London Bus Tour Times

The Original Tour Bus Routes and Times

With your Original Tour ticket, you have access to 7 bus tour routes around London. Six of these routes (Yellow (T1 and T2), Blue, Orange, Red and Pink) are some of the best London bus routes for sightseeing and buses run at a 15-30 minute frequency. The Purple route operates as a shuttle service and connects you with our sightseeing tours from the train stations and popular hotel districts of the capital. The information below is designed to help you plan your day out in London. Do also check our bus timetables of London for specific stop locations and route times.

All times are subject to change and traffic conditions. If you have any questions on the day, please do ask our friendly and knowledgeable on-street staff who are on hand to help you plan your perfect day and bus tour of London!

Yellow Route - The Original Tour: T1 (English Commentary) and T2 (Multilingual Recorded Commentary)

The Yellow Route presents the key sights and top attractions of London including the Tower of London, Trafalgar SquareSt Paul’s CathedralLondon Eye, The Shard, Tower Bridge and Leicester Square. Crossing the river four times you are guaranteed some spectacular views of London’s stunning scenery along the Thames on this London tourist route.

T1 buses offer commentary in English.  From Monday 29th October to Thursday 1st November on T1s, there will be a live guide once per hour from 9am.  From Friday 2nd November there will be a live guide on every T1 tour on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only

T2 buses offer recorded commentary in multiple languages together with our English language Kids Club.

The main departure point for this tour route is located at Coventry Street, Piccadilly Circus but you can board the bus at any stop along the route.


Our T1 Yellow tours leave every 15-20 minutes from Grosvenor Gardens.  For live guides, please note that from Monday 29th October to Thursday 1st November on T1s, there will be a live guide once per hour from 9am.  From Friday 2nd November there will be a live guide on every T1 tour on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only

Our T2 headphone commentary tour leaves every 12-15 mins. 


Blue Route - The Royal Borough Route (T4)

The Blue Route Covers the popular shopping district of Kensington with the world famous Harrods and Harvey Nicholls department stores as well as the museums in Kensington including Victoria & Albert Museum, Science Museum, Natural History Museum and the Design Museum.

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is the smallest borough in London but also one of the most densely populated. Nicknamed ‘Albertopolis’ after the husband of Queen Victoria, the area contains some of the most expensive residential properties in London along with a large number of museums (many with free entry) & cultural institutions.

We invite you to hop-off The Original Tour anywhere along the route or stay on-board to view the impressive architecture of this beautiful area.


Our T1 Yellow tours with live guides leave every 15-20 minutes from Grosvenor Gardens.
Our T2 headphone commentary tour leaves every 12-15 mins. 

Blue Route Timetable

Orange Route: The British Museum Tour (T5)

The British Museum is the most popular attraction in London with over 6 million visitors per year. Dedicated to human history, art & culture, the museum houses over 8 million exhibits (not all of them on show at one time!) from all over the world. You’ll also find several popular sights and places to visit including the British Library, Chinatown and the home of London’s theatreland with several renowned theatres on Shaftesbury Avenue. You may also find some hidden gems on the orange route including the Cartoon Museum, Museum of Comedy and 52 Tavistock Square which is the site of Virginia Woolf’s home, now the Tavistock Hotel.

For the British Museum timetable of bus tours in London, buses depart from Woburn Place (Royal National Hotel) bus stop frequently all day between 8.15 and 17.30. Orange Route busses return from Piccadilly Circus (Rupert Street) frequently between 8.40 and 17.51.

The Orange Route also provides easy access from Kings Cross, St Pancras and Euston train stations. If you arrive at one of these major train stations you can hop onto our Orange Route to travel into central London to switch onto the Yellow route, which covers all the major sights and attractions of central London.

Buses run from Woburn Place to Euston, King’s Cross and St. Pancras in the morning only with buses serving King’s Cross between 10:03 and 12:03. Buses return in the evening to King’s Cross from Woburn Place at 17:14, 17:44 and 18:14.

Frequency: Every 20 – 30 minutes

Orange Route TimetableOrange Tour Timetable

Green Route: Capital Connector (T3)

The Green Route is a useful route to hop-on if you need to cross town quickly to get from one place to another.

The Green Route operates at a frequency of every 20 minutes (20-30 minutes in winter) with the first bus departing Charing Cross Road (Leicester Square) at 9.15am and the last bus at 2.36pm.

First Tour: 09:15 from Charing Cross Road.
Frequency: Every 20-30 minutes.
Last Full Tour: 14:15 from Charing Cross Road.
Note: 14:36 from Charing Cross terminates at Northumberland Avenue (Stop X).

Purple Route: Capital Connector (T6)

The Purple Route is useful if you are staying in a hotel located in Bayswater, Notting Hill, Holland Park or Lancaster Gate or wish to go shopping at Westfield Shepherds Bush. You can also hop off at Madame Tussauds or take a Baker Street tour to find Sherlock’s famous address at 221B.

Operating in both eastbound and westbound directions, the Purple Route operates more frequently in an eastbound direction, enabling you to join our Yellow sightseeing tour routes at Marble Arch.

Frequency: Every 20-30 minutes.

Purple Route Timetable