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Big Bus Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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  • 1 hour 40 minutes to 2 hours 15 minutes (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Explore Dubai at your own pace on a double-decker, open-top Big Bus Dubai tour. Admire top Dubai attractions including the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al-Arab, and Old Dubai, and hop on and off at any of the stops around the city to visit souks, malls, and museums as you please. Choose from a 1-day Classic, 2-day Premium, or a Deluxe 5-day unlimited attraction pass. Tickets include an array of extras like a Dubai Creek cruise, admission to Dubai Museum, shopping discounts and more.
  • Hop-on hop-off Big Bus sightseeing tour of Dubai by open-top bus
  • Choose from a 1-, 2-, or 5-day ticket to suit your independent sightseeing schedule
  • Create your own personalized sightseeing itinerary and explore Dubai at leisure
  • See top Dubai attractions including Al Fahidi Fort, Gold Souk, Spice Souk, and the Burj Khalifa
  • Hop on and off as many times as you like on different routes around Dubai
  • Make use of additional benefits such as an Arabian dhow cruise, free night tour, and walking tours

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Part of the open-air upper decks of the buses are shaded so you can enjoy elevated views out of the sun.

What's Included

  • Audio commentary in 12 languages
  • Classic Inclusion - A Dhow Cruise
  • Deluxe Inclusions - A Dhow Cruise, Desert Sunset Tour, Lost Chambers Aquarium and Ambassador Lagoon
  • 1 Day, 2 Day or 5 Day Hop on Hop off Pass
  • Bus Frequency - Red Route every 20 minutes & Blue Route every 30 minutes
  • Premium inclusions - A Dhow Cruise and The Lost Chambers Aquarium
  • Dhow Cruise Stop 5 - 11am; 1pm and 4 pm
  • Entrance fees, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

What To Expect

Dubai is full of contrasts, having transformed from a fishing village into a cosmopolitan city in less than a century. From spectacular skyscrapers to traditional souks, there’s plenty for visitors to see and discover. So, climb aboard the open-top Big Bus sightseeing bus and get to know Dubai with ease.

Enjoy 360-degree views of the sights and hop on and hop off at any of the stops on the routes. Plus, stay aboard and repeat your circuits any number of times during your chosen ticket time—either one, two, or five days.

Included in your ticket is a range of enjoyable extras, including entry to Dubai Museum, a dhow (Arabian wooden boat) cruise along Dubai Creek, and a panoramic night tour.

Explore the traditional city of Dubai around the Dubai Creek, and visit a wide variety of museums, souks, a fort, an old palace, and historic districts. Experience the thrilling views of Dubai Marina and its stunning waterfront by taking the Marina tour.

See the Itinerary for a list of stops serviced and additional benefits.
Red Route Hop on Hop off Tour

14 Stops

11 Points of Interest

Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes

Operating Schedule: Departures from Dubai Mall starting at :9.00am until 17.00pm. There are 14 stops on the route with a 20 minute frequency. Full Route takes 1.40 hours. Customers are advised to visit our website or to download our app to find out more about our new health and safety measures and for the most update service information.

The Dubai Mall


Museum of The Future

Zabeel Palace

Al Seef Marine Transport Station 1


Al Fahidi Street

Old Souk

Heritage Village

Dubai Gold Souk

Dubai Spice Souk

Dubai Creek

Baniyas Road

Dubai Frame

Points of interest passed by on this route

Burj Khalifa

Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark

Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fort

Old Souk

The Dubai Heritage Village

Dubai Gold Souk

Dubai Spice Souk

Palm Jumeirah

Burj Al Arab

Sheikh Zayed Road

The Dubai Mall

Blue Route Hop on Hop off

11 Stops

10 Points of Interest

Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes

Operating Schedule: Departures from Dubai Mall starting at: 09.00am until 17.00pm. There are 11 stops on the route with a 30 minute frequency. Full Route takes 2.15 hours. Customers are advised to visit our website or to download our app to find out more about our new health and safety measures and for the most update service information.

The Dubai Mall

Mall of the Emirates

Bluewaters Island

Jumeirah Beach Residence

Skydive Dubai

Cayan Tower

Dubai Media City

Pointe the beach

Atlantis The Palm

West Beach

Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Points of interest passed by on this route

The Dubai Mall

At the Top

Mall of the Emirates

Ski Dubai

Ain Dubai


Cayan Tower

Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark

Burj Al Arab

Palm Jumeirah

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and to disembark
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Traveler Tips

Due to COVID-19 you are not allowed to get off the bus at all.
Best to do it over a minimum of two days to make the most of it.
Not always on time, which was understandable because of traffic conditions.
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Connecting with the tour nightmare
PAULINE_P, Mar 2023
We were very happy with the bus, driver, staff, commentary _ but finding the bus was a nightmare. Communication with the bus operator was not live. The port in Dubai was not on the hop on map. Getting a taxi to a point to meet without an exact number for the address was not suitable for the drivers. 2 times the driver got lost and …. we later saw the buses coming and going to the ship but no timetable to help us meet up or that it was for our ticket. So we had a ticket 48 hours and used 4 hours! Very disappointing.
It was a bit confusing as...
Ona_B, Mar 2023
It was a bit confusing as there are different lines on the same route. I was waiting in front of the museum of the future when I was supposed to wait in the back. I saw the same driver for 3 rounds until I said where should I wait for my bus? He replied, you’re waiting in the wrong stop. Most of the day was wasting and therefore I rode the bus for a little time. What an expensive ride? I couldn’t ride the bus the day after since I had other commitments for that day. I lost my money.
Fun times
Dianne_H, Mar 2023
Ride was fun and informative, toured some nice places. Staff was friendly. Time at each spot good for touring.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great way to see all the sights
Rebecca_B, Mar 2023
Great experience. Such an easy to way to see all the sites round the city. All the bus drivers we lovely and so helpful. The guide at the dubai mall stop were also so helpful
Great 2 day attraction opption
Stacy_r, Feb 2023
Before the review, prompts to Keshara! She was VERY helpful all three times we came to the main kiosk at the Dubai mall. She helped us understand the best ways to use all of our pass features, and best times to do so. All of the agents were nice and helpful, but she was ABOVE the rest! Now, on to the review... We have ridden these types of busses in many locations, and usually find them worth the cost. This one in Dubai is good, but not great. I believe a two day pass is more than enough to ride and see the attractions it delivers you to. The Red line is much faster (20 min intervals vs 30) than the blue line, and has more intriguing stops. IF you go for the 5 day, like we did, it gives you more flexibility to see those attractions, and adds a couple of "free" adventures like the dhow cruise, the Atlantis Aquarium, and the sunset desert safari. We did all three, and they are what you would expect for a "free" add on... I say research the stops, decide if they are attractions you want/need to see, the cost, and then buy the right pass. The closest stop that is the same as a Metro stop is the Future Museum. Good to know if using both. Also the Gold Souk stop is not too much of a walk from that Metro stop. Download the Big Bus app, as it is very useful for this location. You can start your ride from any location it stops. Unless traveling by taxi, there is no short route to the Dubai Mall location. Not recommended as a starting point if unless you are already there.
Dubai 2023
Laura_C, Feb 2023
Always try to the Big Bus Company - buses clean, drivers excellent and briefs informative. Have used this company in England, France, New York and in Dubai. Will be doing another trip to New York this September and have already booked my ticket.
The bus operators was rude and the employees at the information desk can’t give no proper information
audreen_D, Feb 2023
Sightseeing was great , but need more employees who can give better information and directions our money was wasted
Don’t Do it!
Darlene_F, Jan 2023
None, it was an awful experience. It was raining outside and inside the bus. We were totally wet after the tour! Not to mention it was a little cold outside. That made it worse.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Good experience
Andrea_M, Jan 2023
Good experience however very disappointed that the last bus from.Dubai mall was 5pm.which we missed because of traffic and had to take a taxi to our hotel
Heavy traffic with a lot of time queuing or on duel carriageways
Margaret_Q, Dec 2022
The open top bus in Dubai was the most expensive one I have been on in the world and the least enjoyable. Poor value for money
3 travelers found this review helpful
Hop on Dubai
Ray_V, Dec 2022
Hop on hop off bus is the best way to discover a city. Every time we arrive in a new city the first thing we do is get the bus to get our bearings. Thoroughly recommend.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great Tours
Thomas_R, Dec 2022
Outstanding overview of the city. No commentary on the cruise which made this part of the tour no great. Wish someone would have told us that the audio was broken.
A Great way to see Dubai
Graeme_W, Dec 2022
This was a great way to see Dubai. The staff of the "Big Red Bus Hop on Hop off" at Dubai Mall were very friendly and helpful. The trip gave us the opportunity to get off and look whenever we wanted. I recommend the additional dhow option.
The actual bus ride was fine.But there are no bus stop signs at all. No one knew where you stopped.I spent 2 hours walk
cmygali, Nov 2022
There was nothing memorable. Because I spent 2 a strange city walking to different places people thought where the bus stopped, it made it dark when I got to the Brugj and I was too late to go up. I will never be in Dubai again and will never have that opportunity to see it. You ruined that opportunity.
Bummer tour
Elizabeth_M, Nov 2022
Tour was 2 1/2 hrs leaving no time to look at sites properly, boat trip 1hr, if you missed limited availability for cruise to get back around tour program to make next cruise you had to allow another 2 1/2hrs, ridiculous!
Best way to see all the...
Salil_S, Nov 2022
Best way to see all the sights in Dubai in a day! Choice of AC compartment or open top bus, with pre-recorded commentary popping in at the right time.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Peggy_H, Nov 2022
Viewing Aquarius …walking through the gold market …viewing the spectacular architecture and history per instructor.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Heart Break Through Big Bus Journey.
ApurbaKumar_B, Oct 2022
I have had Big bus experience in many countries before. This Dubai experience did not meet my expectations. There is no electronic display board in the bus to know the bus stops. There are also no big bus signage at the bus stops, due to which it was difficult to identify/locate a big bus stop and we missed quite a few busses. There are two routes of 1 hour 40 minutes and 2 hours 30 minutes but hardly there is any overlapping between the routes. Duration between two stops were as high as 30 minutes. For example, in a blue line bus if one wanted to visit a particular attraction after travelling for 30 minutes to one hour, for coming back to the base again one has to travel for one hour to one and half hours. By doing this, as we have calculated, for visiting one attraction by blue bus would take minimum 3 hours of travelling in addition to time spent to see the attraction. Therefore, it doesn't become viable at all for a tourist to sit in a bus and spend so much time. Otherwise, the staff behaviour and co operation was as per their expected standard. Since we bought a Five day ticket, there were four attractions included with the tickets and most of them were just touch and go type.
Disappointing Dubai Hop On-Hop Off
VICHELLE_G, Oct 2022
I don’t recommend doing this hop on-hop off tour. I suggest tourists to just take a city tour where the bus/guide will drop you off near the places of interests instead of you getting off at certain stops which can be quite a walk from the attractions. Cab fare in Dubai is relatively cheap so you can even just do your own free and easy tour. The Lost Chamber Aquarium and Ambassador Lagoon which are part of the add-ons for the deluxe package is rip-off. It’s a very small aquarium which you can finish touring in less than 20 mins. Also, Dubai Frame was supposed to be a stop based on the app but the driver told us that their management advised them that it is no longer part of the stop.
2 travelers found this review helpful
A must do
Dianne_M, Oct 2022
Doing this will allow you to see all the key points of Dubai. It allows you to get off to explore and hop back on to continue your journey without having to worry about taxis. Alexander was a huge help directing us and answering all of our questions! He was fantabulous!!
1 traveler found this review helpful


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