- All Year Round, Daily.
- Digital Audio: English, Arabic, Farsi, Russian, Hindi, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Brazilian Portuguese.
Free headphones provided upon boarding the bus.
Tour Times / Frequencies:
- City Tour: 08:50 - 18:00, every 30 minutes.
- Beach Tour: 09:00 - 18:00, every 30 minutes.
- Marina Tour: 08:50 - 18:00, every 30 minutes.
- Various, see Map Download.
- City Tour: 2 Hours.
- Beach Tour: 2 Hours 20 Minutes.
- Marina Tour: 1 Hour 30 Minutes.
- Wheelchair Accessible Buses.
- Air-Conditioned Buses.
- Free On-Board Wi-Fi.
- Complimentary Guide Map.
- Free Mobile App (Downloadable On Bus).
- Adult tickets aged 16+ years.
- Child tickets aged 5-15 years.
Children aged 4 years and under travel free.
About The Big Bus Dubai Tour:
The Emirate of Dubai is a shining example of the synergy that can be achieved between economic prestige and the conservation of traditional sights and culture. This urban oasis on the Arabian Gulf coast is packed with oriental treasures, fun modern attractions and fascinating history just waiting to be discovered by the international traveller. Aboard the Big Bus Dubai tour you can ride between 35+ hop-on hop-off stops and enjoy recorded commentary in a choice of 12 different languages.
Big Bus Dubai Tour Highlights:
The Big Bus Dubai sightseeing tour is spread out across three routes: the 'City Tour', the 'Beach Tour' and the 'Marina Tour'.
Dubai City Tour:
On the City Tour (Red Route) you will encounter highlights such as the Gold and Spice Souks and Shindagha Museum. A souk is essentially a traditional open-air Arabic market where you can browse and haggle for an astounding variety of wares and produce. As its name suggests the famous Dubai Gold Souk is where you can find a treasure trove of glistening jewellery and ornaments fashioned from 18-24 carat gold. Hop-off at stop 8 to explore the Gold Souk's 200+ stores and see if you can book yourself a bargain!
The Spice Souk's name may also give away its defining feature, but with its fragrant aromas and scents of rose petal, incense and homeopathic medicine this special market really has to be experienced first-hand. It provides a refreshing contrast to the modern shopping malls and is a fascinating place for an inquisitive stroll. Reach the Spice Souk by hopping-off at stop 9 on the City Tour.
The Shindagha Museum at stop 7 (City Tour) is a particularly special location on the Big Bus tour because you can also get free entry with your hop-on hop-off ticket. This small palace near the mouth of Dubai Creek was constructed in 1896 as a residence for Dubai's ruling family. One of the structure's most eye-catching features are the four classical wind-towers, designed to cool the rooms of its interior. Once inside the house you're free to explore the various living quarters, beautiful verandas and a large courtyard. Besides being a fine sightseeing attraction the main modern function of the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House is that of a museum. You can view photographs and documents charting the development of the Dubai Emirate, as well as glean insights into the lifestyle of Dubai’s ruling family.
If you want to join the Beach Tour after completing the City Tour, or vice versa, simply make a stop off at Dubai Mall (City Tour stop 2 and Beach Tour stop 14). It is at this mall complex that you can switch buses and continue your exploration.
Dubai Beach Tour:
When on the Beach Tour be sure not miss Jumeirah Mosque, Jumeirah Public Beach and the Burj Khalifa. Jumeirah Mosque is Dubai's primary edifice for Islamic worship and is arguably its most beautiful, with architectural facets derived from the Medieval Fatimid style. For visitors and worshippers alike there are tours of the mosque which run every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00.
Hop-off at Jumeirah Public Beach (stop 21) to enjoy a panorama of some of Dubai's most iconic landmarks. This lovely stretch of the gold-sand beach has amazing views of the distinctive spinnaker-sail-shaped Burj Al Arab Hotel, and also lies within close proximity to the 'World Islands', an artificial archipelago shaped to resemble earth's continents.
Another artificial landmass along Dubai's coast is the Jumeirah Palm Island (stop 24). Each of its 'leaves' is a street lined with exclusive villas, and at the apex rests the 'Atlantis' hotel resort. The Big Bus tour makes a stop at the front of the Atlantis resort, allowing you to disembark and access the location's popular attractions. Bring along swimwear for the Aquaventure Waterpark, which has everything from water slides to river rides. Next door to the water park is Dolphin Bay, a 4.5 hectare dolphinarium where you can swim and interact with the habitat's friendly dolphins.
At the Mall of the Emirates (stop 26) exchange onto the Marina Tour (also possible at stop 27) for a journey around Dubai's most up scale neighbourhoods. The free Marina sightseeing cruise departs from stop 30 (Pier 7).
Dubai Marina Tour:
Venture into the city's ultra-modern, eclectic Marina District on the Big Bus Marina Tour (Blue Route). Travel amongst towering residential skyscrapers and hop-off at key locations including: Pier 7, Marina Mall and the Promenade. Link onto the Marina Tour by changing bus at either of the two Beach Tour connecting stations: Mall of the Emirates or Souk Madinat.
Free Dubai Creek Dhow Cruise:
Big Bus Dubai's free dhow cruise is available with both Premium and Deluxe tickets. Hop-off at stop 12 (Dhow Wharfage) to cast off on one of their daily departures. The sparkling waters of Dubai Creek is one of the finest avenues on which to discover the city, and what better a way to do so than on an air-conditioned, traditional dhow boat.