About The Big Bus Istanbul Tour:
Join the Big Bus Istanbul sightseeing tour and enjoy easy access to famous sights and attractions throughout Turkey's largest city. Two routes reveal the city in all its diversity.
Travel the red route to discover highlight landmarks throughout the European Beyoğlu and Golden Horn districts, then cross into Asia by visiting Beylerbeyi Palace.
The blue route starts by circling the Golden Horn before venturing into Istanbul's northern suburbs. Tickets are valid for either 1 or 2 days and include a variety of handy offers.
- All Year Round, Daily.
- Digital Audio: English, Turkish, Arabic, Russian, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
Tour Times / Frequency:
- Red Route: 09:00 to 17:00, every 30 minutes.
- Blue Route: 09:45 to 17:45, every 60 minutes.
- Various, see Map Download.
- Red Route: 2 Hours.
- Blue Route: 1 Hour 15 Minutes.
- Audio Guide (Headphones Included).
- Free On-Board Wi-Fi.
- Printed Tour Map & Leaflet.
- Free Mobile App (Downloadable On Bus).
- Wheelchair Accessible Buses.
Explore every corner of Istanbul for either 1 or 2 days aboard the Big Bus Istanbul sightseeing tour. This fun and convenient hop-on hop-off service lets you come and go as much as you please across two unique tour routes.
Red 'City' Route:
Take the red 'city' route to enjoy a comprehensive overview of Istanbul's European and Asian halves.
You'll discover important sights throughout the Beyoğlu district such as Taksim Square, Tophane and the Dolmabahçe Palace. Crossing the Bosphorus bridge into Asia you'll also be able to hop off at Beylerbeyi Palace, and riding across the Galata Bridge onto the Golden Horn will take you to the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Egyptian Bazaar and more.
| 11 Stops:
- 1) Sultanahmet Square (Between Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia).
- 2) Galata Bridge (Layby before bridge).
- 3) Tophane (Near Istanbul Modern).
- 4) Port (Outside Main Cruise Terminal Gate).
- 5) Dolmabahçe Palace.
- 6) Naval Museum.
- 7) Beylerbeyi Palace.
- 8) W Hotel.
- 9) Taksim Square.
- 10) Hard Rock Cafe (Outside British Consulate).
- 11) Egyptian Spice Bazaar (Main Entrance).
Blue 'Golden Horn' Route:
Go beyond the Golden Horn by joining the blue route, which travels to the suburbs north of the district.
Along the way you'll encounter St Stephen Church, also known as the Bulgarian Iron Church due to its steel frame construction. It's a prominent place of worship within the Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople, itself headquartered in the Fener district of Fatih. Hop off here to learn more about Istanbul's ancient Christian community, or take a stroll westwards to discover the restored remains of the Theodosian Walls.
By remaining with the blue route buses you'll eventually reach the Eyüp Gondola, an aerial cable car that ferries passengers from the banks of the Golden Horn up towards Pierre Loti Hill. Hop off and ascend this vantage point for breathtaking views of Istanbul.
The next two stops on the blue route feature Miniatürk mini Turkey park, and the Rahmi M. Koc Museum, an attraction that focuses on transport and engineering history. From here the buses make a stop-off at the Egyptian Bazaar before returning to Sultanahmet Square.
| 8 Stops:
- 20) Sultanahmet Square (Between Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia).
- 21) Galata Bridge (Layby before bridge).
- 22) Patriarchate (Beside Halic Sair Nedim Park).
- 23) Cable Car.
- 24) Dolphinarium.
- 25) Miniatürk (Car Park).
- 26) Rahmi Koç Museum.
- 27) Egyptian Spice Bazaar (Main Entrance).