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Join the Big Bus Istanbul sightseeing tour for easy access to famous sights and attractions throughout the largest city in Turkey. Two unique routes reveal the city in all its diversity. Travel the 10-stop 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 24 or 48 hours and include a variety of handy offers (see highlights section below). Print your passes at home then exchange them at any of the 17 hop-on hop-off stops.
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Summary

Big Bus Istanbul tickets are valid for 24-48 hours.

Explore every corner of Turkey's largest city from Beylerbeyi Palace to the Golden Horn.

Istanbul Tour Bus Timetables:

Red 'City' Route: See the red route timetable.

Blue 'Golden Horn' Route: See the blue route timetable.

Tour Commentary:

Pre-recorded digital commentary in English, Turkish, Arabic, Russian, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Tour Durations (Full Circuit):

Red 'City' Route: 2 Hours

Blue 'Golden Horn' Route: 1 Hour 15 Mins

Tour Operating Period:

All Year Round (see exceptions to normal operations here)

Price Categories:

Child tickets aged 5-15 years. Children under 5 years travel free of charge. Family tickets cover 2 adults and 2 children.

You can start the Big Bus Istanbul Tour at any its hop-on hop-off stops.

Details

About The Istanbul Sightseeing Bus Tour:

Explore every corner of Istanbul for either 24 or 48 hours 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. 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.

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.

Itinerary

Red (City) Route Bus Tour Stops:

  • 1, Sultanahmet Square
  • 2, Galata Bridge
  • 3, Tophane
  • 4, Istanbul Cruise Port
  • 5, Dolmabahçe Palace
  • 6, Naval Museum
  • 7, Beylerbeyi Palace
  • 8, W Hotel (Akaretler)
  • 9, Taksim Square
  • 10, Hard Rock Café
  • 11, Egyptian Spice Bazaar

Blue (Golden Horn) Route Bus Tour Stops:

  • 20, Sultanahmet Square
  • 21, Galata Bridge
  • 22, Patriarchate
  • 23, Cable Car
  • 24, Dolphinarium
  • 25, Miniatürk
  • 26, Rahmi Koç Museum
  • 27, Egyptian Spice Bazaar

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Helpful ticket usage instructions are listed below.

Important Information & Usage instructions

USAGE INSTRUCTIONS. Please print off the email voucher you receive from this site and take it to any one of the hop-on hop-off bus stops listed below. Big Bus Istanbul staff will exchange it for tour tickets which can used at any point during your chosen validity period (24 or 48 hours).

Map

Istanbul Sightseeing Bus Tour Map

Istanbul Sightseeing Bus Tour Map