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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Edinburgh Afternoon Tea Experience
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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Knowing the best spots for a quintessential British experience in Edinburgh can be tricky. Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea on a vintage Routemaster bus tour, and cruise past city landmarks including Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace as you sample fresh scones, sandwiches, and tea. Choose a departure time to suit your schedule, and capture stylish snaps on board the classic vehicle.
  • Choose a departure time that suits your schedule
  • Enjoy views of Edinburgh in any weather on board a vintage bus
  • Get a taste of British tradition with included afternoon tea service
  • Unwind with unlimited tea or coffee and a complimentary soft drink
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Handmade Sandwich selections
Home baked warm scone with cream, jam and strawberry garnish
Selection of Petit Fours
Sumptuous cupcakes
Complimentary Soft Drink
Bottled water
Coffee and/or Tea
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Souvenir drinks cup
Waterloo Place , Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh, UK

Stand F, is located at the East End of Princes Street at the bottom of Carlton Hill.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • We do not offer live or recorded guide commentary on our buses. We are a dining Experience whilst touring Edinburgh or Glasgow.
  • Red Bus Bistro Bookings are only valid for the date and time stated.
  • Patrons should expect to share a table especially on our busier weekend tours. If patrons would rather not share a table we can try and accommodate them on a quieter tour.
  • Patrons are requested to arrive 5 – 10 minutes before departure at Stance ZF, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh. Unfortunately we cannot wait for late comers as we only have a limited time on stand. Refunds will not be offered to latecomers.
  • We offer gluten free or vegetarian options. Our Products may contain nuts. Please specify requirements upon reservation.
  • No tickets are issued for the tour.
  • Your Surname is passed to the Bus Manager prior to your tour, this will be requested upon arrival at the bus, you can print this email out purely for your own information.
  • Please be prepared to redeem any Gift Voucher you may have used for payment to the bus on the day of the tour.
  • If you have booked using an Itison voucher, we may ask to see your voucher on your phone.
  • The tour is not suitable for 6 year Old’s and under
  • Anyone under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult
  • No refunds will be given less than the 4 weeks prior to the date of booking.
  • For groups of 12 and above we require 50% of the total bill as down payment which is non-refundable, the balance is then due 3 weeks before the tour date.
  • There may be occasions where the tour has to be cancelled without advance notice, in the event of a cancellation patrons will be refunded in full or transferred onto another tour date.
  • If the tour is cancelled after the first half an hours commencement, we will then offer availability on another tour.
  • Smoking is not permitted on the Bus at any time.
  • Red Bus Bistro does not take any responsibility for the loss, damage or theft of personal belongings while on the Bus.
  • Conditions of carriage are subject to legislation set out by the Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981; all details can be given by the Red Bus Bistro head office.
  • We would like to point out that we operate Vintage Routemaster Buses, and although we keep our vehicles in the best possible maintenance condition there will be times that unforeseen maintenance issues may arise and result in a disruption to the tours, or cancellation; however we will endeavour to do everything in our power to avoid any disruption.
  • Red Bus Bistro Company reserves the right to refuse carriage of patrons who are intoxicated, or displaying threatening or abusive behaviour, no refunds will be given under these circumstances. We also ask that a reasonable standard of behaviour is adhered to while on the tour, as there are other passengers to consider.
  • Red Bus Bistro is not responsible for any damage caused by breaking the rules.
  • It is not the policy of Red Bus Bistro Company Ltd to discriminate in any way against employees or passengers regarding disability, gender, race, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.
  • Red Bus Bistro’s Bus was registered in 1966; it consists of Drivers Cab, upper deck, lower deck, and will always have at least 4 staff on board. The bus seats 12 downstairs and 28 upstairs; unfortunately due to the age and design of the Bus we cannot accommodate wheelchair passengers. Red Bus Bistro can reserve seating in advance for the lower deck for those with mobility concerns. As per above, patrons should otherwise be prepared to share a table, where the patrons would rather be seated alone we can try and accommodate them on a quieter tour however not guaranteed,
  • There is no toilet on board.
  • The tour will last between 70-90 minutes dependant on conditions, in which time our patrons will be served with an Afternoon Tea or Gin Tour. For private hire all requests are considered.
  • Red Bus Bistro Company Limited will go out of its way to cater for as diverse and audience as possible within the physical confines of the bus, and will follow the DDA Legislation guidelines at all times.
  • All information gained from Patrons will never be given to any third parties; Red Bus Bistro Company Limited is responsible for all online transactions.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Red Bus Bistro Company Limited
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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  • "to do an afternoon tea on a sightseeing bus is a brilliant idea and totally worth it." See review


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Fun experience
, Dec 2021
It was fun sitting at the front of the top deck. We were lucky it wasn’t raining so we could see out very clearly.
Fun afternoon tea with...
, Dec 2021
Fun afternoon tea with great hosts, would recommend for anyone wanting a twist on afternoon tea - thank you
Recommend !
, Nov 2021
Best thing we did in Edinburgh- was really fun and food was lovely Great value for money Jim was so lovely !
Nothing special not worth the money 😡
, Nov 2021
Really over priced high tea nothing special the rolls were hard 😡 stopped to long at the meadows for staff to smoke X
Alovely afternoon out
, Nov 2021
It was a lovely afternoon, the staff were wonderful and could not do enough for you. Their customer service skills were excellent. A good way to visit Edinburghs famous landmarks. An excellent experience.
, Nov 2021
The idea of a high tea on a bus may be romantic, but the reality is a bit grittier. First, they use a converted double-decker commuter bus, so it wasn't built to hold tables. Seating is cramped. Second, the ride can be quite bumpy. The acoustics aren't good. The driver gave our group a safety and procedural speech on the sidewalk while heavy traffic passed by; we hardly heard a word. There was a narrative inside while we were , but the sound system is cheap and unless you were sitting right next to the speaker, you couldn't hear over the normal conversation among the passengers. Finally, they advertise all you can drink tea, etc. But that doesn't mean much when the attendant only checks in with you once or twice in 90 minutes. It was fun driving around town seeing the sites, but we could have done that on our own.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review we are sorry you did not have the experience you where expecting on board if you could please email into we would like to look into this further for you.
A Step Back in Time
, Nov 2021
Used to get one of these buses to school! This was a wonderful trip passing by some of the main tourist attractions the Afternoon Tea and Gin Teapot were delicious and the staff were attentive staff definitely a trip worth taking also if you can upgrade to the front seats upstairs which are curtained off first class 1960’s style lol and enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbles and fabulous uninterrupted views 💯 recommend will definitely go again next time we are in Edinburgh Thank you to everyone involved in the organisation of this trip you do a fantastic job
Brilliant- loved it!
, Nov 2021
Absolutely loved this experience! To be given a tour of the city while eating afternoon tea with prosecco was amazing! If I had one thing to say they could improve would be the sound system for the guide as we could barely hear what was being said
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
We are really pleased you enjoyed your time with us we appreciate the feedback with regards to the sound system this something we will look into.
Bus tour.
, Nov 2021
Very enjoyable from start to finish. Staff very friendly and informative. Highly recommend. Highly recommend and a must if visiting Edinburgh.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
We are glad you had a great time aboard Red Bus Bistro thank you for the feedback.
Afternoon tea
, Oct 2021
We had a great trip round Edinburgh the food and drink was very well served and the three guides were very entertaining.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you so much for your kind words we are glad you enjoyed your experience on board Red Bus Bistro

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