Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off

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Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off
from £42.76
There is no better way to see Istanbul than on a double-decker, hop-on hop-off bus. See top Istanbul attractions on this comprehensive sightseeing tour, such as Topkapi Palace, Taksim Square, Bosphorus Bridge, the Golden Horn, and much more. The buses are open top, allowing for 360-degree panoramic views as you travel along your route. Hop on and off as many times as you like on your choice of two routes. Your ticket is valid for 1 day, 2 days or 3 days; simply select an option to suit your schedule.

Your ticket includes all attractions below:
• Miniaturk Entry - Discover Istanbul in miniature!
• Naval Museum Entry - Learn about Istanbul's fascinating maritime history!
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In Brief

Fatih, Turkey
60 to 120 minutes
Important InfoInfo

Red Route

Route Duration: 2 hours

Stops on the Red Route:
  • Sultanahmet - Sultanahmet Square
  • Eminönü İskele
  • Tophane
  • TDİ Anonim Şirket Yönetim Kurulu Başkanlığı
  • Dolmabahçe Palace
  • Deniz Müzesi Sanat Galerisi
  • Beylerbeyi
  • Taksim Square
  • Şişhane 1
  • Mısır Çarşısı
Attractions on the Red Route:

Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) / Topkapi Palace / Galata Tower / Galata Koprusu / Bosphorus Bridge / Taksim Square / Dolmabahce Palace / Naval Museum

Operates: Red Route/The City Tour Buses depart every 30 minutes from 09:15 AM until 05:45 PM

Blue Route/Golden Horn Tour

Route Duration: 1 hour

Stops on the Blue Route/Golden Horn Tour:
  • Sultanahmet - Sultanahmet Square
  • Eminönü İskele
  • The Ecumenical Patriarchate
  • Pierre Loti Hill
  • Silahtarağa Caddesi
  • Miniatürk
  • Hasköy Cd. No:5
  • Mısır Çarşısı
Attractions on the Blue Route/Golden Horn Tour:

Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) / Topkapi Palace / Galata Koprusu / Miniaturk / Rahmi M. Koc Museum / Eminonu Pier / Istanbul Dolphinarium

Operates: Blue Route/Golden Horn Tour Buses depart from Sultanahmet Square every 60 minutes from 10:00 AM until 04:00 PM


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Commentary in 8 languages
  • Big Bus App, Map and Headphones
  • Miniaturk Entry
  • Naval Museum Entry


Departure Point

You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.

Returns To

You may disembark at any of the available stops.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tickets are open dated and can be redeemed on any travel date within one year of date selected at time of booking
  • Your ticket will be valid until the same time on the following day during the tour operation hours
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Very informative and easy to find bus stops also included river cruise which was enjoyable, found the staff were helpful.
• Submitted 05 Aug 2019
Friendly staff. I got to see all the main attractions.
• Submitted 01 May 2018
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 27 Dec 2017
Just what you need to see the city in just one day! It's not cheap, but in a place where just a few people speak english is highly recommended! All the major monuments and places are here! Absolutely practical!
• Submitted 05 Oct 2017
Very useful tours. Better to take 2-day ticket so the first day you select your targets and the second day go directly to the most attractive sites. It would have been even better if it was running in the evening as well...
• Submitted 26 Aug 2017
Absolutely the best way to see Istanbul. Couldn't have done it without the big bus Istanbul. I only had a few days in Istanbul so it seemed like the best option,and I wasn't disappointed. The blue mosque,the Egyptian spice market and the Bosphorus Bridge and the grand bazaar is a must.Istanbul is beautiful,the people are warm and the food is excellent and I'm definetly going back again. I would highly recommend.
• Submitted 25 May 2017
Istanbul.... You are spectacular, interesting, diverse, controversial and so yummy!!! Turkey has so much to offer.
• Submitted 16 May 2017
Typical hop on and off experience, but this tour provided outstanding sxperiences.
• Submitted 16 Apr 2017
the best way to get first idea of the city to continue after through the places of your own interest.
• Submitted 05 Jan 2017
• Submitted 28 Nov 2016
Booked the 48 hr ticket as we had 5 days to explore Istanbul. This is the best way to see the city as the traffic is extreme, the bus stops at or close to all the major sites. Did this and the bosphorous river cruise and saw everything without all the walking.
• Submitted 07 Oct 2016
Great tour! Best way to see all the city's highlights at your own pace! I recommend getting on both the Red and Blue Line to take in all the sites and sounds. What a beautiful city it is!
• Submitted 04 Oct 2016
First order of the day when visiting Istanbul for the first time!
• Submitted 11 Jul 2016
• Submitted 28 Jun 2016
Perfect way to get the lay of the land in a new place.
• Submitted 08 Jun 2016
Fantastic, outstanding and a great value for the money. ARUK AND HAITHAM were very very helpful in directing us how to best use the tour !!! would highly recommend this everyone - especially senior citizens, saves you from too much walking !!!
• Submitted 23 May 2016
Surprisingly good! Staff was on hand two blocks from stop to direct us to the bus. Boarding staff at all stops pleasant and helpful. Enjoyed the ride very much. Only beware is Istanbul has a lot of traffic, so we were extra glad we chose this option.
• Submitted 01 May 2016
The bus tour was great! The only downside was that the stop closest to us was closed for the day, due to the President coming to we had to walk quite a way to the next stop.
• Submitted 10 Apr 2016
Excellent...You get to see Istanbul and all the main attractions.The information on the headphones is very clear and informative and will definitely use this tour again.I did not get to take much pictures as I went on a day that was really cold and my hands were frozen 0and did not get to use my full 48 hours as I was sick with flu the following day, but enjoyed the tour immensely and was the highlight of my trip...100 recommend this tour.Bus is easy to locate and the connecting bus was waiting for us, the staff were helpful and friendly...VERY GOOD/çok güzel 0
• Submitted 18 Jan 2016
Great way to see and get around Istanbul. Goes to almost all of the major tourist destinations.
• Submitted 04 Jan 2016
This is a nice tour when you want to see the prime spots of Istanbul and you are only staying for a short period of time. It covers everything in 2 days.
• Submitted 10 Nov 2015
It was absolutely worth taking the hop-on hop off bus tour. I only went for 12 hours, and this tour was brilliant. It took us to all the main tourist sites. It is easy to find at Sultan Ahmet and buses run very regularly. Well recommended, and best way to explore the entire city. I would travel again in the Big Bus if i visit Istanbul again.
• Submitted 13 Nov 2015
My trip to Istanbul was great. The hop on hop off bus is the perfect way to see the city.
• Submitted 02 Nov 2015
We had a great experience picking up the Bus close to the Blue Mosque and the Tour included crossing the Bridge into Asia I highly recommend both tours that are available
• Submitted 02 Nov 2015