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Royal Edinburgh Ticket: Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus + Edinburgh Castle Fast-Track Entry + Holyroodhouse Palace & Royal Yacht Britannia

  • When does it run?
    Daily
  • Start time

    Hop-on, Hop-off Buses:
    City Sightseeing Route: Approx. 9am - 7pm, every 10 - 20 minutes - depending on the season
    Majestic Route: Approx. 9am - 6pm, every 15 - 30 minutes - depending on the season
    Edinburgh Route: Approx. 9am - 6pm, every 10 - 20 minutes  - depending on the

    Edinburgh Castle: April - October: 9:30am - 5pm // November - March: 9:30am - 4pm

    The Royal Yacht Britannia: January - March // November & December: 10am - 3:30pm // April - October: 9:30am - 4:30pm

    Palace of Holyroodhouse: November - March: 9:30am - 3:15pm // April - October: 9:30am - 4:30pm

  • Duration

    Hop-on , Hop-off Bus: 48 hours

    Attractions: You can stay as long as you’d like!

Inclusions
  • Unlimited travel for 48 hours
  • Fast-track entry to Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and the Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Live Guide on the Edinburgh Tour route
  • Audio commentary in English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese on all routes (Also Gaelic on Majestic tour route)
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Key Highlights

  • Discover Edinburgh's Royal heritage and save up to 20% on individual tickets
  • Travel conveniently around the city with the 48-hour hop-on hop-off ticket
  • Get up close with all the top Edinburgh attractions with over 40 strategic stops
  • Explore the spectacular Edinburgh Castle with a guaranteed, fast track entry
  • Marvel at the breathtaking residence of Her Majesty the Queen, Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Admire The Queen’s former floating palace, the Royal Yacht Britannia

Overview

One Edinburgh ticket is all you need to get the most out of your visit to the Old Smoky! The Royal Edinburgh Ticket treats you to a 48-hour hop-on hop-off bus tour across three services as well as Fast Track admissions to three of the best Scottish attractions - Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Yacht Britannia and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. This is truly your all-access pass to explore the splendours of Scotland's capital city and experience its magnificent royal attractions. Not to mention, you can save over 20% when compared to the total cost of tickets when bought separately.

HOP-ON HOP-OFF BUS TOUR - 48 HOURS

The hop-on hop-off bus ticket allows you 48 hours of unlimited travel on three bus routes – Majestic Tour, The Edinburgh Tour and City Sightseeing Tour, covering the length and breadth of the city. The routes are interchangeable, giving you even more flexibility to travel around the city with minimal hassles. You can additionally listen in on immersive commentary across all the routes, either through headphones or from a live guide.

Attractions Covered

  • Waverly Bridge
  • Royal Botanic Garden
  • Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre
  • Queen’s Gallery
  • Royal Mile
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • The Edinburgh Dungeon
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • The Royal Yacht Britannia


EDINBURGH CASTLE

One of the most beautiful castles in the world, the Edinburgh Castle is a truly magnificent sight to behold. With our guaranteed fast track entry, you can dig into spectacular views across the capital, browse through the  nation’s Crown Jewels, including the Stone of Destiny, witness the breathtaking One o’ Clock Gun - the famous time signal firing since 1861 as well as traverse through the oldest building in Edinburgh - St. Margaret’s Chapel, and Mons Meg – one of Europe’s oldest siege guns.

ROYAL YACHT BRITANNIA

Follow in the footsteps of Royalty and discover The Queen’s former floating palace at the magnificent Royal Yacht Britannia. With a fascinating audio tour available in 30 languages, you can discover how the Royal Family and their 220-member crew lived, relax and enjoy waiter service in the Royal Deck Tea Room, and take your time trailing Scotland’s best attraction for 12 years.

PALACE OF HOLYROODHOUSE

Discover Her Majesty The Queen’s official residence in Scotland - the Palace of Holyroodhouse - with our fast track entry. Lose yourself to the unmistakable grandeur of the Palace as you wander around the State State Apartments used by the Royal Family, the historic chambers of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the romantic ruins of Holyrood Abbey. There’s audio commentary available in 9 languages to keep your engaged; not to forget, you can also visit the ongoing exhibitions at The Queen’s Gallery (these will be at an additional cost).

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Daily

  • Duration

    Hop-on , Hop-off Bus: 48 hours

    Attractions: You can stay as long as you’d like!

  • Start time

    Hop-on, Hop-off Buses:
    City Sightseeing Route: Approx. 9am - 7pm, every 10 - 20 minutes - depending on the season
    Majestic Route: Approx. 9am - 6pm, every 15 - 30 minutes - depending on the season
    Edinburgh Route: Approx. 9am - 6pm, every 10 - 20 minutes  - depending on the

    Edinburgh Castle: April - October: 9:30am - 5pm // November - March: 9:30am - 4pm

    The Royal Yacht Britannia: January - March // November & December: 10am - 3:30pm // April - October: 9:30am - 4:30pm

    Palace of Holyroodhouse: November - March: 9:30am - 3:15pm // April - October: 9:30am - 4:30pm

  • Meeting Point

    Hop-on, Hop-off Bus: Just hop on at any of the stops
    Don’t forget to redeem your printed voucher at the Edinburgh Bus Tours Office, located at Waverley Bridge

    Edinburgh Castle: Make your way to Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG
    (Edinburgh Route: Stop 10 // City Sightseeing Route: Stop 6)

    Palace of Holyroodhouse: Make your way to Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX
    (Edinburgh Route: Stop 3 // City Sightseeing & Majestic Routes: Stop 10)

    Royal Yacht Britannia: Make your way to Ocean Dr, Edinburgh E6H 6JJ 
    (Majestic Route: Stop 7 // City Sightseeing Route: Stop 6)

  • Ending Point

    You can hop off at any of the stops

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • Unlimited travel for 48 hours
  • Fast-track entry to Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and the Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Live Guide on the Edinburgh Tour route
  • Audio commentary in English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese on all routes (Also Gaelic on Majestic tour route)
  • Food and drinks

Please note

Voucher Information: Sorry, but we will need you to print a paper version of your booking voucher (we're working on changing this ). At this time no refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

The hop-on, hop-off buses as well as the attractions have varying levels of accessibility. While the buses are all Wheelchair and Class 2 mobility scooter accessible, the Royal Yacht Britannia is fully wheelchair accessible, and the Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse are partly wheelchair accessible.

If you have any concerns and queries during your tour, you can call up our local partners on +44 (0) 1315562244.

Don’t forget to check the attraction websites on the day of your visit to confirm the opening hours.

Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tours - All Timings

City Sightseeing Tour

April - May / September - October: 9am - 5pm, every 12 minutes // 5pm - 6pm, every 20 minutes 
June - August: 9am - 5:20pm, every 10 minutes // 5:20pm - 7pm, every 20 minutes 
November - March: 9am - 4pm, every 15 minutes

Majestic Tour

April - October: 9:05am - 5:50pm, every 15 minutes
November - March: 9:35am - 4:35pm, every 30 minutes

Edinburgh Tour

April - October: 9:05am - 5:50pm, every 10 minutes up to 5:30 pm and then last bas at 5:50pm
November - March: 9:10am - 3:50pm, every 30 minutes

Important Dates for the Attractions:   

December 25: Edinburgh Castle, The Palace of Holyroodhouse and Royal Yacht Britannia are closed.

December 26: Edinburgh Castle and The Palace of Holyroodhouse are closed.

Customer Reviews

  • Great tour!
    Josée Tremblay, Canada 05/22/2018
  • Tracey O'Toole, Ireland 05/02/2018
  • Petra Rozarova, United Kingdom 04/11/2018