City Sightseeing Bournemouth Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Boat Tour

4.3 / 5

39 reviews

City Sightseeing Bournemouth Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Boat Tour

From £13 per person

Hop on to a sightseeing bus and enjoy a hop-on hop-off tour of Bournemouth for 24 or 48 hours. Discover sights such as Bournemouth Pier and Poole Quay from an open-top bus with panoramic views. Select the bus and boat combo to see the city from the water.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
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Duration 1 - 2 days
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Optional audio guide


  • Enjoy panoramic sea views as you explore Bournemouth Pier
  • Visit Europe's first surf reef at Boscombe Pier
  • See charming independent shops and cafés in Westbourne
  • Enjoy the boating lake and miniature railway at Poole Park
  • Check out the bars and pubs at West Cliff
  • Discover some of Bournemouth's oldest buildings and medieval roots in Old Poole Town
Full description
Experience the beautiful British coastline with the Bournemouth hop-on hop-off tour. Ride an open-top double-decker tour bus on a 1.5-hour loop through the Dorset coastline to discover the beautiful seaside towns of Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole. Enhance your experience with an option boat tour departing from Poole Quay. The area is home to a vast variety of shops, parks, restaurants, and theaters, as well as a buzzing nightlife. The onboard commentary points out the main sights and attractions of each city, all accessible from the 25 conveniently located stops along the bus route. There are plenty of things to do in Bournemouth, Poole, and Christchurch. You can visit Tuckton Tea Gardens for a trip on a vintage ferry boat, a game of pitch and putt and a cream tea on the bank of the River Stour. Or hop off at Hengistbury Head and visit the nature reserve. For those who want to soak up the sun, Boscombe Pier is home to Europe's first surf reef and Branksome Chine has access to spectacular gardens. A double-decker bus is the perfect way to explore the picturesque British seaside and the phenomenal beaches, parks and shops of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are all easily accessible from the tour route's wandering path down the coastline. There are many things to do and see, so let City Sightseeing highlight all the best attractions and help you to make the most of your stay. Bournemouth Tour Stops: 1. Bournemouth Pier - Behind Hot Rocks 2. Bournemouth Square - Gervis Place Stand X 3. West Cliff Savoy Hotel 4. Westbourne - Camden 5. Branksome Chine 6. Canford Cliffs - Loch Fyne 7. Sandbanks Beach - Shore Road - Tesco 8. Sandbanks Beach - Main Car Park 9. Sandbanks Peninsular - Panorama Road 10. Sandbanks Beach - Harbour Side 11. Sandbanks Beach - Harbour Side opposite Tesco 12. Lilliput Village - Lilliput Square 13. Whitecliff - Whitecliff Recreation Ground 14. Poole Park - Opposite Civic Centre 15. Poole Quay & Old Town - Old Orchard 16. Poole Railway Station - Platform 2 Exit Ramp 17. Poole Park - Parkstone Road by Parade of Shops 18. Ashley Cross - Parkstone Railway Station 19. Penn Hill - Penn Hill Corner 20. Westbourne - Opposite The Porterhouse 21. The Triangle - Bournemouth Central Library 22. Bournemouth Square - Moon on the Square 23. Bournemouth Pier - Behind Hot Rocks
  • Hop-on hop-off bus ticket (24 or 48 hours depending on option selected)
  • Headphones and recorded audio commentary
  • Information booklet including a map and discounts on local attractions, eateries and shopping
  • Bournemouth boat tour (if option selected)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Entry fees to attractions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • This tour is wheelchair accessible
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Vouchers are valid for 12 months giving you greater flexibility with your travel plans
  • The tour starts from stop 1 - Bournemouth Pier or Poole Quay
  • The first tour from Bournemouth Pier departs at 11:00 AM and the last tour departs at 4:15 PM
  • The first tour from Poole Quay (stop 15) departs at 10:30 AM and the last tour departs at 3:45 PM
  • The boat tour departs at 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, and 2:30 PM from Poole Quay
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 39 reviews

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This is a REALLY good tour and excellent value for money. The staff are all excellent and the tours really good. Only one gripe is that if the boat is running late coming into harbour please let the bus driver to wait a few minutes more before leaving people stranded!

June 1, 2021

Having parked near the Suncliff Hotel and caught bus originally there, was dissapointed to find that no buses actually ran back to there. Fortunately it was a beautifully sunny day and so the 15 minute walk from town was ok. We actually hopped off 3 times and the last driver was super witty and entertaining (now forgotten his name but an Asian gentleman). Excellent route and commentary although far too quiet and if you sit outside it does get very difficult to hear. Still dont know what the Chines are about! Other critisism is two of the drivers were too fast so it felt like a rollercoaster at stages rather than a relaxing tour.

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October 19, 2020

I loved the open bus ride. It is a great experience on a warm day, being up top and outside adds to the ambience of the tour. The commentary was entertaining. The open top bus would be much colder away from the protection of the big window screen at the front of the bus. Staff were lovely, really enjoyed the tour. Great option to hop on and hop off or do the whole tour all at once. Thankyou.

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September 16, 2019

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