Big Bus Istanbul Classic Ticket

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Istanbul is unlike anywhere else on Earth – enriched with mesmerising cultural contrast. Our Istanbul bus tour captures it perfectly – hop on to take the famous journey from Europe to Asia across the Bosphorus Bridge, and hop off to discover the city’s magnificent mosques, palaces and bazaars.

Our hop-on, hop-off Istanbul Bus tour is the perfect introduction to a city that connects Europe and Asia. Enjoy panoramic views of Istanbul’s finest mosques and palaces, including the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Dolmabahçe Palace.

Our 2 Istanbul Sightseeing Routes

With two different bus routes, spanning both Europe and Asia, there is ample opportunity for sightseeing in Istanbul on board our buses. On our City Tour (Red Route) and Golden Horn Tour (Blue Route), you can learn about Turkish culture and tradition.

FREQUENCY Every 30 Minutes
2 Routes Unlimited Hop-On , Hop-Off Bosphorus Boat Tour
2 Great Offers Audio Tour Guide
Free Wifi On Board Naval Museum entre
Guide gratuity

Our Routes

Istanbul has a rich history reflected in its wealth of stunning architecture. Hop off to explore the city’s breathtaking landmarks, including the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Basilica Cistern. You can combine your bus tour with one of our two walking tours, which offer you a closer look at Istanbul’s beautiful landmarks. Discover Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome, the Grand Bazaar, and much more.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour 15 Minutes

Frequency: Every 30 Minutes

Our Routes

Hop-On, Hop-Off Istanbul Day Tour

You can hop on our Istanbul City Tour: Red Route from any of our 11 hop-on, hop-off stops. All buses feature pre-recorded commentary, available in 8 languages. Hop off at Stops 2 and 11 to change to the Golden Horn Tour: Blue Route.

Stop 1

Sultanahmet Square

Between Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia

  • First Bus: 9:15
  • Last Bus: 16:15

Stop 2

Eminonu-Galata Bridge

Layby before bridge.
First Bus: 9:21 Last Bus: 16:21

Stop 3


Nearby Istanbul Modern
First Bus: 9:28 Last Bus: 16:28

Stop 4


Outside Main Cruise Terminal Gate.
First Bus: 9:32 Last Bus: 16:32

Stop 5

Dolmabahçe Palace

Outside Dolmabahce Palace.
First Bus: 9:39 Last Bus: 16:329

Stop 6

Naval Museum ( Free Ticket Included)

Outside Naval Museum
First Bus: 9:45 Last Bus: 16:45

Stop 7

Beylerbeyi Palace

Outside Main Entrance
First Bus: 10:00 Last Bus: 17:00

Stop 8

Out of Service

Stop 9

Taksim Square

Taksim Square
First Bus: 10:30 Last Bus: 17:30

Stop 10

Shishane – Istanbul Modern

Outside British Consulate
First Bus: 10:45 Last Bus: 17:45

Stop 11

Egyptian Spice Bazaar

Outside main bazaar entrance

First Bus: 11:00 Last Bus: 18:00

Hop-On, Hop-Off Istanbul Day Tour

You can hop on our Istanbul Golden Horn Tour: Blue Route from any of our 8 hop-on, hop-off stops. All buses feature pre-recorded commentary, available in 8 languages. Hop off at stops 21 and 27 to change to the Istanbul City Tour: Red Route.

Stop 20

Sultanahmet Square

In front of the Blue Mosque

First Bus: 10:00 Last Bus: 16:00

Stop 21

Eminonu-Galata Bridge

Layby before bridge.

First Bus: 10:06 Last Bus: 16:06

Stop 22


Beside Halic Sair Nedim Park.

First Bus: 10:17 Last Bus: 16:17

Stop 23

Cable Car

Opposite cable car.

First Bus: 10:25 Last Bus: 16:25

Stop 24


In front of Dolphinarium

First Bus: 10:30 Last Bus: 16:30

Stop 25


Main Car Park.

First Bus: 10:35 Last Bus: 16:35

Stop 26

Rahmi Koç Museum

Outside museum

First Bus: 10:45 Last Bus: 16:45

Stop 27

Egyptian Spice Bazaar

Outside main bazaar entrance

First Bus: 11:00 Last Bus: 17:00

50 reviews for Big Bus Istanbul Classic Ticket

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    This was really inexpensive and , having limited time in Istanbul this is a great thing to do – also it was raining and therefore walking was not a great option. We saw lots of things we could do if we returned. They have two routes – the blue and the red. They overlap a bit at the start but still great for letting you get you bearings.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Roberto M

    Buen trato por parte de faruk y nos regalo cruzero por el bosforo.merece la pena el visitar en autobus para hacerte una idea de estambul luego puedes bajarte donde quieras .el trato muy bueno

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Maha K

    Our experience with the big bus Istanbul and our customer service provider Mr.Mertcan was great.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    Very nice trip and Faruk was the greatest man to help as to get e big day in Istanbul. Istanbul is a very good place to visit 😊 *****

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    It whos first time and i like so much. U can see lot of things. But ilike more the person u cat our ticket it who’s fine crazy with good way i have that feeling we freands many years. And that person is RAHMI

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dov A

    It is fairly possible to do both routes in the same day, and even visit in detail some key attractions. Suggest planning spending time in Sultanahmet park, visiting both Blue Mosque and Aya Sophia, and sepping off in Taksim square and walking down to Galata bridge. The two-days offer allows for much better coverage if you have the time. Don’t reccommend extyending the option to the water bus, there are much better cruises (especially on the small local boats)

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Muhammad S

    Big bus istanbul
    Toured the whole Istanbul within 2 days!! I mean how better can it get. It was pleasent and joyful especially if you’re there for a short stay. The staff were lovely, kind and professional. Especially one which i recall his name being Ayyaz. He was really professional, friendly, was able to provide you with every single information, spoke several languages and very polite. If you were to imagine your experience with big bus istanbul, Ayyaz will probably be in your mind. A pure representative of big bus istanbul just standing right in front of you. Professionalism at its finest. Pretty much Ayyaz sums up the whole big bus istanbul company and because of staff like him, he puts a good reputation on big bus istanbul. Defo would recommend and use big bus istanbul next time. The price is perfect and affordable and makes sense. We paid 40 dollars each for 2 days. The best thing about big bus istanbul was that you can hop on and off at spots were you can explore further and still a bus would come. The view from within the bus was perfect. The commentary from the auto audio was excellent. Overall, 5 out of 5 from me for big bus istanbul and Ayyaz. Worth it

  8. Rated 5 out of 5


    Very good information about Istanbul
    If you want to see and learn more about Istanbul this Big Bus tour was really good. We was doing the tour for 1 day and learn a lot about the city. This is well worth to do for anyone.
    Our bus support Ghizlane took well cara of us and was really helpsome!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5


    Good manager from BigBus
    Bigbus manager Faruk is very proactive and attentive. He helps us not only deal with the schedule and find a stop, but also find the most delicious burek in Istanbul. Thanks to him!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Edit L

    Absolutely satisfied!
    I came to Istambul for a short holiday, so i decided to try the BigBus for discover this beautiful city. The tour does a good job of hitting all the top spots, i got all the interesting information what i wanted. Im absolutely satisfied with the service, especially thanks to the friendly guy called Momo who was selling the tickets, he is so helpful and funny, he made my day 🙂 You guys are doing a great job, thank you all, thank you Momo!

  11. Rated 4 out of 5

    Benjamin G

    Big bus Istanbul
    Big bus made getting to the attractions very easy and the audio on the bus was a nice touch. Faruk sold me the ticket and helped me every time I needed a time or even buying a transit card. He remembered me every time I saw him over the week I was in Istanbul.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5


    Big bus tour…
    We bought 48 hours tour which included 2 hours boat trip as well, it is the best way to explore Istanbul city, the two routes red and blue covers most of the attractions.

    The only drawback is difficult to find bus after 4 pm, due to peak hours on the road but if you have Istanbul travel card then it is easy to travel from point A to B.
    It is very similar to oyster card in london.
    Hope this helps.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5


    Big bus tour istanbul
    If you want to see the beautiful Istanbul then this is a must tour, you will have choice to use 2 routes and tickets will be valid for 48 hours so you can travel as many times within this limit, its excellent knowledge sharing journey a must do

  14. Rated 3 out of 5


    Tomamos el día de hoy un Tour alrededor de Istanbul. El servicio de Nergis nos pareció excelente desde que nos montamos hasta que terminamos el recorrido. El tiempo del recorrido es de 2 horas y puedes ver lo mejor de la ciudad.

  15. Rated 4 out of 5

    Umair A

    Best way to start Istanbul tour from Sultanahmet Square, easy to hop on and hop off at sightseeings, attractions and awesome restaurants. Big Bus runs two routes : blue and red route, both are covered by same ticket but different buses. Staff was very friendly and helpful especially Mertcan. We purchased 1 day ticket and got 2nd day free ticket….used it for 2 days and covered major attractions in this amazing city. Looking forward to come back here soon.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5


    Great way to see İstanbul if you’re in a tight timeline. We did both red and blue tours over an afternoon. Good value. Beware traffic though….

  17. Rated 5 out of 5


    We took the hop on/hop off bus to visit around the city and it was beautiful, the complimentary audio guide was really informative and gave us knowledge on religion, culture and history of the city.
    The bus has free WiFi which was great too!
    Definitely recommend!

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Oumaiima B

    Thanks for making our trip amazing, and Big thanks for Abderahim he’s a very helpful ,smiling and respectful guy. Its him who recommended this circuit for us with big bus

  19. Rated 4 out of 5

    Lidija G

    I visit Istanbul and used a bigbus. They have a very polite personal, especially Abderrahum from Maroko,he was nice. THANK YOU!

  20. Rated 5 out of 5


    big bus istanbul it’s one of the greatest experience in my all visite to istanbul not first time but first time with big bus team the staff is very nice and i love my travel in red bus with melek she was serveble and happy face all the time . thank you all

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brahim T

    Bon rapport qualité-prix
    personnel très agréable, sympathique et souriant (merci particulièrement à Abdelaziz et Saïd).

    Forfait bus et tour en bateau sur le Bosphore pour approximativement 40 euros par personne.
    Deux heures de traversée sur le Bosphore et deux circuits en bus (circuits bleu et rouge) valables 24 heures…
    A faire…

  22. Rated 5 out of 5


    I visited Istanbul in March 2019. I was looking for some good service to see Istanbul, near Eminönü tram station a smart guy Abdul Rahim guided my for BigBus. I was a great experience with Big Bus I saw all the attractions in one go Thanks for Company I recommend my friends for this great service

  23. Rated 5 out of 5


    When I became ill in Istanbul and did not want to spend my time in the hotel bed, I decided to go on a big bus tour from Sultanahmet Square. The ticket is quite expensive, but it is valid for 24 hours and for different tours. I went on several tours and saw very much of Istanbul. Thus I was also taken to places I would probably never have seen alone, e.g. at the back of the Halic region. I could take a lot of photos, too. Once I went on the last tour of the day. It was getting dark and the light went on everywhere. We went across one of the bridges to Asia, and in Camlica we had a longer pause. Time was enough for me to eat and drink something in a restaurant with panorama windows. You could see the skyline of European Istanbul. The bridge was lit and it was changing colours all the time. Very nice. If you do this tour you must inform yourself if you can easily get back to your hotel. Or you can hop off at Taksim, for example, and spend the evening there. I do not regret having paid the amount for the ticket, but honestly, if you want to go on one tour only, you should not buy the expensive ticket. Besides, it should not rain at all…

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dijana M

    We had a great experience with the bus, we took a one day card and used it for both bus lines (red and blue) and also for the boat ride. Big thank you to one of their employees Sohrab who literally ran with us so we can catch the last blue-line bus, made our day really 🙂

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Felicia Adela D

    It was a great experience with the Big Bus Tours.
    it was the most beautiful moment with you and hope to return it again and thank Ayoub who was very nice.
    He is professional, intelligent and very funny salesman.
    He improves the treatment with customers.
    Thank you for everything you have provided us.

  26. Rated 5 out of 5


    If you want to see and learn more about Istanbul this Big Bus tour was really good. We was doing the tour for 1 day and learn a lot about the city. This is well worth to do for anyone.
    Our bus support Ghizlane took well cara of us and was really helpsome!

  27. Rated 5 out of 5


    Eccellente, servizio gentilissimo e professionalità assoluta. Il tour tocca, come al solito, tutte le attrattive turistiche di maggior interesse. Puntuale e comodo, sempre nel limite consentito dal traffico di una città di 13 milioni di abitanti. LO CONSIGLIO VIVAMENTE

  28. Rated 5 out of 5


    Я купила у вас билет BIG BUS и не разу не пожалел об этом потому – что ваши сотрудники помогли мне, особенно Asel она все мне объяснила доступна и понятно, благодаря ей я сэкономила много времени и в то же время побывала во многих красивых мест.
    Спасибо большое вам BIG BUS

  29. Rated 5 out of 5


    merhabalar kendım konya’da yasamaktayım eşim ile ilk defa gelmıs oldugum ıstanbul’da sultanahmet’de sızın otobus turunuza katıldık gormus oldugumuz ve tadını çıkardıgımız istanbul’un eşsız guzellıgıne vesıle oldugunuz ıcın sızlere tesekkuru borc bıldım gercekten esımle beraber cok keyıf aldık soguk ve yagıslı havada istanbul’u ancak bukadar guzel tanıya bılırdık çalısanınız yabancı uyruklu bayan Asel hanımada,aracı kullanan beyefendıye de sızın aracılıgınızla bırkez daha tesekkur etmek ısterım insallah yaz aylarında çocuklarımızla beraber tekrar tura katılıcaz basarılarınızın devamını dılerım görüşmek üzere…

  30. Rated 4 out of 5

    Amerisa K

    Very good transfer and very helpful staff, easy to find it. Thank you all and especially Ulas he is the best.

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Basilis L

    It was a nice experience. If you want to see the Whole city Just take the big bus. Tge stuff was really kind and especially ULAS, my favourite guy! Greetings from batzanakis!!

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    Edit L

    I came to Istambul for a short holiday, so i decided to try the BigBus for discover this beautiful city. The tour does a good job of hitting all the top spots, i got all the interesting information what i wanted. Im absolutely satisfied with the service, especially thanks to the friendly guy called Momo who was selling the tickets, he is so helpful and funny, he made my day 🙂 You guys are doing a great job, thank you all, thank you Momo!

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    Raj K

    Stops at many locations. Great city. Take the tour bus only if u dont want to explore the trams and local transport.

  34. Rated 5 out of 5


    Easy cheap and convenient way to see all the sights… was a little skeptic but the man to assure us of a great adventure was FARUK what a gentleman polite and funny guy absolute champion…

  35. Rated 5 out of 5


    I was in Istanbul during a spate of bad weather (wall to wall rain) and the bus was a good way of getting round the city without trundling on and off the tram. I used both routes and saw parts of the city I would have otherwise missed. All the staff were incredibly friendly.

  36. Rated 5 out of 5


    Thoroughly enjoyed the Big Bus Istanbul tours. Faruk was excellent im explaining the package which included a cruise on the Bospherous. Highly recommend this company.

  37. Rated 5 out of 5


    Great tour! We did the premium 48 hours with Bosforo cruise. It is a great way to get a good overview of the city.

  38. Rated 5 out of 5


    Nice ride i took the red line it was good aroubd 3 hours of detailed explanation and wide information

  39. Rated 5 out of 5


    Excellent experience. Izmail speaks English and perfect Spanish. Very friendly and helpful. The tour is very good to have a broad understanding of Istanbul

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    Yasemin C

    Very lucky Guy, man kann vieles mit dieser Bus Tour entdecken. Zwischendurch kann man ohne Probleme aus- und wieder einsteigen.

  41. Rated 5 out of 5


    If short of money go round to check out visits. I stayed mainly in Sultanahmet apart from big bus trips ferry trips and air con tram trips.If short of time use the red route most though either will take you to Galata Bridge with interesting places to eat and a fish market to wander offers lots of places you want to get off.Visit Galata tower,look,eat in restaurant beside it which offers small plates of food from all over Turkey.Wonderful food & helpful staff. Tower had a queue as free to locals on Thursday. We went to Richmond Hotel(Google it) who have a beautiful restaurant on top but we’re happy to serve coffee mid afternoon & open windows to facilitate photos. A better view and a lift & coffee.

  42. Rated 5 out of 5


    We bought tickets outside the Blue Mosque on the day we wished to travel. There was no problem and everything was simple: printed ticket and English language guide.

    The Big Bus operates two routes: blue and red. It is suggested that you travel to an attraction and “jump off” and then rejoin after you have seen the attraction. On the first day we did not do this but stayed on the bus for the full tours. This was a very easy way to get a quick idea of the main attractions and the diversity of the city. On the second day we visited a small number of places.

    In our opinion it takes time to see the attractions so we felt it better to concentrate on the second day. On subsequent days we visited other areas seen on the “Big Bus” on day one.

    We felt that the tour was very good and we recommend that any person does the same.

  43. Rated 5 out of 5


    Istanbul has good attraction area. The tour gave some good information, however, general information such as population number for Istanbul was missing. The staffs were having difficulty in communication with the tourists. Basically, language barrier was the main reason why they could not provide proper information asked to them. And they did not provide brochures for tourists as guide. While first tour was okay, the second was delayed like half an hour to forty five minutes. And in addition to this, no discounts given for tickets, cruise or museum. I recommend for first time visitorto Istanbul to use this tour to give general information about the city’s interesting places.

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ed R

    We did both lines over the course of two days and found it good value. The best bit was certainly going over the Bosphorus Bridge into Asia, especially if you are sitting at the top. Our almost 4 year old son enjoyed both trips. Commentary and info was pretty good although the music they play while there is no talking is rather loud. As an overview of the city, very good. If you want to get off at one of the less used stops I suggest you let the driver know – we wanted to get off at Transport Museum but he only stopped for a few seconds so we hadn’t even got out of our seats before he left again!

  45. Rated 5 out of 5


    Excelent idea. We really like the time we spend in this trip. Both routes are carefully designed and well operated. Only half day and we visit most of the important spots of a big capital . That’s quite impressive. Plus , we bought 2 day pass and took impressive pictures of Istanbul , travel around all the places that we want to see and shop around in several places without spending money for the transportation. We wait maximum 10 min for the next bus which is impressive with the heavy traffic in Istanbul. Definitely worth the money that you pay , you even get more if you use it wisely 🙂

  46. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mags Y

    The Big Bus tour is always a must in exploring a new city. It’s best to do this during your first few days in Istanbul. You get to see an overview of the city in a short amount of time. We did both the red and blue line which took us to both the Asian and European side of Istanbul. I enjoyed crossing the Bosphorus bridge, which is one of the 2 bridges that connects Asia and Europe.

    The bus had an audio guide which explained key landmarks and monuments as you pass them by and they also offered free wifi onboard which was really a plus factor. You can upload your pictures taken from the bus tour instantly.

    Since this is a Hop-On Hop-Off, you might want to plan your day well and try to get off in key places and catch the next bus which comes every 30 minutes. The bus tour starts at 9am and ends at 6pm.

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    oana m

    we enjoyed the tours (both the red line and the blue line) and I truly believe it is a must in the first days of your stay – you can easily take a quick look of everything and then decide what you want to see or where you want to stop; plus, it is a hop on hop off.
    They also have wifi on the bus which works very well and they also have an app which has all the details of all the points of interest on each route – just in case you missed it when the audio guide explained 🙂

  48. Rated 5 out of 5

    amanda g

    Hoped on this right out side the Cruise terminal.
    We traveled right over the big bridge into Asia.
    This tour is hop on hop off… but we took the ride all round and dint get off much.

  49. Rated 5 out of 5

    Marie S

    always do a big bus tour in a new city as it give you a taste of what you would like to do and see. Good value.

  50. Rated 5 out of 5


    Hop-on Hop-off buses are very popular and available in most big cities of the World, so I will not enter into the details of the system and its advantages-disadvantages. For us is always a good way to get around the city with perfect view from the open upper deck of the bus and then stepping out to visit the attractions you want at your own pace. Clearly the bus tour is not a substitution to walking through the streets of Sultanhamed or Taksim! The ticket is cheaper if you buy it online ( and we took the 48h option which was only 5€ extra. The best is (if you have the time) to do the two available tours in two days.
    In the Red Tour as a minimum I recommend to step out at the Galata Bridge /Egyptian Bazaar to inmerse yourself with the crowds in the markets, boat restaurants at the piers and to enjoy the view of the New Mosquee and Topkapi. The other stop Taksim with the interesting area, where you can take the old tram of Istiklal commercial street.
    The Blue Tour repeats the Sultanhamed part and then goes into the Golden Horn. I recommend to step out at the Cable Car and enjoy the view from the top (see photo). If you are with kids you probably should stop at the Miniature park and at the Museum.
    We did not have very good experience with the Istanbul taxis, they manipulate the meter or ignore it, drive fast and few of the drivers spoke english so I could not recommend a taxi as an option versus the Big Bus. The public transport is modern and works perfectly with the Instanbul card that you should purchase in advance, we used it as well, but also not a real competitor with the Hop-on Hop-off. Trams are packed full with people most of the time. As extra I would recommend you board a ship for a round tour on the Bosphorous in the late afternoon.

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