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.
You have a choice of two tickets – Classic and Premium with validity 1 or 2 days, so that you can plan your own sightseeing itinerary. <>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 covering over 20 stops, this tour ensures you don’t miss a thing!
Your ticket is valid for 1 or 2 days from redemption.Start time
May – September:
City Tour - Red Route: Buses depart from 9:15am to 4:45pm; every 30 minutes
Golden Horn - Blue Route: Buses depart from 10:00am to 6:00pm; every 60minutes.
October – April:
City Tour - Red Route: Buses depart from 9:45am to 4:15pm; every 30 minutes
Golden Horn - Blue Route: Buses depart from 10:00am to 4:00pm; every 60minutes.
City Tour - Red Route: 2 hours
Golden Horn - Blue Route: 1 hour 15 minutes
Timings are subject to change.
You may board the bus at any of the designated stops. You can directly exchange the voucher directly with the bus driver.
You must redeem your voucher at Sultanahmet Square between Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia next to the main road at stop 1/20
You may end the hop-on, hop-off bus tour at any of the designated stops.
You can choose from below two hop-on, hop-Off ticket options, with the validity of the tickets ranging from 1 to 2 days from redemption and specific set of inclusions:
• Classic Ticket – Includes hop-on, hop-off ticket valid for 1 day.
• Premium Ticket – Includes hop-on, hop-off ticket valid for 2 days.
Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour:
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 the red route is also the only hop on hop off route in the world that provides you the experience to cross between two continents (Europe & Asia), 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. Along the route you can use the hop-on hop-off facility to explore Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sohpia, and the old great wall of Constantinople, Aynalikavak Palace and a 4th century Roman Aqueduct. There is also a cable car, a miniature town, a Dolphinarium, the Rahmi Koc Museum and the Egyptian Spice Bazaar to discover. 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.
Tour highlights include the journey from Europe to Asia across the Bosporus Bridge, the Blue Mosque, Dolmabahce Palace, Galata Tower and much more. Don't forget your camera to help capture some memorable moments.
Some of the stops included are:
• Sultanahmet Square
• Galata Bridge
• Cable Car
• Naval Museum
• Beylerbeyi Palace
• W Hotel (Akaretler)
• Taksim Square
• Egyptian-Spice Bazaar
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 (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.
...Nana Kvaratskhelia, Georgia, 19/Oct/2017
...MOHD FAHMI, Malaysia, 04/May/2017
I loved the Big Bus Tour of Istanbul and it was full of fun and excitement....Aoon Mujtaba, United Arab Emirates, 06/Nov/2016
commentary was informative