For first time travelers, London can be a big and overwhelming city. The “Hop On-Hop Off” buses are great way to get around London and to learn about its history and culture. They are a common sight in central London and the majority are open-top, double decker buses. Make sure not confuse them with the iconic red, double –decker London buses. Getting a ticket for one of these tours should be a no brainer and simple, however it is always wise to book in advance. There are numerous types of tour buses in which to purchase a ticket, most offering a 24 hour time limit per ticket. You can book your tickets on-line, by phone, or you can purchase them once you arrive in London.
Most bus tours will take you past the world renowned attractions of London such as the Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and the Houses of Parliament to see Big Ben. Using the great “hop on-hop off” options you can hop off for some high class shopping at Oxford Street or see a West End show in the vibrant Piccadilly Circus. Then hop back on the bus to continue your journey. The hop on-hop off service has over 70 stops and 5 different routes which depart every 15 to 20 minutes. The tour buses will also have audio guides available in different languages such as: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Russian. Some bus tours have a live tour guide and guests can ask historical questions while on the tour as well.
Explore Piccadilly Circus & China Town
Also, most bus tour companies will have deals to purchase discounted attraction tickets with your purchase of a hop on-hop off bus ticket. Attractions such as: Madame Tussauds, London Aquarium, and the London Dungeons. If you do the research, you can usually get a free Thames River cruise ticket with the purchase of your bus tour ticket. The best time to hop on and off of these buses is generally during the weekday or on the weekend. Try to avoid morning rush hour traffic, as it can get horrific in the city and will slow down your tour.
If you are planning your first trip to London are even if you are veteran traveler to the foggy town, give the hop on- hop off London tour buses a try. If you are looking for accommodation in London, try booking Hotels in Lancaster gate London.