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City Sightseeing Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
City Sightseeing Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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icon40 minutes  (Approx.)
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Experience one of the world’s greatest university cities on this hop-on hop-off Oxford bus tour. With a 24- or 48-hour pass, design a personalized itinerary with several possible stops including the University of Oxford buildings (some featured in the 'Harry Potter' films), Oxford Castle, and Bodleian Library, one of the world’s oldest public libraries. Enjoy unobstructed views from the open-top viewing deck and fun onboard commentary as you savor this elegant city.
  • Discover Oxford and its highlights with a City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour
  • See the best of the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ at your own pace with a 24- or 48-hour ticket
  • Pass by must-see city sights including Oxford Castle and Christ Church College
  • Set your own sightseeing schedule, hopping on and off at any of the stops
  • Sit on the open-air, top deck and soak up 360-degree views of the honey-stoned university city
  • Listen to the onboard audio commentary to learn about the historical city
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24 or 48 hour bus pass
Guided walking tour
On-board audio commentary available 11 languages + free headphones
Vouchers valid for 12 months
Mobile tickets accepted
Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.

Departure Time

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Return Details

You may disembark at any of the available stops.
With your 24- or 48-hour ticket, see the best of the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ by bus, with onboard audio commentary offering fascinating snippets of local history. Hop aboard the bus at any of the route’s stops (full itinerary listed below) and enjoy the flexibility of choosing your own itinerary, pace and tour duration. 

Grab a comfortable seat in either the indoor or open-air seating section and take in the sights along the route. Feel free to stay on for the entire loop, or hop off at any stop to see one of Oxford’s historical or cultural landmarks—buses depart regularly. 

Between stops, explore the city’s local color and soak up the rich character of this celebrated hub of global education. To end your tour, disembark at any stop along the route, any time you like.
40 minutes
Operating Schedule:
  Low season - 1st April - 20th June every 30 minutes Monday to Thursday and every 20 minutes Friday - Sunday. This will also apply to October. Last tour 17.00 Mid Season - 21st June - 22nd July every 20 minutes Monday - Thursday and every 15 minutes Friday - Sunday. This will also apply to September. Last tour 17.30 High Season - 23rd July - 31st August every 15 minutes daily. Last tour 18.00
Park End Street
Gloucester Green Bus Station
New Road
Westgate Shopping Centre
Speedwell Street
St Aldates (Stop G2)
Brasenose College
The Queen's College
The Plain
St.Cross Road
South Parks Road
The Sheldonian Theatre
Trinity College
Parks Road
Park Town
Plantation Road
61 St Giles'
Magdalen Street East (Stop C6)
Sightseeing Randolph
Points of interest passed by on this route
Christ Church
Brasenose College
Sheldonian Theatre
Queen's College
Trinity College
City Sightseeing Oxford
Oxford Castle & Prison
Westgate Oxford
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Operates: All Year Round (except 1st January, 25th & 26th December)
  • Low season - 1st April - 20th June every 30 minutes Monday to Thursday and every 20 minutes Friday - Sunday. This will also apply to October. Last tour 17.00
  • Mid Season - 21st June - 22nd July every 20 minutes Monday - Thursday and every 15 minutes Friday - Sunday. This will also apply to September. Last tour 17.30
  • High Season - 23rd July - 31st August every 15 minutes daily. Last tour 18.00
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Mobile or Paper Vouchers accepted. Paper vouchers must be redeemed at City Sightseeing shop in Oxford Railway Station.
  • Please note that the guided walking tour is seasonal, and customers should enquire upon arrival for more information.
  • Vouchers are valid for 12 months
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY City Sightseeing Ltd - UK and Ireland

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during City Sightseeing Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by City Sightseeing Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour.
What is the social distancing policy during City Sightseeing Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by City Sightseeing Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour.

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Traveler Tips

  • "I bought a multi-day pass and one day had a driver who took the tour part seriously and slowed down so that you could actually catch the sites." See review
  • "The bus starts from right outside the Oxford station which is really convenient" See review
  • "A good way to view Oxford, to see where all the key places are sited, to later explore." See review


366 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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It was very nice. I liked it much.
, Jul 2021
It was very nice tour. The drivers are so nice and helpful, especially Paul , he helped me with continuing my walking tour, big thanks to him. The only inconvenience is not working plugs for audio or charging . Thank you.
Great day
, Jul 2021
We went with friends and really enjoyed the sight seeing bus tour it was very informative. Would recommend anyone else to go on this tour
Could not redeem my voucher
, Jun 2021
Did not get to use the bus. Instructions on redeeming the voucher was unclear. I went to all the placed listed but could not find anyone to redeem my voucher. Not typical of Viator experience as I have enjoyed many other tours.
Sunny day
, May 2021
Great day..bus stopping and spending time outside colleges and places of interest so you can see them as well as listening to commentary instead of driving right past
Tour Bus
, Oct 2020
We decided that the Bus was a great way to see the city and jump on and off where ever we would like, and the bus didn’t disappoint us. You had the option of either listening to the pre-recorded tour, or the live tour being given. My partner he listened to the pre-recorded tour and I listened to the live, which were both informative, and very detailed. The drivers (we swapped buses half way through for COVID cleaning reasons) were friendly and pleased that this action was taken. I would certainly recommend this
Value for money & great info
, Sep 2020
Love hop on hop off busses. Always find them so informative and a chance to see everywhere before deciding where you might want to re-visit. Bus driver made sure we knew where we were going when the trip finished as we were joining the 30 minute walking tour included, also so interesting.
Excellent Value
, Sep 2020
Fantastic way to see and appreciate Oxford. The route was very well planned and enabled passengers to see many places of interest. The recorded commentary was very clear and informative.
, Aug 2020
When we bought tickets online, the instruction was to go to a shop near the bus station to get the tickets. It was shut. A notice instructed us to go to the bus and get the tickets there. The scanner would not read the QR code. The driver was most unhelpful, telling us to email the company. When I insisted I would not do that as I had email confirmation of the tickets and I did not want to waste my time chasing up the purchase, he rang his boss and was able to resolve the matter himself that way. One member of our party had only taken a photograph of the QR code but the driver wanted to see the whole email which they didn't have and ended up having to pay for their tickets again. I would not buy from this website again as the whole experience was marred by the difficulty in just trying to get on board. The tour itself takes you through the sights of Oxford and is value for money if you want to see everything Oxford has to offer. I'd recommend boarding early so you can take advantage of hopping on and off to visit the sights.
Printed ticket in this era is really weird!
, Feb 2020
It was extremely difficult to find the location of bus stop and main office . The address shown in the mail for redemption of the ticket was not available at the location shown by google maps
The real tour of Oxford.
, Aug 2019
The tour was great, full of information and our guide very entertaining. I would prefare that we had a wider variety of languages, as our kids did not understand English, and we had to make some basic translation.

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