Hop on board the Elf Express this Christmas

Santa has sent the elves to London to make sure everything is in tip top shape before Christmas and they need your help!

Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year, and you’re invited to hop on board the Elf Express and help our elf keep an eye on the city for Santa. This 45 minute tour will take you past all the best sights of London and is sure to get you and the little ones in the festive spirit. There will be Christmas carols, stories and a whole lot of fun as you pass through and experience the magic of London at Christmas time.  It’s the perfect way to explore the city with the kids without having to navigate the public transport system, boasting amazing panoramic views from the safety of the top deck. But just remember, Santa’s elves will be checking up to see who’s been naughty and nice this year!

Santa's workshop

Useful Information

Treat your little angels this Christmas and ride on board The Original Tour's Elf Express 45 minute magical tour.

The Elf Express is a non-stop tour, designed for kids aged 6-12, which showcases London at Christmas from on board our festive open-top bus. Both educational and interactive, it’s the perfect tour for the whole family this winter.

Remember to dress for the weather, as we are an open-top bus!

Before hopping on board the Elf Express, make sure to fit in a toilet break because there are no toilets on the bus and it does not stop until the end of the tour. There is a Pret a Manger near the bus stop on Charles II Street so you can grab a snack and use the toilets there before beginning your tour. Or, there is a public toilet in Trafalgar Square just a 5-minute walk away from our departure point.

As London traffic and public transport can sometimes be unpredictable, please ensure you leave plenty of time when travelling and aim to arrive 15 minutes before the departure time as we cannot wait for late comers.

To hop on board our London Kid’s Tour, simply book your tickets online and we will send you an email voucher. Just take your ID and email confirmation voucher with you, (either on mobile or printed), and show it to a member of staff at the Charles II Street  next to Her Majesty’s theatre where you will begin and end your tour. Collect your ticket to start your tour.

Departure point: Charles II Street, next to Her Majesty's Theatre

Departure time: Departures at 1pm, 2.30pm & 4pm depending on the date. Check the calendar for more information.

Nearest Original Tour bus stop: Blue route stop 35 or 36

Tour duration: 45 minutes

Children under 5 years old: Children under the age of 5 are able to travel free on this tour, one child per paying adult.
Please note that they will need to be sat on a guardians lap and will not get their own seat unless a child's ticket is purchased.

The Elf Express will be leaving at various times and dates throughout November and December, so be sure to check before booking. The tour lasts for 45-minutes, giving you and the family a great overview of London, so you have almost a full day to explore before and after your tour.


This tour departs from Charles II Street, next to Her Majesty's Theatre in St James and also ends here. This street runs between St James’s Square and the Theatre Royal Haymarket and is less than 5 minutes walk away from The Original Tour Visitor Centre.

The Tour will run between the following departure dates: 

Saturday 30th November - Sunday 29th December 

Created specifically for the kids this Christmas, this route has been jam-packed full of sights, facts and Christmas cheer so that children don’t get bored.

On this family-friendly London tour, you will see the following landmarks and attractions:

  • Nelson’s Column

  • Big Ben

  • Trafalgar Square

  • Coca-Cola London Eye

  • Houses of Parliament

  • Westminster Abbey

  • Downing Street

  • Green Park

  • St James’s Park

  • Cross the River Thames on Lambeth and Westminster Bridge

1. The Elf Express tickets are valid for the specific date and time you choose for your tour. You can only use your ticket for the date and time of the tour you select.

2. Our free hop-on hop-off river cruise and Changing of the Guard walking tour are only available with a valid 24, 48 or 72-hour ticket. These complimentary extras are NOT included in your Elf Express ticket.

3. General terms and conditions apply.

4. Seats on the Elf Express are subject to availability.

5. We can’t guarantee a seat on the top deck as all seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

6. Bookings / Amendments - All sales are final & are non refundable. In the event that you need to change the date or time of your booking, please contact our Customer Service team. Changes can be made up until 2 weeks before departure date subject to an admin fee of £10 per booking.

Looking for hop-on hop-off tours?

Get your 24, 48 or 72 hour bus tour tickets here and benefit from added extras such as a free walking tour and Thames river cruises.