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City Sightseeing Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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

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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.
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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.
1 hour 
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
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: 1 Hour
  • 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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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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?
A: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?
A: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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  • "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

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Oxford City tour
, Aug 2022
Excellent visit, made even better by hopping on and off the bus. Very good commentary. Have been to Oxford with work before, but learned alot on this trip( leisure)
Great way of sightseeing
, Aug 2022
Great way to explore the city, learn about its history and generally a good way to use as a public transport.
Lovely relaxing tour!
, Jul 2022
Learnt a lot about Oxford on this tour. About the college’s and went to them. Seeing all sandstone that they are made off.
Five star
, Jul 2022
We could ride when we wanted to but get off to explore. Wonderful! My husband has trouble walking, so he appreciated it.
Oxford visit
, Jul 2022
Had a wonderful guide! Makes all the difference! Got to see the city without the stress of walking. What a lovely, historic city. I lived here as a child and it filled my heart to be back.
Worst bus experience ever! No really the very worst bus experience.
, Jul 2022
Could not find bus stop in city. Followed bus around multiple corners - tried to get ahead of it, tried to find a bus stop with logo etc. completely frustrating and a total waste of money.
The driver was very...
, Jul 2022
The driver was very helpful & friendly. Commentary excellent. We would definitely say it’s a must for any tourist visiting Oxford.
Greg, the living encyclopedia
, Jun 2022
Great tour and a perfect Start to know more about Oxford, especially due to our tour guide Greg. However, the downside is that it wasn`t able to download the tickets (even with the App)
Ex cellent informative...
, Jun 2022
Ex cellent informative trip. Bus driver was excellent, helping my wheelchair bound mother on and off the bus, and informing us as Jo when we approached the music museum. Only problem... my mother rode on her wheelchair and the window through which she needed to look was covered with promotional material. A ridiculous idea from somebody who needs to apologise to my mother, and other disabled passengers who ride in that area .
Great way to see Oxford
, Jun 2022
Excellent way to see Oxford. Such a beautiful place to visit. Ideal way to get your bearings before taking a walk-about.
Great tour
, Jun 2022
Lots of history +++, well shared by Greg, great bus driver in tight spaces Would do again without hesitation
Very interesting and...
, Jun 2022
Very interesting and informative. The hop on and hop off option really was excellent. Well organised very easy to book. Overall an amazing experience
All the universities. The...
, May 2022
All the universities. The gardens. The hussle and bustle of the city. The amazing food. The convenience of the buses.
Nice but expensive. We had already done most of the tour ourselves on foot.
, May 2022
Disappointing and Expensive.. You can do most of the tour yourselves on foot. We didn't take advantage of the walking tour.
Great introduction to Oxford sights and includes free short walking tour
, May 2022
This hop on and off tour is great way to obtain an introduction to the City of Oxford and its sights. We had the pre-recorded commentary via new sealed personal earbuds that are supplied to you when you board the bus for the first time. The driver was very helpful, charming and offered advice when we needed it as to which stop to take. There are 20 stops which the bus cycles around. Also included free of charge is a 45 minute walking tour that takes in many interesting locations that the bus cannot reach. Ask the driver which stop to get off to join these tours that depart from the Oxford Visitor Information Centre on High Street. Our guide, Mel, was excellent and very knowledgeable so this free addition is a great informative way of getting more from your tour.
Amazing experience!
, May 2022
Excellent experience, driver so polite and patience, dealing with busy traffic. Oxford is a nice city. I really enjoyed so much.
First time Oxford
, Apr 2022
Lots of great information provided. Nice to ride around and relax after walking and eating lunch at the museum.
More is better
, Mar 2022
Good staff, very helpful, terrific way to supplement walking tour. Expands the view of Oxford beyond the college to show it is more than a university.
Great experience…
, Mar 2022
Easy to use…buses regular and on time friendly driver and excellent informative guide recording ……..
Thoroughly recommend
, Feb 2022
Oxford is such a beautiful city and the audio guide was super. The driver and office staff were very friendly and helpful too.
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