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City Sightseeing Dubai Tours

Dubai is a dynamic city with many wonderful cultural, culinary, and entertainment spots. The best way to explore its stunning skyscrapers, malls, forts, resorts, aquariums, and monuments is by taking a Dubai Hop On Hop Off tour. It lets you avoid needless planning, worries about traffic routes, and delays while you explore Dubai onboard a comfortable open-top double-decker bus.

One of the best bus tours is the Dubai City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off tour. It is the best way to visit the city’s most relevant sites, from the Burj Khalifa to the Jumeirah Beach and Atlantis The Palm.

Why Choose Dubai City Sightseeing Bus Tours?

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City Sightseeing 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. You can choose between the 24, 48, or 72-hour tickets and hop on and off at any of the 20 stops across 2 different routes.

Once you're done visiting the attraction, you can board any of the City Sightseeing buses that frequent stops every 25-30 minutes.

The City Sightseeing tour provides visitors with rides that are comfortable, hassle-free, and informative. All the buses provide comfy seating, free wi-fi, water, and audio guides in 11 different languages. A daily Sunset and Night Tour is also included with your tickets.

Your Dubai City Sightseeing Ticket Options Explained

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24 Hour HOHO Bus Tour

  • Get a 24-hour ticket and see the best of Dubai from an open-top bus for 1 day. 
  • Stops at all the major sights such as Dubai Mall, Marina Mall, JBR Walk, Atlantis The Palm, and Burj Al Arab.
  • There is an exclusive stop at The Beach @ JBR and a daily Sunset and Night Tour.
  • Listen to an audio guide in 11 languages and learn more about the city’s landmarks. 

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

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48 Hour HOHO Bus Tour

  • Get a 48-hour ticket and see the top sights in Dubai from a double-decker bus for 2 days. 
  • Explore some of the major sights such as Dubai Mall, Marina Mall, JBR Walk, Atlantis The Palm, and Burj Al Arab.
  • Enjoy a daily Sunset and Night Tour and an exclusive stop at The Beach @ JBR
  • Listen to the audio commentary that is available onboard in 11 different languages. 

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

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72 Hour HOHO Bus Tour

  • Get a 72-hour ticket and see the top sights in Dubai from a double-decker bus for 3 days. 
  • Spend 3 days exploring the major sights of Dubai such as the Dubai Mall, Museum of the Future, the Burj Khalifa, and an exclusive stop at The Beach @ JBR.
  • Get to go on a daily Sunset and Night Tour.
  • Listen to the audio guides available in 11 different languages. 

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

Dubai City Sightseeing Bus Tour Timetable

Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off

Red Route

  • Timings: 10 AM to 4 PM
  • Frequency: 30 minutes
  • Loop: 80 minutes

Blue Route

  • Timings: 10 AM to 4 PM.
  • Frequency: 60 minutes.
  • Loop: 130 minutes

Sunset and Night Tour

  • Timings: 5 PM to 7 PM.
  • Loop: 120 minutes

Dubai City Sightseeing Bus Tour Routes

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Red Route

The Red Route starts from Dubai Mall and stops at popular sites around the heat of the city of Dubai including The Museum of the Future, the Al Fahidi Historical District, Gold and Spice Souk, and The Dubai Frame.

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Blue Route

The Blue Routebegins at the Dubai Mall and stops at interesting sites along Dubai’s Marina such as Atlantis the Palm, Dubai Marina Mall, The Beach @ JBR, and Mall of the Emirates.

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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

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.

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.

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.

Atlantis The Palm

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

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 City Sightseeing Visitor Tips and Guidelines

  • Buy tickets in advance for an easy and smooth experience. City Sightseeing buses provide instant confirmation and allow cancellation up to 24 hours before the start of the tour.
  • Purchasing online tickets is also helpful as you can avail yourself of discounts and offers
  • Thoroughly check the different routes and stops online so you have a basic idea of where to start, end, and how to get back to your accommodations.
  • Make use of the audio commentary on board to decide where to hop off and explore further. 
  • Please remember that the 2, 3, and 7-day passes are activated on the day you start the tour and must be used consecutively. For example, if a 3-day ticket is purchased, you cannot choose to use up two days and come back later for the third day.
  • We suggest that all travelers dress modestly as Dubai is a conservative Muslim country that follows Sharia law.
  • Summers in Dubai can be hard to handle for most outsiders so we recommend visiting from November to March so you can enjoy the open-top City Sightseeing buses.
  • Wear sunscreen and carry lots of water, a light jacket, and sunglasses.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dubai City Sightseeing Bus Tours

Q. What is a Dubai City Sightseeing bus tour?

A. City Sightseeing is one of the top hop-on hop-off tours in Dubai.

Q. How do City Sightseeing 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 City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off tickets?

A. You can purchase Dubai City Sightseeing hop on hop off bus tour tickets online.

Q. Are Dubai City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off tickets available online?

A. Yes, you can buy Dubai City Sightseeing hop-on-hop-off tickets online here.

Q. How much does a Dubai City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus cost?

A. There are multiple hop-on hop-off bus tours, most of which begin from AED 241.

Q. How often are the Dubai City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off buses?

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

Q. How many Dubai City Sightseeing routes are there?

A. There are three City Sightseeing bus routes in Dubai - the red, blue, and sunset tours.

Q. Are there audio guides on the Dubai City Sightseeing 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 City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tours accessibility-friendly?

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