London by Bus and Boat & Entrance to Buckingham Palace

3.5 / 5

26 reviews

Activity provider: Premium Tours

London by Bus and Boat & Entrance to Buckingham Palace

Activity provider: Premium Tours

From US$ 96.57 per person

Climb aboard a vintage bus for a panoramic tour of London and see the sights from the water. Skip the line to Buckingham Palace and explore the home of the British monarchy at your own pace.

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Duration 8 hours
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Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, English, Portuguese


  • Explore the historic center of London by vintage bus
  • Skip the long lines to Buckingham Palace
  • Cruise down the River Thames by boat
  • Watch the pageantry of the Changing of the Guard ceremony
  • See the official residence of the UK Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street
Full description

Discover the landmarks of London on a combined bus and boat tour, and then skip the long lines to enter the Buckingham Palace. The 1st part of your combo tour is by vintage double-decker bus. Enjoy panoramic views of London landmarks in the historic center, such as the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Tower of London. Marvel at the dome of Sir Christopher Wren’s iconic St. Paul’s Cathedral. Then swap land for water and sail along the River Thames on a private cruise past Shakespeare’s Globe theater, the bombastic HMS Belfast battleship, the soaring pyramid skyscraper of The Shard, and much more. Back on dry land, re-join the bus and transfer to Buckingham Palace. Arrive in time to experience the pageantry of the Changing of the Guard ceremony. See the King's soldiers dressed in their scarlet tunics and busbies as they march to a military band. Enter Buckingham Palace in the afternoon for a self-guided tour of the lavish state rooms and apartments.

  • Admission to Buckingham Palace with audio guide
  • Sightseeing tour by vintage bus
  • Private cruise on the River Thames
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet at Gate 19 - 20, Victoria Coach Station, London

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  •  On arrival at Buckingham Palace, you and your belongings will be subject to airport-style security checks. Please try to bring as little as possible with you as it will help you get through security screening faster
  •  Please note that the tour inside Buckingham Palace is not guided (audio guide is available for Buckingham Palace tour only)
  • There will be a few hours break after the morning tour and in the afternoon you will be re-joining and visiting Buckingham Palace. Buckingham Palace entry is booked for 14:30.
  • Please note that this is an open-top bus tour, so please be prepared for the possibility of rain
  • On rare occasions, the open-top bus may be changed to a closed top bus
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.5 /5

based on 26 reviews

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The tour is organized quite well. If you do not know English you will lose the opportunity to take advantage of the excellent and tireless guide that accompanies you on the ride on an ancient open bus, which crosses the most beautiful places in the city. During the tour, the bus stops for a stop that allows tourists to go to the bathroom. Then they take you on a very comfortable boat to sail on the Thames from the London Eye to Tower Bridge. After the ride on the river, the bus takes you to Buckingham Palace, where once you pick up your tickets (included in the tour price), you visit the beautiful State Apartments. At this time the guide and the bus leave and then the Palace must be visited independently with an audio guide, as the tour is concluded. For the price, it's a great tour! Highly recommended

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September 4, 2019

A nice extensive tour with bus, boat and small foot marches

The meeting point was easy to find. The right bus (there were at least 40 buses on site) was not so easy to find. The name of the tour was different on site, but the station number was given correctly and so all registered guests were on board. At the meeting point, bistros and toilets were easy to find. It started with a delay of 30 minutes. The attendants and the staff very friendly and helpful. The companions could hardly speak German and so I missed the cheerful comments. Nevertheless, the tour is highly recommended, a nice old red bus with German-language on-board announcements. A little tip: always ask your companion exactly about the exact time of your journey.

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September 17, 2015

Rarely had so much fun on a city tour, Thanks to Dan!

It was a great vintage car tour and on the boat, especially Gay Guide Dan from Premium Tours, with his easygoing style and great dry humor, helped make this tour unforgettable. Normally a city tour on the bus is rather something for older people - I almost wet myself with laughter. Great class and an extra big thank you, please pass it on to Dan !! You do not have to say much about Buckingham Palace - very impressive.

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August 18, 2015

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