Top Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Man looking at bus tour tickets

    Where can I buy a ticket for the tour?

  2. Where can I buy a ticket for the tour?

    You can purchase tickets on this website, from a staff member at one of our stops or on our buses, and from most Dublin hotel concierges.

  3. Woman listening to commentary

    Is there a commentary in my language?

  4. Is there a commentary in my language?

    The Big Bus Dublin sightseeing tour offers a recorded commentary in your choice of either English, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, German, Japanese, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean or Mandarin. The commentary is available through complimentary earphones.

  5. Passengers boarding a Big Bus Tour

    Where can I start the tour?

  6. Where can I start the tour?

    The principal starting point for all our tours is Stop #1 (Upper O'Connell Street), but you can hop on our buses from over 30 different stops. To find a bus stop, please click here.

  7. Christmas 2018

    What service will you be running over the festive period?

  8. What service will you be running over the festive period?

    Please visit our Service Information page for details of our Festive Season Service.

More Questions & Answers

What time do tours start and how often do the buses run?

Blue Route:
First Bus: 09:15 from Stop #1: O'Connell Street
Last Full-Circuit Tour: 16:00 from Stop #1: O'Connell Street
Last Bus: 16:00 at Stop #1: O'Connell Street
Full Circuit Time: 2 hours (approx.)
Bus Frequency: every 30 minutes.

Red Route:
First Bus: 08:45 from Stop #1: O'Connell Street
Last Full-Circuit Tour: 19:00 from Stop #1: O'Connell Street
Last Bus: 19:00 at Stop #1: O'Connell Street
Full Circuit Time: 90 minutes (approx.)
Bus Frequency: every 15 minutes.

Night Tour:
First Tour: 20:00 from Stop #1: O'Connell Street
Second Tour: 21:30 from Stop #1: O'Connell Street
Full Circuit Time: 1 hour (approx.)
*Please note that the Night Tour is not a hop-on, hop-off tour.

Tell me about Big Bus Tours Dublin

Big Bus Tours Dublin operate flexible and exciting city sightseeing tours on open-top double-decker buses. In addition to enjoying amazing views of Dublin's famous landmarks and attractions, you can hear entertaining commentary about the city's history, culture and architecture, delivered by expert live guides. Alternatively, tune in pre-recorded digital commentary, offered in 8 different languages via complimentary headphones. You're free to hop on and off the bus tour at any stop, or you can choose to relax and remain on board for the full tour circuit. Three different tours are offered; during the day, you can choose to discover Dublin on either the Red Route (digital commentary only) or the Blue Route (live guides only). After dark, don't miss the opportunity to see the sights of Dublin on the Panoramic Night Tour (Black Route).

What can I see and visit?

Our bus stops are conveniently located near popular landmarks and attractions so that you can hop off to explore with ease. You'll see iconic landmarks like Trinity College, Dublin Castle, the Guinness Storehouse and Temple Bar while on board the bus, and the bus will stop nearby. Visit our Discover Dublin page to learn more about what you can see and visit on our tours.

You're free to hop on and off the bus at any stop as many times as you wish during your tour, or you can choose to stay on board for the entire route.

Do bus tours operate every day?

Yes. Please note that our service may be subject to public holidays or local events that involve road closures, like St. Patrick's Day and Christmas Day. Please check our service information page for up-to-date information.

How long does the tour take?

Blue Route: 2 hours (approx.)
Red Route: 90 minutes (approx.)
Night Tour: 1 hour (approx.)
Please allow for more time if you plan to hop on and off at any of our stops.​

Do I need to specify a date of travel?

No. You can travel on any date within 6 months of purchase. If you purchase a ticket that offers validity for more than 1 day, you must travel on consecutive days.

Can I switch between the live guide and recorded commentary tours?

Yes. All tickets permit you to join both the Blue Route Tour with live guides, and the Red Route Tour with pre-recorded commentary. You are free to change tours at any interchange stops.

For further information on changing routes, please visit our Routes and Maps page.

Does my ticket include entrance to any attractions?

Entrance to attractions is not included with your ticket unless explicitly stated in the ticket description. You can browse our ticket range here.

How do I redeem my ticket?

Show your printed ticket to a member of staff at one of our stops or aboard the bus. They'll issue you a receipt that you'll be able to use to hop on the bus throughout the validity of your ticket.

Is there a discount available for groups?

Yes, discounts are available for groups of 15 or more. To find out more, submit an enquiry using our group booking information page.

Is it possible to hire one of the open-top buses for a private event?

Yes, buses are available for private hires and charters. For more information, or to receive a quote, please submit an enquiry via our private hires and charters page.

What is the child ticketing policy?

Child tickets are available for passengers between the ages of 4-15. Children under 4 may travel free of charge. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Are the buses wheelchair accessible?

85% of our buses are wheelchair accessible.

Is food and drink allowed on board the bus?

For health and safety reasons, we request that you don't bring any food or drink on board the bus, with the exception of bottled water.

Can I bring my pet?

No. Pets are not allowed on board the bus. Guides dogs are permitted though.

Do bus tours go ahead in wet weather?

Yes. Our bus tours operate every day, rain or shine. Service is only suspended in the event of extreme weather.

Contact us

For general enquiries, please get in touch using our contact form. For more specific answers please select one of the options below.