Top Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Passengers on a Big Bus tour

    How long does the tour take?

  2. How long does the tour take?

    A complete circuit on the Red Route (City Tour) takes approximately 2 hours, and a complete circuit of the Blue Route (Golden Horn) Tour takes approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes. Tour length may extend due to traffic density.

    Please allow for more time if you plan to hop on and off at any of our stops.

  3. Tourists on a Big Bus Istanbul tour

    How frequent are the buses?

  4. How frequent are the buses?

    Istanbul City: Red Tour Seasonal Frequency:

    PeriodFirst DepartureFrequencyLast Departure
    April - September Stop 1: 09:00 30 minutes Stop 1: 17:00
    October - March Stop 1: 09:00 30 minutes Stop 1: 17:00


    Golden Horn: Blue Tour Seasonal Frequency:
    PeriodFirst DepartureFrequencyLast Departure
    April - September Stop 20: 09:45 30 minutes Stop 20: 17:45
    October - March Stop 20: 09:45 60 minutes Stop 20: 16:45

  5. Tourists on bus looking at Galata Tower

    Do I need to specify a date of travel?

  6. Do I need to specify a date of travel?

    All the tour tickets we sell on our website are open-dated, meaning you can travel on any day within 6 months of purchase.

    If you purchase a ticket that offers validity for more than 24 hours, you must travel on consecutive days.

  7. Big Bus Istanbul

    What will I see on the tour?

  8. What will I see on the tour?

    Bus stops are conveniently located near popular landmarks and attractions so you can hop on and hop off as you please. Our routes been carefully designed to pass all the city's must-see sights, including the Hagia Sophia, Dolmabahçe palace, Galata tower, Bosphorus bridge, Taksim Square, Miniatürk, Rahmi Koç Museum and the New Mosque. Visit our top landmarks page for further information on what you can see and visit on our tour.

    You can hop on and off as many times as you wish, or you're welcome to stay on board for the entire route. Please see our tours information page to discover more.

More Questions & Answers

Tell me about the Big Bus tour of Istanbul

Big Bus Tours offers sightseeing tours of Istanbul by open-top double-decker bus. Commentary is provided in a choice of languages. You may hop on and off at any of our stops to visit attractions and places of interest.

Which days do the tours operate?

The Big Bus Tour of Istanbul runs every day of the year.

How will I know where to get off?

The pre-recorded commentary on the bus will announce each stop by number and location as the bus approaches. Please refer to our routes & maps information to plan which stops you would like to hop off at.

How do I redeem my ticket?

Tours start at Stop 1/20: Sultanahmet Square (between the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, next to the main road). You can hop on the bus from any stop, but please note that e-vouchers must be redeemed with a customer service representative at Stop 1/20.
If you requested to have your tickets sent via SMS, remember that there is no need to print your tickets. Just bring your phone with you with the ticket page open to show it to one of our on street staff, who will issue you your ticket.

Where is the nearest stop to the Port and Atatürk airport?

Our bus stop number 4 on the Red Route is right outside the Port main terminal exit. Our main departure point is Sultanahmet (stop 1) for both Red and Blue Routes and is the closest stop to Atatürk airport.

What is the child policy?

A child ticket is available for children between the ages of 5 - 15. Children under 5 may travel free of charge. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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 please or to receive a quote, submit an enquiry using our private hires and charters page.

Are the buses wheelchair accessible?

Yes, all of our buses are wheelchair accessible. Please contact us for further information.

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