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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh

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icon1 hour  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Delve into Edinburgh’s horrific history on this evening ghost bus tour. With your spooky local guide, visit the city’s most terrifying locations, haunted by infamy and restless spirits! From your seat in a double-decker vintage bus, gaze at eerie sites such as Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh Castle, Grassmarket, and the Royal Mile. Throughout the trip, hear anecdotes and facts about Edinburgh’s chilling past, replete with bloody executions, unspeakable tortures, and murder.
  • Ghost tour around Edinburgh in a vintage double-decker bus
  • Discover the ghastly goings on from Edinburgh’s history
  • Admire Edinburgh’s historic attractions, including Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Hear accounts of strange occurrences witnessed in haunted locations including Greyfriars Kirk and Grassmarket square
  • Enjoy enthralling commentary from an entertaining guide
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Transport by Routemaster
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
435 Lawnmarket , 435 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2NT, UK

Departing from Edinburgh Lawnmarket, outside Deacon Brodies Tavern.

This activity will end right where it started.
Choose an evening start time and meet your creepy guide in central Edinburgh for a journey through the city’s gruesome history. Board the vintage double-decker ghost bus, grab a seat in the shadowy upper or lower deck, and peer out the window as you travel the dimming city streets.  

As you ride, allow your conductor’s chilling tales to transport you to the dark side. Hear about Edinburgh’s famous executions, murders, misdeeds, and most sinister characters. Rile at the stories of Burke and Hare, notorious gravediggers who made a killing off cadaver sales to medical schools in the 19th century, and the incensed witch hunts of the 16th and 17th centuries. 

Pass the city’s most haunted sites and infamous landmarks like Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and Greyfriars Kirk, plagued by the wandering souls of restless spirits. Visit Grassmarket and discover its bloody history as the execution site of many famous traitors and disrupters, including the unfortunate 'half-hangit' Maggie Dickson. Be sure to ask your guide about this story!

By the end, you have an intimate understanding of Edinburgh’s sinister side. Your tour leaves you in Edinburgh Old Town with time to warm your chilled soul at a local pub.
Itinerary
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Edinburgh Castle
Customers will be provided with information on Edinburgh Castles spiritual and historical past.
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Edinburgh Old Town
Customers will be provided with information on Edinburgh Old Town's spiritual and historical past.
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Royal Mile
Customers will be provided with information on Royal Mile's spiritual and historical past.
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Greyfriars Kirk
Customers will be provided with information on Greyfriars spiritual and historical past.
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Palace of Holyroodhouse
Customers will be provided with information on the Palace of Holyroodhouse's spiritual and historical past.
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Grassmarket
Customers will be provided with information on Grassmarket's spiritual and historical past
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The Ghost Bus Tours
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please arrive 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. The tour cannot wait for late passengers and they cannot be admitted once the show has started.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 54 travelers
  • OPERATED BY The Ghost Bus Tours
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh.

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  • "Don't expect a paranormal investigation, but do expect lots of laughs and giggles." See review

Reviews

4.5
star-4.5
1,442 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

Showing 1-10 of 1,442 reviews
star-5
We didn't know what to...
Christy_R
, May 2022
We didn't know what to expect. The stories and jokes Dave told made us laugh so hard. It was beautiful seeing Edinburgh at night.
star-1
Waste of money experience
Gatis_Z
, May 2022
If something is crap and not worth spending money on, it is this so called tour. The bus itself was the best part of it, but the content was not only low quality, but, I'd say, critically low quality comedy. Not to make clients choose another tour platform, I suggest Viator take this crap off the list for Edinburgh. I remember the excited faces of the people when getting on the bus and the indifferent and full of regret ones when getting off. NOT RECOMMENDED.
star-4
Good laughs
Caroline_D
, May 2022
Tour guide was great fun… wish we did the later tour as it would’ve been dark and more creepy… still enjoyed it though
star-5
Good Fun
Laura_G
, May 2022
Enjoyed the tour, guide and driver both great fun. Loads of fun and lots of laughs. Would recommend.
star-5
Haunted bus tour.
jacqueline_n
, May 2022
I have to say I didn't expect to laugh so much as I did. The tour guide (tall male, sorry I forgot your name) and "Angus" the driver were brilliant together, naturally funny and interacted with everybody on the bus. I would highly recommend this tour.
star-1
Diabolical, rip off
Aimee_J
, May 2022
None. Was terrible even the children thought it was embarrassing. Absolutely dire. Not recommended. Total rip off.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks for review. The Ghost Bus Tour is a Comedy Horror Theatrical Show on wheels. It is delivered by a trained actor who follows a script but has the license to add their characters unique spin on it. All the Ghost Stories from the show are based on real history so its educational but designed to be both funny and spooky at the same time. We welcome you to get in touch with us so you can let us know your feelings about the show.
star-2
Meh
Stian_B
, Apr 2022
Did the same some years ago, and had more fun. This was too silly and very little information. Hard to hear the guide, and a great consept but poorly executed
star-5
Funny and informative
AnnLouise_B
, Apr 2022
Just a funny but informative trip. The bus is amazing, love the smoke from the back when it pulls up
star-5
The best part is the guy...
Joanis_J
, Apr 2022
The best part is the guy who explains the history through the tour . The smoke in the bus and the best part is the last with the witch 🧙‍♀️
star-5
fun amazing exciting
Ben_H
, Apr 2022
most memorable trip of edinburgh real recommendation to anyone learn lots of facts of how spooky edinburgh was and lots of fun to be had on the ghost bus
star-3
Ok, a little underwhelming
Alison_J
, Apr 2022
This was ok, mildly funny, not remotely scary. We were packed on the bus and really learned very little about the darker side of Edinburgh. The conductor put on a good show but the experience was pretty underwhelming overall to be honest. I am usually fairly easily pleased but for the cost I expected a little more. But a reasonable fun hour.
star-5
Great fun
Louise_M
, Apr 2022
Was such a laugh. Tommy terror and Angus were great. We are still talking about it. Would totally recommend.
star-5
Thoroughly recommended
Matt_C
, Apr 2022
The spooky conductor was superb- my 12 year old was mesmerised , the whole trip was so well done - funny, scary and informative , all at the same time
star-5
Very entertaining the guy make it fun
Lisa_B
, Apr 2022
The ride on a old fashion bus ! My kids loved every minute of it . It’s well worth the money . The grave walk was good too
star-5
Loved it, great...
Martin_H
, Apr 2022
Loved it, great entertainment for the family! Our daughter (9) had an absolute ball, 6 year old a little frightened by the loud noises but he soon got over it.
star-5
Funny, entertaining and interesting.
Katherine_E
, Mar 2022
Dave (the host/conductor) made the whole experience so enjoyable, he was so funny and entertaining whilst providing interesting ghost tales/stories. Would definitely recommend this tour!
star-1
Don’t waste your time or money
David_C
, Mar 2022
It started with “Dave” doing annoying things with his voice, followed by his pre-recorded interaction with “Anguuuuus” the bus driver. Then he mentioned 8-10 deaths and told us to look out the windows for “a woman wearing blue” and other such things. Seriously, there are a LOT of years of history here and the best you can come up with was this guy? There was nothing remotely scary to anyone over 5 years old and there was Absolutely no information of any value regarding the darker history of Edinburgh. I’m will to bet that a few hours on the internet by a person willing to write down bullet points would result in a script that’s MUCH better than what “Dave” came up with.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Surprisingly Amazing!
Dianne_M
, Mar 2022
The conductor , Dave I believe his name was, was excellent. His energy brought the whole show to life. It was laughs from start to finish. He really made the whole experience fantastic! One of my favourite tourist activitied I did in Edinburgh.
star-3
Entertaining, bit of a laugh
Jayne_S
, Mar 2022
Bus conductor Davie kept us entertained but we felt it was slightly over priced, maybe £15 would've been better value
star-5
Very entertaining
Stephanie_T
, Mar 2022
We had Victor as our tour guide and he made the experience more fun and entertaining! Would definitely do this again in the near future..

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