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Big Bus Istanbul: Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour

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Key Highlights

  • This great tour covers all the major landmarks of the city including the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia
  • Enjoy sightseeing in both the European and Asian part of Istanbul
  • Hop on at your own convenience and hop off at your favourite spot
  • While on board audio commentary in 8 languages ensures you do not miss a thing
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    Your ticket is valid for 48hours

    Start time

    April – September:
    City Tour - Red Route: Buses depart every 30 minutes. The first departure is from Sultanahmet Square (stop 1) at 9:00am and the last is at 5:00pm.
    Golden Horn - Blue Route: Buses depart every 30 minutes (60 minutes in Aug & Sept). The first departure from Sultanahmet Square (stop 11) is at 9:45am and the last is at 5:45pm.

    October – March:
    City Tour - Red Route: Buses depart every 30 minutes. The first departure is from Sultanahmet Square (stop 1) at 9:00am and the last is at 5:00pm.
    Golden Horn - Blue Route: Buses depart every 60 minutes. The first departure from Sultanahmet Square (stop 11) is at 9:45am and the last is at 4:45pm.

    Meeting Point

    You may board the bus at any of the designated stops. You can directly exchange the voucher directly with the bus driver.

    Ending Point

    You may get off at any of the designated stops.

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Book 24 hours ticket between 15th October 2016 to 31st March 2017 and get a second day absolutely FREE.

    The only city in the world that was built on two continents, the Istanbul Big Bus Hop-on, Hop-off Tour is the perfect way to see how the deeply rooted Islamic culture blends with western lifestyles.

    Whether it is the narrow cobbled streets or the formidable city walls, the numerous domes and minarets which dictates the city skyline or the carpets, Turkish tea and the traditional goods which make it a shopper’s delight; the Big Bus Istanbul tour covers it all. Some of the highlights are the magnificent Blue Mosque, the world famous Hagia Sophia, the tall medieval Galata Tower, the grand Bosphorus Bridge and the pompous Topkapi Palace.

    On the open-topped double decker bus, audio-commentary is offered in 8 languages (English, Turkish, Arabic, Russian, French, German, Italian and Spanish). With buses operating on two routes and your ticket valid for 24 hours, the hop-on, hop-off tour ensures you don’t miss a thing. This is not all! You will also get a Free XD Cinema Ticket and a sightseeing map.

    Download the tour route map


    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 some sightseeing shop or eat and then hop back again when the next bus comes along.

    The Istanbul Big Bus ticket is valid for 48 hours 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) include:
    • Sultanahmet Square
    • Galata Bridge
    • Tophane
    • Port
    • Dolmabahçe
    • Naval Museum
    • Beylerbeyi Palace
    • W Hotel (Akaretler)
    • Taksim Square
    • Hard Rock Café
    • Egyptian-Spice Bazaar

    Golden Horn Tour (Blue Route)
    • Sultanahmet Square
    • Galata Bridge
    • Patriarchate
    • Cable Car
    • Dolphinarium
    • Miniatürk
    • Rahmi Koç Museum
    • Egyptian-Spice Bazaar

    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. You will also get an XD Cinema Ticket for Free! You can explore of Turkey's unique history, natural beauty, colours, and religious myths with the 7D cinema experience to call upon. The Location of the cinema is only one minute walk away from our main departure point in Sultanahmet Square (stop 1).

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Ticket for the double-decker bus tour
    • Personal recorded commentary is offered in your choice of 8 languages: English, Turkish, Arabic, Russian, French, German, Italian and Spanish
    • Complimentary earphones are provided on the bus
    • Free sightseeing map
    • Free XD Cinema Ticket


    • 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 you select at the time of booking and will be valid for 48 hour 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 printed version of the voucher to the driver who will exchange it for a ticket that will be valid for 48 hours from that time.

    Buses run every day unless there are unforeseen circumstances (closing of Bosphorus Bridge) etc.

    Bus timings and duration may change depending on traffic conditions.

    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.
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