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Edinburgh Christmas Tour Experience provided by Red Bus Bistro

Edinburgh Christmas Tour Experience

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It’s the time of year to begin making plans to come together with colleagues, friends and family to celebrate the magic of Christmas. Marvel in the sights of Glasgow whilst tucking into a delicious three course Christmas dinner prepared aboard our vintage Routemaster bus. Departing at 7pm most nights in the run up to Christmas, this experience will last 2.
You'll start at
Waterloo Place
Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh, UKAcross from the Apex hotel on Waterloo place.
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  • Pass by Red Bus Bistro
    Pass by Scott Monument
    Pass by Edinburgh Castle
    Pass by The Meadows
    Pass by Greyfriars Bobby
    Pass by Grassmarket
    Pass by Arthur's Seat
    Pass by Palace of Holyroodhouse
    Pass by The Scottish Parliament
You'll end at
Waterloo Place
Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh, UKAcross from the Apex hotel on Waterloo place.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Waterloo Place, Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh, UK
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Souvenir drinks cup
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Additional Info
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Anyone under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult
  • 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,
  • 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.
  • The tour is not suitable for 6 year Old’s and under
  • Please be prepared to redeem any Gift Voucher you may have used for payment to the bus on the day of the tour.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • There is no toilet on board.
  • We do not offer live or recorded guide commentary on our buses. We are a dining Experience whilst touring Edinburgh or Glasgow.
  • No refunds will be given less than the 4 weeks prior to the date of booking.
  • No tickets are issued for the tour.
  • Smoking, including the use of electronic cigarettes is not permitted on the Bus at any time.
  • 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.
  • Our website will make the booking process very quick and easy for anyone booking, a large print version of the terms and conditions can be downloaded if needed, for all information go to
  • We offer gluten free or vegetarian options. Our Products may contain nuts. Please specify requirements upon reservation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 does not take any responsibility for the loss, damage or theft of personal belongings while on the Bus.
  • Red Bus Bistro is not responsible for any damage caused by breaking the rules.
  • Full payment is required at the time of booking; cancellations are accepted no later than 15 working days before the tour date. Red Bus Bistro will refund in full minus £5 admin fee.
  • If the tour is cancelled after the first half an hours commencement, we will then offer availability on another tour.
  • If you have booked using an Itison voucher, we may ask to see your voucher on your phone.
  • 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.
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Agnes S wrote a review Dec 2019
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Our tour was excellent we had a great time for my sisters birthday can't wait to go on another tour in the near future would highly recommend Ms Agnes Shields
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Date of experience: December 2019
Response from RedBusBistro, Marketing Manager at Edinburgh Christmas Tour Experience
Responded 27 Dec 2019
Thank you Agnes ! We are so pleased you had a blast. We look forward to seeing you again in the near future.
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By: Red Bus Bistro
Recieved vouchers for our Christmas and got to enjoy the tour on Sat 8th Aug the lunch was delicious and fresh and
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Staff are so friendly and helpful!
We loved every minute of it. The 90 minutes felt like 30! It was so much fun! Great food, fantastic staff who were
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Superb from start to finish
Being from Glasgow, we decided to take this amazing experience and so glad we did. This was due to Ricky, Gary and
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Glasgow Red Bus Bistro
Bus was comfortable, staff friendly and attentive. Food was fresh and plentiful; gin pot was lovely. More informati
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A magical evening
Had a great experience on this tour. Staff were superb, really went out of their way to look after everyone and ens
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Fantastic day ! Would highly recommend for a treat! Staff were great & really looked after us , cakes were delightf
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Excellent gift idea, had a fab time
Had a fab time on Saturday for afternoon tea on the top deck of an old traditional double decker whilst touring the
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Unique experience and had lots of fun
Booked the gin tea in Glasgow for myself and 3 friends yesterday - was a lovely experience, luckily we had beautifu
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Glasgow Afternoon Tea
I'm writing this on behalf of my auntie and uncle, who did the tour this afternoon - they had a great time. They sa
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Had a lovely afternoon everyone very friendly and precious to going I advised I was booking for my friends 40th bir
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Bettina K
A very nice outing
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Key Details
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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