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Best sightseeing bus tours in Ontario

A group of people sitting on top of an open-top bus driving past the ROM.

City Sightseeing Tour, Toronto | Destination Ontario

Skip the hassle of planning and driving, and just sit back, relax and enjoy the trip with Ontario’s top bus tours. Hop on a city sightseeing tour bus, take a short-day trip or embark on a multi-day getaway.

From themed beer-tasting and culinary adventures to scenic countryside drives or downtown highlights of Toronto or Ottawa, there's an Ontario bus tour tailored just for you.

Here are some of the best bus tours in Ontario to diverse experiences and destinations, listed by their departure locations.

Greater Toronto Area

Gray Line Toronto

This family-operated company specializes in sightseeing tours around Toronto and daily day trips to Niagara Falls.

Gray Line’s experienced tour guides will show you Toronto’s top attractions and lesser-known cultural hotspots on a two-hour-long tour. Highlights include the CN Tower, Kensington Market and the Harbourfront Centre.

Book the signature Best of Niagara Falls tour for a scenic day tour from Toronto to Niagara.

Another short trip from Toronto, the Blue Mountain Shuttle departs year-round on Saturday mornings from Yorkdale Mall.

The Toronto City Tour and Niagara Falls Day Tour both depart from 55 York Street, Toronto.


Committed to connecting people to the great outdoors and showcasing Ontario’s natural beauty, Parkbus offers bus services to parks across Ontario from Toronto. 

Meet a new friend on ActiveDays. These guided group outdoor trips feature walking, hiking, paddling and more. For newcomers to nature, Parkbus’s outdoor program NatureLink helps build skills and confidence in the outdoors through fun activities.

Excursions are offered year-round, however trips, destinations and pick-up locations change seasonally.

Travelling Chicken

If you’re feeling adventurous, Travelling Chicken offers thrill-seeking and fun-loving one-day and multi-day tours for solo travellers and small groups year-round.

Choose from hiking, canoeing, camping, skiing and sightseeing. Tours are designed to cater to beginners and experienced adventurers, regardless of previous experience.

From snow tubing and snowshoeing near Barrie to whitewater rafting on the Ottawa River, these outdoor-oriented tours will get your adrenaline pumping.

Short Trips

Short Trips is a Toronto-based company offering one-day and multi-day tours.

Bus tours have included visits to Ottawa’s tulip festival, day trips to St. Jacobs Farmers' Market, multi-day excursions to Manitoulin Island and drives up to Sault Ste. Marie for the Agawa Canyon fall colour train tour.

Friendly and knowledgeable tour directors are available to answer any questions while you enjoy your ride in new coaches with comfortable seating.

Queen Tour

Travel to one of the world’s most impressive waterfalls from Canada’s largest city onboard a cozy family-owned mini-coach.

Choose a day or evening trip to The Falls. Your tour can include a variety of add-ons, like a three-course dinner or a helicopter ride.

Queen Tour also offers a trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake, one of Ontario’s most popular wine regions. Taste chocolate, sip wine and enjoy a stroll around the picturesque town.

City Sightseeing Toronto

Hop on one of the iconic red, double-decker buses with City Sightseeing Toronto and tour the city at your own pace.

City Sightseeing Toronto tickets are valid for 24 or 48 hours and allow you to hop on and off at many of Toronto’s must-see attractions.

Explore Kensington Market’s vintage clothing shops, delicious food and unique stores. Witness a world-class live performance in the Theatre District or deepen your appreciation for Canadian art when the bus pulls over to the Art Gallery of Ontario.

After you’ve explored the city, purchase a ticket for the Toronto-Niagara Combo tour to visit Niagara Falls.

Ottawa Region

La Vida Local

Situated between the Ottawa River Valley and the St. Lawrence corridor, Eastern Ontario’s emerging wine scene is gaining in popularity. If you want to experience a glass of something delicious in this under-the-radar region, La Vida Local offers a variety of unique tours.

As advocates of living the local life to the fullest, the owners of La Vida Local have created what they call “epicurean adventures.” Whisking travellers away to local wineries, breweries and distilleries, each curated stop is as tasty as the last.

Book a tour to sample small-batch, artisanal products made with love just outside the country’s capital. You can also reserve customized private tours for groups, special occasions and corporate events.

Lady Dive Amphibus Tour

Can’t decide between a boat tour or a bus tour? Do both with Lady Dive!

Lady Dive offers a one-hour bus tour that explores the National Capital Region by land and water. The amphibious bus–or Amphibus–partially submerges in the water, allowing passengers to see the majestic sights along the Ottawa River in a truly unique way. The Amphibus is the only one of its kind in Ontario.

In addition, Lady Dive offers multiple tour options to explore Ottawa’s sights on Lady Dive’s hop-on, hop-off bus. With a one-day or two-day pass, you can jump on this double-decker ride and enjoy the city’s many museums, historic sites and cultural attractions at your own pace.

For a “best of both worlds” experience, purchase the Double-Decker and Amphibus combo pass.

Ottawa Valley Tours

Based in the Ottawa area, Ottawa Valley Tours offers day and multi-day tours across Ontario.

Experience overnight trips to enjoy theatre at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake and the famous Stratford Festival, visit some of Ontario’s prettiest small towns or travel north to witness spectacular fall foliage.

Niagara Region

Niagara Wine Tours International

Founded in Niagara-on-the-Lake in 1992, Niagara Wine Tours International is the region’s original wine-tasting tour company. Over the years, the company has developed partnerships with over 40 wineries in the Niagara region.

Winery tours include an expert local guide to share the beauty of Niagara’s wine region as you visit two or three wineries over a four to five-hour tour. Some tours include a two or three-course seasonally inspired meal paired with wine.

If there’s a winery you’ve wanted to try, let them know in advance, and they’ll do their best to accommodate your request.

Brewery and cidery tours are also available.

Tours from other Ontario locations

Brew Bus

Explore the exciting variety of craft beer in Ontario on a Brew Bus brewery tour.

Custom tours include stops at craft breweries and cideries in rural and urban settings across southern Ontario. There is even a meadery on the roster of stops.

Generally, on a Brew Bus tour, you’ll visit three to four unique breweries, indulge in tasty appetizers at one of the breweries and enjoy fun-filled entertainment like beer trivia.

What makes Brew Bus extra convenient is that they regularly provide pick-up service in the York and Simcoe regions and cater to those in surrounding areas. You’ll be dropped off close to public transit so you can get home safely. Contact Brew Bus for pick-up spots near you.

Brew Bus also offers customized Brew Adventures for groups to casinos, comedy bars, golf courses and ski hills in Ontario.

Great Canadian Holidays & Coaches

With 40 years of experience operating award-winning bus tours in Canada, Great Canadian Holidays & Coaches offers bus tours that pick up in over 100 locations in Southern Ontario.

Whether you’re a Toronto Blue Jays fan or you want to check out festivals and special events there’s a huge selection of one-day trips across Ontario suitable for solo travellers, families and groups.

Rum Runners Tour

Rum runners illegally smuggled alcohol into the United States during Prohibition. The Rum Runners Tour is a live-action, Windsor-based bus tour that tells their story.

Costumed saloon owners, gangsters and bootleggers take you back in time to the Roaring Twenties for four fun-filled hours. Learn about the region and its history while you enjoy the show.

The tour includes stops at two historical Windsor landmarks and a buffet lunch at a speakeasy with live music and entertainment. Learn how to dance the Charleston while the speakeasy’s resident piano player “Fingers” plays music from that era.

Tours run from April to November with other fun events offered during the off-season.

The Rum Runners Tour departs from the Rockstar Music Hall at 2418 Central Avenue, Windsor.

Last updated: June 10, 2024

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