The Big Bus Company
|Service type||Open-top sightseeing tours|
|Destinations||London, Vienna, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Istanbul, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Miami, Las Vegas, Budapest, Paris, New York, Sydney, San Francisco & Muscat|
|Operator||Maybury family 70%
Al Fahim Group 30%
Big Bus Tours is a London based open top double-decker bus sightseeing company, with burgundy and cream-coloured buses. It is a family-owned company, founded by Richard, Eleanor and Desmond Maybury.
Big Bus Tours London
Big Bus Tours London operates three routes with stops at these tourist destinations: Madame Tussauds, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Westminster Bridge, London Eye, Covent Garden, St Paul's Cathedral, London Bridge, Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Harrods, Kensington Palace and Kensington Gardens.
The company runs hop-on, hop-off bus tours of London, with one 24-hour ticket valid for unlimited journeys on the route. Buses offer recorded commentaries in several languages which can be listened to with headphones.
Originally the fleet was built up with second hand former route service double deckers that were converted to open top for a second life. AEC Routemasters, Daimler Fleetlines, Leyland Atlanteans and Leyland Titans were all used during the 1990s. These were replaced by 3-axle Dennis Condors, Leyland Olympians and MCW Metrobuses purchased from Hong Kong. The depot is in Wimbledon.
Big Bus Tours Dubai
In 2002 Big Bus Tours Dubai was established and takes place on a traditional open-top double-decker bus. The tour visits sights including Wafi Mall, Dubai Creek and Creekside Park, Dubai Museum, The Old Souk, Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House, Heritage & Diving Village, Dubai Gold Souk, Deira City Centre, Jumeirah Mosque, Souq Madinat Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab, the Palm Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa.
Big Bus Tours Hong Kong
On 15 December 2008 Big Bus Hong Kong was established. With the largest fleet of open-top buses in the city, serving three sightseeing routes: Hong Kong Island (Red Tour), Kowloon (Blue Tour) and Stanley (Green Tour). The tour offers a wide range of packages which include free travel on the Peak Tram, entry to the Sky Terrace on Victoria Peak, a traditional Sampan ride, and a Star Ferry harbour tour.
Big Bus Tours Shanghai
Big Bus London has featured in many TV shows including So Graham Norton, The Big Breakfast Show and BBC TV's Facing the Music with David Grant and Carrie Grant (series nominated for the Royal Television Award), Outnumbered show on BBC starring comedian Hugh Dennis. Other celebrities who became Big Bus Tour Guides for television and film projects include Shane Ritchie, Lorraine Kelly, Lauren Booth and Jerry Springer. In addition Jenny Platt who plays barmaid Violet Wilson in ITV's Coronation Street was once a Tour Guide with the company as was actress Georgina Sutcliffe who married actor Sean Bean in London on February 19, 2008.
- Companies House extract company no 1360202 The Big Bus Company Limited
- Al Fahim Group acquires 30 per cent equity interest in the Big Bus Company ameinfo.com 29 May 2007
- Al Fahim Group buys 30% stake in Big Bus Company Gulf News 29 May 2007
- London Stops List Big Bus Tours April 2012
- Map Big Bus Tours February 2013
- Big Bus Tours (The Big Bus Company, London, England) The Open Top Bus Site
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