Why should I choose The English Bus?

We’ve been the #1 rated day tour company on TripAdvisor for over 5 years. We are a small, passionately run, family business. We offer the best tours, with the best expert guides and our own new, purpose built, luxury Mercedes Benz mini coaches. We take the scenic route and back roads where possible and we only ever take small groups, never more than 16 people.

Do you offer hotel pick ups?

London is a huge city, with such unpredictable and dynamic traffic conditions, that offering hotel pickups would take many hours off the time we have for the tour.  We only have 2 departure points, both very centrally located and very simple to get to, which makes it easier for everyone and means that we don’t waste any precious tour time doing multiple pickups around London. Our route out of London from the departure points takes us past some wonderful sights, which your guide will tell you all about.

Tours to Kent and Bruges only depart from the London Eye departure point as they leave London in a south easterly direction.

Why should I book direct through your website?

All availability on our website is live, and up to date and you’ll get instant confirmation after booking. Booking direct cuts out the middle-man, which means we can spend more money on making your experience perfect, while keeping our prices as low as possible for you.

How do I book my tour?

It’s very simple and secure to book your tour on our website. Select the “Book a tour” link on the left hand menu, select the tour from the drop down list, the number of people, and the date. You will then be prompted to enter the passenger details, before proceeding to checkout where you can pay with either a credit or debit card. After your payment has been processed, you will receive both an email receipt and an automatic booking confirmation. Alternatively, you can reach the booking process within each tour page.

What payment methods do you accept?

Visa, Mastercard and American Express. If you prefer to pay with Paypal, get in touch, and we can send an invoice for payment.

What are your vehicles like?

We have a small fleet of new, 16 seat, luxury Mercedes Benz minicoaches, purpose built to our specifications. Because we don’t operate overnight tours, unlike other companies, we have removed much of the luggage space, adding even more leg room and space to the cabin. All side windows are panoramic, as well as a panoramic glass roof and a huge panoramic windshield, which means you can see everything either side of you, as well as everything in front of you… and even the sky! Each row of seats has a USB port. All seats are leather, and reclinable. Each seat has its own A/C vent and LED reading light. Our vehicles are fitted with a high quality audio PA system, so you can hear your guide clearly, wherever you are sitting. Your comfort is very important to us.

How many people will be on my tour?

Never more than 16 people. This means we can guarantee small groups, a friendly atmosphere and a highly personable tour experience. However, it does also mean that space is limited - so book early to avoid disappointment.

Will my booking be instantly confirmed?

Yes. Once you have booked your seat(s), you will be sent an automatic confirmation, and a receipt.

Why do you ask for my birth year when booking?

For a number of reasons. Firstly we tailor each and every tour to you, so we like to know a bit more about the age ranges we have on each tour so we can make your tour as appropriate to you as possible. Each and every tour is different and all of our guides adapt the tour to their audience, as best they can. Knowing age ranges in advance helps us to plan. We also need to know whether we will be carrying any children under 12 - as it is a requirement that we provide them with a booster seat if so, and to make sure we don't have any children under 3 on our list as we can't take children younger than 3 years old.

Can I change my booking?

We will always do our best to accommodate changes, but we can’t guarantee that we will be able to. Contact us as soon as you can with your requirements and we will do our best to help.

Where do your tours leave from?

All of our tours depart from near the London Eye - more specifically from the coach drop off and pick up point for the London Eye, which is on the corner of Belvedere Road and Chicheley Street, here: London Eye departure point This is a short walk from Waterloo, or Westminster Station.

Our tours from London to Bath & Stonehenge and from London to Oxford, Stratford and the Cotswolds also pick up from outside the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London Victoria here: Victoria departure point  This is a short walk from Victoria Station.

See our departure point page for more information, and the tour page for more information on times.

Where will I be dropped off?

Your guide will plan the route back into London based on where everyone wants to go and will do their best to get you as close to your destination as possible. Depending on traffic conditions and timings, we typically offer a number of different drop offs around central London. Your guide will advise on the day and will make absolutely certain you know exactly how to get to where you are going if we are not able to drop you at your door. Ultimately, you will always be able to return to the area where your tour started if you would like.

Will my tour be cancelled if not many people book?

No. We will never cancel a tour due to low guest numbers. We understand that your time is precious, and that you may have planned your travels many months in advance, and so have a long time to get prepared and excited about joining one of our tours. You can do that with confidence, knowing that we will never subsequently cancel your tour due to insufficient demand.  

Do you offer private tours?

Yes. We can put together a tour for your requirements. Please get in touch with us with your requirements and we can advise on our availability and prices. Please see our “Groups” page HERE

Why don’t you visit Windsor Castle?

Many other tour companies offer a tour that visits Windsor, Bath and Stonehenge in a day. For many of our competitors, this is their best selling tour. The English Bus thinks differently about this particular tour, and there are many reasons why we have decided not to follow in their footsteps...

To enjoy a visit to Windsor, we really think you need to spend at least half a day there. Bath, Stonehenge AND Windsor are all places where you need to spend a good amount of time to get the most out of them, and by combining Windsor with a day tour to Bath and Stonehenge, it means spending very little time in each destination and rushing between them. With a group at Windsor Castle, there is not much a tour guide can add to the experience over and above the excellent audio guide that is available at the entrance, without forcing you to stay with the group at all times, and go at their pace. This is in contrast to Bath, which can be enhanced enormously with a great guide.

Our tour to Bath and Stonehenge includes a stop at a wonderful “secret place”. We can’t tell you where or what it is, but it means that we have a tour that is so much more than “just Bath and Stonehenge” and we have carefully calculated the timings to allow enough time at both Bath and Stonehenge to do them justice, in a leisurely way.

Windsor is very close to London and it is very easy to travel there independently. Trains leave regularly from London and take just 30 minutes. See this TripAdvisor page for advice on how to get to Windsor from London. https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Travel-g186419-c157699/Windsor:United-Kingdom:Traveling.To.Windsor.By.Rail.From.London.html

Where are the secret places?

On our main Stonehenge & Bath tour, we also include a stop at a “secret place”. This gives your guide the opportunity to take you somewhere that they love and that you will love too, but that you may have never heard of. Where we visit varies from tour to tour and from guide to guide, and we can’t reveal any of these locations, so you’ll have to join us to find out for yourself.

Can I bring a wheelchair/stroller/luggage?

It may be possible to accommodate a folding wheelchair/stroller/some luggage, but we have limited storage space, so please get in touch with your requirements before booking so that we can advise accordingly.

What should I wear?

English weather can be temperamental, and therefore it is a good idea to bring some warm clothes with you (essential in the winter months). London is usually warmer than the places we visit outside of London, and from our experience, you will be much more comfortable if you’re not battling the elements! Layers are a good way to adapt with the often changing weather conditions. Comfortable shoes are a good idea too, as we do some walking on all of our tours. England is famous for its rain, but it typically rains much less than you probably imagine! However, it would still be a good idea to bring an umbrella and/or waterproofs with you, just in case.

What should I bring?

Bring a camera, and some cash for entrance fees, coffee, lunch, souvenirs etc (most places take card, but for some small purchases, you may need to pay cash). If you are planning to join our tour to Bruges, don’t forget your passport, and visa if your nationality requires it.

What if my question is not answered here?

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