See the map download at the bottom of the page for full tour details and stop lists.
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'. The Marina Tour is a new and exciting addition to Big Bus Dubai for 2015. As well as the beach front and Dubai Creek you can now venture into the city's ultra-modern, eclectic Marina District. 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.
It is on the City Tour that 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 11 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 12 on the City Tour.
The Shindagha Museum at stop 10 (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 20). It is at this mall complex that you can switch buses and continue your exploration.
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 27) 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 31). 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 33) exchange onto the Marina Tour (also possible at stop 29) for a journey around Dubai's most up scale neighbourhoods. The free Marina sightseeing cruise departs from stop 38 (Pier 7), and you can access the RTA Water Bus from stops 35, 37, 40 & 43 (see map download for details).
Extra Big Bus Dubai Benefits:
Free Dhow Cruises.
Big Bus Dubai's free Dhow Cruise has been made better than ever for 2015. You can now hop-off at stop 18 (Dhow Wharfage) and stop 38 (Pier 7) to cast off on one of their daily departures. The sparkling waters of Dubai Creek and the modern Marina are two of the finest avenues on which to discover the city, and what better a way to do so than on an air-conditioned, traditionally designed Dhow boat. Please see the map download below for cruise times.
Free Entry To Dubai Museum.
Stop 6 on the City Tour takes passengers to Al Fahidi Fort, a defensive structure built in 1787 to protect Dubai's early denizens from invading tribes. The building now functions as Dubai Museum, the city's premier historical heritage institution. Chart Dubai's development from a small pearl diving community to an international oil industry hub.
The museum's standard opening hours are: 08:30-20:30 (Sat-Thu) and 14:00-20:30 (Fri). Opening hours during the month of Ramadan are: 09:00-16:30 (Sat-Thu), with complete closures on Fridays.
Free Sharjah Tour.
When you book any Dubai hop-on hop-off bus tour ticket you automatically get access to a free sightseeing tour of the Emirate of Sharjah. The open-top bus makes two stops in the neighbouring emirate's principle town of the same name, and incorporates all of its important landmarks and historic sites. You'll visit the traditional Al Sheyoukh and Al Maraija neighbourhoods, as well as the Blue Souk, where over 600 shops sell everything from arts and crafts to antiques and cosmetics.
The Sharjah tour lasts around 3 hours and departs from WAFI (stop 1, city tour), the Heritage District and Blue Souk. Ask staff for details on days and timings.
5 Free Dubai Walking Tours (Oct-Apr).
Your Big Bus ticket provides access to five fun and insightful walking tours, each with their own theme:
The Arabian Treasures tour offers a 1 hour guided glimpse into the famous Gold and Spice Souks- it runs daily from mid-October to April at 10:30 and 14:30 from Dubai Museum (stop 6).
The 1 hour Downtown Discovery tour explores all the delights of Dubai Mall- it runs daily at 12:30 and 17:00 from stop 20.
The 1 hour Heritage Walk travels through the old portions of Dubai such as the Heritage Village and Diving Village. Its purpose is to show the cultures and lifestyles of pre-oil era Dubai. This walk runs daily at 12:30 and 16:30 from the Heritage Village (stop 9).
The new Madinat Journey begins at stop 46 on the Marina Tour and takes you on a 1 hour exploration of a traditional Arabian town surrounded by glistening waterways and stunning views. This walk runs daily at 15:30.
The Khan Murjan Discovery tour is the shortest at only 30 minutes. It's meant to give you a brief introduction to Arabian arts & crafts by exploring WAFI's Egyptian, Turkish, Moroccan and Syrian shops. This walk runs daily at 13:30 and 16:30 from stop 1.
For a list of even more Big Bus Dubai Tour benefits please see the map download below. In it you will find details of the RTA Water Bus, the Palm Island Drive, a Flamingo Lagoon Discovery Tour (departs WAFI), and a free Sunset Desert Tour.
Also, by booking the Big Bus Dubai tour you will be entitled to a comprehensive retail, leisure and dining discount booklet for Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Collect it from the bus staff when you exchange your email voucher for bus tour tickets.
WHY NOT TRY NIGHT THE TOUR. When the sun sets the desert oasis of Dubai begins to glow in gold and rainbow hues- signalling its finest hours for sightseeing. Big Bus deliver the magic with their free guided night bus tour. This 2.45 hour journey takes passengers around all of Dubai's main landmarks and even makes a stop for the breathtaking WAFI light and sound show. Each tour is led by a live English-speaking guide.
The night tour operates every night and you can embark from five different locations: Deira City Centre (19:15), WAFI Mall (19:25), Dubai Mall (19:30), Mall of the Emirates (19:45) or Souk Madinat (20:00) Book here.