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Ottawa Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour
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Ottawa Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

By Gray Line Ottawa
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Ages 0-99, max of 30 per group
Duration: 1h 30m
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Live guide: English, French
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Audio guide: German, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese, Spanish
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  • Professional driver and guide
  • Transport by double decker bus or trolley
  • Local taxes
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Admissions to attractions and sites
  • Hotel pickup are before 9:30-9:45am ($5 payable to driver). Reservation must be done 24 hours prior


Start:
  • 44 Sparks St., Ottawa, ON K1P 5A5, Canada
    We are at the corner of Elgin and Sparks. Look for a red kiosk.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Pushchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3400_7

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • If you require hotel pickup (before 9:30-9:45am), please contact the supplier 24 hours prior to your reservation. Please note: this service is $5, payable to the driver at time of pick-up
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3400_7

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    • 44 Sparks St., Ottawa, ON K1P 5A5, Canada
      We are at the corner of Elgin and Sparks. Look for a red kiosk.
    • Pass by
      Sparks Street
      Canadian Museum of Nature
      Lansdowne Park
      Dow's Lake
      Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
      ByWard Market
      Rideau Hall
      RCMP Stables
      Canada Aviation and Space Museum
      National Gallery of Canada
      Canadian Museum of History
      Canadian War Museum
      Elgin Street Market
      Sparks Street
    About the operator
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    • Gray Line Ottawa
      319
      Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
      Joined in March 2011
    • Venture27534577030
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Ottawa City Tour
      Nice bright day to take the tour very well narrated seen all the main attractions. Will recommend it.
      Written October 25, 2023
    • Mobile46410927375
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Lovely
      Great way to see the city. Definitely do this first then you can decide what places you would like to check out. Loved the convenience
      Written October 2, 2023
    • cccambuslang
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Comprehensive Tour
      The success of hop on hop off tours is dependent on the quality of the guide and the information he provides. In our case the guide was knowledgeable, humorous and interesting. A very worthwhile experience.
      Written June 4, 2023
    • review_man42
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great team
      Buses were on time and the two tour guides we had were great. They had a fantastic attitude were entertaining and very informative. Would highly recommend this tour ad you visit all the popular spots.
      Written May 17, 2023
    • U6851KZstevec
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Intially Good and then Hopeless.
      Initially for the first 4 stops commentary and views were excellent. We were lucky to be in Ottawa for the Tulip festival (amazingly beautiful) which was stop 4. After hopping back on a bus with a different driver and commentator to go to stop 13 what a difference. The driver revved the engine so you couldn't hear the commentary which was at times unintelligible and despite asking him to speak louder he just couldn't care less.Very disappointing.The driver drove right past stop 13 and finally after complaining stopped at a busy intersection at the red light for us to get off and walk back 1 mile. Pity you let yourself down with that.
      Written May 15, 2023
    • T4642PUjudyb
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Recommended
      Very informative quide about history and sights. Did his best describing the sites in spite of a very rainy day.
      Written May 6, 2023
    • sarahgI8794JY
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Good way to get around - wish it was more “tour” than “taxi” like
      Great way to see the highlights of the city without having to walk for hours or worry about driving and parking! I wish the tour guide gave some information about the locations rather than just pointing out the names of places and if it was on the left/right. Felt more like a ride between locations rather than a “tour” of the city Also not a big fan that there were little dogs allowed on - the barking took away from the overall experience.
      Written October 10, 2022
    • K7734MPgaryl
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Classic tour was informative and comfortable
      We recently took a classic tour with Gray Line Ottawa. Gray Line has always come through with the best tours. This tour gives you a general overview of the city .
      Written September 19, 2022
    • roseskes
      0 contributions
      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Some good, some disappointing
      We had to wait in the rain for the tour to start. An awning or some such would be nice. Also, during the tour, we could only hear about 10% of what the tour guide was saying, due to traffic noises and an inadequate microphone system. What we did hear, focused more on local restaurants than on Ottawa history and architecture. (Yes, we're over 65; but we both have normal hearing.) We're not sorry we took the tour, because we did enjoy seeing some things, even if they weren't explained. But we were disappointed and frustrated enough to get off the bus halfway thru.
      Written June 12, 2022
    • I9215CJcolleenc
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      An excellent overview
      The 90-minute Ottawa City Tour provided me with an excellent overview of the city and its environs. Ottawa is a jewel amid extensive parkland! The young guide was well-informed, timely, and courteous, and the driver, skillful. I only wish I'd had change on hand to thank them with a tip!
      Written May 19, 2022
    • Hope T
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Absolutely recommend for your first day in Ottawa
      Loved it! Great sights and stories, would definitely recommend for friends, family, couples etc. Do it on your first day so you have more ideas on where to go in Ottawa
      Written October 18, 2021
    • J6312GSkateb
      0 contributions
      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great tour- Poor follow up on broken down bus experience
      We live in Ottawa but our toddler LOVES this event! We have done the round trip tour a few times and it’s as exciting for everyone each time! We’ve learned so much about our own city! Unfortunately, last week we rode the tour with friends from out of town. In the first quarter of the tour, the engine overheated and we pulled over. We were told a mechanic would be 15 minutes, and if needed a new bus would come in 45! No problem, these things happen. Given that it was 38 degrees, we asked if we could walk to the next stop which was about 1 km away. By doing this we could grab a refill on water, use washroom, keep toddler out of the sun and pray the bus wouldn’t be long as many moms know a day with a 2 year old requires scheduling! We hauled to the next stop running at times in the event the mechanic fixed the bus, we didn’t want to miss. 40 minutes later a packed bus arrived at the next stop. Our previous bus couldn’t be fixed so the bus was full of the scheduled sold-out tour plus all the people from the broken bus. Still, no big deal these things happen! We sandwiched into the bottom level, windows were open, was so hot, holding toddler in arms and everyone wearing masks. The first stop we could get off as we went back toward downtown we go off. This meant another 25 minute walk to get our car and we had now missed nap. Still, no big deal! I called Greyline offices and explained the situation, the girl asked if I wanted to book for the next day or following day or wanted a refund. I explained our friends were leaving so they would likely want a refund but I would be happy with a credit. We love the tour but with a weekend of rain ahead and scheduled activities, I would be happy to take a credit that could be used later, or a refund if easier ( because I’d still be booking again,same difference). The girl took my information and said someone would call back within 24 hours. 2 days later I received an email to review the experience and wrote back explaining the issue and lack of response stating that we always had a good experience but believed the broken bus/ incomplete tour/ headache of the experience should be rectified with a complimentary invite to ride again. *Keep in mind the entire ordeal was 2 hours with 15 minutes of a bus ride. I think that is more than fair to request a complimentary ride. In fact, I’m happy to ride toward the end of the season when the busses are still running and empty. I don’t have to take a prime seat in tourist season* I never received a reply. I initiated the situation be rectified on 2 occasions and am disappointed with follow up. As for the experience in past times, we loved. We would be very happy to see this past situation handled appropriately in a timely manner.
      Written August 11, 2021
    • X8784WDkellyd
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      excellent
      There were 5 of us in total - 3 adults and 2 kids (11 and 8). We all enjoyed the experience and participated in the conversation. My youngest didn't even fall asleep! The guide was so informative - and so funny - that kept our interest the entire time. It was an hour tour - I wish it was longer. We all learned so much (and because it was bilingual) my French immersion children got a little bit of a language sess. Will definitely do this tour again!
      Written August 4, 2021
    • Tom H
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Good city tour
      We took the hop on hop off tour this past July. I have given it a 4 rating despite not finding all of the experience OK. But most of that was because this was our first hop on hop off experience. The sign in spot was right at the foot of the Sparks street pedestrian mall by the War Memorial. No problems checking in and the felllow gave us a guide for when the buses make their stops at the hop off spots or which there are about 12. You can do the tour as just a bus tour (ie/ you don't have to get off) and I think that takes a couple of hours. If you do this be aware that the photo opportunities are quite limited from a moving bus, even if you sit on the open top deck which we did. If you do the tour this way it does give you an excellent overview of the Ottawa/Gatineau sights. The tour is narrated in English and French and at times seems a bit rushed because there are many things to talk about. Having said all that we took advantage of a few of the hop off spots and this worked out very well. The whole thing was very well organized and the buses showed up for pick up bang on the times that showed on the schedule. Cost for the 2 of us was $75 total. Glad we did this and knowing what we do now we might have opted for the 2 day pass which you also get at discounted rate compared to the one day. That way we might have taken advantage of some of the other stops.
      Written December 13, 2019
    • Topkoppite
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Spread out tour
      We had one and half circles on this. One to see everything and a part circle to get to the RCMP HQ. Our guide was Marcel and Driver was Pete. Enjoyed, good commentary – saw all the sites you would expect. Be aware, some of the outlying stops are some distance so be prepared for some long intervals between stops and some attractions are not always open everyday. Also, as the tour only ran every hour you couldn’t hop off at every site and be back on the bus to do every attraction in one day.
      Written October 16, 2019
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    4.0 of 5 bubbles175 reviews
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    40
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    Susan Glin
    Brampton, Canada28 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2021
    First the good — the 90 minute tour was as good as most cities we’ve visited and our guide was engaging and shared interesting information.

    Unfortunately we did not get what we paid for. The Grayline Site (see screenshot) and Expedia both say that they are operating on a 30 minute schedule from July-September, but in fact they are operating on a 60 minute schedule and in some cases we waited longer.

    Our bus driver was driving too close to the car in front at some points so he would repeatedly step on the brakes making the bus lurch.

    Aside from their starting point at Sparks street, the stops are very hard to find, the signage is on a stand that is about 4 feet tall, and faces only 1 direction. When we called from the Canadian War Museum to ask where to find the stop we were instructed to walk out the main entrance, across the small but not real road, and to wait by the stop sign. After waiting an hour when we called again we were told there are many main entrances (there are not…only one is marked Main Entrance) and that we should go to the other side of the building and wait at the nearest intersection. We took an Uber as we’d waited longer than an hour and were told the next bus would be there in 40 minutes.

    If you just want the tour I would recommend buying the one day pass and taking the tour, but this service is not practical as a real hop on/hop off tour…missing one bus will eat a major portion of your day and it’s very hard to find their stop points.

    What they could do better — update the website so people can decide in advance if they want to pay full price for half the service, and improve signage.
    Written August 8, 2021
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    joysclind
    Wrightwood, CA192 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    As a tour if you’re staying on the bus this is a good company to go with if you’re trying to hop on hop off forget about it because their timetable is completely inaccurate and unfortunately most activities in museums you have to have a timed ticket for. Also waiting 45 min a bus stop for a bus that’s supposed to run every half hour just wasted our day. We had three museums and we’re only on time to the first one the worst part about it was when we were in our second museum another bus from the company (not the double Decker but a trolly style) broke down right in front of us in a cloud of exhaust leaving entire group of people stranded. We were very surprised because we had done the Amphibus tour the day before the same company and had a wonderful time. But the two day hop on hop off was a huge waste of money that could’ve been better spent on an Lyft or Uber from Museum to Museum.b also the last us we tried to take back from our last museum stop of the day was so full the had sardine standing room only. The Amphibus tour this company offered is great but avoid the hop on hop off and stick to one seat for a great narrated ride.
    Written August 14, 2022
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    Pat L.
    Winnipeg, Canada9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The weather was unusually hot for this time of year, so this tour was a welcoming break from trudging from site to site in +31 weather. We got a great overview from the bus & stopped at Dow Lake to enjoy the Tulip Fest, then again at the National Art Gallery. Both of our commentators were excellent, adding humour with some interesting tidbits along our route. I’d recommend this tour. It was well worth it.
    Written May 15, 2022
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    Karen M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2021
    We live in Ottawa and play tourist with our grandchildren, this year we took our two granddaughters aged 10 and 12, (we have previously taken our grandsons when they were young). We had a great time, learned some interesting information and saw a lot of our beautiful city. The tour guide was friendly, helpful and supplied information in a knowledgeable and funny manner. The bus driver was very good, especially when he had to back out at Lansdowne Park because the road was blocked, we clapped in appreciation.
    We would like to take the tour again with friends.
    Written August 29, 2021
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    bvanallen
    Orillia, Canada36 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2023
    On a recent trip to the Canadian Tulip Festival, we booked Hop on Hop Off Ottawa for 2 consecutive days and used it as our primary source of transportation to various attractions. On the first day, the bus didn’t stop at the Canadian War Museum, citing construction as the reason for the unexplained change. The bus did stop at the War Museum the next day without difficulty and there was no evidence of construction to explain why we didn’t stop the first day. On the second day, we were let off at the Museum of Aviation and Space only to find the museum closed for the day. Thankfully, the bus remained on site and, upon seeing that we were shut out, quickly allowed us to re-embark. We felt the bus line should be aware of operating dates of the attractions to warn riders. The buses were clean, comfortable and well equipped. The drivers were competent and the guides were courteous and reasonably informative. I would recommend the Ottawa Hop On Hop Off Bus.
    Written May 20, 2023
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    ardac
    Ontario23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2021 • Family
    Great way to see Ottawa! Even my 18 year old daughter enjoyed it. I’ve been to Ottawa many times and was fascinated to hear more about the history and other interesting facts. Christine’s commentary and humour made the tour even more enjoyable ! We only “hopped off” at one location , but when we were ready to “hop on” , the bus came right on schedule at the location we were let off at. We had no concerns at all. People have reviewed about speed of drivers, stops and starts of bus etc but I found it’s just the flow of traffic in a big city - relax lol! I highly recommend this tour :)
    Written August 24, 2021
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    Sharon B
    Newmarket, Canada11 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2022
    Disappointing. The guide was great, but not a lot of “history” points given, example, the Revenue Canada building, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t built for that reason, would be nice to know what it was originally built for. Lord Elgin Hotel, so what did Lord Elgin do? Pushed a Mexican restaurant and a Bagel place! Not interested in that! As well as listening in English and then in French, which is fine, we listened to people on the bus talking the whole time , which made it very hard to hear the guide. Before the trip began there was confusion on which time and which bus we were to board. We were very disappointed and couldn’t wait for it to end. My advice? Try Toronto that was fantastic and full of history and points of interest that didn’t include a Mexican restaurant or Bagel shop!
    Written September 11, 2022
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    Marija V
    Vancouver, Canada41 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2021
    Great way to see the city and get the idea if you want to explore some spots in more detail.

    The bus was on time and the guides were knowledgeable and interesting.

    One thing that can be improved is to have tours later during the afternoon until 7 or 8 pm during summer. We booked for 12pm tour start, and had only time to visit one museum and then take the bus to go for the rest of the circle to our start point.
    Written August 28, 2021
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    Jojo T
    1 contribution
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2023 • Family
    It was our first time to try this bus tour unfortunately, we were disappointed. We were stucked in the hop on waiting area at the War Museum, made a call then suddenly told that no bus will be going in that route anymore. They insisted it was announced previously which I disagreed because we sit very close to the tour guide and never heard anything like that. The tour guide was even the one who told us where to wait after the museum visit. We are not from Ottawa and really stressed out finding our way out from the place. The company did not even made an effort to help us out in the situation like providing an uber at least. They offered us a next day extension of our ticket but we are checking out the following day. I will not take this tour bus again and I don't really recommend it. It's a bad way of treating tourists and a bad image to Ottawa tourism.
    Written July 9, 2023
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    We know how disruptive it is when the route changes due to circumstances out of our control, especially for those not familiar with Ottawa, which is why we ensure to warn our travellers ahead of time. We're truly sorry if this gave you a bad impression of our wonderful city.
    Written July 11, 2023
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    ConnieSP_123
    Mississauga, Canada7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2021 • Family
    Did the combo hop on hop off tour and Rideau Canal cruise. They both were fantastic. Only issue I had on Aug 16 planned to do the hop on hop bus at noon with other planned activities but when I arrived it was cancelled as a result of some news media coverage. Had to rearrange my entire afternoon because of the cancellation. Gray line should advise ticket holders of any time slot cancellations as visitors plan their itineraries.
    Written August 22, 2021
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