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Bright Bus Tours return to Edinburgh streets with a clear message of safe sightseeing

Posted: 15th July 2020


Scotland’s hugely popular, unmistakeable and definitely unmissable tour bus is honking its horn in delight today (Weds 15 July) as it puts the wheels in motion to bring tourism back to Scotland’s capital after months of zoom calls, countless banana breads and thousands of litres of paint.

Bright Bus Tours launched back onto the Edinburgh tour track in its usual show stopping style, as one of its open-top vehicles rocked up to its base on St Andrew’s Square, wearing a giant face mask. The ‘fashionista with a vista’ took the opportunity to assure people that it is on a mission to deliver the same unforgettable sightseeing experience, with added safety measures in place following the wake of the pandemic.

After weeks off the job, the bright orange buses are now raring to go as Scotland’s tourism market reopens and can’t wait to remind Edinburgh and its visitors of all the fantastic views and history on offer, as they bring safe sightseeing to the capital the Bright Bus way.

Branded bright orange face masks will be handed out to people who have booked a tour with Bright Bus on its inaugural day back and with their open top decks, tour-goers will be able to enjoy the sights and sounds of Scotland’s capital city safely, after several months of lockdown.

Tony Kenmuir, Tour Operations Manager for Bright Bus, said: “It has been a really positive step forward to see Bright Bus back and ready for action. As we move into the thick of the summer holidays, people – especially those with children – are looking for safe and fun outdoor activities to do and our tours provide a great day out.

“We’re expecting  a significant rise in the number of UK domestic passengers this summer – and even a good few from Edinburgh – as more people are choosing to go on ‘staycations’ and explore the great sights we have to see at home.

“Whilst our relaunch has a definite sense of Bright Bus style, our message is a serious one, designed to instil confidence in everyone looking to take a tour with us, that we have taken all measures to create a safe environment.”

Liz McAreavey, Chief Executive at Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, said: “As a key driver of the Edinburgh economy, we are delighted to see the hospitality and tourism sector working to safely re-open across the city as restrictions gradually ease. The re-launch of Bright Bus Tours, with a focus on safe sightseeing, will allow people to have a fun day out while enjoying the wonderful sights our city has to offer.”

Our hop on hop off Edinburgh buses buses run every 20 minutes, 7 days a week so you’ll not miss a thing! The first tour of the day leaves St Andrew Square at 9am.  

Tickets can be booked online or purchased from our staff on the day, with prices starting from as little as £10 for an Adult and £6 for a kid, while the Under 5s go free.

Bright Bus, which is operated by First Bus, has undertaken every measure to ensure social distancing, cleanliness and adherence to government guidelines in preparation of getting back out on tour.

Each vehicle will be deep cleaned at the end of each day, using the latest techniques available. This includes a ‘fogging’ which kills all bacteria, including Covid-19, for up to 28 days.

Passengers will be directed to their seats by staff, who will be wearing PPE, to ensure that social distancing guidelines are met throughout the journey.

For more information or to book online, please visit:  www.brightbustours.com

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