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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Edinburgh Afternoon Tea Experience
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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English


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

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

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
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


339 Reviews

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Excellent tour!
, Jan 2022
We enjoyed every step of the tour! The tour guide team was personable, friendly and courteous. We enjoyed the meal and the drinks! Thank you all very much!
Cancelled trip
, Jan 2022
The booking was cancelled due to the driver testing positive for covid. I have no issue with that, but the correspondence from the bus company was terrible. They gave no details in the email to say why it had been cancelled, no information about a refund (and at £150 paid out its money I can't afford to loose) and the number they gave wasn't recognised and the main office number was 9-5 Monday to Friday and they emailed late Saturday afternoon for a Sunday lunchtime trip. I wouldn't book with them again. Just to be clear, I don't blame them for cancelling but I little bit of detail in the initial email would go a long way!
Lackluster experience
, Dec 2021
Having tea on the bus with sandwiches was different for sure, but I there was no tour guide giving us highlights and the music speaker was too loud! We looked up a map to see. What we were driving by and overall a rather sad affair
Amazing afternoon tea🥰🥰
, Dec 2021
We had a lovely afternoon we met lovely people on the trip.the staff were excellent.the weather was bad but did not ruin our afternoon.will will definitely return in the summer.thank you for helping to make our Christmas in edinburgh special 😀 😊
Christmas Tea
, Dec 2021
A fabulous experience taking tea on the move whilst riding in a 1960’s Routemaster London Bus. Driving around the streets of Edinburgh we got to see the sights and lights
Not really a tour, just afternoon tea on a bus
, Dec 2021
Food was good value but tour was very short only one hour not two, and there was hardly any information privided
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thank for taking the time to leave us feedback
Cafe girls Christmas Day out
, Dec 2021
The staff were very friendly and cheerful getting us into the spirit of Christmas also very informative about the city and the afternoon tea was delicious.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thank you for the wonderful review we look forward to seeing you again
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.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
We are really happy you had great time aboard Red Bus Bistro. Team RBB X
Fun afternoon tea with...
, Dec 2021
Fun afternoon tea with great hosts, would recommend for anyone wanting a twist on afternoon tea - thank you
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thank you for taking time to leave us a review we hope to see you again. Team RBB X
Recommend !
, Nov 2021
Best thing we did in Edinburgh- was really fun and food was lovely Great value for money Jim was so lovely !
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a lovely review. Team RBB xx

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