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

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Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
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Updated 20-06-15 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20-06-15 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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.
  • 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.
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Important Information
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Commentary in 8 languages
  • Big Bus App, Map and Headphones
  • Miniaturk Entry
  • Naval Museum Entry
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Additional Info
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Colin Bower wrote a review Sep. 12
York, United Kingdom35 contributions4 helpful votes
A great way to see the sites and attractions of Istanbul. Fortunately for us the tour has just restarted and social distancing measures are in place and masks have to be worn. We did the full circuit and marked on the map of places we wanted to visit so stayed on and went to a
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Alex V wrote a review Jul. 2020
1 contribution
On July 14, I purchased 2 tickets for a Big Bus tour in Istanbul for July 19. This date was available in their website. Based on information in their website, it was clear that Big Bus operates in Istanbul at the time of expected tour. Since the time of purchase I did not
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Date of experience: July 2020
Response from Staceyling01, Manager at Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off
Responded Jul. 23, 2020
Hello Alex, I am so sorry for our delay in getting back to you. I am also very sorry that you were able to purchase a ticket while we were not operating. This has been fixed now on the system to ensure this will not happen again. I will be happy to resolve this with you directly offline if you can reach out to me on my contact email I would like to ensure you get to enjoy one of our tours in future. Thanks Andrew
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Gail wrote a review Mar. 2020
8 contributions1 helpful vote
We found Istanbul a little overwhelming - being one of the most populated cities in the world. So we found the Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus fantastic for reaching all the well known tourist attractions. The audio on the bus was very clear and extremely interesting.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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ElvisIsKing wrote a review Mar. 2020
United Kingdom238 contributions138 helpful votes
We were of two complimentary tickets as part of our hotel stay. Grateful for the chance to use the bus instead of public transport, but absolutely not worth the huge cost they charge. We had free WiFi, but no refreshments. We used the bus to visit Pierre Loti cable car, and a
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Ak Maekki wrote a review Mar. 2020
3 contributions1 helpful vote
We were informed nicely by an employee about discount and how it works. But they also told, that coffee and tea will be available on the bus. As it turned out, no conveniences were available on the bus. Not even all the sockets for earplugs don't work well, and that is the
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Date of experience: March 2020
About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: Big Bus Istanbul
Anne B
Excellent Tour
Friendly staff and drivers. Reasonable price range. A good 2hour interlude from the heat, so you can recharge your
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Audio didnt work!
Beautiful day in Istanbul so went on the boat tour of the Bosphorus. We chose the company because it is a well resp
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Nicole M
River cruise - Conned like everyone else it seems!
As per the previous reviews we were also ripped off on the river cruise. The actual cruise is pleasant at sunset,
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Big bus bhosphurs cruis
This cruise was a total rip off. We paid 15 euros and the guy made it seem like he was giving us a deal. A few step
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Phil R
A very good trip around Istanbul
A good trip to see Istanbul, only spoiled by the relatively poor frequency of bus services, with up to an hour to w
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Worst experience ever on boat trip.
It is my first time in Istanbul. We found big bus tours. We decided with husband that price 15€per person is ok. Af
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Staff I met were great
For one day it's ok, figure out where you are etc. We got 3 days and what a waste of time and money. Cable car on b
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Awful value - get a cab, tram or just walk!
€110 for a family ticket is awful value for a city where that will get you a private taxi for a day easily. You can
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A tour full of lies!
Hello there! This year we visited Istanbul as a family and we made the Bosphorus tour with BIG BUS. Firstly they to
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Not great
Trip was supposed to be 2 hours but was only 1.5 hrs, 'guide' was hard to hear and didn't say anything but extremel
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Key Details
  • Hagia Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace, and 13 more
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish
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