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Bristol Insight: The Open Top Bus Company

Pick-up across the city but bus stop 1 is on Broad Quay opposite the Radisson Blu Hotel, Central Bristol, Bristol, BS1 4DJ

Tel: +44 (0)7422 963 454

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Bristol Insight: The Open Top Bus Company


*** Due to the ongoing Covid-19 developments, Bristol Insight: The Open Top Bus Company have suspended operations until further notice. ***

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

Discover Bristol

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, We The Curious, The Bristol Hippodrome and the Bristol Aquarium (* as rated on Trip Advisor).


The Explorer ticket allows you to enjoy the full one hour tour, or alternatively you can hop off the bus at any one of the 11 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 two 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 five travel free.

They offer a bus/boat combo ticket, again valid for two days, which allows you to explore Bristol by water as well as open top bus.


Stop 1 – Broad Quay (unchanged)
Stop 2 - Rupert St (opposite Fusion tower)
Stop 3 – College Green
Stop 4 – Queens Road (opposite Museum & Art gallery)
Stop 5 – Buckingham Place (outside Students Union)
Stop 6 – Clifton Down Road (Rodney Place)
Stop 7 – Clifton Down (Bristol Zoo entrance)
Stop 8 – Cumberland Road (Spike Island Art Centre)
Stop 9 – Brunel Square (SSGB)
Stop 10 – Cumberland Road (Gaol Ferry Steps)
Stop 11 – Redcliffe Hill


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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
Available to buy online at:


  • Bristol Insight Video

Opening Times

* Check the website for timetables


  • 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

Further Information

Establishment Features

  • Bristol Pound Accepted
  • Dogs Accepted

Key Features

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

Payment Methods

  • Special group rates
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted



TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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

  • 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
  • Jadec_knapp
    Trip Type:
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 28th July 2019
    Sean Snook was brilliant, very informative, had a lovely manor and kept me interested throughout the tour Read full review
  • lucynougat
    Redhill, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 8th September 2019
    If you've not got much time but want to see as much of the city as possible, this is a good way to do it. It was great sitting on the top deck with the wind in your hair as the bus drove along. The... Read full review

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