Istanbul, Turkey

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Overview

Istanbul is one of the world’s greatest cities, and this hop-on hop-off tour offers a truly flexible way to explore it. Board your open-top, double-decker bus at any stop along the two routes, and enjoy the views as you listen to the audio commentary. Then, create your own sightseeing itinerary as you hop on and off at any of the stops to visit highlights such as the spectacular Topkapi Palace, the UNESCO-protected Hagia Sophia, the Egyptian Bazaar, and more. Your ticket is valid for 1 day or 2 days.
  • Hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of Istanbul
  • Create your own personalized sightseeing itinerary and explore Istanbul at leisure
  • See Dolmabahçe Palace, Sultanahmet Square, Galata Bridge, and Taksim Square
  • Hop on and off as often as you like on a choice of two routes around the city
  • Enjoy informative and entertaining commentary on board the bus
  • Pass valid for 1 day or 2 days
Simply hop aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus sightseeing bus and set out to witness the landmark sights of Istanbul, one of the world's most intriguing cities.

Straddling Europe and Asia, Istanbul is brimming with UNESCO-listed treasures and historical sites that testify to its days under Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman rule. Add in colorful bazaars, village-like neighborhoods, and the waterfronts along the Bosphorus Straits, and there’s a plethora of must-sees and attractions for visitors to explore.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the views as you travel the two routes around the city and learn the stories behind the sights from the onboard audio commentary. (A complete list of stops can be found in the Itinerary section below.)

When you’re ready, hop off at any of the stops to sightsee at your leisure. Perhaps step off to visit the spectacular Hagia Sophia — the ancient UNESCO-listed showstopper that served as an Ottoman mosque and a Christian basilica — or the ornate Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Ottoman sultans for more than 400 years.

Or maybe leave the bus to rove around the aromatic stalls of the Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Bazaar), visit the opulent Dolmabahçe Palace, or to soak up the buzz of Taksim Square. These are just a handful of the many things you can see and do using your 1 day or 2 day pass on the hop-on hop-off Big Bus tour.

Itinerary

City Tour Red Route (2-hour full-loop duration, comprising 11 stops):
  • Sultanahmet Square
  • Galata Bridge
  • Tophane
  • Port
  • Dolmabahçe Palace
  • Naval Museum
  • Beylerbeyi Palace
  • W Hotel
  • Taksim Square
  • Hard Rock Cafe
  • Egyptian Spice Bazaar
Golden Horn Blue Route (1.25-hour full-loop duration, comprising 8 stops):
  • Sultanahmet Square
  • Galata Bridge
  • Patriarchate
  • Cable Car
  • Dolphinarium
  • Miniaturk
  • Rahmi Koc Museum
  • Egyptian Spice Bazaar
Click on the ‘View Additional Info’ button below to see a map of the route.

Reviews

Viator Traveller's Reviews

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S
, Jul 2018

The tour was great...the buses were timely even with the traffic.
My only suggestions is for them to include discounts and offers to sights and attraction. This will give the tour more value for money.

M
, May 2018

It was good, but they dont leave as often as in other cities. Had to wait over an hour

R
, May 2018

Friendly staff. I got to see all the main attractions.

B
, Dec 2017

A good value and a great way to get around the city however, I was unable to visit the Greek Patriarchate because the bus had entered the off-season schedule. It's not their fault per se, but I was still disappointed.

m
, Dec 2017

This tour was amazing!

a
, Dec 2017

My friends warned me not to buy this bus service, but I decided to check for myself. I made a mistake. Horrible experience for 120. I bought tickets for my parents and I for 2 days and we spent most of the time in the traffic jam. Overall, it is a Very disappointing service with a lot of disadvantages. The Routs and the stops are not the best. The intervals between the busses are not 15-20 minutes as usual, but an hour. If you will miss your bus, be ready to wait for an hour until the next one. Also the bus stops running at 4. On the second day we got of at our first stop and walked around. By the time we wanted to board the bus again it was after 4 and the last one already left. So, I totally wasted my money. Don't make my mistake. Walk around yourself and use public transportation.

S
, Nov 2017

Both routes were well planned, we saw lots of things, the guide was nice and knowledgeable, everything was fine with one exception:
Having enjoyed the marvelous Miniaturk for nearly two hours, we went to the Blue line stop 10 minutes ahead of time, just to be on the safe side, and had to wait for over 90 minutes for the next bus to come. When it finally arrived, the driver - a rather good-looking guy in snow-white shirt and with prestigious moustache just got off to buy some tea and have a friendly conversation with the car park guards. He did not even bother to say sorry. It didn't really matter because the weather was fine, none of us were in a hurry and it was nice sitting in the sun on pretty yellow benches but...

C
, Nov 2017

Great time on the Big Bus - We got to see both sides of Istanbul and how diverse and amazing the city is. I can't wait to return and continue exploring ancient beautiful Istanbul!

C
, Oct 2017

We use hop on hop off buses in all countries. It is a wonderful idea. I am just afraid it is not that good idea in Istanbul because of heavy traffic.

c
, Oct 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!


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