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BigBus Istanbul Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour

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  • Uncover Istanbul’s worldly charm on a bus that runs every 30 - 60 minutes across 2 routes with 15+ stops
  • Discover the beauty of Istanbul at your own pace by hopping on and off at any stop along the routes
  • Soak in the city against a backdrop of minarets and mosques from the open-topped decks of the bus
  • Tick off highlights like Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern
  • Explore Istanbul's famous miniature park, Miniatürk, and Naval Museum with free entry included
  • Tune into fascinating facts and stories via pre-recorded commentary, available in 8 languages
  • With 1, 2, or 3-day passes, and extended validity for 6 months, enjoy the flexibility to plan your visit
  • Click here for detailed route map and boarding points


  • 1/2/3-day hop-on-hop-off bus pass
  • Free wi-fi
  • Audioguide in 8 languages
  • Complimentary earphones
  • Reward voucher booklet
  • Free newspaper in English and Arabic
  • Free entry to Miniaturk
  • Free entry to Naval Museum


  • Hotel transfers
  • Additional gratuities

Audio Guide Languages

English, Turkish, Arabic, Russian, French, German, Italian & Spanish

Discounted Tickets

Child tickets are available at a discounted rate

Ticket Information

In the next step of your booking, choose the desired duration of the pass:

  • 1 Day Classic Ticket
  • 2 Day Premium Ticket
  • 3 Day Deluxe Ticket

super flexible cancellation policy

Get a full refund on canceling this ticket up to 24 hours before the schedule

why you should get on board

This hop-on-hop-off bus tour is the true Turkish delight, offering a unique perspective on a historic city that straddles the Asian and European borders. Strategically placed on the busy waterways of Bosphorus, Istanbul is home to numerous minarets, mosques, bazaars, and palaces fit for sultans. Here you will find a profusion of monuments courtesy of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. From UNESCO sites of Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque in the ancient Sultanahmet district to the bustling Grand Bazaar, modern Taksim Square, and the oldest neighborhood of Galata, Istanbul is staggering, to say the least!

A bus tour is ideal if you’re a first-timer who is dedicated to exploring the powerhouse of history, heritage, and culture that is Istanbul. These tickets also come with free entry to the miniature model park of Miniatürk and Naval Museum where you can learn about the fascinating maritime history of Istanbul.

know before you go


Click here for detailed route map and boarding points

Red Route: Istanbul City Tour

  • Popular stops on the route are Dolmabahçe Palace, Naval Museum, and Egyptian Spice Bazaar
  • Frequency: Every 30 min
  • First bus at 9:15 AM from Sultanahmet Square and the last bus is at 5:45 PM
  • Tour Duration: 2 hrs

Blue Route: Golden Horn Tour

  • Popular stops on the route are Miniatürk, Rahmi Koç Museum, and Rüstem Pasha Mosque
  • Frequency: Every 60 min
  • First bus at 10:00 AM from Sultanahmet Square and the last bus is at 4:00 PM
  • Tour Duration: 1 hr 15 min

Important Information

  • Times and routes may vary depending on traffic conditions, city-wide events, and other events beyond the control of the service provider
  • All buses are wheelchair accessible with holding space up to 1 wheelchair per bus
  • In addition to the regular Red Route service, Taksim Square departures will take place at 09:15 AM and 09:45 AM
  • If you choose the 1-day pass, it will remain valid for 1 calendar day. Multi-day passes are valid for consecutive days only
  • For Cruise Travellers: Bus stop number 4 on the Red Route is right outside the Port main terminal exit

my tickets

  • No printout required! Just show your mobile voucher to the driver and collect your bus ticket
  • The tour starts at Stop 1/20 at Sultanahmet Square (Binbirdirek, Sultan Ahmet Parkı No:2, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey)
  • All e-vouchers must be redeemed with a rep at this stop

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Valid for 1, 2 or 3 days from first use (based on option selected). Expires 6 months from date of purchase

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