A Comparison of Los Angeles Hop on Hop off Tours

by Paul Joseph  |  Published October 10, 2022

One of the most popular ways to explore Los Angeles is by booking tickets for a hop-on hop-off tour – letting you board buses at stops throughout the city at your own pace.

(Photo: Starline Tours of Hollywood / Courtesy GetYourGuide)

Hop-on hop-off tours are a great way to see a city at leisure. With Los Angeles’ landmarks and attractions spread far and wide across the city, one of the best ways to see them all is by joining a hop-on hop-off tour, which let you board buses at designated stops and then jump back on when you want to head elsewhere. There are several companies offering these kind of tours in LA – and we’ve compared a handful of them below.

City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

Visit famous sights, attractions, museums, and shops, from classic Hollywood to the stunning coastal landscapes and beaches of Santa Monica on this hop-on hop-off adventure run by Starline Tours. Available as either 24, 48 or 72-hour passes, you get the freedom and flexibility to see the city on your own schedule while enjoying the comfort and convenience of the open-air double-decker bus services. You can hop on or off at over 45 popular stops spread across 3 different routes, while enjoying panoramic views and pre-recorded narration available in 9 languages. From £43.26 per person.

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TMZ Celebrity Tour & 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

(Photo: Big Bus Tours Los Angeles / Courtesy GetYourGuide)

Spot Los Angeles’ hottest stars on this exclusive 2-hour tour through Hollywood, Beverly Hills, & Sunset Strip, before exploring iconic LA landmarks with a 24-hour Big Bus hop-on hop-off sightseeing ticket. On the first leg of the experience, you’ll uncover the glitz of Hollywood while hearing all about the exciting and glamorous lives of the rich and famous who live here. Then, using your full-day hop-on hop-off ticket, you can explore the city at your own pace, taking in different sides of the city on either the Hollywood Loop (Red Route) or the Beach Loop (Blue Route). From £95.86 per person.

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Big Bus Los Hop-on Hop-off Open-Top Tour

(Photo: Big Bus Tours – USA / Courtesy Viator)

This tour offers the same as the above, but without the celebrity spotting. Also run by Big Bus Tours, you can purchase either one or two-day tickets, both of which let you enjoy sightseeing in LA in your own time. From the glamour of Hollywood to the beaches of the Pacific coast, you can choose where to explore in depth by hopping off the bus as frequently or as little as you please. All tickets cover both the Hollywood Loop and the Beach Loop, with onboard audio commentary in 9 languages along the way. From £41.89 per person.

Book at Viator

Hop On Hop Off Los Angeles & Hollywood Celebrity Homes Tour

Starline Tours also offer their own celebrity and hop-on hop-off combo package and at a slightly cheaper rate. Billed as the original Hollywood tour since 1935, your experienced and entertaining guides will take you through over 80 years of glamour and history, stopping at the residences of multiple celebrities past and present. Then, it’s time to explore the unforgettable vibe of LA Hollywood from above on a 24-hour open-top city sightseeing bus tour, with the freedom to get off at any one of 30 stops to see legendary landmarks and places of interest up close, before getting on the next bus at your convenience, or sticking around for a wander – the choice is yours. From £83.18 per person.

Book at Viator