megabus.com launch first low-cost sightseeing tour
Industry leading transport provider megabus.com is to launch London’s first low-cost sightseeing tour.
Tickets for the capital’s new great value megasightseeing.com service go on sale today (Monday 26 March) with services beginning on St. Georges Day (Monday 23 April).
Offering a sightseeing tour like no other in London, the service takes two hours* to travel non-stop to around 50 famous tourist sights. Tickets are available from only £1** per seat – a great saving on the cheapest alternative in London which is currently priced at £24.95***
With tours departing every hour from three different locations across the city, the bespoke double decker buses will offer great views of all of London’s top tourist attractions.
Tours depart from Stop X in Park Lane opposite the Hilton Hotel, Stop TA at Tower Hill and Belvedere Road near the London Eye.
Seats must be pre-booked via the megasightseeing.com website but can be reserved right up until the time of departure (subject to availability), offering customers great flexibility and the option of a guaranteed top deck seat.
The sightseeing tours – being operated by Stagecoach London - will run daily between 1000hrs and 1700hrs with additional services available during the busy seasons.
Nine vehicles, all Dennis Tridents have been adapted by manufacturer Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) in Anston and Harlow. Four vehicles are fully open top and five offer a partially covered top deck.
A GPS commentary system provides a comprehensive English-language commentary of all of the sights through interior speakers.
The exterior of the buses proudly sport the well known face of megabus.com mascot Sid and each vehicle has been named after a famous person with a London link.****
Mark Venables, Managing Director of megabus.com said: “By teaming up with Stagecoach London to deliver our megasightseeing.com services we’re bringing our brilliant value fares to a whole new audience. Around 19 million tourists visit London every year and this is the perfect sightseeing choice for those coming to this great city – a great value, non-stop tour of the capital’s most famous sights, from a brilliant top-deck vantage point. We look forward to welcoming people from around the globe on to our services.”
Paul Lynch, MD of Stagecoach London, said: “We are so proud to be launching this new product. With our superb value tickets this is not only a fantastic service for tourists coming to London but for people living or working in or around London who might have a couple of hours to spare, or friends and relatives visiting from out of town. With our great value tickets a family can enjoy a day out for a great price.”
*Journey times will vary due to traffic, but the average journey time will be two hours
**tickets from £1 plus 50p booking fee
***Information correct at time of going to press
**** The names of the buses are:
King Henry VIII, Sir Christopher Wren, King George V, Queen Elizabeth II, Lord Nelson, King Charles II, King William I, Sir Winston Churchill, Queen Victoria.