Sightseeing by bus

Nothing says London quite like a red double-decker bus. Take a scenic spin on one of our iconic buses to see the best sights the city has to offer. We’ve put together some routes and maps below to inspire your next London sightseeing by bus trip. 🚌

Illustrated map of bus route 9.

Museums and palaces

Take bus route 9 to explore Royal Palaces including St James’s Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace and interesting museums like the London Transport Museum and the Natural History Museum.

The route includes other famous London landmarks, such as Trafalgar Square, and parks to explore and relax in. 👑🏛

Illustrated map of bus route 139.

Classic London

This is a London sightseeing bus trip you won’t want to skip! You’ll see some of the most iconic London attractions on bus route 139. From Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square to famous shops such as Hamleys Toy Store 🧸 and Selfridges & Co 🛍️ this one is a must for both newbies and experienced visitors to the City. 🌆

Illustrated map of bus route 22.

Antiques and curios

Take bus route 22 and explore various antiques shops, art galleries and markets, as well as one of London’s most famous stores, Fortnum & Mason. Break up shopping with a visit to Fulham Palace or Green Park. 🎨

Illustrated map of bus route 35.


Take bus route 35 and spend a day exploring markets across London, which sell everything from food and flowers, to clothing and gifts. 🌺👕🎁 Borough, Spitalfields, Brick Lane and more – there’s a market for everyone. Which one is your favourite?

Illustrated map of bus route 17.

History and heritage

This London sightseeing bus route is one for those who enjoy history. Bus route 17 takes you to the Charles Dickens Museum and St Paul’s Cathedral, amongst other historical highlights like the Old Bailey and the Monument to the Great Fire of London. Perfect for all history geeks out there! 🤓

Using our buses

Plan your journey in advance with the TfL Go app or Journey Planner. 📲 Travel during quieter times for a more enjoyable bus journey. ⏰

Make sure you touch in on the yellow reader when you get on a bus each time. You don’t need to touch out when you get off. 

Find more tips on using buses in London.

Best ways to pay

All buses in London are cash-free. You can pay as you go using a contactless, Oyster or Visitor Oyster card. You can also use a Travelcard or Bus & Tram Pass. 🎟️

Our Hopper fare lets you make unlimited bus journeys within one hour when you use pay as you go. You can hop on and off as many buses as you like within the hour and only pay for the first bus. 🤗

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