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.
Details regarding the tour itinerary, cruises, walking tours and other inclusions are listed further down.
- All Year Round, Daily.
- Live English speaking guides on the City Tour (red route).
- Digital Audio: English, Arabic, Farsi, Russian, Hindi, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Portuguese.
Tour Times / Frequencies:
- City Tour: 08:50 to 18:00, every 20 minutes.
- Beach Tour: 09:00 to 18:00, every 15 minutes.
- Marina Tour: 08:50 to 18:00, every 20 minutes.
- Various, see Map Download.
- City Tour: 2 Hours.
- Beach Tour: 1 Hour.
- Marina Tour: 1 Hour 35 Minutes.
- Audio Guide (Headphones Included).
- Printed Tour Map & Leaflet.
- Air-Conditioned Buses.
- Free On-Board Wi-Fi.
- Free Mobile App (Available On Bus).
- Wheelchair Accessible Buses.
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 1 and Beach Tour stop 13). It is at this mall complex that you can switch buses and continue your exploration.
| 11 Stops:
- 1) Dubai Mall.
- 2) The Green Planet Dubai.
- 3) Wafi.
- 4) Burjuman.
- 5) Dubai Museum.
- 6) Old Souk.
- 7) Heritage Village.
- 8) Gold Souk.
- 9) Spice Souk.
- 10) Riviera.
- 12) Deira City Centre.
- 1) Dubai Mall.
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 14) 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. 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 17) exchange onto the Marina Tour for a journey around Dubai's most up scale neighbourhoods.
| 5 Stops:
- 13) Dubai Mall.
- 14) Public Beach.
- 15) Burj Al Arab.
- 16) Souk Madinat.
- 17) Mall of Emirates.
- 13) Dubai Mall.
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.
| 10 Stops:
- 17) Mall of the Emirates.
- 18) Maria Walk.
- 19) Marina Mall.
- 20) The Beach.
- 21) Marina Promenade.
- 22) Bayside (Skydive).
- 23) Tallest Block.
- 24) Media City.
- 25) Atlantis.
- 26) Ithihad Park.
- 17) Mall of the Emirates.
Creek & Marina Dhow Cruises:
Jump aboard an Arabian Dhow and glide down either Dubai Creek or the beautiful Maria and out into the Arabian Gulf. The Creek Cruise is available with all tickets, while the Marina Cruise is available with premium and deluxe tickets. Start the Dubai Creek cruise by hopping off at bus stop 9. For the Marina cruise, disembark at stop 19. Cruise timings are as follows:
- Creek Cruise: 10:30 to 17:30, every hour.
- Marina Cruise: 10:00 to 17:00, every hour.
Guided Walking Tours:
- 1) Al Fahidi Historical Walk - Departs every day at 14:00 from Dubai Museum.
- 2) Arabian Treasures Walking Tour - Discover hidden treasures and intriguing stories from the old part of town. Departs: 15:00.
- 3) Heritage Village Walking Tour - Step back in time and relive one of Dubai's first settlements. Departs: 17:00.
- 4) Downtown Discovery Walking Tour - Experience the culture and daily dynamics of the most expensive square mile on the planet. Departs: 18:00 from Dubai Mall.
Dubai Night Bus Tour:
Over 2.5 hours witness rippling lights and traditional dhows on Dubai Creek, the glistening spire of the Burj Khalifa, the illuminated branches of the Palm Jumeirah, and much more. Each step of the Big Bus Night Tour is commentated by a professional English-speaking guide.
Head along to one of the tour's 4 departure points at their corresponding start times:
- Deira City Centre (Stop 12) - Taxi area next to main entrance (19:15).
- Dubai Mall (Stops 1/13) - Big Bus tour drop-off (19:30).
- Mall of the Emirates (Stops 17) - Gate 1 (19:45).
- Souk Madinat (Stops 16) - Left side of main entrance (20:00).
Sharjah Half-Day Tour:
Explore a city dubbed the 'Pearl of the Gulf' on this 3-hour guided bus tour. Sharjah tour highlights include the Quran Roundabout, the Archaeology Museum of Islamic Civilisation and the Blue Souk. Return travel is included. It departs every day except Fridays at 10:30 from stop 3 (Wafi).