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Big Bus Abu Dhabi: Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour -1-Day and 2-Day

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Key Highlights

  • Covers all the major landmarks of the city
  • Hop on at your own convenience and hop off at your favourite spot
  • Choose from a Classic, Premium and Deluxe ticket and enjoy additional benefits!
  • Explore the Yas Island, home to the city’s Grand Prix
  • Enjoy free entry to the Marina Mall Sky Tower and Heritage Village
  • Get a 50% discount on entry to Observation Deck 300 at Etihad Towers
  • Enjoy a FREE Arabian Dhow Cruise
  • Get a Big City Pass with Deluxe ticket and enjoy savings up to 85% on attractions
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    Your ticket is valid for 1 day and 2 days (as per option chosen)

    Start time

    City Tour (Red Route): Buses operate from 9:00am to 5:00pm; every 10-30 mins
    Yas Island Drive (Purple Route): 10:00am - 4:00pm; every 10-30 mins
    Dhow Cruise: Departs at 10:30, 11:30, 15:30 & 16:30
    Complete Loop:
    City Tour: 2.3 hours
    Yas Island Drive: 2 hours

    Meeting Point

    You may board the bus at any of the designated stops

    Ending Point

    You may get off at any of the designated stops

  • Overview & Itinerary


    At first Abu Dhabi may seem quite sedate but take a tour around the city with its high rise buildings, multi-lane highways, colossal malls and pristine beaches, and it will perhaps turn out to be one of the most dramatic cities in the world.

    The Big Bus Abu Dhabi Hop-On, Hop-Off Day Tour makes sure that you get to explore the top attractions of the city, be it the grand Marina Mall, the pompous Emirates Palace Hotel or the opulent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque or the traditional Iranian Market. Plus, choose to enjoy FREE entry to the Marina Mall Sky Tower, a FREE Yas Island Drive,a FREE entry to the Heritage Village, a FREE entry to Zayed Centre & Etihad Modern Art Gallery, 50% discount on the entry to the observation deck of Etihad Towers and a FREE Corniche cruise.

    On the Big Bus Tour, you can get off the bus at the well-located stops to visit attractions or explore places of interest. Visit the places that fascinate you and explore them for as little or as long as you like. Choose from three ticket options – Classic, Premium and Deluxe, and leave the open-top buses as many times as you want within the two validity options – 1-day and 2-day.

    A quick checklist of inclusions in each ticket option

    On the open-topped double decker bus, audio-commentary is offered in multiple languages.

    Download the tour route map


    The Big Bus Abu Dhabi Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour allows you to plan your own sightseeing. You may hop on and hop off at any of the designated stops, sightsee and shop or eat and then hop back again when the next bus comes along.

    On the Big Bus Abu Dhabi Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour there are 16 stops where you can get off the bus to visit attractions or explore places of interest. The stops are as follows:

    Stop 1: Marina Mall
    Stop 2: Etihad Towers
    Stop 3: Sheikh Zayed Centre
    Stop 4: Etihad Gallery
    Stop 5: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
    Stop 6: Eastern Mangroves
    Stop 7: Galleria & Rosewood
    Stop 8: Abu Dhabi Mall
    Stop 9: Manarat Al Saadiyat
    Stop 10: Abu Dhabi Corniche
    Stop 11: WTC Souk
    Stop 12: Al Hosn Fort
    Stop 13: Markaziyah Park
    Stop 14: Public Beaach
    Stop 15: Heritage Village
    Stop 16: Dhow Corniche Cruise

    In addition to your Abu Dhabi Hop-On, Hop-Off ticket, you will also enjoy the following benefits:

    FREE Yas Island Drive: Visit Abu Dhabi’s entertainment centre – Yas Island, home to the city’s Grand Prix. See the views of the race tracks and drag circuit from the top open-deck. The drive stops at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi - the world’s first Ferrari themed amusement park, which is also the largest indoor park with over 20 attractions, including the world's fastest roller coaster, and Yas Waterworld, Abu Dhabi’s mega waterpark. Some of the highlights are:
    Stop 17: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
    Stop 18: Yas Viceroy
    Stop 19: Yas Plaza Hotel
    Stop 20: Yas Waterworld
    Stop 21: Ferrari World & Yas Mall
    Stop 22: Yas Marina Circuit
    Stop 23: Masdar City
    The Yas Island Drive departs at 1 hour intervals from Sheikh Zayed Mosque (City Tour, Red Route: Stop 4 & 5) and from Stop 17 (Yas Island Drive, Purple Route).

    50% discount on entry to Observation Deck 300 at Etihad Towers: - The complex is made up of five towers, three residential towers, one office tower and the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers hotel. Located on Level 74, the Observation Deck at 300 is the highest vantage point in Abu Dhabi, offering sensational views over the city and the Arabian Gulf.

    FREE entrance to the Sky Tower at Marina Mall: Get free access to the glass viewing platform high above the mall, which provides fantastic views over Abu Dhabi, the Corniche, the Emirates Palace Hotel and the Arabian Gulf. There is a coffee shop at the top where you can sit, relax and enjoy the spectacular views over Abu Dhabi. You will also receive 20% off a coffee.

    FREE Dhow Cruise: Enjoy the views of the city and skyline on a wooden Arabian Dhow cruise and see the city from a different perspective.

    Etihad Art Gallery: It is one of the Abu Dhabi’s hidden secrets, nestled away in the residential district of Al Bateen. The gallery displays an array of exhibits which include 17th Century art, Ottoman Empire artifacts, a 160 million old Dinosaur baby T-Rex, the only one of its kind outside United States.

    Heritage Village: This open museum is based on the reconstructions of a traditional oasis village which provides interesting glimpse into Emirate’s past. See how the Bedouin’s used to live in the desert.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour (City Tour & Yas Island Drive)
    • Personal recorded commentary is offered in your choice of 8 languages: English, Turkish, Arabic, Russian, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
    • Etihad Museum Journey
    • Capital Corniche Cruise (with Premium and Deluxe ticket)
    • 7-Day Big Bus City Pass (with Deluxe ticket)
    • FREE Bottled Water
    • FREE WiFi


    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Entrance fee to the attractions
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Your Hop-On, Hop-Off ticket is valid for the date purchased.

    Your Hop-On, Hop-Off ticket is valid for 1 day or 2 days from first use.

    Your booking voucher can be exchanged for your Hop-On Hop-Off ticket at any one of the stops. Simply choose the stop which you wish to start the tour from and present your voucher to the driver who will exchange it for a ticket that will be valid for 24 or 48 hours from that time

    Children under the age of 5 may travel free of charge as long as they are accompanied by a dedicated adult (1 adult to 1 child)

    Voucher information : You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Reviews
    • Buses were prompt and staff were very helpful....

      Richard Palk, United States, 07/Apr/2017
    • Abu Dhabi Holiday Experience

      Very well organised - buses leave on time. Would be better if they ran more frequently especially from Ferrari World. Also some of the headphone systems were not working....

      Jane Hillman, United Kingdom, 02/Nov/2015
    • The simple way to see Abu Dhabi

      We spent 2 days on the Big Bus! Couple hop on and off at any stop. The headphones worked well and the commentary was excellent. The second route which started at the Grand Mosque...

      David Broadbent, United Kingdom, 27/Feb/2016
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