Big Bus Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Big Bus Dubai Hop On Hop Off Tour

From $78.00

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 1 hour 40 minutes to 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Offered in: English


Explore Dubai at your own pace on a double-decker, open-top Big Bus Dubai tour. Admire top Dubai attractions including the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al-Arab, and Old Dubai, and hop on and off at any of the stops around the city to visit souks, malls, and museums as you please. Choose from a 1-day Discover, 2-day Essential, or an Explore 5-day unlimited attraction pass. Tickets include an array of extras like a Dubai Creek cruise, entrance to the Ambassadors Lagoon and Lost Chambers Aquarium and a Desert Safari.
  • Hop-on hop-off Big Bus sightseeing tour of Dubai by open-top bus
  • Choose from a 1-, 2-, or 5-day ticket to suit your independent sightseeing schedule
  • Create your own personalized sightseeing itinerary and explore Dubai at leisure
  • See top Dubai attractions including Al Fahidi Fort, Gold Souk, Spice Souk, and the Burj Khalifa
  • Hop on and off as many times as you like on different routes around Dubai
  • Make use of additional benefits such as an Arabian Dhow Cruise.

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Part of the open-air upper decks of the buses are shaded so you can enjoy elevated views out of the sun.

What's Included

  • Choose from a 24-hr, 48-hr or 5-day Hop-on, Hop-off bus ticket
  • A traditional 1-hour dhow cruise included with all ticket options
  • Lost Chambers Aquarium & Ambassador Lagoon entry (48-hr and 5-day options)
  • Desert sunset tour (5-day option only)
  • Madame Tussauds entry (5-day option only)
  • Audio commentary available in 6 languages
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

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Opening hours

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Ticket redemption point

The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

What To Expect

Dubai is full of contrasts, having transformed from a fishing village into a cosmopolitan city in less than a century. From spectacular skyscrapers to traditional souks, there’s plenty for visitors to see and discover. So, climb aboard the open-top Big Bus sightseeing bus and get to know Dubai with ease.

Enjoy 360-degree views of the sights and hop on and hop off at any of the stops on the routes. Plus, stay aboard and repeat your circuits any number of times during your chosen ticket time — either 1-Day Discover, 2-day Essential, or an Explore 5-day unlimited attraction pass.

Included in your ticket is a range of enjoyable extras, depending on your choice.

Explore the traditional city of Dubai around the Dubai Creek, and visit a wide variety of museums, souks, a fort, an old palace, and historic districts. Experience the thrilling views of Dubai Marina and its stunning waterfront by taking the Marina tour.

See the Itinerary for a list of stops serviced and additional benefits.
Red route - City Tour

14 Stops

11 Points of Interest

Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes

Operating Schedule: Departures from Dubai Mall between 9.00am and 17.00pm. There are 15 stops on the route with a 20 minute frequency. Full Route takes 1 hour 45 minutes. Customers are advised to visit the Big Bus website or to download the Big Bus app to see the most up to date bus stop locations and timings. For live bus tracking on the day of travel - please download the Big Bus App in advance of arrival.

The Dubai Mall


Museum of The Future

Zabeel Palace

Al Seef Marine Transport Station 1


Al Fahidi Street

Old Souk

Heritage Village

Dubai Gold Souk

Dubai Spice Souk

Dubai Creek

Baniyas Road

Dubai Frame

Points of interest passed by on this route

Burj Khalifa

Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark

Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fort

Old Souk

The Dubai Heritage Village

Dubai Gold Souk

Dubai Spice Souk

Palm Jumeirah

Burj Al Arab

Sheikh Zayed Road

The Dubai Mall

Blue route - Beach Tour

11 Stops

10 Points of Interest

Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes

Operating Schedule: Departures from Dubai Mall between 09.00am and 17.00pm. There are 11 stops on the route with a 30 minute frequency. Full Route takes 2 hours 20 minutes. Customers are advised to visit the Big Bus website or to download the Big Bus app to see the most up to date bus stop locations and timings. For live bus tracking on the day of travel - please download the Big Bus App in advance of arrival.

The Dubai Mall

Mall of the Emirates Metro Station

Bluewaters Island

Jumeirah Beach Residence

Skydive Dubai

Cayan Tower

Dubai Media City

The Pointe

Atlantis The Palm

West Beach

Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Points of interest passed by on this route

The Dubai Mall

At the Top

Mall of the Emirates

Ski Dubai

Ain Dubai


Cayan Tower

Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark

Burj Al Arab

Palm Jumeirah

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and to disembark
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Traveler Tips

Due to COVID-19 you are not allowed to get off the bus at all.
Best to do it over a minimum of two days to make the most of it.
Not always on time, which was understandable because of traffic conditions.
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A interesting Tour through the Dubai City
Gisela_S, Mar 2024
Very interesting tour, you can see a lot of Dubai city and the surrounding on Dubai Palm. The bus should drive longer in the evening ( till 8:00pm).
Must do
Kellie_C, Feb 2024
This is a great overview of Dubai and a must do early on in your trip. We visited the new Dubai and the old Dubai. We bought an additional dinner cruise directly through Big Bus - however, I would don't do this cruise. The dinner was very ordinary and overpriced.
Big Bus Company is Great, but Be Careful.
Kevin_K, Jan 2024
Great tour, but be sure you get back on the Big Bus. The other company’s bus is the same color and they even have a Blue route. We asked when we got on if it was the blue route and the driver said “yes.” But it went the opposite direction and we realized it was the other company’s bus. We lost an hour catching up with the Big Red Bus.
Value for money
Lana_R, Jan 2024
This is always good value for money and it gives you an excellent overview of the city. We thorougly enjoyed this way of exploring the city
The best way to sightsee
Jacque_J, Dec 2023
The best part of using Big Bus hop on hop off is getting around to the main attractions without having to rent a car and drive there. Big bus gave me all the information I needed to learn about Dubai and explore this beautiful city of Dubai.
Great for an introduction to the city
Keith_R, Dec 2023
We did the red and blue tour on our first day in dubai, it was an excellent way of seeing the city and understanding where various places of interest were located
Noel_J, Dec 2023
excellent way to see places in Dubai. It covers the old part ( Red line) and modern (blue)..Having Dubai Mall start and end is very good choice and convenient…watch dancing fountain ang Burj Khalifa come alive!!!
Too much waiting time at...
Joseph_N, Nov 2023
Too much waiting time at the stops, nearly 2 hrs at one stop. Considering the heat in Dubai ended up gett8ng a taxi back to hotel
Best bus adventure in town
Lindsey_J, Nov 2023
Wonderful staff. Really helpful, especially Paul. Great you are using ear phones with different languages. All busses get the same information.
Big bus tour
BRIAN_M, Nov 2023
Dubai is too large for a hoo on hoo off bus too much traffic lights and time to get to the attractions too long a wait to get picked up didn’t not enjoy it at all and it was way way too expensive I wish I had booked off the ship it was much cheaper Véry disappointing
Bus ride
Rosalind_F, Nov 2023
I'm sorry, but here was nothing that I really liked or enjoyed about the ride. The audio narration was too much about the people who invested in property.
Desert Safari trip . Great time !
Miriam_D, Nov 2023
The trip is very exciting and price is excellent my trip driver/ photographer is very nice , efficient and welcoming . He made sure everyone had a great time.
An easy way to see Dubai!
Emma_G, Nov 2023
This is a great way to see Dubai! The 2 tours cover the whole of Dubai but it can take almost the whole day without getting off at any stops! I had a one day ticket and managed both routes with a stop off for the Burj Khalifa but didn't have time to do the dhow cruise. If you want to see several sights, and get on/off several times, you will most likely need at least a 2 day ticket! Also, be aware that the traffic can get really heavy towards the end of the day - it took half an hour longer to get to my stop on the blue route, later in the afternoon!
JoAnn_N, Nov 2023
Great Relaxing on the bus Very informative . The driver was very good The bus was great Good information
Worthwhile but book a whole day out to get value for money
Caroline_R, Oct 2023
I had planned an itinerary based around the Dhow times on the website but these were wrong by an hour. This meant we couldn’t do the Dhow trip as we had lunch reservations. We only ended up doing the red route due to the timing issue and this was good but not value for money.
Always fun!
Donna_E, Oct 2023
As always, these tours are a great way to get around and learn more information about the place!! Staff were very helpful!
Impossible to obtain tickets
Nicola_T, Sep 2023
I have written to both Big Bus Dubai and Viator and am waiting for Viator to respond. Big Bus Dubai have apologised but it’s down to Viator to resolve. I booked three trips with Viator costing over £800. We were unable to even obtain the tickets for this one, the tickets had to be redeemed at the mail which was miles away from the city central hotel. The bus refused to allow travel to the mall to convert and even though we did visit the mall on another organised trip with Viator there was not time to collect the tickets. I definitely don’t recommend this trip as obtaining tickets should not be so stressful. The other two trips were the opposite easy and enjoyable.
Hip-On-Hop-Off !! Good Times
Yvette_P, Sep 2023
The Red Line was great but the Blue Line was unable to stop because of traffic jams ! It was dark and sights weren’t able to be seen on the blue line. The Dhow Boat ride was just enough to continue to see and learn about Dubai. Thank You!
Great way to see it all
Anonymous, Sep 2023
It's a great was of seeing all of Dubai in one go, the bus timetable was accurate, however the Commentry was outdated by a couple of years.
Sunset dessert -AMAZING
ats, Sep 2023
Absolutely amazing trip especially the sunset dessert part, we rode camels, horses ( did check the well fare first). Found timings for little river boat difficult to arrange on first day do have planned this for another day.All staff extremely helpful😄

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