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Straddling the Asian and European continents, Istanbul has an abundance of cultural appeal with history, cuisine and architecture influenced by both the east and west. Both the Byzantines and the Ottomans left their mark on the city once known as Constantinople, and architectural legacies of the past are scattered around town. From the mysterious mosques of Sultanahmet to the modern day-to-day buzz of Taksim Square and Galata Bridge, Istanbul has something to wow even the most seasoned of visitors.
Aboard a comfortable, open-top, double-decker bus, admire top city attractions such as Hagia Sophia — the UNESCO-listed museum that once served as a church and then a mosque — and Bosphorus Bridge, an icon of modern-day Istanbul. Pass the fascinating miniature town of Miniaturk and perhaps hop off at Dolmabahçe Palace to discover one of the world’s grandest palaces.
Use your 1 day or 2 day pass on two routes, as described in the Itinerary section below.
City Tour Red Route (2-hour full-loop duration, comprising 11 stops):
Hard Rock Cafe
Egyptian Spice Bazaar
Golden Horn Blue Route (1.25-hour full-loop duration, comprising 8 stops):
Rahmi Koc Museum
Egyptian Spice Bazaar
Click on the ‘View Additional Info’ button below to see a map of the route.
Classic ticket: 1 day Hop-on, Hop-off Big Bus Tour
Premium: 2 day Hop-on, Hop-off Big Bus Tour
Commentary in 8 languages
Two tours (blue and red) with one ticket
Big Bus App, Map and Headphones
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
Routes start at Sultanahment Square between Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia next to the main road. You may also start your tour from any of the stops on the itinerary but vouchers must be redeemed in Sultanahment Square
Blue Route: May to September every 60 minutes from 10am-6pm from Sultanahmet Square
October to April every 60 minutes from 10am-4pm from Sultanahmet Square
Red Route: May to September every 30 minutes from 9:15am-4:45pm from Sultanahmet Square
October to April every 30 minutes from 09:45-4:15pm from Sultanahmet Square