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Get to know Abu Dhabi at your own pace on a hop-on, hop-off Big Bus tour. With your 24-hour ticket, board the open-top double-decker bus and set your own sightseeing itinerary. Enjoy panoramic views of the palm-lined Corniche, listen to the onboard commentary, and hop on and off at any of the 23 stops to visit must-sees such as Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Heritage Village. A free shuttle to entertainment-packed Yas Island Abu Dhabi and complimentary entry to the Marina Mall Sky Tower and other attractions are included.


  • Hop-on hop-off tour of Abu Dhabi
  • Tour the city at your own pace as you hop on and off at any of the 23 stops, including Emirates Palace Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Heritage Village and Yas Island
  • Travel around Abu Dhabi in an open-top double-decker bus
  • See top city attractions like Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi Corniche, World Trade Center Souk and many more
  • FREE ‘Yas Island Drive’ with English-speaking guide

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What You Can Expect

Big Bus Abu Dhabi Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Including Yas Island and Sky Tower

Stop at the Grand Mosque during your Hop-on hop-off tour of Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi blends incredible modern architecture with cutting-edge leisure attractions, museums, beaches and much more. 

There’s no easier way to explore the city than on a hop-on, hop-off tour by open-top, double-decker Big Bus. Enjoy 360-degree views of Abu Dhabi’s skyscrapers, learn about the sights from the onboard commentary available in various languages, and hop on and off the air-conditioned bus at any of the 23 stops to explore on foot.

With your 24-hour ticket, stay aboard to admire panoramic views of the seafront Corniche with its lush palms and white-sand beaches backed by glass high-rises. Or step off the bus to visit the gleaming white-marble Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one Abu Dhabi’s most iconic buildings.

Next, maybe leave the bus to explore the cultural district of Saadiyat Island or dive into the 250 and more stores, cinema and restaurants of the Marina Mall.

Included with your ticket is a guided shuttle bus to Abu Dhabi’s main entertainment center — Yas Island, just outside the city. Ride the shuttle here and hop off to enjoy the attractions (own expense), including the spectacular Ferrari-brand theme park of Ferrari World; Yas Waterworld aqua park, and more.

Your 24-hour ticket also gives you additional benefits, including free entry to the Sky Tower at Marina Mall. Just hop off at Marina Mall and visit the viewing deck for jaw-dropping city views. Plus, enjoy free entry to Abu Dhabi Heritage Village, the Zayed Center and Etihad Antiques Museum. 

See the Itinerary below for a full list of hop-on hop-off stops.


Operating hours are from 9:00am to 8:00pm, and the last bus departure for the City Tour (Red Route) at 5:00pm and the Yas Island Drive at 6:00pm. Bus frequency is every 30 minutes on the City Tour and every hour on the Yas Island Drive.

Abu Dhabi Hop-on Hop-off stops:

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Emirates Palace Hotel
Saadiyat Island
Iranian Market and Souk
Marina Mall
Yas Island
Central Market
Heritage Village
Abu Dhabi Mall
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Red Route stops include:
Marina Mall
Etihad Towers
Sheikh Zayed Centre
Etihad Gallery
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Eastern Mangroves
Galleria & Rose Wood
Abu Dhabi Mall
Saadiyat Island (Exhibition Centre)
Abu Dhabi Corniche
WTC Souk
Al Hosn Fort
Markaziyah Park
Public Beach
Heritage Village
Dhow Corniche Cruise

Yas Island Drive includes:
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Yas Viceroy
Yas Plaza Hotel
Yas Waterworld
Ferrari World & Yas Mall
Yas Marina Circuit
Masdar City

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Very wonderful. But the bus stops are very few so it is not convinient for me to go to my hotel.

Bradley J T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Perfect tour if you only have a day to have a quick look around Abu Dhabi, lots of busses coming and going you don't have to wait long. They give you bottles of water and head phones so you can listen to lots of information about the place. Really enjoyed it, thanks.

Judith G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

The tour was comprehensive and the guide knowledgeable.

Kenneth L United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Well worth doing if you wish to see all the sights on a short stop over.

Glenn T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Excellent as expected

Miguel M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Complete tour.

Constanza O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour was great and interesting, they give all the explanation in eight languages so there is no way you miss something about it. The buses are very punctual, however it would be nice if there were more (only 4) so the waiting time would be less.

delyth p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Great way to see the city when you only have a short stay.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This was a ton of fun and worth doing. As a heads up. They have a bit of trouble verifying the voucher but it's no big deal. very fun!

Alicia E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Absolutely wonderful. The staff are amazing, especially Tutti from the Philippines. Love the hop on hop off buses. We also used one in Rome which was fantastic. The Abu Dhabi one took us around the city in the morning . In the afternoon we went to Yas Island, visited Ferrari World and joined the bus again. Well worth the money. Would use Viator for all trips.

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