London: Save Money on Guided Tours

London: Save Money on Guided Tours

Hop On, Hop Off bus tours are a great way to understand the layout of the city and learn about its history. However, we would not use them to get between attractions as they often use indirect routes. Once you have understood where everything is, and have enjoyed the commentary, swap to public transport to make the most of your time in London.

Big Bus Tours, The Original Tour, Golden Tours and London City Tour are the four big operators. The first two listed are the biggest. Haggle with ticket agents to get the best price, and purchase the shortest ticket length (generally 24 hours). Although the second day may “only be £5 more”, the tube and London Buses can get you around for a similar price for a day, and much more quickly.

Many of these companies sell their tickets as 24, 48 and 72-hour tickets. However, you should be aware that the last tours usually depart between 16:30 and 19:00 depending on the season. The 12-hours they are shut for service are mysteriously rarely mentioned.

Ticket agents can also get you discounted attraction tickets once you have a bus tour ticket. 

Alternatively, there are literally hundreds of walking tour companies offering a variety of tours. If you are unsure, consider one of the free walking tour companies out there – and are both excellent and allow you to choose your own price per tour after you have taken them. We recommend £10 per person as a good benchmark for a two-hour tour. 

If you are looking at something on the other end of the spectrum, with a completely tailored, private tour of the city take a look at Private London Tours.


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