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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

Departure Point

Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh, UK

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • 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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during Edinburgh Afternoon Tea Experience?
This activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

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


199 Reviews

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Lovely afternoon tea
, Jul 2021
Me and my daughter had a fab day. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend 😊
Wonderful afternoon tea!!
, Jul 2021
Really enjoyed the variety of finger foods..all were delicious..personnel were friendly & attentive. Would recommend highly.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for your kind review. We are sol glad you enjoyed your tour. It was a pleasure to have you onboard. Team RBB
A real treat!
, May 2021
Emily was our guide for the trip, she was lovely, friendly and helpful. We absolutely loved the afternoon tea and the fabulous raspberry gin in a little glass teapot was a treat! Malcolm the driver was brilliant with the kids and let them sit in the drivers seat for some photographs! Thank you! X
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you for your kind review. It was a pleasure to have you onboard. We are so glad you enjoyed it. I will certainly pass your lovely comments to our onboard staff. Team RBB
brilliant idea
Irina G
, Jan 2020
to do an afternoon tea on a sightseeing bus is a brilliant idea and totally worth it. Cosy bus with excellent service and good views of the city. Loved it
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
We are so pleased you enjoyed the afternoon tea experience. Please come back soon and thank you for the 5 star review as a growing company this means alot.
Afternoon Tea
, Oct 2019
The food was good but we are larger people and the bus felt very cramped. Would have liked to have heard more history as we drove.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hi there! Thank you for taking the time to review Red Bus Bistro, we appreciate it. We are glad you enjoyed the food onboard! As stated in our terms and conditions we are not a guided tour but a moving restaurant experience.
Loved this - but getting to keep the red cup would have made this a 5.
Trudi B
, Jun 2019
My daughter's and I loved this experience! Great food, tea, and tour around Edinburgh. My only suggestion would be to allow the riders to take the red cup with them. We would have appreciated that souvenir.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Thank you for your feedback, it is greatly appreciated. Glad you loved the experience!
Fun Afternoon
Scott G
, Jun 2019
The "tea experience" part of the tour was fun, but would have benefited from having a more active and vocal guide - there was very little information provided on the sites we were seeing, and the audio system wasn't quite loud enough to be heard.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Thank you for your feedback, we really appreciate it.
Fun afternoon
, Sep 2018
Purchased this as a surprise 50th birthday gift for my girlfriend during our trip to Endinburg. We live in the San Francisco Bay Area and thought we’d done everything. Thought it looked corny when we saw it but laughed and giggled the whole time. Service was great. Our husbands even said at the end that it was one of their favorite vacation memory.
, Sep 2019
Eine sehr angenehme und originelle Art und Weise, Edinburgh zu entdecken. Das Essen im Bus war gut, das Personal freundlich.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank you for reviewing Red Bus Bistro!

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