city on foot
  • Cost-effective airport transfers to Edinburgh 
  • Partnership discounts
  • Two-ticket discount options
  • Student discounts
  • Accessible tours
  • Dogs permitted
  • Private tour options

Our Edinburgh city sightseeing bus is the cheapest and most enjoyable way to travel in the city.
Book an Edinburgh City Tour with Bright Bus Tours today and enjoy the brightest way to experience Scotland’s capital city.