A friend recommended that we take a Big Bug Tour and I am very happy we decided to! We only had two days in London and this tour gave us the chance to see everything we wanted to! The Tour Guide was awesome and very insighful!
Informative and entertaining, the Big Bus Tour was THE best way to start our London visit. We planned the rest of our stay based on what we saw from the bus. It was perfect. We found out about the Trooping of the Color practice that we would have no way of knowing about otherwise. 250 men on horseback, hundreds of Regimental Guards in formation and a band on horseback, it was a tremendous site and we would have missed it if we hadn't taken the tour. (hats off to Phil the Chippendale Dancer/Big Bus Tour Guide.) We saw so much more of London than we had originally planned from home because of the intriguing sites we passed on the bus. Thanks Big Bus Tours, you have a fantastic service!
The map that is on the website cannot be read. It would be nice if a list can be provided of all the stops and what to see in each stop. It would be nice if one could make up a trip itinerary based on those.
The website although very catchy and nice lagged that feature
La commande en ligne a été simple, l'accueil aux différents arrêts très bien, je me suis sentie très bien orientée par le personnel. Les tours sont bien expliqués avec des anecdotes sympas.
Un très bon moment
Point négatif: la musique entre deux est casse pied à la longue.
we have used BigBusTours in San Francisco and in Paris and they were great, but in London the drives are extreme rude and hostile, we waited many times more than 40 minutes for a bus to show, the next time i go to London i will use the Original Tour of London, it's much better and have twice or trice the amount of buses
Routes were well thought out and there was staff available at most stops to answer questions. If you have an on-line ticket, redemption was a bit confusing. Also, the buses could do with a trash can! Recommended.
First of all, our guide Johnny was excellent. My daughter and I enjoyed this tour but did have some disappointments along the way. Trouble on the tour is that we were seated at the very back of the bus - springs were quite squeaky and it sounded like there was something loose in the back or the shocks needed replacement. This, combined with a slipping microphone on the guide, made for many requests to "speak up", "fix the mike", etc. Frustration was voiced by others in the back of the bus so I know it wasn't specific to just the back of the row. The guide did try to fix his slipping microphone frequently and tried to speak up but feel we caught only 50-60%% (or less) of the commentary. I would encourage the driver to always do a mike check each time he spoke, maybe suggesting that folks at the back wave their to signal him that he was again out of hearing range (we are generally reluctant to keep interrupting his commentary since others at the front could hear). He should also be encouraged to speak during those quieter moments when the bus is not moving, i.e. at traffic lights or on smoother sections of the road where he is not fighting the squeaks and bangs of the bus movements.
Having said all that, the trip itself was excellent. We stopped at some beautiful sites and the anecdotes about Scotland's history were entertaining and informative. The guide ensured we had some enjoyable stops along the way and at no time were we rushed. It was a pleasure to let someone else do the driving for us so we could indeed enjoy the beautiful views.
However, as there is no way to test bus noise until the bus is actually moving, I would not recommend friends take this tour unless they could be guaranteed a spot in the first half of the bus. I would have rated this 5 out of 5 had I been able to hear the guide.
It was my first tour of London. I did not finish the full tour. All I can say is it was good. Keep it up. I will surely come again and recommend someone else
Took the big bus tour on Sunday 02 June with family from overseas. At no time from purchasing the tickets to boarding the bus were we told that the bus was on diversion due to an event taking place & we would not see Buckingham Palace. This was a big let down & bad management by big bus. Customers should have been advised & given the option to use the service on another day. The whole experience felt like get their money & don't worry about the service provided. Also a live guide would have been better than listening to headphones
We booked a 48 hour ticket and it was the ideal way for us to travel around the tourist hotspots. The weather was superb during first week of June 13 so ideal sat up top. Commentary was excellent but at times the bus seemed to be moving fast so difficult to take pictures. Would like to have had the opportunity to book 3-4 days due to so much to see.
We were unable to get the full benefit from our 5 passes because of route changes due to protests in London. With only 24 hours on the pass, we were unable to see any of the Oxford Street section. I understand that this is out of the control of the Big Bus Company, but the staff were not clear on what the "detour" would entail. The bus reversed course entirely, and was taking us back in the opposite direction. I believe that is more than a detour, but the guide really glossed over it. We were trying to get somewhere at the time, and would have gotten off had we understood the situation. An hour later, in a totally different part of town, we were informed that if we wanted to get where we were going (St. Pauls) we would need to get off an walk around the corner and across the river to get there. During the time we were in London, we also noticed many more stops on the Original line, and will probably recommend that company over Big Bus Tours to friends planning a visit.
I wanted my grandson of 18 from the USA to get an overview of all the major attractions and this was a terrific way to do it. We saw everything we wanted to see in one glorious afternoon. Now he can go back and visit the things that piqued his interest. Thanks, it was a great experience for us all - me who had lived in London, my husband who had visited a couple of times and my grandson seeing everything for the first time. Well worth the price.
The Big Bus Tour was a great and easy way to see a lot of London. We booked ahead of time which saved us a few pounds, so I recommend booking online at least the day before. It is still cheaper to get an all-day tube pass which takes you to all the same spots but you don’t have the opportunity to see the beautiful city. London is very busy all day, so the speed at which you get to each drop off spot sometimes was a little frustrating. Also the bus stops running around 5, so by the time you wait in traffic and then jump on and off 2-3 times the day is over. If you want to see all the neighborhoods, monuments, and buildings this great. If you are interested in getting to destinations quickly...the tube is a better option.
Generally a good experience for ourselves and friends from the US.
The boat ride was good, too.
However, there were not enough buses on the day we travelled and a lot of waiting at stops - both waiting for a bus to come and on board the bus.
Thus, at the end of the day, the bus was very crowded with people standing on the lower deck and could see nothing at all.
Especially loved the Thames cruise, the commentary was hilarious!
As for the bus route, it was good but felt the stops were quite far apart and on some stops, not very well highlighted. I know it is because of forces of economy, but the one route of the blue line was quite time consuming.
Overall, was happy with the tour!
Big bus tours gives you a first hand feel of what and how London is.
An enjoyable ride across the city with an amazing weather (open-top sightseeing) is a true value for money.
I personally prefer a bus tour without a guide, because it gets quite boring after sometime, also; the non-stop, speedy, one-sided commentary is tiresome.
But, the guided bus tour is good; if one has the curosity of knowing the history behind London.
Overall, a good hospitable experience with a courteous, co-operative, friendly, and helpful staff.
On Saturday 15th I wait for a bus in marble Arch to Madame Tussaid's zone for 45 minutes. Than I called a taxi.
Nobody of Big Bus helped me Nobody said us how to return home.
A big man din't answer to my question.
The next time I don't buy Bigbus tickets.
I had an amazing first trip to London which was largely due to the ease of sight seeing through the BigBus tour! I especially appreciated having BigBus employees at the stops who were friendly and available to answer questions and point me in the right direction. I went on one walking tour that included Buckingham Palace, and the tour guide Phil was amazing-both witty and enabled us to see many events in a short time! Definitely have your ticket printed before you come and it will make the start of your tour easy.
Big Bus Tours in London is not only a fantastic tourist experience, but also a great way to get around the city (you can get on/off at any stop all day long). Every guide and driver I met was friendly, and the audio tours are well-timed and informative. My only suggestion would be to lower the volume of the music without lowering the volume of the recorded guide.
I would recommend the Big Bus Tours of London to anyone visiting for the first time. I loved the ability to hop on and off whenever we wanted as well as the option of taking the river cruises with the 48 hour package. It was well worth the money as I learned a lot about the historic landmarks all over the city.
What a day! We had a great time on the bus and learnt quite a lot about London You get to see places you don't even think about. Staff are friendly and polite. Would recommend to any one travelling to London. There was a time when we got confused but that was our fault Red and Blue tour?.
Over all though a really great time on bus and boat.
Try them you will not be dissappointed.
We just returned from our visit to Europe. Among our trip we had taken a total of 3 hop on hop off tours, one in each city. The Big Bus Company was horrible! We waited for over an hour for a bus, the men standing at each stop told you what you wanted to hear, not the truth. That is when they were not rude! We were often told traffic was the excuse, but no other company had that issue. We passed a total of 7 buses not in service yesterday. Most of the bus drivers were nasty or just flat out ignored you, and we were told to get on a specific route to see what we wanted to see. Instead we sat on the bus for 2.5 hours of skipped stops and made up routes. To top it off, our bus driver decided to take a 15 minute break, only to proceed to the next stop and tell us the tour is over we need to switch buses!!!!!! We were so annoyed we got off the bus, walked well over a mile to the office to demand a refund. This part was surprisingly easy! They were nice and helpful. Besides them, and a man named Carlos, standing on a bus stop, everyone else was rude. Take a different company. If you don't you will stand there watching those buses come by one after another while you wait in the rain for your bus!
We decided to purchase the two day ticket over the weekend 1st and 2nd June.
We picked up the bus near the grosvenor hotel and the first part of our route was done using the recorded taped tour which was fine. As the day progressed we changed buses near St Pauls and the tour developed into a shambles. Large portions of the tour were missed out because of various detours related to road works and public demonstrations. At one stage we moved onto a bus which should have been live commentary - there was no tour guide only the driver. Eventualy a guide got on called "Jim" who reminded us frequently to leave positive reviiews on Tripadvisor !. Jim had apparently been caught short at a comfort break, missed the bus, hence the lack of commentary. Given the amount of water Jim seemed to be drinking and the appearance of being "hung over" I have my own suspicions.Eventually we gave up on the bus and walked round the remaining part of the tour on day 1.
Day 2 was slightly better, and the schedule seemed to be more on track, but again there were detours. Unexpectedly, the best part of both days was the short river cruise. The commentary was well delivered informative and with a humorous touch.
The buses were clean and modern. I doubt if we would consider again using on a future visit.
If you are going to London I would advise you take this tour before deciding on what sights to see. And don't forget the river cruise as well. The bus speaker and river cruise speaker were brilliant, so full of information and "didn't know that" facts, and funny with it. Learnt lots of interesting trivia!! Only thing I would advise against is the tours that have the pre-recorded talk. We had that from the River ride to Victoria Station and only heard a couple of facts that were just blunt and to the point, and the second driver didn't want to say hello or smile, bit of a damper that part.
This tour was super informative and lively! It explores every spot in London you want to see & allows the convenience of getting on and off at your desire. I loved the Harry Potter walking your where you discovered little scenes from the movies. Well worth the money spent!
We are Londoners and decided to have a 'be a tourist for a day' outing... The tour guides were brilliant! Really knowledgable and great fun, even keeping us entertained when stuck in traffic. Only down side is that we'd planned our day with other visits to attractions we knew we could have received discount off the entry fee using vouchers included as part of the price of the Big Bus ticket. However, none of these were available at all on the day, at any stop even though we 'hopped on and off' different buses at different times of the day. We deliberately started the tour at one of the stops that distributes the vouchers to kick start our day and were disappointed that we weren't given any over the course of the day. The ticket price isn't seem as good value without them.
I would recommend Big Bus Tours to anyone and everyone. They are so user friendly!
Their prices are most reasonable. My granddaughter and I enjoyed the all day, on and off ride and especially the river cruise part. We found the employees very friendly and helpful throughout the day. The tour guides on the buses and boats were humorous and knowledgeable.
We had a truly great day while on the Big Bus Tour in London.
I booked 2 tickets for the Big Bus Tour on line and started my tour outside Madame Tussauds with my 9 year old grandson. The man in uniform by the bus directing people asked to see my online tickets and said 'Get On!'. We did so and took the bus which sat in a traffic jam for 15 minutes. I noticed that everyone had earphones so I went downstairs and asked the driver where the audio phones were. 'There' he said abruptly and pointed to a box sitting on a seat. I returned to my seat with the earphones which were OK although we had to constantly put them back in the ears! We had a solid traffic jam to Westminster where we decided to get off and try the City Cruises trip included in the ticket down the Thames. Having been told to get off for City Cruises I asked the driver where we picked up the boat. 'Over there!' he said which could have been anywhere from the London Eye to Royal Festival Hall. I asked him for more detail and I was told to cross the bridge and find Westminster Bridge Pier. I did this, got down to the boat where I showed my online ticket, only to be told that it should have been changed for a 'yellow' ticket when I got on the bus. I was sent back to a Big Tour Bus which I eventually found on the embankment. A very rude and discourteous man in charge by the stop told me again I should have been given a yellow ticket but then took 10 minutes before he actually managed to get me one - no apology - just seemed to enjoy making me wait. I then had to walk back to the boat and a very long queue. Eventually we got on and had a commentary from the city cruise staff which was critical of about everything we passed (this is supposed to be promoting London to foreigners!!). He even said that 'if you want to spend £150 on a shot of rum, go to the London Eye. He then asked us to give him money preferably £5 when we got off. We got off at Tower Pier and never went back on again. It cost me nearly £40 for my grandson and me (I am 68yrs) and it was the worst experience I have ever had in London where I live. I was totally ashamed of being a Londoner and giving foreign visitors such an awful experience. I was a volunteer during the Olympic Games and we certainly had a different attitude towards helping people.
I would like this note to be forward to your Chief Executive and Managing Director please and would be grateful for a reply.
Melissa Roswell found this review useful
une après midi pour faire visiter Londres à des maies c'est court.
Le bigbustours nous a permis de tout voir, de nous arrêter sur les principaux points qui nous intéressaient. Le plus avec la croisière sur la tamise qui boucle un tour simple et rapide de la ville. Les commentaires sont en Français sur le blue tour donc parfait.
Bought the 48hour ticket online because there was a 30% discount offered and I liked the sound of the walking tours that were offered. Upon arrival, however, it was difficult to find out how and where to get the online ticket converted to a proper one as there were no instructions on the online ticket and the markings on the busstops are very subtle. Main reason for choosing a HopOn HopOff bus (as I've done successfully in other cities) rather than just taking the normal public buses was the promise of commentary, but this was the most disappointing aspect of all. The first live commentary was so soft, we could barely hear it and the second so loud we ended up getting off the bus to escape it. After that, we tried the buses with the recorded commentary, but that merely of consisted of long stretches of "Land of Hope and Glory" interspersed with a few comments on selected sites while being stuck in traffic for most of the time and wondering what all the other interesting buildings were. Downloading one of the numerous free guided walking tours from the internet and reading it ourselves or even paying to join one of the professionally-organized ones would have been a lot less frustrating, particularly since the weather was nice. Ironically, we missed all but one of the free walking tours offered with the ticket because we were continually stuck in traffic! The river boat cruise was a lot of fun and definitely worth it and the main saving grace of the ticket. However, this can be booked separately with City Cruises directly. We also appreciated the tip of pre-ordering the tickets for the London Eye from the person who converted our online ticket to a real one and then collecting them on the day we visited it, as this saved us waiting in a long line to get tickets, while still giving us the flexibility to choose when to go. In general, the BigBus staff are helpful and friendly, but using buses is simply not the best way to see London. Walking, using the river boats or the Underground (or a combination of all three) and then buying yourself a guidebook is a much better option, particularly when the weather is nice.
I've bought 2 day pass online,but the staff at the stop gave me a 1 day receipt. It took time for me to go to the information center to resolve the issue. luckily, i booked it online so that have a proof that i bought 2 days ticket. they gave me back the correct one after checking
Hi, my friend,
Thank you for providing bigbus service to us. We love the choice of 8 languages' commentary at the blue tour. We hope that it can be extended to the other two tours.
The route of the Bigbus is good and it covers most of famous sights in London. But we hope that it can be two-way bus. And then we can arrange our two-day trip more flexible.
The problems during our two-day's trip were:
1. The waiting time is too long at some stations.
2. It was very strange that we turned two cycles around (maybe?) the stop number 42 and 43 during our second day's trip. So it wasted our time again.
As a tourist, we only have limited time in London. So we hope that the Bigbus trip can be more efficient. Finally, we hope that the running time in summer can be extended to at least to 20:00 every day.
Thanks again & Best regards,
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