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Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off provided by Big Bus Istanbul

Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off

Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off
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Seeing the many landmarks of Istanbul can be overwhelming, but this hop-on hop-off Big Bus sightseeing tour makes it easy. Stay connected with onboard Wi-Fi and get equipped with a Big Bus app, map and headphones. Learn about the city from onboard commentary and hop off to explore at your own pace. Choose from two different loops and see the attractions that appeal to you.
Know before you go
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Arabic, German, Russian, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Highlights
  • Learn about Istanbul with onboard commentary available in eight languages
  • Choose a route that suits you best from two options
  • Hop off at any stop to explore at your own pace
  • Stay connected with Wi-Fi on the bus
What to expect
  • Choose from two different loops, then hop on an open-top, double-decker bus. You’ll hear about Istanbul from onboard commentary available in eight languages, and you can hop off at any stop to sightsee at your own pace. Choose to visit the Hagia Sophia, a museum that was a Byzantine-era basilica and an Ottoman mosque, or perhaps go to Topkapi Palace, home of Ottoman sultans. Explore the stalls of the Spice Bazaar, tour Dolmabahce Palace, or wander the busy streets near Taksim Square. Post updates from your trip using the bus’ free Wi-Fi, and upgrade to a premium 2-day pass to see even more of the city.
Know before you go
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
Arabic, German, Russian, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Learn about Istanbul with onboard commentary available in eight languages
  • Choose a route that suits you best from two options
  • Hop off at any stop to explore at your own pace
  • Stay connected with Wi-Fi on the bus
What to expect
  • Choose from two different loops, then hop on an open-top, double-decker bus. You’ll hear about Istanbul from onboard commentary available in eight languages, and you can hop off at any stop to sightsee at your own pace. Choose to visit the Hagia Sophia, a museum that was a Byzantine-era basilica and an Ottoman mosque, or perhaps go to Topkapi Palace, home of Ottoman sultans. Explore the stalls of the Spice Bazaar, tour Dolmabahce Palace, or wander the busy streets near Taksim Square. Post updates from your trip using the bus’ free Wi-Fi, and upgrade to a premium 2-day pass to see even more of the city.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6294ISTHOHO
Call +27 21 426 8204
Important information
Inclusions
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Commentary in 8 languages
  • Big Bus App, Map and Headphones
  • Miniaturk Entry
  • Naval Museum Entry
Departure details
  • Location Name: Routes start at Sultanahment Square between Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia next to the main road. You may also start your tour from any of the stops on the itinerary but vouchers must be redeemed in Sultanahment Square Directions: Sultanahmet Square
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 travellers can participate
Inclusions
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Commentary in 8 languages
  • Big Bus App, Map and Headphones
  • Miniaturk Entry
  • Naval Museum Entry
Departure details
  • Location Name: Routes start at Sultanahment Square between Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia next to the main road. You may also start your tour from any of the stops on the itinerary but vouchers must be redeemed in Sultanahment Square Directions: Sultanahmet Square
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
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 travellers can participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 13 Oct 2021
A note from Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off
Customers are advised to download the Big Bus app to find out more about our new health and safety measures and for real-time bus tracking information. Alternatively please visit the Big Bus website.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Popular mentions

4.0
511 reviews
Excellent
256
Very good
119
Average
46
Poor
34
Terrible
56

Sergio Alzate
Vevey, Switzerland3 contributions
Great way to move around the city. Boat tour terrible.
We took the bus for two days (negotiated with the team for lower price) so we could go different places at our pace. Nice way to go around.
The frequency of the buses was not good enough (but we knew it).
We hired an afternoon boat tour with them and was terrible, we kept waiting for the boat to start the tour, no guide at all of the places.
Bus is worth it but again be aware of the timings!
Written 18 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Khalida F
35 contributions
Save your time & money
Sep 2021 • Couples
Save your time & money. The audio was not working on the bus so everyone had to get on another one. Wasted about an hour of our time. When we requested a refund the manager was rude and not apologetic for the poor experience we had. Instead he denied our refund even though in their return policy it states if there is something wrong with their bus, we are entitled to a refund. They did not stand by their return policy. Another guy was complaining about waiting 2 hours for the bus to arrive.. not worth the hop on/off esp since the traffic was so bad. Not worth it one bit.
Written 3 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
cemilhacioglu82
Dear Guest, We are very sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy the tour. Please be known that we are not able to control the traffic in Istanbul. Istanbul is known as one of the worst traffic in the World. But your opinion is very important for us, and we will do our best to make every single guest happy during our bus tours. Best Regards, Big Bus Istanbul
Written 16 October 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ирина Ч
4 contributions
I would not recommend the service to anyone
Sep 2021 • Friends
I would not recommend the service to anyone. Today we were waiting for the bus in vain near Egyptian market for more than 50 minutes. The only bus driver going by just waved his hand and did not stop. I am sorry to say that we are really disappointed by the service.
Written 30 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
cemilhacioglu82
Dear Guest, We are very sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy the tour. Please be known that we are not able to control the traffic in Istanbul. Istanbul is known as one of the worst traffic in the World. But your opinion is very important for us, and we will do our best to make every single guest happy during our bus tours. Best Regards, Big Bus Istanbul
Written 16 October 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Monicaborde
Detroit, MI18 contributions
Photography in Istanbul
I really enjoyed my experience on the Big Bus Istanbul .I am a photographer and this is a good way to get some great shots of Istanbul without walking all over the city.
Written 20 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

chit1988
Dubai, United Arab Emirates28 contributions
Worth for your time and money with Istanbul big bus tour
Unforgettable big bus city tour experience;the red line and blue line.The drivers were very kind and so helpful.I bought my ticket from Sultanahmet square and Rami offered for me the discounted ticket price for a day.I have really enjoyed the tour.Especially the red line driver who went extra mile and helped me to catch the blue line bus on time.Highly recommended to use the big bus while you are in Istanbul.
Written 13 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ghiath
3 contributions
Do not try it, Cheating,stealing and unprofessional staff


I waited for two hours and I called your office twice during my waiting ( you could listen to the recorded calls ) your staff clearly said that I could cancel the ticket and you will refund, according the confirmation from your staff I changed my plans and I spend a lot of me using taxi for my transportation and after all the mess you did for my trip.

as well as I do not want to spend my time writing what you are doing in TripAdvisor and all social media internationally.

Again I tell you go and hear all the  conversation calls between me and your staff and listen how he confirmed that I will get my money back.

I am so unhappy with your service 

Written 26 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jonathan S
Ashland, United States2 contributions
Nice tour but poor customer service
Jul 2021 • Couples
This was a difficult experience. We bought tickets at Taksim square, and I was owed 10 euros change. O*** (the worker there) did not have change, and said I could get it on my return. But on my return, the office bus was gone.

O*** also could not print our tickets so we never got them. Since it was “hop on hop off” we couldn’t get off the bus (except for the main stops) because we had no proof we’d paid in order to get back on the bus.

The trip around the city was nice, but I’ve had 10 Euros taken, and the experience with the company was bad. Customer service was non-existent. So I cannot recommend this to anyone. It’s not worth the price.
Written 31 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Flavio S
Morelia, Mexico1 contribution
I forgot my wallet and they helped me.
Mar 2021 • Family
I was traveling to Egypt, but I had to make a 12-hour layover in Turkey so we left the airport and visited the city. We took a Big Bus tour and unfortunately I left my wallet on the bus. When we returned to Taksim the ticket guy called Ömer helped me and recovered my money. I had to run to the airport but he made a money transfer via Western Union. You can trust!
Written 9 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jen Brickner
1 contribution
Disappointing, infrequent, and not worth the price
Dec 2020
I attempted to do this tour today after having great experiences with hop-on hop-offs in Malta. Unfortunately, this was a big disappointment. 45 euros was already significantly more expensive than ones I have done elsewhere, but I figured it would be worth the convenience. The guy at the bus selling me the ticket suggested that I get off at the stop on the Asian side, then get back on, get off at Taksim Square and walk down to the tower and then get back on the bus at the Istanbul Modern. I took his advice, which proved to be problematic in both places. On the Asia side, if you're not interested in the museum that's there, there's really nothing else near the stop at all. So you basically just have to wait there until the next bus an hour later. I took his advice again at Taksim Square thinking that you can't really go wrong in that neighborhood, which is true - but finding the bus stop at the Istanbul Modern is confusing at best. Nobody around there seems to know where it is either and tried to send me all the way back to Taksim Square. I finally found it... while watching the bus pull away. Unfortunately at that point I was pressed for time and certainly wasn't going to wait around for another full hour, so I ended up walking back to Sultanahmet from there (and still got there before the next bus would have). In the end I basically missed almost half the tour. Very disappointing, especially for the price. Also, the blue tour isn't even running, so it really seems like they should have at least knocked ten euros or so off the regular price since the customer misses out on that part of the value too.

Oh, and I should add too that the guy that sold me the ticket made it seem like it was starting any minute until I had purchased it, at which point he told me the next bus wasn't for another hour. So basically I wasted like three hours just waiting around.
Written 10 December 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Cameron
1 contribution
Total Scam, False advertising, Poor customer service
Oct 2020 • Couples
Total scam, terrible experience as compared to other BigBus hop-on/hop-offs that I’ve done elsewhere in the world. I emailed BigBus’ customer support email days ago about the terrible experience to and still have not received any response.

First, there were two routes advertised online: a red route and a blue route. Only the red route was in service and some of the stops were closed.

Second, there were no published timetables as to when the bus would be at the stop so it was a complete guess as to when the bus would arrive at the stop.

Third, and this was the part that main this pass so useless: the pickups were advertised as being every 30 minutes, but they were every hour. This coupled with the fact that there were no published timetables made it completely useless to hop back on the bus. At one point we waited an hour and 15 mins at a single stop and still the bus did not arrive.

Do not waste your money on this.
Written 21 October 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Big Bus Tours are thr best
It was a wonderful experience. I took the Big Bus in Istanbul but here in Cappadocia it is an amazing experience th
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Definitely worth it!
Highly recommended way to explore romantic city of Cappadocia. Affordable tours, comfortable double buses with mult
cabirorkan
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It is excellent
Thanks for very excellent trip.Everthing is very good.It is very good thing to use this for seeing cappadocia after
Valentyn M
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Badly organized and expensive
We purchased a boat tour. Tour is badly organized . It costs about 5 times greater than the same tour in the port.
Vzrazh
Vzrazh
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Scum
Total scum. At 12-40 we asked a bigbus employee when is the next boat to Bosphorus tour, we were promised that the
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Horrible - absolute SCAM
Do NOT go on this cruise. Not with this company. The employee is rude and a liar, he told us that the boat was leav
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Good but rude employee
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Big Bus Boat tour
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Anne B
Anne B
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Excellent Tour
Friendly staff and drivers. Reasonable price range. A good 2hour interlude from the heat, so you can recharge your
Climber14426
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Audio didnt work!
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woodyScotland
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Big Bus Travel
This bus offers a great opportunity to see the numerous interesting places around the city. The value for money is
Fearless153582
Fearless153582
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Horrible guide
We are right now on the boat tour and couldn’t hear a thing and whatever we heard is just this is the market or thi
travelwithanda
travelwithanda
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Good way to explore the busy city
I took both lines, red and blue route, and I was happy with my choice. I was only in Istanbul for the weekend and i
WoIman
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Get a head start by taking the BB
As in most cities this hop on hop off service is the best way of getting an overview of the city to start with. The
Charl312
Charl312
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Great way to see the city
We visited Istanbul in September 2019 and chose the option of both bus routes. We also purchased the boat tour as p
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