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Big Bus Dubai: 24, 48 or 72-hour Hop-On, Hop-Off Ticket, Dhow Cruise, Yas Island Drive, Sharjah Tour & much more!

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Key Highlights

  • Learn interesting facts and get an insight into Dubai’s history with free entry to over 10 prominent museums
  • With 60 convenient stops, plan your own Dubai itinerary with a hop-on, hop-off tour
  • Route covers major attractions of Dubai including the Burj Khalifa, the Jumeirah Mosque, Emirates Towers, Atlantic the Palm, Dubai Creek and much more
  • Enjoy 15 minute light and sound show at Wafi City and a guided walking tour of Khan Murjan Souk (not operational until September 2016)
  • Includes free walking tours (October - April), Sharjah panoramic tour, Palm Island drive, Creek Dhow cruise, Marina Dhow cruise and Desert sunset tour
  • Save 10% compared to the cost of buying these separately
  • Informative audio commentary available in 12 different languages
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    Ticket is valid for 24, 48 hours or 72 hours from the time you first board the bus.

    Start time

    The bus departure time from the 3 routes for summer season are as follows:
    City Route: From 8:50am to 7:20pm; every 30 minutes
    Marina Route: From 8:50am to 7:20pm; every 60 minutes.
    Beach Route: From 9:50am to 7:20pm; every 30 minutes

    Arabian Dhow Cruise:
    Creek Cruise: Departs from Stop 18 starting 10:30am to 5:30pm; every hour
    Marina Cruise: Departs from Stop 37 starting 10:00am to 5:00pm; every hour

    Duration: City Tour: 2 hours
    Beach Tour: 2.20 hours
    Marina Tour: 90 minutes
    Flamingo Lagoon Discovery: 90 minutes
    Sharjah Tour: 3 hours
    Palm Island Drive: 1 hour
    Desert Sunset Tour: 3 hours
    Arabian Treasures: 1 hour
    Downtown Discovery: 1 hour
    Heritage Walk: 1 hour
    Khan Murjan Discovery: 30 minutes
    Madinat Journey: 1 hour

    Meeting Point

    You may board the bus at any of the designated stops

    Walking Tours:
    Khan Murjan Discovery: Departs daily at 11:00am, 4:00pm & 09:30pm from Wafi
    Arabian Treasures: Departs daily at 10:30am & 2:30pm from Dubai Museum
    Heritage Walk: Departs daily at 12:30pm & 4:30pm from Heritage Village
    Downtown Discovery: Departs daily at 12:30pm & 5:00pm from Dubai Mall
    Madinat Journey: Departs daily at 3:30pm from Souk Madinat
    Please check with staff for any timing changes.
    You can start the Night Tour from any of the locations:
    Deira City Centre (main entrance, next to taxi drop-off area): at 7:15pm
    Dubai Mall (tourist bus drop-off area, lower ground): 7:45pm
    Souk Madinat Jumeirah (main entrance, left side): 8:15pm

    Ending Point

    You may get off at any of the designated stops.

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    The Big Bus Dubai Hop-on Hop-off tour is one of the most comprehensive introductions to the city of Dubai, the jewel among the Emirates. From the Dubai Museum to the popular beaches, see all sides of the city on this wonderful Dubai tour.

    On this popular, fun and informative tour, travel on the classic open-top double-decker bus. Sit on top and enjoy the open air view or ride inside in an air-conditioned or heated comfort as the informative commentary (available in 12 different languages) ensures you do not miss a thing.

    Hop on or hop off on 60 stops as often as you like to explore, dine and shop at Dubai’s major attractions. When you're ready to continue, just hop back on the bus! Frequent departures every 20 minutes on red route, green route and blue route means that your valuable Dubai sightseeing time is not wasted waiting for the next bus.

    What’s more your Big Bus Dubai ticket entitles you to entrance to 10 Dubai Museums, Marina & Creek Dhow Cruise, Dubai Sunset tour, Sharjah Panoramic Tour, Flamingo Lagoon Discovery, Palm Island Drive, Walking Tours and much more.

    Truly a great way to experience the sites and attractions of Dubai!

    Download the tour route map

    Itinerary

    Your ticket for the Big Bus Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off tour is valid for 24, 48 and 72 hours from when you first board the bus. The bus will follow three interlinked routes: Red route (City Tour), Blue route (Marina Tour) and Green route (Beach Tour) covering the following major Dubai attractions such as:

    • Burj Al Arab
    • The Jumeirah mosque
    • Al Fahidi Fort & Dubai Museum
    • The Gold Souk
    • The Burj Khalifa
    • The Spice Souk
    • Jumeirah Park & Public Beach
    • Atlantis the Palm
    • Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum’s House
    • Dubai Creek
    • Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR)
    • The Beach
    • Emirates Towers

    Please refer to the tour map for more details about the route and stops.

    The other benefits that you get with your Dubai Hop-On, Hop-Off ticket include:

    Four Free Excursions:

    FREE Sharjah Panoramic Tour: Known as the ‘Pearl of the Gulf,’ see the major highlights from an open-topped sightseeing bus while being entertained by a English-speaking guide. This tour has two stops – The Heritage area, which covers the traditional districts of Al Sheyoukh and Al Maraija neighbourhoods, and the iconic Blue Souk, also known as the Central Market. The Sharjah Panoramic Tour departs every day except on Friday at 10:30am from Wafi.

    FREE Desert Sunset Tour: You will be taken on a sunset tour to an Arabian styled fort deep within the desert. On arrival, you will be greeted with true Arabian hospitality and offered a welcome drink. The tour includes, Camel Riding, Falcon Interaction, Henna Painting and Horse Riding. It departs daily from Wafi, please contact Big Bus Staff for details. This tour is not available during the month of Ramadan.

    FREE Flamingo Lagoon Discovery: Discover wild flamingos, natural mangroves, creek lagoon and Sheikh Mohammad’s Royal Palace on this guided tour. Stop by Hard Rock Cafe and hop-off to shop at Festival Centre. The stops cover Wafi, Zabeel Palace, Flamingo Lagoon, Hard Rock Cafe and Festival Centre.

    FREE Palm Island Drive: Take in the views of the Arabian Gulf, the opulent Palm Beach resorts and the incredible Dubai skyline. The stops cover Rixos Hotel, Anantara, Waldorf, Sofitel, Atlantis, Ocean Views, Kempinski, Zabeel Saray and The One & Only. Tour departs daily at 5:00pm from Atlantis.

    Free Entry to 10 Dubai Museums:
    • Dubai Museum
    • Coin Museum
    • Shindagha Museum
    • Camel Museum
    • Traditional Architectural Museum
    • Horse Museum
    • Heritage Museum
    • Al Ahmadiya School Museum
    • Museum of Poet Al-Oqaili
    • Municipality Museum

    FREE Marina & Creek Dhow Cruise: Explore Dubai’s famous creek on an Arabian Dhow Cruise at stop 18. The traditional wooden dhow will glide you along as the informative commentary explains the creek’s history. Alternatively, hop-off at stop 37 and explore the modern marina waterfront and see the impressive panoramic sights from the Arabian Gulf waters.

    FREE walking tours (October - April): Led by an English speaking guide, you can enjoy the following four walking tours:

    • Khan Murjan Discovery: Explore a 14th century styled souk with goods from across Arabia.
    • Arabian Treasures: Discover hidden treasures and mysteries of the old part of town.
    • Heritage Walk: Step back in time and explore one of Dubai’s first settlements.
    • Downtown Discovery: Experience the most expensive square mile on the planet.
    • Madinat Journey: Journey through a traditional themed Arabian town.

    You can start the Big Bus Dubai Night Tour from any of the five locations - Deira City Centre, Wafi Mall , Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates (temporarily changed to the main entrance of the mall) or Souk Madinat. It is a one round three hour tour of Dubai with a live commentary from a qualified English speaking guide who will point out the highlights of this sparkling city.
    Before your tour ends at Wafi City, you will enjoy a 15-minute light and sound show at the Pyramids (included in the price and is NOT available until September) , the bus will take a detour past the world’s largest tower, the Burj Khalifa, fully illuminated against the dark sky. You will also discover the splendid Khan Murjan Souk at night on a 15 minute guided walking tour.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • 24-hr, 48-hr or 72-hr Hop On Hop Off Ticket
    • Recorded commentary in 12 languages (English, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Hindi, Farsi, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese and Mandarin Chinese)
    • Free Night Tour with 72h ticket
    • Free Atlantis Aquarium and Lost Chambers entry (with 48h ticket and 72h ticket)
    • Free Flamingo Lagoon Discovery
    • Free Palm Island Drive
    • Free Creek Dhow Cruise
    • Free Marina Dhow Cruise
    • Free Creek Water Bus
    • Free Sharjah Panoramic Tour with English-speaking guide
    • Free Desert Sunset Tour (please ask a Big Bus member of staff for booking procedures; tour will not operate during Ramadan)
    • Free entry to 10 Museums
    • Free entry to Lost Chambers and Ambassador Lagoon at Atlantis The Palm (with 48 hour and 72 hour ticket)
    • Free 5 walking tours daily from October to April (English speaking guide)
    • Wafi light and sound show at the Pyramids (currently not available until further notice)
    • Free Wafi Welcome Card (Up to 20% discount at selected outlets)
    • Free Big Bus Reward Booklet
    • Free Wi-fi on bus
    • Free Bottled Water
    • Free Headphones

    Exclusions

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Desert Sunset Tour will not operate during the month of Ramadan (6th June - 5th July, 2016).


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

    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.

    The night tour will do one round of the loop; this is not a hop-on, hop-off tour, although you are free to leave before 1 full loop, should you wish.

    A Child Ticket should be purchased for anyone aged 5-15 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    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).

    To redeem your free Desert Sunset Tour, please speak to a member of Big Bus staff at the Wafi kiosk (stop 1, Red Route) prior to starting your Big Bus tour.

    The Desert Sunset Tour starts from Wafi (stop 1, Red Route). Please note that due to the continuous change in sunset times, departure and return times may vary. Please speak to a member of staff for precise timings before starting your Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour.

    To redeem your free Lost Chambers Aquarium inclusion, please present your validated Big Bus ticket to a member of staff at the Big Bus kiosk at Atlantis the Palm. The last bus from stop 31 departs at 7:25pm. Times are subject to change so please check with a member of Big Bus staff on the day.

    Upon presenting your ticket, you will receive an official Lost Chambers ticket which then can be used to gain entrance to Lost Chambers Aquarium and Ambassador Lagoon. Without the official ticket, access is not permitted, please make sure you visit the Big Bus kiosk first. The Big Bus kiosk is located outside the main entrance of Avenues, Atlantis the Palm, close to the Big Bus stop.

    Flamingo Lagoon, Palm Island Drive, Sharjah Panoramic Tour and Desert Sunset Tour are valid up to 14 days.

    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 haveEach bus has a capacity of 80 passengers
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