This Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour allows you to plan your sightseeing as per your convenience. You may hop on and hop off at any of the designated stops; do somesightseeing shop or eat and then hop back again when the next bus comes along.
The Istanbul Big Bus ticket is valid for 24 hours/ 48 hours (as per option chosen) from when you first board the bus.
There are two routes under this tour – the City Tour Red Route which covers the landmarks situated in the heart of the city, thus, giving an insight into the city’s diverse culture; and Golden Horn Blue Route, which takes you through the important places of interest around the famous Golden Horn, a sea inlet in the shape of a horn.
City Tour – Red route:
The stops are: Sultanahmet Square (between Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque) - New Mosque (Yeni Camii) - Egyptian Spice Bazaar - Tophane (Istanbul Modern Art Museum) - Port (Karaköy) - Dolmabahçe (near Dolmabahçe Mosque & Palace) - Beylerbeyi Palace - Akaretler (W Hotel) - Taksim Square - Hard Rock Café (Bankalar Street).
This route has 9 locations where you can get off the bus. Some of the major attractions along this route are:
Sultanahmet Square: It is home to a staggering wealth of attractions in Istanbul. Visit the city’s most famous monument, Hagia Sophia, which was, once both a church and a mosque. The interior is decorated with awe-inspiring Byzantine mosaics. Don’t miss the Blue Mosque, also called the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, known for its grandeur and is a living proof of the classic Ottoman architecture.
Also in this area you will find the opulent Topkapi Palace, the crown of Ottoman Empire and one of Istanbul’s top attractions.
Galata Tower: Get a panoramic view of the entire city from the top of the Galata Tower. Do not worry about climbing to the top; there are two elevators available for visitors. The tower gives you several photo opportunities and you can grab a meal in the restaurant located at the top.
Bosphorus Bridge: The stretch of road that connects the two continents, the bridge is one of the most prominent landmarks of the city. Crossing the bridge provides spectacular views of the Bosphorus estuary, Europe and Asia. You can also visit the Dolmabahçe Palace, which houses the world's largest Bohemian crystal chandelier in the European coastline and the majestic Beylerbeyi Palace, the summer residence of Ottoman Sultans in the 19th century, at the Asian side.
Taksim Square: Famous for its restaurants, shops and hotels, Taksim Square is a major tourist spot and holds public events such as parades or New Year celebrations.
Golden Horn Blue Route
The stops are: Sultanahmet Square (between Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque) - New Mosque (Yeni Camii) - Egyptian Spice Bazaar - Patriarchate (St. Stephen’s Church) - Cable Car (Pierre Loti Café) – Miniatürk (Rahmi Koç Museum).
This route has 6 locations where you can get off the bus. It takes the same route as the Red Route till the Egyptian Spice Bazaar and then moves forward to the Patriarchate. Some of the highlights along this route are:
Egyptian Spice Bazaar: Walk amidst the fragrance of spices and herbs and you can also pick up interesting knick-knacks from the market.
Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople: Explore the former Greek neighbourhood and visit the Church of St. George and the beautiful courtyards.
Miniaturk: Istanbul’s first miniature park is a small version of Turkey and has 100 odd miniature structures displaying Turkey’s most important buildings.
While on the bus, you will discover Istanbul’s rich history through the informative personal commentary available in 8 languages - English, Turkish, Arabic, Russian, French, German, Italian and Spanish.