Toon Tour crowned best open-top bus tour in the UK

7 months ago Wed 6th Sep 2023

Toon Tour Well DoneThe Go North East city sightseeing bus service Toon Tour has been crowned the winner of the UK Open Top Bus Cup.

The circular hop-on, hop-off service takes in the sights of Newcastle and Gateshead and features commentary from local Metro Radio superstars Steve and Karen.

Toon Tour beat fellow finalist New Forest Tour in the Ticketer-sponsored contest, which was decided by votes on social media over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The competition was set up by Great Scenic Journeys and began with 32 entries at the beginning of July, these being whittled down knockout-style until the final two fought it out from last Friday to yesterday. Ultimately, Toon Tour polled 62.2% of the 831 votes versus the 34.8% for New Forest Tour.

Ben Maxfield, Business Director at Go-Ahead North East, which operates Toon Tour, says: “We are thrilled to hear that our Toon Tour has been named the best open-top bus tour in the UK.

“The team work hard to make this service a success and I think it’s a fantastic way to see the area. I’d encourage anyone who fancies to go for a ride, it is particularly good for a day out with the kids.”

Toon Tour starts and finishes at Newcastle Central Station and includes 20 stops, taking in sights including the Quayside, Sage Gateshead, St James’ Park football ground and Great North Museum for an adult fare of £12.50.

The tour will run every weekend until 8 October (except Sunday 10 September due to the Great North Run). Find out more and plan your journey Newcastle Gateshead Toon Tour - Go North East