About The Big Bus Abu Dhabi Sightseeing Tour:
Don't miss a thing in the capital of the United Arab Emirates on the Big Bus Abu Dhabi hop-on hop-off bus tour. The city's best sightseeing provider offers tickets that are valid for 24 or 48 hours - ample time for a quick overview or a full weekend exploration. The tour has two routes: the red 'City Tour' and the green 'Yas Drive' tour. Discover highlights such as Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque on the City Tour and visit Abu Dhabi's most exciting attractions on the Yas Island Tour. Big Bus provides digital audio commentary in 8 languages.
Big Bus Abu Dhabi Tour Map:
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Ticket Usage Instructions:
Print off the ticket voucher you receive from this site and present it to a member of the Big Bus Abu Dhabi tour staff at any stop (see map above).
- Free Dhow Cruise | Departs stop 16 every day at 10:30, 11:30, 15:30 & 16:30.
- Marina Mall Sky Tower | Free admission to observation deck plus 20% off a coffee.
- Etihad Antiques Museum | Free admission.
- Heritage Village | Free admission.
- Sheikh Zayed Centre | Free admission.
- Etihad Towers Observation Deck | 50% off admission.
- Free Discounts Voucher Book | Includes offers for other top attractions.
Abu Dhabi 'City Tour' | Route Details:
You can start the Big Bus Abu Dhabi hop-on hop-off tour at any stop along both tour routes, but the first official stop on the city tour is Marina Mall. Whether you choose to start at the mall or arrive there later your Big Bus ticket can get you free entrance to the building's Sky Tower, with its stunning views over the Arabian Gulf.
Once you depart from Marina Mall your first highlight stop will be the luxuriously modern Etihad Towers. Hop off here to see the Emirates Palace Hotel and, best of all, to ascend to the observation deck on Tower 2's 74th Floor. The 'Observation Deck at 300' is the highest panoramic vantage point in Abu Dhabi and access is half the normal price with your Big Bus ticket. As a Big Bus passenger you will also be entitled to 20% off a coffee in the tower's cafe.
At stop five you will have a chance to explore the city's centre of Islamic worship, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. This building stands as the 8th largest structure of its kind in the world and its various architectural and ornamental features are intended to broadly reflect the artistic and cultural diversity of the Islamic World. In terms of sheer sightseeing brilliance Sheikh Zayed is a must visit stop on the Abu Dhabi Big Bus tour. Amongst the complex's most striking features are its sprawling marble mosaic courtyard, 96 nacre inlaid prayer hall columns, 82 white domes and four 107 meter minarets.
Before reaching the Manarat Al Saadiyat (stop 9) you can hop off at Abu Dhabi Mall, where the shopping is varied and food outlets are plentiful. The Manarat Al Saadiyat is a vibrant visitor centre located at the heart of Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island. The island itself is a scenic and cultural hotspot that lies just 500 meters off the city's coast. The area is currently being developed into Abu Dhabi's premier cultural district, and will eventually feature the Zayed National Museum, Louvre Abu Dhabi and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. At the moment the Manarat Al Saadiyat is also a place where visitors can see the UAE pavilion, take a few swings at the golf club and relax in the restaurants and beach resorts.
Stop 10 places you towards the eastern end of the Abu Dhabi Corniche, a 4 mile long seafront road that is embellished with pleasant lawns and gardens, elegant fountains and various amenities such as: A cycling track, running track, childrens’ play areas, picnic tables, swimming areas and volleyball courts. The Corniche is an ideal place to unwind and is extensive enough that no part of its length is too far from the remaining stops on city tour.
Choosing to stay on the buses takes you next to the WTC Souk (stop 11). Abu Dhabi's WTC Souk is a traditional Arabic marketplace with a modern twist. As opposed to being a street filled with stalls the entire complex bares more of a resemblance to a typical mall, except with marvellous wooden architecture and generous opportunities for bargaining.
Stop 14 delivers you to the public beach at the western end of the Corniche. If you plan to make this stop your last then bring along your shorts and bathing suits and chill out on the fabulous white sands.
Stop 15 on the city tour is the Heritage Village. This fascinating open-air museum explores the history and culture of Abu Dhabi as it existed before the discovery of oil. There's recreations of traditional Bedouin encampments, diverse artefact displays and reconstructions of old infrastructural features such as wells, mud-brick houses and souks. A great way to conclude the city tour is to hop-off at its final stop for a sightseeing cruise along the Corniche in a traditional Dhow Boat.
Abu Dhabi 'Yas Drive' | Route Details:
The journey to Yas Island begins at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which is the first stop on the Big Bus Yas Drive Tour and the 17th stop in total. Yas Island is an exciting area of Abu Dhabi where you can find its most exhilarating attractions and top sporting landmarks. It is home to Abu Dhabi's Grand Prix Circuit (stop 22) as well as Ferrari World (stop 21) and Yas Waterworld (stop 20). Ferrari World is the world's largest indoor amusement park and the first of its kind with a theme related to the famous sports car manufacturer. The park contains 20 attractions in total, one of which is the world's fastest roller coaster!
Yas Waterworld is the UAE's first mega water park, a title of which it is thoroughly deserving with its 43 thrilling rides. The park separates its attractions into 'thrill levels', everything from low and kid friendly to extreme and heart pounding. The 'Yadi Yas' river ride is great for those who want something racy and exciting while the 'Hamlool's Humps' should probably only be attempted if you get a kick out of feeling airborne! Remember to bring plenty of sunscreen, the hot Arabian sun and exposed shoulders can be a harsh combination.