As I wrote in the previous article about Glasgow, visiting the Scottish city on a Hop-on Hop-off bus tour is a good compromise to see all the major attractions in a short period of time. Personally, I travelled on this Sightseeing double-decker bus in two consecutive days:
- to have a first general view of Glasgow;
- to reach the West End and its museums.
The Glasgow Hop on-Hop off bus route and timetable
The full tour lasts approx. 75 minutes and it departs at George Square West. During wintertime (2nd November-24th March) tours begin at 9:30 with a frequency of 30 minutes until 16:30. During the peak periods, service starts earlier and finishes later with a frequency of 15-20 minutes.
The Hop-on Hop-off bus itinerary includes 21 stops and all of them are situated close to the city places of interest, for example:
- Glasgow Cathedral;
- Glasgow Green;
- Glasgow University
- Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
Please note that some stops are request only so be sure to signal if you want to get off or get on the bus. You can download here the Bus Tour map.
Prices of Glasgow City Sightseeing bus tour
Depending on the length of the stay, you can choose a 1-day or 2-days ticket. Considering the fares, I would say that the second option is better because, honestly, I reckon it is simply impossible to visit Glasgow city centre and the West End in just one day.
Having said that, the Glasgow City Sightseeing bus prices for a 2-days ticket are the following:
- adult, £16.00;
- child (0-11), £9.00;
- child (12-15), £9.00;
- concession (students and people aged 60+), £15.00;
- child (under 5s), free.
It is possible to get the Glasgow Hop-on Hop-off bus ticket on board or purchase it in advance. In this case, you will receive an e-voucher that must be printed and brought with you. The ticket permits unlimited journeys and it includes an audio guide available in 9 languages.
My experience with Glasgow Hop on-Hop off bus
It was my first time on this open top bus tour across Glasgow and I can say I enjoyed it. First of all, the (Italian) audio guide was useful, exhaustive and I got to know very well the history and anecdotes of Glasgow.
Secondly, though the crisp weather, I was able to admire the Scottish city “from above” and every stop gave me the chance to take good photographs of the attractions.
Thirdly, Hop-on Hop-off bus tour is ideal if you do not have enough time to visit Glasgow. In this way you get a satisfying glimpse of it, letting you the desire to return as soon as possible. Otherwise, you can use the Sightseeing every time you want it to reach the key points of the town.
For all these reasons I would recommend you to go on a Hop-on Hop-off tour around Glasgow city centre.