Dubai Big Bus

Dubai Big Bus Tours

Explore the diversity of Dubai with a tour onboard a premier double-decker bus. And, the best way to see these the historic sights and landmark buildings of Dubai and even cruise the nearby Arabian Gulf or the Dubai Creek with a Dubai Hop On Hop Off tour

The Big Bus Dubai Hop On Hop Off tour allows you to explore all of the city’s exciting offerings hassle-free. Hop onto one of these air-conditioned buses and hop off at any of the numerous stops to take a closer look at desired attractions.

Why Choose Dubai Big Bus Tours?

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Big Bus is one of Dubai’s top tourist travel options. This Hop On Hop Off tour is the best way to see the city’s sights. Choose between 1- and 2- day packages across two different routes, the Red Route, or City Tour, and the Blue Route, or Beach Tour. 

Once you’re done sightseeing in a particular area, you can hop back on any of the Big Bus vehicles to continue your journey. 

The Bug Bus tour provides visitors with rides that are comfortable and hassle-free, with audio guides in 12 different languages, and free access to certain museums in the city. Also enjoy a complimentary dhow cruise with Premium Tickets.

Your Dubai Big Bus Ticket Options Explained

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Big Bus Classic: 1 Day HOHO Ticket

  • Get a 1-Day ticket and see the best of Dubai from a double-decker open-top bus. 
  • Stops at all the major sights such as Dubai Mall, Marina Mall, Museum of the Future, Burj Khalifa, JBR Walk, Atlantis The Palm, and Burj Al Arab.
  • Listen to an audio guide in 12 languages and learn more about the city’s landmarks. 

Cost: AED 252

Flexible Cancelation Policy: Get a full refund on canceling this ticket up to 24 hours in advance.

Discounted Ticket: Infants aged 0-4 can ride for free. Children aged 5-15 enjoy reduced pricing when carrying a valid photo ID.

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Big Bus Premium: 2 Day HOHO Ticket

  • A 2-Day ticket that will let you see the best of Dubai from a double-decker bus. 
  • Stops at all the major sights such as Dubai Mall, Atlantis The Palm, and Burj Al Arab
  • Enjoy a complimentary dhow cruise with this ticket.
  • Listen to an audio guide in 12 languages and learn more about the city’s landmarks. 

Cost: AED 315

Flexible Cancelation Policy: Get a full refund on canceling this ticket up to 24 hours beforehand.

Discounted Ticket: Infants aged 0-4 can ride for free. Children aged 5-15 enjoy reduced pricing when carrying a valid photo ID.

Dubai Big Bus Tour Timetable

Red Route

  • Timings: 10 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Frequency: 30 minutes
  • Loop: 1 hr 20 minutes

Blue Route

  • Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM
  • Frequency: 40 minutes
  • Loop: 2 hr 15 minutes

Dhow Cruise

  • Timings: Daily at 11 AM & 2 PM
  • Start Point: Arabian Dhow Cruise Stop on the Red Route

Dubai City Sightseeing Bus Tour Routes

Red Route (City Tour)

The Red Route travels around important locations around Dubai and is perfect for exploring the history-rich, diverse city. The route starts at the Dubai Mall with the Downtown Discovery Walk and the world-famous Burj Khalifa. Highlights are Burjuman, the Al Fahidi Fort, the Arabian Old Souk, Heritage Village, Spice and Gold Souk, Riviera, Deira City Centre, and the Wafi Courtyard. 

It's perfect for those looking to see Dubai’s entertainment areas, historic monuments traditional marketplaces, and other shopping centers.

This route lasts for around 90 minutes. The first bus starts from the Dubai Mall at 8:50 AM

Blue Route (Beach Tour)

The Green Route is perfect for visitors that want to see Dubai’s highlights and love the beach. It starts at the Dubai Mall, where you can visit the nearby Burj Khalifa or partake in the Downtown Discovery Walk. 

The tour progresses throughout the city and the remarkable Marina. Highlights of this route are the Jumeirah Public Beach, the Mall of the Emirates (which has Ski Dubai, an indoor ski resort), followed by JBR Walk, Promenade, Ain Dubai, Media City, The Pointe and ends at the exemplary Atlantis The Palm.

This route lasts around 135 minutes. The first bus starts from the Dubai Mall at 9 AM

Suggested Dubai City Sightseeing Itineraries

Here are some suggested City Sightseeing HOHO routes you can follow in Dubai:

1 Day Itinerary
2 Days Itinerary
3 Days Itinerary
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If you plan to sightsee across Dubai for just a day then the Red Route on the Big Bus hop on hop off tour is your best bet. The route has 9 stops located near the city’s most famous offerings, with many other attractions also present in nearby areas.

The Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa, the Al Fahidi Fort, the Spice and Gold Souk along with the Wafi Courtyard are a must-see on this route. These iconic locations have been maintained in pristine condition and many have been rebuilt over the years.

The Red route is ideal for a 1-day exploration of Dubai but if you’re still not satisfied you can hop on the complimentary night tour, which offers beautiful views of the city on-board a comfortable bus.

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Travellers looking to discover Dubai’s true beauty, not just in the city but also around the waterfront, can plan a 2-day exploration across multiple routes. Starting off with the Red Route on day 1, you can climb aboard at The Dubai Mall and proceed to traverse the city at any of the 9 stops along the route.

The Grand Mosque, Deira Fish Market, the Dubai Museum are some of the attractions along the red route. Once you’re done going through the Red route and its offerings on day 1, you can then traverse either of the two remaining routes on day 2. 

The blue route is often recommended as it takes you to relevant locations around the city’s Marina, including the JBR Walk and Media City, before ending at the renowned Atlantis The Palm.

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Travellers should plan a 3-day trip so they can take advantage of the 3 routes on offer. A 3-day tour allows tourists to visit more than 30 attractions in and around Dubai along with excursions to nearby Sharjah.

The Red route is the perfect start to your tour as it takes you around the most relevant sites in the city. Starting with the expansive Dubai Mall, this route highlights the best parts of the city. Once you’re done roaming the city, you can take the Blue route for the second day to explore the Marina and Atlantis The Palm.

On your last day, you can climb on-board a Big Bus and head out on the Green route. Relax on the beach, visit the Wild Wadi water park, shop for souvenirs at the traditional shops at the Souk Madinat.

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Highlights of the Dubai Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour

Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa is one of the tallest buildings in the world.  Visit the observation deck on the 124th floor for spell-binding views of the city.

Atlantis The Palm

This luxury hotel resort on Palm Jumeirah is home to the Aquaventure Water Park, and the Lost Chambers Aquarium.

Burj Al Arab

This luxury hotel is built to resemble the sail of a ship. It’s located along Jumeirah Beach on its own on an artificial island.

Ain Dubai

Off Jumeirah Beach is Ain Dubai, also known as Dubai Eye, is the world's tallest observation wheel with unparalleled views of the city.

Dubai Mall

This is the world's largest shopping and entertainment destination. It is also home to Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo.

Museum of the Future

The Museum of the Future is a space that exhibits innovative and futuristic ideas, especially in robotics and AI.

Dubai Museum

The Dubai Museum offers you a peek at the history of the entire UAE and provides a fascinating look at what life in Dubai used to be like.

Heritage Village

The Heritage Village was created to showcase traditional life in the UAE using old houses, handicrafts, patterns, and forms of living.

Deira City Centre

City Centre Deira is a popular shopping, entertainment, and leisure complex spread over two levels.

Spice Souk & Gold Souk

Explore Dubai’s traditional markets at the Spice Souk and Gold Souk. Explore colorful and aromatic spices and all kinds of jewelry.

The Dubai Frame

The Dubai Frame is a massive picture frame that is designed to showcase Dubai’s history and future with animations and technology.

Mall of the Emirates

This multi-level shopping mall has hundreds of shops and restaurants. It is also home to Ski Dubai and Magic Planet.

Dubai Big Bus Visitor Tips and Guidelines

  • Consider buying your tickets for the Big Bus Dubai hop on hop off tour online for quick entry. Some online ticket distributors even offer discounts for advance purchases.
  • Advance ticket purchases also give you the advantage of free cancellations up to 24 hours before the start of the tour. This is valuable in case you change your plans.
  • Check out the routes available online and quickly plan the attractions you want to visit and through which route.
  • In case you are curious about what to visit and what to skip, the on-site staff and the audio guide are of great help.
  • We suggest that all travellers dress modestly as Dubai is a Muslim country that follows Sharia law.
  • Since the summers can get scorching hot in Dubai, the best time to visit would be from November to March so you can make the most of the open-top buses that Big Bus provides.
  • Please remember that the 2 and 5-day tickets are only valid for the stated number of days from the starting date of the tour. For example, the 2-day tickets will expire 2 days from when you begin the tour. The tickets must be used consecutively rather than intermittently.
  • Consider packing snacks and carrying water during the tour as they may be unavailable or unreasonably priced at some locations.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dubai Big Bus Tours

Q. What is a Dubai Big Bus tour?

A. Big Bus is one of the top hop-on hop-off tours in Dubai.

Q. How do Big Bus hop-on hop-off buses work in Dubai?

A. Hop-on hop-off buses are tourist buses that allow you to board and leave whenever you like and sightsee at your own convenience.

Q. Where can I buy Dubai Big Bus hop-on hop-off tickets?

A. You can purchase Dubai Big Bus hop on hop off bus tour tickets online.

Q. Are Dubai Big Bus hop-on hop-off tickets available online?

A. Yes, you can buy Dubai Big Bus hop-on-hop-off tickets online here.

Q. How much does a Dubai Big Bus hop-on hop-off bus cost?

A. There are multiple hop-on hop-off bus tours, most of which begin from AED 252.

Q. How often are the Dubai Big Bus hop-on hop-off buses?

A. Dubai Big Bus hop-on hop-off bus tours run at a frequency of 30 to 60 minutes.

Q. How many Dubai Big Bus routes are there?

A. There are three Big Bus tour routes in Dubai - the red, blue, and sunset tours.

Q. Are there audio guides on the Dubai Big Bus hop-on hop-off bus tours?

A. Yes, you will get access to audio guides available in up to 11 languages to learn more about the city.

Q. Are the Dubai Big Bus hop-on hop-off bus tours accessibility-friendly?

A. Yes, the Dubai Big Bus hop-on hop-off tours are accessibility-friendly for wheelchair users.