1. Turkey
  2. Istanbul
  3. Hagia Sophia

Istanbul: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Product ID: 43464
Explore Istanbul at your own pace on board a double-decker, open-top, hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. See all the famous landmarks, from the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque to the splendors of the Ottoman Empire, including Dolmabahçe Palace.
About this activity
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts


  • Explore Istanbul's Byzantine and Ottoman architecture by bus
  • Hop off at more than 15 different stops to explore Istanbul's most famous sites
  • See Turkey in miniature at the child-friendly Miniatürk model park
  • Marvel at the minarets and dazzling blue tiles of the Blue Mosque
  • Savor the warm aromas of the Spice Bazaar
  • Cross the Bosphorus Bridge into Asia
  • Watch the fishermen on Galata Bridge
Full description
See all the sights of Istanbul on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. Choose between flexible Classic and Premium tickets. Save money with a family ticket and take the kids to child-friendly sites such as the Dolphinarium or the Miniatürk model village, where Turkey’s most important monuments are recreated in miniature.

You will have access to 2 routes. Buses come regularly and frequently on both routes. Informative recorded commentary is available in 8 different languages, including English, Turkish, Arabic, Russian, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Complimentary earphones are provided.

Jump off at any of the stops on the Red Route and see architecture from the Byzantine and Ottoman eras. Cross the Bosphorus Bridge to Asia to see the Beylerbeyi Palace and watch all the activity of the Bosphorus Straits. Marvel at the old city wall of Constantinople and the Roman Aqueduct on the Golden Horn/Blue Route, which also includes the iconic Blue Mosque.

The City Tour (Red) Route:
• Sultanahmet Square
• Galata Bridge
• Tophane
• Port
• Dolmabahçe
• Naval Museum
• Beylerbeyi Palace
• Akaretler / W Hotel
• Taksim Square
• Egyptian Spice Bazaar

Golden Horn/Blue Route:
• Sultanahmet Square
• Galata Bridge
• Patriarchate
• Cable Car
• Dolphinarium
• Miniatürk
• Transport Museum / Rahmi Koç Museum
• Egyptian Spice Bazaar

  • Classic (24-hour ticket), Premium (48-hour ticket) or Deluxe (72-hour ticket) hop-on hop-off bus ticket
  • Audio commentary and complimentary headphones
  • Free WiFi onboard the buses
  • Free Big Bus İstanbul route map
  • Miniaturk entrance fee
  • Naval Museum entrance fee

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
You will have access to both the The City Tour/Red Route and the Golden Horn/Blue Route. Buses come regularly and frequently on both routes.
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Currently it is not possible to book this product due to its limited availability.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 479 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.3 / 5
  • Organization
    4.2 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.9 / 5
  • Safety
    4.3 / 5
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Everything was great until the point when the bus broke down and we were waiting for 3+hrs to get a replacement. When we finally got one they dropped us one stop before the end of the trip for the day. It was late and cold and we had to walk.

19 January 2020

Great tour!

First time on a Big Bus hop on/off tour and enjoyed this one. Got to see lots more of the city I would have never normally have got the chance to, including driving over the huge bridge which connects the city to Asia and back on a different bridge. Takes over an hour if you d the whole route, which I did, take in to account you may me stuck in Istanbuls crazy congestion at certain points, and be aware of the crazy driving by locals which makes for an interesting ride. Glad our Driver was super alert, with people pulling out on him all the time! But gives you a good local feel to the tour.

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7 September 2018

enjoyed every minute of it

it was fun, it was convenient and I already recommended it to anyone of my friends and family going to Istanbul, the staff were helpful, the buses were clean, the Wi-fi very convenient and the audio guide both helpful and fun. the whole experience was great, we did not get lost once ..

12 August 2017

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Big Bus Tours Istanbul

Product ID: 43464