Royal Edinburgh Ticket

Royal Edinburgh Ticket with Edinburgh Castle

This is the Royal Edinburgh Ticket

The Royal Edinburgh Ticket is a product of Edinburgh Bus Tours. The company offers city tours in the Scottish capital. With this product you can use the hop-on/hop-off buses and visit three sights in Edinburgh.

The following services are available with the Royal Edinburgh Ticket:

  • 48 hours hop-on/hop-off
  • Free entry to the Edinburgh Castle
  • Free entry to the Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Free entry to the Royal Yacht Britannia

Buy the Royal Edinburgh Ticket before your trip and receive the bus ticket as a digital voucher on your phone. Show your ticket at the first stop (St Andrew Square) to get your bus ticket as well as the entrance tickets for the sights.

From your first trip, you can use all hop-on/hop-off buses run by Edinburgh Bus Tours for 48 hours. Hop on and off as often as you like.

For Edinburgh Castle, staff will give you a ticket with a time slot reservation. You can visit the castle during your allocated time.

You can visit the other attractions at any time.

Royal Edinburgh Ticket

Buy Royal Edinburgh Ticket

- Website in your language
- Attractive payment methods
- Digital ticket available immediately
- Optional: Ticket can be cancelled

Advantages of the Royal Ticket

The Royal Edinburgh Ticket is a popular product because it allows you to visit three top attractions in Edinburgh and save some money.

  • With this product you visit three top attractions in Edinburgh.
  • Buying the ticket is convenient. It would be more time-consuming to book each ticket individually.
  • For the Edinburgh Castle you will receive a time slot ticket to avoid waiting times.
  • You can visit the other attractions at any time without an appointment.
  • You can reach all the sights with the hop-on/hop-off buses.
  • You will receive your ticket by e-mail. Save it on your phone or print it out.
  • Das Royal Edinburgh Ticket ist billiger als einzelne Tickets. Sie sparen ungefähr £16.50.

These are good arguments for the Royal Edinburgh Ticket.

Price & Booking

The Royal Edinburgh Ticket is sold on various platforms. We handle the purchase through our partner website

Please select the day of your trip in the adjacent booking form. In the next step, please enter the number of travellers. You can book the ticket for yourself and your travel companion.

Der reguläre Preis von £65.00 gilt für Personen von 16 bis 60 Jahren. Senioren über 60 Jahre erhalten eine kleine Ermäßigung. Für Kinder zwischen 5 und 15 Jahren gibt es ein ermäßigtes Royal Edinburgh Ticket. Kinder unter 5 Jahren können im Beisein Ihrer Eltern alle Leistungen kostenfrei nutzen.

If you have already booked your ticket or have any questions about the booking process, please contact customer service. You can reach them by e-mail at Alternatively, please use the Live chat.

All services in detail

The Royal Edinburgh Ticket is a truly royal product, as it includes four very attractive benefits - including a royal palace and a royal ship.

48 hours hop-on/hop-off

Edinburgh City Tour
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With the ticket you can use the hop-on/hop-off buses of Edinburgh Bus Tours for 48 hours free of charge. Hop on and off as often as you like.

The buses run on three routes through Edinburgh:

  • Edinburgh Tour (green line)
  • Majestic Tour (blue line)
  • City Sightseeing Tour (red line)

The green line and the red line run mainly within Edinburgh city centre. As the routes overlap and you can use any bus, the frequency is very high. You never have to wait more than a few minutes for the next bus.

The Majestic Tour takes you out of the city centre. The bus goes to Royal Yacht Britannia, which is just outside Edinburgh. The blue line is the best way to get to the Royal Ship quickly and comfortably.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle
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Edinburgh Castle is a castle that towers majestically over the city. From the castle grounds you can enjoy a great view of Princes Street Gardens and New Town.

Within the castle you can visit some highlights such as The Great Hall, The Royal Apartments, St Margaret's Chapel and The Honours of Scotland - the Crown Jewels.

If you visit the castle at lunchtime, you will hear the One O'Clock Gun, which is fired every day (except Sundays) at 1pm.

You will need a time slot ticket to visit the castle. When you go to the starting point of the city tour with your Royal Edinburgh Ticket, the staff will issue a time slot ticket for you.

Opening hours: The Edinburgh Castle is open from Monday to Sunday.

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Edinburgh: Palace of Holyroodhouse
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Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence of the British King in Scotland. This means that when King Charles is in Edinburgh for an official occasion, he occupies the palace. Therefore, there are occasional closing times during the year, which are known well in advance.

For your visit to Palace of Holyroodhouse, you will receive a free Multimedia Guide to tour the palace. The device contains information for about one hour.

Inside the palace you can visit the State Apartments, the Throne Room, the Great Gallery or the Palace Gardens, among others.

With your Royal Edinburgh Ticket, you can go to the box office at any time during opening hours and take advantage of your free entry.

Opening hours: The palace is open every Thursday to Monday. From July to September only, the Palace is open from Monday to Sunday. If the Palace is closed during your stay in Edinburgh, there is unfortunately no substitute with the Royal Edinburgh Ticket.

Royal Yacht Britannia

Edinburgh: Red Bridge
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The Britannia was a royal yacht, christened by Elizabeth II in 1954 and used frequently thereafter. The Queen was very fond of the yacht and considered the ship a second home.

Many members of the royal family have travelled around the world on the Royal Yacht Britannia in the past decades. Among others, the then Prince Charles and Princess Diana spent their honeymoon on the ship.

The Britannia was decommissioned in the 1990s. Today she lies as a museum ship in the harbour of Leith near Edinburgh. With the Royal Edinburgh Ticket you can visit this royal yacht free of charge.

To get there, we recommend using the hop-on/hop-off buses (Majestic Line).

Opening hours: The ship is open to visitors from Monday to Sunday.

Buy Royal Edinburgh Ticket

- Website in your language
- Attractive payment methods
- Digital ticket available immediately
- Optional: Ticket can be cancelled

Is the Royal Edinburgh Ticket worth it?

Buying the Royal Edinburgh Ticket is worthwhile for many visitors because the ticket is cheaper than individual tickets. It is also convenient to only have to buy one ticket.

Nevertheless, the product is not suitable for every visitor to Edinburgh. However, if the following conditions are met, the Royal Edinburgh Ticket should be worth your while:

  • You would like to take a city tour by bus.
  • You would like to visit Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Hoylroodhouse and Royal Yacht Britannia.
  • You don't want to deal with public transport, but prefer the hop-on/hop-off buses to reach all the sights.
  • You want to have bought all the important tickets before you travel.
  • Sie möchten mit dem Ticket bis zu £16.50 im Vergleich zu einzelnen Eintrittskarten sparen.

Conclusion: The Royal Edinburgh Ticket is worthwhile for visitors who are interested in the city's main attractions, want to book their tickets conveniently and save some money in the process.

Disadvantages of the Royal Ticket

The Royal Edinburgh Ticket is an excellent product that is suitable for many tourists. Nevertheless, we do not want to conceal the disadvantages:

  • The Palace of Holyroodhouse is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. You cannot visit the palace on these days. Only in July, August and September is the palace open on seven days. In addition, the palace is closed for a few days each year. However, these days are known well in advance.
  • You must collect your tickets at the first stop of the city tour (St Andrew Square).
  • The ticket is only worth it if you really use all the services.

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