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Forth Bridges Bus & Boat Tour

By Edinburgh Bus Tours


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  • Iconic landmarks of Scotland's capital by land & sea

  • Bus route includes Georgian New Town

  • Guided bus tour in English, language sheets av on cruise.

  • Relaxing cruise on Forth of Firth on board the Forth Belle

  • Boat tour route includes iconic road & railway bridges

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About this activity

What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    Guided bus tour from Edinburgh's city centre to Queensferry

  • What's included

    90-minute guided boat tour on the Firth of Forth

  • What's included

    Pre-recorded commentary on the bus is available in English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese, and Mandarin

  • What's excluded

    Admission to Inchcolm Island

Know Before You Book

  • Children aged 4 and younger are complimentary.

  • The bus ride from Waverly Bridge to Hawes Pier takes approximately 25 minutes each way. The entire loop with the bus tour and boat cruise takes approximately 3 hours.

  • You may purchase a ticket onboard the boat if you would like to visit Inchcolm Island. You will spend approximately 90 minutes on the island before catching the next boat to complete the rest of the cruise and return to Hawes Pier. The island cannot be visited on the 4:30 PM cruise.

  • The bus tour departs from Waverly Bridge at 9:10 AM, 10:10 AM, 11:10 AM, 12:10 PM, 1:10 PM, 2:10 PM, 2:55 PM, 3:40 PM, 4:40 PM and 5:40 PM. Exact opening hours may vary depending on the season.

  • The boat cruise departs from Hawes Pier at 11:15 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM, and 4:30 PM. Exact opening hours may vary depending on the season.

What you can expect

Explore the wonders of Edinburgh's by land and by sea on this spectacular bus and boat tour. See iconic city landmarks such as Craigcrook Castle, St Mary's Cathedral, and Edinburgh Castle, and take in unrivalled views of the iconic Forth Road and Rail bridges and the coastlines of Edinburgh and Fife.

Board a bus in the city centre and set off through the streets of Edinburgh. Cross Dean Bridge and pass by Lauristan Castle, a 16th-century tower house gifted to the city of Edinburgh that's now open to the public. Drive through Cramond, a scenic village boasting whitewashed houses that cling a steep hillside next to the marina.

At South Queensferry, hop on your boat tour and explore the city's coastline.Enjoy a leisurely cruise as you take in unrivalled views of the iconic Forth Road and Rail bridges and of Edinburgh and Fife's coastlines. See the new Queensferry Crossing, currently under construction, and the recently launched HMS Queen Elizabeth. Watch for seals, and keep your eyes peeled to spot puffins before heading back to shore and hopping back on the bus to return to Waverly Bridge.


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Activity Location

  • Edinburgh

Meeting/Redemption Point

  • Edinburgh Bus Tours
  • 31 Waverley Bridge
  • Edinburgh Scotland EH1 1BQ

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