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Bristol Insight: The Open Top Bus Company

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Bristol Insight: The Open Top Bus Company


Step aboard the distinctive red open top buses, and enjoy the sights and sounds of this wonderful city from a different perspective.

Discover Bristol with a local guide

Local guides provide a unique tour with informed, personal and interactive commentary. Travel around the Harbourside & stop at Brunel’s famous transatlantic liner, Brunel's ss Great Britain. Carry on out along the dramatic Avon Gorge and beneath the impressive Clifton Suspension Bridge; another iconic Brunel masterpiece.

You can also enjoy a variety of shopping experiences: elegant Clifton Village; eclectic Park Street; and the bustling Bristol Shopping Quarter (which includes Broadmead and Cabot Circus) with its high-end department stores and St. Nicholas Market with its independent stalls.

You also have the opportunity to hop off the bus and experience some of Bristol’s best attractions* including: Brunel's ss Great Britain, Bristol Zoo Gardens, At Bristol Science Centre, The Bristol Hippodrome and the Bristol Aquarium (* as rated on Trip Advisor).

Types of tickets

The Explorer ticket allows you to enjoy the full 1 hour tour, or alternatively you can hop off the bus at any one of the 17 stops around the city and explore Bristol a little further. The guides are happy to give any assistance on further places to visit. Or do both! The Explorer ticket is valid for 2 days so you can make the most of your visit to Bristol.

There is a Family ticket available as the tour is suitable for all ages. Children under 5 travel free.

They offer a Bus/Boat Combo ticket, again valid for 2 days, which allows you to explore Bristol by water as well as open top bus.

Private group tours

For larger groups private tours are also available. Choose the ‘Original Bristol’ guided tour or the ‘Cream Tea tour’, which includes a stop at the Avon Gorge hotel with views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and gorge. All trips can be tailor-made to suit your requirements.

Discounts are given for all tickets purchased online.


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Establishment Features

  • Bristol Pound Accepted
  • Dogs Accepted

Key Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Outdoor Attraction

Payment Methods

  • Euros accepted
  • Special group rates
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted


  • Bristol Insight Video

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Find out about the latest on the roads and get travel directions from

Public Transport Directions

For comprehensive information about getting here by public transport, please visit

Guide Prices

Explorer Bus Ticket: 1 Day Ticket - with second consecutive day FREE
Adult £15.50 per ticket, Student / OAP £13.50 per ticket, Child 5-15 years £9.00 per ticket (under 5's go free)
Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children) £46.00 per ticket

Bus/Boat Combo – 1 Day Ticket - with second consecutive day FREE
Adult / Senior £21.00 per ticket, Child 5-15 years £12.50 per ticket (under 5's go free)
Family (up to 2 adults & 3 children) £64.00 per ticket

Note: prices are subject to change
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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
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Recent Reviews:

  • joesK3520BP
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Great tour , a little exspensive
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 22nd April 2019
    Me and my family are from bristol but never really thought about doing the open bus tour until the easter holiday. It was a tad expensive at £16.50 a adult ... i was slightly surprised when the time... Read full review
  • dmn2710
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Don't keep to timetable
    3 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 11th May 2019
    I would have loved to have given this tour a better score as the staff were very welcoming and knowledgeable. We planned to catch the last bus but unfortunately for us it left early and we arrived at... Read full review
  • hjtwsm
    Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
    Bristol open top bus tour, old city & main city centre
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 5th June 2019
    Wonderful way to entertain grandchildren (and Adults too) without walking. You can hop on or off the bus at leasure Read full review
Pick-up across the city but bus stop 1 is on Broad Quay opposite the Radisson Blu Hotel
Central Bristol

Tel: +44 (0) 117 971 9279


  • VAQAS VB Attraction VAQAS


  • Visit EnglandCode of Practice Code of Practice 2012
  • South West TourismSouth West Tourism Excellence Awards 2014-2015 - Gold South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2014-2015 - Gold 2015

Opening Times

Open (1 Apr 2019 - 29 Sept 2019)

* Check the website for timetables

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