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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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Professional guide
Transport by Routemaster
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

435 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2NT, UK

Departing from Edinburgh Lawnmarket, outside Deacon Brodies Tavern.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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

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1,278 Reviews

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star-5
Funny enjoyable night
Shelia_O
, Nov 2021
Loved Sam and his silly jokes walk through graveyard was an added bonus. Something different to do on a very cold night
star-2
Avoid the tour if there’s anyone onboard drunk!!
Emma_C
, Nov 2021
We had been looking forward to this ghost tour since booking it and were really fed up to have it ruined by a guest, who was clearly drunk when allowed on the bus, and continued to drink on the route - despite there being a screen onboard saying not to have any alcohol and being told by the tour guide. She never stopped cackling, swearing and shouting. When we got off the bus at a scheduled stop my husband told the guide but nothing was done about it. We couldn’t concentrate on what was being said or get into the whole atmosphere of the ghost tour- very disappointing!
star-5
Informative and entertaining
Janet_J
, Nov 2021
Hector our tour guide and Angus the bus driver were a great team . They kept us entertained throughout the tour with their tales of ghosts and history of Edinburgh
star-5
Ghost bus tour
Joan_A
, Nov 2021
It was so funny. I will definitely be doing it again in the future . The bus conductor was hilarious. Such a good actor....or was He!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Good atmosphere and bit of fun.
Penny_J
, Nov 2021
The conductor was very funny and tried to make the stories soooky - very entertaining. The bus was old and creaky and it was a good atmosphere onboard. Worth going at night for the atmosphere but go out of rush hour!
star-4
Good, scary fun
Ralph_R
, Nov 2021
It was fun and creepy. The whole crew did a great job making us laugh and giving us an scary good time! We went out on a cold and rainy night which added to the atmosphere.
star-4
Good tour
Clair_B
, Nov 2021
Very funny tour guide called Devious Davey. He made the tour very entertaining and out so much effort into it. Good to see Edinburgh at night.
star-5
You won't be disappointed
Matthew_J
, Nov 2021
A fun, interesting, exciting experience brought to life (with a few scares) by a fantastic tour guide.
star-5
Very entertaining and spooky
Angela_B
, Nov 2021
Tour was very good, spooky Samuel wad very entertaining. My 14 year old daughter and thought it was great 👍
star-5
Very informative...
Stevie_W
, Nov 2021
Very informative conductor Samuel and pleasant driver Angus enlightened us on the delightful history of Auld Reekie

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