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Hop-On-Hop-Off Berlin Bus Tours

Updated: March 22, 2024

This post compares the various Berlin hop-on hop-off bus tours available in the city.

We even include a free option and will help you decide which bus tour, if any, is best for you or your family. (auf Deutsch) (en español)

We are local tour guides, and while we are collectively a walking tour company, many of us also lead tours on buses here in Berlin.

And on just about every tour, we are asked our opinions on which bus tour is best, or are they worth it.

We have relied on our expertise and experiences to help write this post.

Additionally, we have used some of the opinions shared by the roughly 25k members of our popular Berlin Travel Tips Facebook group.

Check us out once you have read this post.

Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tours of Berlin

These are the double-decker, open-top bus tours offered by different companies with their own city sightseeing buses circling the city along a particular route all day long.

There are designated stops and riders can use their ticket to jump off the bus at any stop and get back on at the same or a different bus stop.

Bus Stop Brandenburg Gate

Some people opt to stay on the bus from the first stop to the last. In that case, the sightseeing travel length of most tours will be about 2-3 hours.

You can make your day as long as you want by hopping on and off buses throughout the city sightseeing Berlin.

However, your ticket is only valid for the number of days included in your ticket price (generally 1 or 2 days) and only during the operating hours of the sightseeing bus tour you've chosen. 

Most companies offer a few different routes and you can buy a ticket for one route, two routes, or however many they sell as a combined ticket. 

Before buying a Ho/Ho tour ticket, you should note that many of these companies' yours are included in the various tourist passes.

Our post Which is the Best Berlin Tourist Pass? can help you decide if getting a pass is the right thing for you. 

How long does a hop-on hop-off Berlin bus tour take?

A hop-on-hop-off Berlin bus tour will take approximately 2 hours if you constantly stay on the bus from the starting point to the finishing stop.

How much does a hop-on hop-off Berlin bus tour cost on average?

Prices may vary as per your choice of how many days of tour you want to have.

For a one-day hop-on-hop-off Berlin bus tour, the cost per adult is around €30-€35 and per child is €15-€20.

Big Bus Tours

If you’re looking for a reliable hop-on-hop-off tour company, few are more popular and well-known than this international company. 

Big Bus Berlin

Big Bus Tours currently offers live commentary in English and recorded commentary in 8 different languages, including English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, and Brazilian Portuguese.

There are currently 2 routes: 1 red route with 17 stops and the other recently added blue route with 4 stops.

Big Bus Berlin Red Route Map

Click on the map to enlarge it.

Guests can expect to visit Berlin's top attractions such as Potsdamer Platz, Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, Victory Column, and more.

Without any stops, this city sightseeing Berlin tour will take a total of 2 hours to complete.

That said, each ticket is valid for an entire day, so you can hop on and off at your leisure from 9:20 a.m. to 16:40 (4:40 p.m.).

No matter where you decide to hop off, you can expect another bus to come around again within 15-20 minutes on average.

This hop-on-hop-off tour is available for either 1 or 2 days. Depending on your purchase ticket, you may also be admitted to additional activities.

How do I know when is the next stop coming?

There is a Big Bus Tours Mobile App that will let you know about all the stops coming your way.

You can download this app on the Big Bus Tour website. It is available for both Apple and Android users.

Ticket Prices

Discover | 1-Day Hop-on-Hop-off Tour

  • €37/Adults | €25/Children
  • Includes a free walking tour.

Essential Ticket | 2-Day Hop-on-Hop-off Tour

  • €47/Adults | €30/Children
  • Includes a free walking tour.
  • Includes free Currywurst.

Explore Ticket | 2-Day Hop-on-Hop-off Tour

  • €57/Adult | €35/Child
  • Includes a free walking tour.
  • Includes a free river cruise/evening tour.
  • Includes free Currywurst.

Berlin Evening Tour

  • €27/Adult | €17/child
  • includes a 75-mins live-guided evening tour
  • Explore Berlin at dusk

Purchase tickets or learn more.

When you book your tickets directly from Big Bus, they will give you an additional 10% off all ticket costs.

Depending on when you visit, the Explore ticket will either include a river cruise or an evening tour. The river cruise is usually offered during the spring and summer.

Tickets can be used anytime within 6 months of purchase, so you can get them well ahead of your vacation without any fear.


This very popular double-decker hop-on-hop-off tour company offers several tour routes you can build into a package.

Several extra features make these tours an excellent choice.

City Sightseeing Bus

They have 4 out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide (read some of the reviews) with over 900 reviews.

Many of the reviews mention that these tours are a good value for your money, given the amount of territory you cover, especially if you buy a 2-day ticket with several routes.

The biggest complaints are the inconsistency of the live guides. Some live guides are described in reviews as "excellent" and "informative."

Other reviewers describe some live guides as "rude" "moody" "grouchy" "unengaging" and even "reading a script from an iPad."  

It's clearly luck of the draw when you take a tour with a live guide. As for the pre-recorded commentary, most people found it informative but average.

On the plus side, this company offers pre-recorded commentary in 9 languages.

CitySightseeing Green Bus

Tour features: 

Live guides speaking English and German on most tours   

This company provides a live guide who delivers commentary in English and German. For a live guide, look for the green/beige buses.

CitySightseeing Red bus

Pre-recorded commentary in several languages on most tours   

You'll get a set of headphones at the start of the tour so you can listen in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Polish, and Chinese.

For these tours, be sure to get on the red buses.

Two free walking tours are offered on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (from April to October)  

If you take tours on the above days, you have the choice to get off the bus and take free, one-hour walking tours.

One tour is about the Third Reich and the other is about the Berlin Wall.  

(Check out our self-guided tour of Nazi Berlin and also our posts about where to visit the Berlin Wall.)

Tours offered:

Classic Tour - Route A

As its name suggests, this tour covers Berlin’s iconic attractions such as the Brandenburg Gate,
Checkpoint Charlie, the Berliner Dom, and passes through several neighborhoods including Mitte, the center of Berlin.

Click on the map to enlarge.

The route takes 13 stops. Here's a google map of the bus route with the stops and many of Berlin's top attractions located around the bus stops.  

Duration: If you do not hop off, the tour is 2 hours long. 

Hours of operation: The first tour departs at 9:10 am and runs every 10 minutes until - 4:30 pm.

Wall and Lifestyle Tour - Route B

This route makes 11 stops including the Berlin Wall Memorial, the East Side Gallery section of the Berlin Wall, and a stop in the trendy and pretty Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood with lots of charming cafes and galleries.

City-Sightseeing Berlin Route Map Route B

Here's a google map of the bus route with the stops and many of Berlin's top attractions located around the bus stops.

Duration: If you do not hop off the tour is 2 hours long. 

Hours of operation: The first tour departs at 10:00 a.m. and runs every 30 minutes until 4:000 pm.

Ticket prices: 

For either of the above tours, you can buy tickets on the bus but if you purchase your tickets online, you will save money. 

  • 24-Hour Ticket - €30/Adult | €15/Child
  • 48-Hour Ticket - €34/Adult | €17/Child
  • Children under 6 years of age are free of charge
  • Click here to purchase tickets.  

Tip: Free cancellation up to 24 hours before your tour.

WelcomeCard and CityTourCard holders and guests of special partners (proof required) 14 €  (13 € online)


You’ll see this company’s all-white double-decker buses circling Berlin all day long, with live guides providing entertaining commentary to the riders.

Templehofer Bus Tours Berlin

They cover one route that can be taken as a hop-on-hop-off tour with a ticket that lasts for one day or as a stay-on tour, in which case the whole route takes around 2 hours.

NOTE: A 24-hour ticket with this bus is included for free with a purchase of the Go City Berlin Pass.  

This bus tour is definitely more affordable than the first option.

This company has a pretty impressive overall review profile with a better than 4 out of 5-star rating (read the reviews), though the reviews are mixed. 

Hours of operation:

Tours start every day at 09:30 from all stops. The end time is based on the season.

From 01 November to 31 March, city sightseeing buses run until 17:00 (5 pm), every 20-30 minutes (every 15-20 minutes on Saturdays).

Start your tour no later than 14:30 (2:30 pm) to make sure you have time to enjoy the full length of the hop-on-hop-off tour. 

Ticket Prices:

(Payment can be made in Euros, Dollars, and Pounds). Bookings are handled through Get Your Guide. These are the prices when you book online:

Tip: Free cancellation up to 24 hours before your tour.

NOTE: A 24-hour ticket with this bus is included for free with a purchase of the Go City Berlin Pass.  


These yellow double-decker city sightseeing buses are operated by several different companies including BBS Berlin, BVB (Bus Verkehr Berlin), Grayline, BEX Sightseeing, and Berolina).

BBS City Circle Sightseeing Bus

Like its competitors, this company has a good overall review profile (read the reviews), but the reviews are mixed, so do take a read.

Tour Features: 

Their Berlin Basics route covers the standard tourist sites with 18 stops.

They advertise that buses leave every 10-15 minutes, which is a fairly short interval between buses.

None of their tours have live guides, however, their pre-recorded audio comes in 19 languages.  

This is a big plus if one of those 19 languages is your native tongue.

Be warned that some of the biggest complaints in reviews are over the poor quality of the audio system.

This company’s hop-on-hop-off tours might be worth it if you are a family with young children since you can purchase a 2-day family ticket for €56 total and cover two adults and three children (14 years and under).

In this case, you would be paying about €11 per person for two days of hopping on and off.

The little ones might also appreciate that the buses offer a children’s audio channel in German and English. 

24-Hour Tickets

  • Adult (15 years and up) 1 Day ticket €35
  • Children 7–14 years 1-day ticket €20
  • Children 0–6 years free

48-Hour Tickets

  • Adult (15 years and up) 1 Day ticket €40
  • Children 7–14 years 1-day ticket €25
  • Children 0–6 years free

Learn more or book your tickets.

NOTE: This bus tour is included at no extra cost with the All-Inclusive Berlin Welcome Card.

Magic Bus Berlin

This is a private tour company and not an actual hop-on-hop-off bus tour company in a traditional sense.

The Magic Bus offers scenic tours in an original 1970s VW Bus.

Your personal private guide Jens helps you stroll Berlin & Postdam and makes your tour a cheerful one.

Tour Prices

Stromma Bus Tours

Stromma originally offered only night tours and their website shows Big Bus Berlin as a hop-on-hop-off option.

There are some seasonal tours offered by Stromma so always check the availability before planning a tour.

In the future, they may once again begin to offer their own bus tours as well!

Learn more about Stromma Tours

Comparing Berlin Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tours

In this section, we'll provide a comparison of each company offering hop on hop off bus tours in Berlin, including prices, included activities, and reviews.

Big BusCity SightseeingCity CircleTempelhofer
Discover | 1-Day Tour

€37/Adults | €25/Children
Includes a free walking tour
24-Hour Tour

€30/Adult | €15/Children

24-Hour Tour

€35/Adults | €20/Children
24-Hour Tour

€28/Adult | €19/Children
€22/Youth (12-17 yrs)
Essential Ticket | 2-Day Tour

€47/Adults | €30/Children
Includes a free walking tour
Includes free Currywurst
48-Hour Tour

€34/Adult | €17/Children
48-Hour Tickets

Explore Ticket | 2-Day Tour

€57/Adult | €35/Child
Includes a free walking tour
Includes a free river cruise/evening tour
Includes free Currywurst
Ratings: 4 out of 5 starsRatings: 4 out of 5 starsRatings: 2.5 out of 5 starsRatings: 3.5 out of 5 stars


This section will provide all the details you need to get a deal either with a tourist pass or a combo package. 

Tourist Attraction Passes

Purchasing a tourist pass is a great way to save money on bus tours. In addition, some passes include a metro card which you can use to get around town.

These passes bundle tickets to popular attractions and tours at one low price. You can save up to 55% off the retail prices.

They can also save you time, as many of the tours and attractions offer skip-the-queue privileges to cardholders.

The Berlin Welcome Card

You can use this card to get a free one-day hop-on-hop-off tour from City Circle Sightseeing.

The Berlin Welcome Card is available as either an all-inclusive pass or an a-la-carte option.

This means that you can pay one flat price for many different services or pay for only the activities you want.

Berlin's top attractions include free admission to popular museums, boat tours, and public transport.

Go City Berlin Pass 

This card includes a free one-day hop-on-hop-off tour through Templehofer Bus Tours.

The Berlin Pass is what we call an all-inclusive tourist pass.

In addition to the free bus tour, you also get free public transport, and free access to dozens of museums, Berlin's top attractions, and other sightseeing tours. 

NOTE: Not currently available as of September 2022.

Easy City Pass

Rather than offering a bus tour, this pass will give you a travel card that you can use on the subway, bus, tram, and regional train.

In addition to the travel card, you will also receive deals at several popular attractions throughout Berlin.

Receive up to 50% off at dozens of notable attractions, tours, restaurants, and bars.

Berlin City Pass

This pass includes 10% off the City Circle Hop-on Hop-off Tours.

The Berlin City Pass is a service that allows you to save money on several different attractions and activities, but it provides access to a few additional services for free.

In addition to deals on several tours and attractions, pass holders will also get free admission to the Berlin TV Tower, the DDR Museum, the Pergamon Museum, and a city audio guide.

These services can be a great deal if you’re planning on seeing a lot of different things while visiting Berlin.

If all you want is a bus tour or you’re working with a limited amount of time, you may want to consider a combo package instead. 

Combo Packages

The most common combo package available in Berlin is a bus + boat tour.

This deal includes both a hop-on, and hop-off bus tour, and a cruise down the Spree river.

Templehofer Bus + Boat Combo

  • Adult (15 years and up) 1 Day ticket €44
  • Youth 1-day ticket €30
  • Students with student ID €37
  • Children €19
  • Children 0–6 years free

City Circle Bus + Boat Combo

  • Day Ticket: €55/Adults | €30/Children (7-14)
  • 2-Day Ticket: €60/Adults | €35/Children (7-14)
  • 1 or 2-day hop-on, hop-off bus tour
  • 1 boat tour on river Spree

In addition to these options, Templehofer tours also provide combos that include Berlin's top attractions such as Madame Tussauds, the Berlin Dungeon, and the German Spy Museum.


If you’re considering a day trip to Potsdam, you may want to take a hop-on-hop-off bus tour of the area.

City Sightseeing offers a service that has 12 different stops.

This is a great option for people who are short on time and want to see all of the popular attractions in Potsdam.

This photo of the Potsdam City Tour is courtesy of TripAdvisor.

Here are some of the historic sites you can see on this tour:

  • Sanssouci
  • Orangerie
  • Alexandrowka
  • Cecilienhof Place
  • Filmmuseum Potsdam
  • The Dutch Quarter
  • Marmorpalais
  • And More!

Tickets for this hop-on, hop-off tour are very affordable. Your ticket will be valid for use at any time within 3 months of the purchase date.

The tour is offered in a total of 7 different languages.

For more details, make sure to read this Potsdam bus tours post.


If a hop-on-hop-off tour isn’t your style, you may still want to consider another service.

It’s important to note that most of these alternative bus tours will not allow you to jump off at specific sites and take a look around.

Instead, you can expect to stay on the bus for most of your trip as a professional guide provides information about Berlin.

Ticket prices are usually pretty affordable, and some options even give the hop-on-hop-off companies a run for their money.

You can expect a variety of services including a comedy bus tour, VW bus tour, video bus tour, and even a karaoke bus tour.

If you’re interested in a private outing, you can also get a private bus or limousine tour around the city.

Click here for a full list of alternative Berlin bus tours.



Save travel time between sights    

Berlin is a huge city and its many attractions are spread out in different neighborhoods.

While it is easy to use public transportation in Berlin (see our post Tips on public transportation in Berlin), traveling to multiple locations in one day to see the most popular sights will cut into your time.

This is probably the biggest advantage of taking a bus tour. 

Rather than getting on and off public transportation all day long and having to pay attention to make sure you are on the right train or bus and getting off at the correct station, a Ho/Ho simplifies this process.

You buy one ticket, let the driver do his or her job, and take you directly to the main attractions where you can hop off and explore more, or sit back and continue the ride.

Create your own itinerary 

The various Berlin bus tour companies offer basically the same Ho/Ho routes covering the historic city center, the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, Potsdamer Platz, the Reichstag and its dome, and more.

Taking a Ho/Ho tour is like giving yourself an unlimited bus pass to the attractions in Berlin. You have the freedom to create your own itinerary in advance or be spontaneous.

Hop off the bus and stay as long as you like at one sight and breeze past the sights that don't interest you by staying on the bus.

Orient yourself to Berlin  

Another advantage of taking a Ho/Ho is that you get a great overview of the city and can orient yourself.  

If you are visiting for several days, taking a Ho/Ho on your first day of travel gives you a feel for what's out there.

Then you can decide where you would like to go back to and explore in-depth.

Deals to other attractions 

Some bus companies have partner affiliations that will get you great deals on tickets for major attractions, like Madame Tussauds Berlin or Legoland.

All you need to do is show your bus ticket at the attraction to receive the deal.

Connecting with free walking tours 

A few Ho/Ho companies offer walking tours that work in tandem with their bus route.

At certain stops at specific times, you can meet up with one of their walking tours. You just need to show your valid bus ticket to join.  

You can also coordinate your bus tour hop-off choices to correspond with one of our free walking tour starting points.

Our walking tours are twice as long as those included in your Ho/Ho ticket and are also free so why not check out all our offerings?

Click here for our full list of pay-what-you-wish Berlin Walking Tours.


Mediocre live guides or no live guide at all 

Not all Ho/Hos has a live guide on the bus with you to narrate your trip.

Unless you speak English or German, you will likely receive commentary about the sights via headphones listening to pre-recorded commentary in your language.

The commentary is fine, but it's not the same as a live, spontaneous, and, hopefully, enthusiastic guide on your bus.

And live guides can be a hit or miss - some may be amazing and others can spoil an otherwise nice bus ride!


Street conditions are not controllable, and it's possible that rather than saving time, your day might be slowed down depending on traffic.

Sights are touristy

This is perfect for a traveler who wants an overview of the most well-known Berlin's top attractions.

But if you prefer seeing sights that are off the beaten track and don't plan on taking advantage of the deals to other tourist attractions, a hop-on-hop-off tour may not be for you.


For those travelers on a tight budget, Berlin’s public bus routes 100 and 200 are a dream come true. 

Both bus routes stop in front of (or within easy walking distance to) many popular sights in central Berlin

If you don’t mind forgoing live or recorded tourist commentary, you can save big and see lots with this resourceful self-made hop-on-hop-off bus tour.

You will need a regularly priced bus ticket.

A single ticket for zones A&B costs €2.70 and is good for 2 hours from the time you purchased it.

However, these single tickets allow you to travel only one way.

This means that, even if your trip lasts less than 2 hours, you will need to buy another single ticket to go back in the other direction, if you need to (unless you have a daily/weekly travel pass).

Since you are probably spending all day sightseeing, it might be worth getting a day ticket for €9.00 (AB).

See our post, Tips on Public Transportation in Berlin, to find out about fare options available.

Click here for an interactive map.

Berlin Free Bus Tour 100 and 200

Both the 100 and 200 buses depart from the Zoologischer Garten station approximately every 10 minutes (though you could also start this tour from Alexander Platz and do the tour in reverse order).

Both buses follow the same route at first, passing by Breitscheidsplatz where what’s left of the Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche (Memorial Church), serves as a reminder of the destruction caused by World War II.

Shortly thereafter, the buses part ways and continue along different routes.

Bus 100 goes through Tiergarten Park, while Bus 200 travels along the park's southern edge and past the kurfürstendamm and Potsdamer Platz.

At the intersection of Unter den Linden and Glinkastraße, Bus 200 converges with Bus 100 and travels along the same route.

They both travel past many places you will want to see, such as Gendarmenmarkt, Museum Island, the Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral), and Ostbahnof.  

The 100 bus terminates at Alexanderplatz. The entire journey takes approximately 30 minutes if you don't get off.

Bus 200 has a stop at Alexanderplatz but does not terminate there.

The 200 continues another 15 minutes into the Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood and what used to be communist East Berlin and then terminates at Michael Angelostraße. 

There's plenty to see in East Berlin and exploring by foot is the best way to do it. Join one of our pay-what-you-wish walking tours or use our Self-guided tour of East Berlin.

Tips From Locals and Travelers

While we do our best to remain unbiased, it's always a good idea to get a variety of perspectives before deciding whether or not to take any tour.

That's why we also have a Facebook Group called Berlin Travel Tips, where you can see the opinions of over 40,000 members.

Our group consists of locals, like us tour guides, who moderate the group, expats, regular visitors, as well as newbies to Berlin.

You don't need to join the group in order to search for and read the posts, comments, and suggestions on all things Berlin travel related.

Here are some of the thoughts our group members have shared about hop-on hop-off bus tours in the past:

As you can see, it's actually quite common for someone to ask whether or not Berlin bus tours are worth the price, because there is a bus line that many consider to be just as good.

That said, a lot of people still recommend taking a hop-on hop-off tour, insisting it's a great way to become familiar with the city and find all the best attractions with ease.

It seems that most people who do suggest a hop-on hop-off Berlin tour insist that it's good for first time visitors, but if you're already familiar with the city, the public bus might be a better option.

Whether it's to save some money or simply because you already know your way around the city, a lot of our group members do recommend using the 100 and 200 bus lines to see the best attractions in Berlin.

For more advice, or to ask your own question about Berlin bus tours, please visit our Berlin Travel Tips group on Facebook.


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Anne Wittig

Anne was born in East Berlin and came of age in the unified city. She has an intimate relationship with her city of birth and still calls Berlin home. For the past 10 years, she has managed and written Free Tours by Foot's Berlin blog, detailing the best places to go, where to stay, and what to do in her hometown. This blog has been featured on Berlin's official website, mainstream press like Berlingske, and local blogs like Over 14,000 visitors to Berlin have taken a tour from Free Tours by Foot.
Updated: March 22nd, 2024
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