The traditional Edinburgh tourist sightseeing bus costs £15 per person for a tour of Edinburgh’s biggest tourist sites. However, if you use two regular bus services you can create your own bus tour for only £4.
Starting at the city centre Fountainbridge stop on Lothian Road (outside Jones the Bootmaker shop) take the Lothian Buses number 35 service towards Ocean Terminal. On the way you will pass Greyfriars Bobby and the National Museum. The route continues onto the Royal Mile and down towards the Scottish Parliament and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. It then continues on to towards the port district of Leith. Either get off at the Shore bus stop to explore the watery neighbourhood of Leith or continues for a few more minutes to the final stop of Ocean Terminal – home for the retired Royal Yacht Britannia.
For the return journey get on the number 36 bus destined for Craiglockhart. This service will take you back towards where you began via the posh neighbourhoods of Stockbridge and the New Town. Stockbridge is a great stopping point for a coffee and a wander along the urban river – the Water of Leith. Either walk back into town from here or get the 36 back up through the New Town. Jump of at the Queensferry Road stop just as Edinburgh Castle comes into view.
Buy a £4 day ticket on the bus. No change is given on buses so make sure you have the exact money.