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Big Bus Istanbul: Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour, Cruise and Attraction Tickets

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    • Adults (16+)
    • Children (5-15)
    • Infants (0-4)
from US$ 39.54 per person pp
    • Discover the city of Istanbul at your own pace with this flexible hop-on, hop-off ticket
    • With 2 routes and over 20 stops included, this tour covers all the major landmarks of the city
    • Choose from a Classic and Premium ticket and enjoy additional benefits!
    • Audio commentary in 8 languages ensures you do not miss a thing!
  • Overview

    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.

    You can choose from two hop-on, hop-off ticket options – Classic Ticket valid for 1-day and Premium Ticket valid for 2 days. Other value-additions include:

    • FREE Miniaturk Entry Ticket
    • One Day Hop-on, Hop-off or Two Days Hop-on, Hop-off (as per option chosen)
    • FREE Naval Museum Admission Ticket

    The bus operates on two routes - City Tour - Red Route, which covers the landmarks situated in the heart of the city as well as enjoy the experience of crossing between two continents (Europe & Asia). The Golden Horn- Blue Route will take you through the important places of interest around the famous Golden Horn, a sea inlet in the shape of a horn. While on the bus, you will discover Istanbul’s rich history through the informative personal commentary available in 8 languages - French, German, Italian, Arabic, Spanish, English, Russian and Turkish.

    The major Istanbul attractions covered by the tour are:

    • Hagia Sophia Mosque
    • Dolmabahce Palace
    • Galata Tower
    • Taksim Square
    • Egyptian-Spice Bazaar
    • Topkapi Palace
    • Aynalikavak Palace
    • Roman Aqueduct
    • Rahmi Koc Museum

    For more information on routes, download the tour route map

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary


    When does it run?



    Your ticket is valid for 1 or 2 days from redemption.

    Start Time

    May – September: Buses depart between 9:15am to 6pm, every 30-60 minutes. 
    October – April: Buses depart between 9:45am to 4:15pm, every 30-60 minutes.

    Since this is an outdoor activity, the schedules might just change sometimes. Check the frequency and bus operating hours on the day of your tour just to be safe.

    Meeting Point

    You may board the bus at any of the designated stops.

    Ending Point

    You may end the hop-on, hop-off bus tour at any of the designated stops.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • 1 day/2 day Hop-on, Hop-off bus ticket (as per option chosen)
    • Personal recorded commentary is offered in your choice of 8 languages: French, German, Italian, Arabic, Spanish, English, Russian and Turkish
    • FREE Miniaturk Entry Ticket
    • FREE Naval Museum Admission Ticket
    • Entrance fee to the attractions
  • Please note

    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 1 or 2 days from that time.

    Buses run every day unless there are unforeseen circumstances. 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 : Sorry, but we will need you to print a paper voucher (we're working on changing this). At this time 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.

  • Customer Reviews

    • Nana Kvaratskhelia, Georgia
    • Good for those short of time

      Hana Jaafar, Malaysia
    • Kudos Istanbul big bus!

      Best way to explore the city!...They can still work on improving the frequency of bus. Overall good experience!

      Jayraj Panchal, India

      ANDREA VARADI, 08/Nov/2019
    • Simple process booked in advance. You just need to print out the voucher page and exchange it for your actual ticket with the Big Bus staff at the main bus stop.

      Ian McArthur, 20/Jul/2019
    • Simple process booked in advance. You just need to print out the voucher page and exchange it for your actual ticket with the Big Bus staff at the main bus stop.

      Ian McArthur, 20/Jul/2019

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