Please observe social distancing on-bus and at stops, wear a face covering when on board, and pay with contactless or purchasing your ticket in advance on our Mobile App where possible.
Do bus passengers have to wear face coverings/masks?
The Scottish Government has advised it is now mandatory to wear a face covering when you travel on public transport from Monday 22nd June. Please help us keep each other safe by following this advice, unless a medical condition prevents you from doing so, click here for more information. These new rules will be enforced by Police Scotland and can result in a fine.
What additional cleaning is taking place?
Our buses are comprehensively cleaned every night by our expert team of cleaners, including regular disinfection of all grab rails and poles, entrance door handles, window ledges and other touchpoints.
Will you be providing face masks or hand sanitiser for passengers?
No, customers should use their own sanitiser and face covering.
Yes, the safety of our staff and customers is always our number one priority. We have introduced enhanced cleaning regimes across all our vehicles and premises including regular deep cleans. Our buses are also sprayed with a protective Anti-Viral fog which kills Covid 19 on contact and last for up to 30 days.
We are ensuring that passengers who need to travel by bus have the most up to date information on how they can play their part to keep the bus network safe for everyone.
This includes keeping at least a metre apart where possible and wearing face coverings if you are able.
With effect from 22nd June, you must wear a face covering when travelling on public transport including our tours. Some passengers, such as those with underlying health conditions that would make wearing a face covering difficult, are exempt from wearing one. Please check the Scottish Government guidelines for more information, click here
We are following the latest Scottish Government guidance for customers on board whilst travelling on our tour. This means that you will see clear signage on the bus on where to sit to ensure social distancing rules are maintained on board our services in the enclosed areas. Staff will be on hand to guide you to seats and answer any questions you may have. All customers must wear a face covering, unless exempt, whilst travelling on the tour bus as it is mandatory in Scotland to do so.
Yes. As of June 22nd 2020, Face Coverings are mandatory in Scotland for anyone travelling on any form of public transport including our tour buses. This means It is your legal responsibility to wear a face covering when travelling on public transport unless you have an exemption. The driver cannot enforce this due to the complexities around the number of exemptions, but you may be liable to a fixed penalty notice of £100 if you refuse.
Bus drivers are exempt from wearing a face covering whilst in their cab as they are protected by a safety screen and wearing a mask whilst driving is a safety concern. Should the driver need to leave the cab to assist a passenger or any other reason they are required to put a face covering on.
Be aware that not everyone can wear a face covering and some exemptions apply. Check the latest Scottish Government guidance on Face Coverings for more information, click here
If you have an exemption and you are unable to wear a face covering please be prepared to inform the driver and show an Extra help to travel card (Journey assistance card). Please see here for more details
We're on St Andrew Square, just off Princes Street. Just look out for the bright orange buses, you'll not miss us!
The main stop, and start and end of our tour, is on St Andrew Square, but you can hop on and off at any of our boarding points along the route. You can view the map here →
You can hop on and hop off in Edinburgh as many times as you want over 24 hours. If something takes your fancy then jump off and then back on later and make numerous trips to Edinburgh on one ticket.
With Bright Bus Tours you will enjoy many of the famous places in Edinburgh from the National Museum of Scotland to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Castle. Pick up our leaflet or click here to download and discover everything Edinburgh has to offer.
There is so much to explore on our Edinburgh tours and you can always ask our friendly street team who will be very happy to give you advice on what there is to see and where you’ll need to hop off to see it.
The full route takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete. But you don’t have to do it all in one go, you’re welcome to hop and off to break up the journey and see some of the sights on foot.
The first tour of the day starts from Waverley Bridge at 0900, the last tour leaves at 5pm. Our open top tour buses run 7 days a week so whenever you’ve come to visit you can make sure you see all the sights.
The buses are every 15 minutes so you shouldn’t have to wait long to continue your adventure through Edinburgh.
(From Monday October 12th our service will run every 20 minutes)
Our Edinburgh bus tours boarding points can be easily found on the where to board page.
Just look out for the bright orange buses of course!
You can store the email ticket on your phone and show this to the driver or if you do need to you can also print the ticket and bring the paper version.
We offer a discounted family ticket for £29 that includes two adults and up to three children aged between 5 and 15, under 5s are free of charge.
Children between 5 and 15 can buy a reduced ticket at £6. Any wee ones under 5 travel for free!
They travel for free! Yup, little rascals and wee cherubs are all welcome onboard.
We ask that children under the age of 16 are accompanied by an adult, we want everyone to stay safe and sound!
There will be a group discount for parties of 10 or more, with one person per 10 passengers getting a free ticket. Just speak to one of our drivers or street team.
You can buy tickets in advance via the First Bus App and store them on your phone.
You will need to purchase a valid ticket for each person travelling
If you have version 4.5 (or newer) of the First Bus App you can activate multiple tickets at the same time from the same mTickets account.
Our day trips from Edinburgh also come with some great discounts at a number of top attractions. Please see our where to board page for details on our partner discounts. Show your Bright Bus Tours ticket on any of our buses & we'll drop you off (First Bus services from Princes Street are X24, X25, X38 – find the service bus timetables here →).
Yes, we want to make sure everyone can see our beautiful city - there is a ramp on every bus, with one designated space per bus.
Over 60s and students with a valid matriculation card are eligible for concession tickets at £9 each. Disabled users pay the relevant adult and child fares, while a carer carrying a valid identification is eligible for concession prices.
Unfortunately you can’t reserve a seat, but with buses every 20 minutes you shouldn’t have a problem getting a good spot.
Woof, woof woof! *Translation* Yes, well behaved dogs are very welcome (at the driver’s discretion). Greyfriars Bobby would be proud.
Yes our Bright Bus Tours orange buses are for hire, just call 01506 534 977