Big Bus Istanbul Premium Ticket

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[whatsapp_contact] 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
2 Great Offers Audio Tour Guide
Bosphorus Boat Tour Naval Museum
Free Wifi On Board
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

46 reviews for Big Bus Istanbul Premium Ticket

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Robert B

    Thanks Nadir, ir was a great experience driving around and visiting all great historical places. …

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    Очень понравилось и очень доброжелательное обслуживание, отличился и очень запомнился Rahmi!!! Очень понравилось!!!👍👍👍

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    Very helpful, informative and friendly – particularly Ulas.

    Great way to get your bearings and a very flexible timetable.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ruwantha L

    Its worthy for those who have spare time on your first visit. Went on the Blue line but missed the red line due to heavy traffic and blue but took 20 mins extra time.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    Совершили поездку c Big Bus Istanbul в декабре 2018г. Билет на 48 часов + кораблик по Босфору (2,5 часа)- 40 евро. Проехали по красному и синему маршруту. Для того, чтобы получить представление об огромном городе этого достаточно.
    Могу порекомендовать для тех, кто первый раз в Стамбуле. На маршруте выдают карту города с основными достопримечательностями + наушники для аудиогида (есть на русском, англ. и других языках). Wi Fi в салоне автобуса работал отлично.
    Понравился сервис, пунктуальность.Сотрудники вежливые и приветливые.Гид Umar ответил на все интересующие нас вопросы , за что ему хочется сказать слова благодарности. Очень приятно, что люди так качественно выполняют свою работу!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alex A

    I think, this is best way

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    La bella Turchia

    Merhaba Biz monica belluci ed sifredi..becali pasta pizza lasagnia etc..en buyuk selam var bizden..hersey icin cok tesekurederim cok guzel siz ve arkadaslar ve soforler bize yardim eti..good luck in live and in love..size seviyorum

  8. Rated 5 out of 5


    Nice ride
    Very good for a rapid overview of Istanbul!
    In my opinion a little bit to expensive!
    The tour pass through the most important points of Istanbul!
    It takes around four hours.
    Worth the money anyway

  9. Rated 5 out of 5


    Big Bus Istanbul
    We met Muhammed Mihet who answered all our questions while waiting for the bus. Awesome customer service, bending over backwards to help, wow

  10. Rated 5 out of 5


    Mrs Hazel was a great tour guide Very friendly and welcoming.I had a nice tour the staff speaks multiple languages. I highly recommend. I will be glad tout comeback again Special thanks to Hazel

  11. Rated 5 out of 5


    Good value!
    I and my wife stayed in Üsküdar, where we luckily met someone who speaks English very well: Resad of BigBus. The tours were very interesting with good audio comments and Resad’s advises in many ways were very helpful. Tesekkür ederim, Resad!

  12. Rated 5 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!

  13. 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

  14. Rated 4 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.

  15. Rated 4 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

  16. Rated 5 out of 5


    We traveled in september 2018 the wheater was still nice and warm, the hop-on-hop-off is a good ideea because we took it and stopped at different places to visit, but still there is no time to visit to much , so I advise people to buy 48 h trip.

  17. Rated 4 out of 5


    The Big Bus tour gives you a good idea about other places you can explore . Istanbul is a huge city with so many interesting places to see and the tour offers hundreds of opportunities to photograph some wonderful views from the bridges and other areas which are not easily accessible otherwise . Money well spent !

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Francois F

    Very good tour with good historical informations.
    Friendly and helpful staff.
    You can see every site in Istanbul.
    We got a free tour by sea of the Bosphorus.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5


    These buses are a great way to see everything in summary so that you can decide what you want to see. You can hop off at key points, visit and then jump back on. There is an audio narrative on headphones in 8 languages. The sound quality is good and the information interesting and relevant. There are 2 bus routes; red and blue, which pretty much cover all interesting sites. Just be careful that you know what time the last bus runs so you don’t get stranded.
    Very good value for money.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Marita B

    Istanbul is so incredibly huge. We didn’t know where to start to explore the city and how to get around. So this was an excellent way for us! Althouh it was quite pricy we thought, it was worth it. We felt we got to see all the main attractions in the city and different parts of the city.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5


    The bus leaves and returns to a central location between Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque, the trip proved to be an up close view of some of the very old city streets and monuments, and a breathtaking view crossing the Bosphorus to Asia.The information via headsets provided a wealth of detail, definitely recommend this tour.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5


    The hop on hop off bus was brilliant to use, it was very formative. There are two routes the red and blue. We got discount at the end of the day as we came late, well worth it.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5


    We had taken two Days tickets and can cover most of the attractions in Istanbul.. it is value for money !

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Peter P

    We missed it in our last trip in Istanbul and will definitely give it a go in our next trip. Istanbul is our favourable destination and we look forward to return.

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Richard M

    Some busses had audio systems better than others. Either way, if bring your own headset you will get a lot more out of the tour. The busses ran every hour, which meant to hop off to see something taking only minutes was not a good idea because then you had to wait forty or fifty minutes for the next bus. The tour itself, however, was great.

  26. Rated 5 out of 5


    I only had a couple of days to spend in Istanbul, and knowing very little about its history or culture I decided to buy a Big Bus ticket for a quick overview and orientation. Faruk was very helpful in explain ing the benefits of the different ticket options, and I opted for the 48 hour pass, which entitled my to unlimited trips on both the red route and the blue route. I also paid an extra couple of Euros for a 2 hour Bosphorus boat tour, which although there was no commentary, it gave me an excellent view of different parts of Istanbul and the Bosphorus. I recommend the Big Bus tour for anyone who is unfamiliar with Istanbul and either has limited time or wants an orientation and a brief background at the beginning of a longer stay.

  27. Rated 5 out of 5


    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!

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Muhammad S

    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

  29. Rated 5 out of 5


    There is just so much to see of Istanbul. The Big Bus Tour is a great way to start. You can choose to get off and explore an attraction and just wait for the next bus to proceed to the next attraction.
    The starting point near the Blue Mosque was just apt. The staff were so helpful and kind. Rahmi even offered us to stay in the bus while we wait for our tour of Top Kapi because it started snowing.
    Highly recommended if you want to have a quick overview of the city.

  30. Rated 5 out of 5


    We a had great journey during a whole cold and rainy day in January. Buses were clean and the drivers drive smoothly and nice. We got a good experience and learned a lot about attractions in Istanbul. I’d like to thank all the staff specially Mr. ULAS who got smile all the time and fill you with lots of info about buses, routes, attractions and so on. He never gets tired to answer you and he’s very helpful.

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Benjamin G

    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.

  32. Rated 5 out of 5


    Very convenient way to see Istanbul. No need to worry about which tram or bus to take. It takes you the major tourist destination. Staff are full of energy and very friendly especially Ulas, who is stationed at the Sultanahmet stop. The only downside to this tour is that the Bosphorus Cruise, which is included in a 48-hour ticket, is only available on Saturdays and Sundays.

  33. Rated 5 out of 5


    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.

  34. Rated 5 out of 5


    Per quanto riguarda il bus …non posso dire che la mia esperienza è stata delle migliori.
    Sicuramente il periodo non è dei migliori per il turismo in Turchia a gennaio.
    Il servizio comunque non rispetta gli orari che vengo comunicati e se la giornata è fredda e piovosa tocca aspettare dove capita il bus che passa , sempre mai puntuale.
    Il giro che fa è corto e non arriva a tutti i punti di attrazioni, conviene girare con i mezzi o taxi alla fine si spende uguale se non meno e arrivi anche a visitare moschee non menzionate sulla mappa.
    Istanbul è molto bella e vale la pena visitare ogni angolo…che diventa una scoperta

  35. Rated 5 out of 5


    … auch hier fehlt es an echter Organisation. Wir haben, sowohl die blaue, als auch die rote Tour gebucht. Beide Touren haben ihre Highlights, und trotz des heftigen Istanbuler Verkehrs haben wir uns gut amüsiert.
    Leider kam es zu einigen Missverständnissen. So wurden uns Freikarten zum Miniatürk versprochen, von denen man dann wiederum nichts wusste. Leider ist das oftmals typisch dort.
    Irgendwann gewöhnt man sich an diesen Zustand, dennoch muss man eben dann mit einer mäßigen Bewertung rechnen.
    Falls sie keinen anderen Zugang zur Stadt haben, kann ich Ihnen die Tour empfehlen. Dennoch bohren Sie genau nach und glauben Sie nicht alles, was man Ihnen erzählt.

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joyce G

    I had a day in Istanbul while on transit and taking the Big Bus made it very easy for me to enjoy Istanbul. The explanations were clear and informative and helped me to utilize my day well

  37. Rated 5 out of 5


    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

  38. Rated 5 out of 5


    We were helped by Faruk who explained everything clearly to us. Had a great laugh with him, super friendly.
    The tour itself took us all over Istanbul and all the major sights that you want to see. Take the two day option and then you can do the boat cruise as well.
    Again, thank you Faruk!

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sasa B

    Faruk was very nice & helpful. Ask for him at the port. Great tour, great staff !! Nice & easy way to see Istanbul

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    Андрей С

    добрый день! Big Bus рекомендую всем кто в Стамбуле первые разы. Если селиться в отеле Idylle, билеты предлагают в подарок! но даже за 100€ семейный купил бы – можно два дня выходить на любой остановке и гулять, потом по тому же билету ехать на следующем автобусе дальше. Два маршрута – красный и синий. Карту прилагаю на фотке. Дают новые наушники (не б/у как в самолетах) для аудиогида пока едешь, есть русский язык в экскурсии. Кто придумал тему с Big bus – молодец!!!

  41. Rated 5 out of 5


    2 schöne Touren durch Istanbul mit Audio-Guide, freundlicher Service, Preis-Leistung passt bei Nutzung des 48h-Tickets

  42. Rated 5 out of 5


    Teníamos 3 días para conocer Estambul y decidimos tomar para un día, nos dio un panorama general y un poco más de información sobre los sitios turísticos más importantes. Con trato amable por parte de quienes trabajan en el bus, como Mertcan, quien nos indicó que había WiFi y la clave sin que nosotros le tuviéramos que preguntar. Poder compartir el viaje en tiempo real con mis amigos al otro lado del mundo es excelente.

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mauricio C

    I have visited Istanbul with my parents from Dec 10 to Dec 14, on Dec-11 and 12 we enjoyed the big bus tour visiting many tourist places. Mr. Mertcan our customer service provider was very cooperative with us. He assisted us in a professional and kindly manner. Thanks a lot Mertcan. God Bleessed You.

  44. Rated 5 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.

  45. Rated 5 out of 5


    E’ il classico Tour Hop-On Hop-Off che troviamo in tutte le grandi (e spesso piccole cittadine) in giro per il mondo. Un modo semplice per avvicinarsi alle attrazioni e salire e scendere a piacimento per le visite senza preoccuparsi dei percorsi di tram e bus. Le fermate sono ben contraddistinte da quelle dei mezzi urbani e il wi-fi è gratuito.

  46. Rated 5 out of 5


    Manager Faruk is really friendly. This tourist bus is a good way to see the main attractions. Enjoy it!

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