Sydney Hop-On-Hop-Off Tours

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All top attractions covered
All top attractions covered
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Regular schedule. Unlimited rides
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Sydney hop-on hop-off tours

Sydney is the largest city in Australia, known for its stunning harbor, the iconic Opera House, and beautiful beaches. It is home to famous landmarks such as the Harbour Bridge and Bondi Beach, as well as a vibrant food and arts culture and a laid-back outdoor lifestyle.

But getting around the city can be confusing for a new visitor. With Sydney's hop-on hop-off tours, you can get to explore all the top spots in the city. And, with this convenient mode of transport, all you need is one ticket! Read on to learn more about Sydney hop-on hop-off tours.

Why choose Sydney hop-on hop-off tours?

Sydney Hop-On Hop-Off
  • Visit top landmarks: See all of Sydney’s top attractions from the open-top buses that are ideal for sightseeing.
  • Easy and convenient: Explore the best of Sydney with just one ticket without worrying about your commute.
  • Save money: Hop-on hop-off bus tours will help you save money as you won’t have to spend on local transport fares to get from one spot to the other.
  • Complimentary add-ons: You can often get optional walking tours, harbor cruises, and more with your tickets.
  • Pre-recorded commentary: There are audio guides in multiple languages and often live commentary to give you information on all the attractions you will visit.

Please check your tickets for more information on the special features and inclusions.

Sydney hop-on hop-off routes & timings

Big Bus
Blue Mountains Explorer Bus
Sydney Harbour Hop-on hop-off cruise

Big Bus Sydney operates along two routes catering to more than 30 stops. The red route covers the city while the Blue route tours the Bondi Beach and Bay area.

Red route: 9am - 4pm (from stop #1 - Circular Quay); Blue route: 9:30am - 3:15pm (from stop #24 - Central Station)
Red route: Every 30 to 45 minutes; Blue route: Every 1 hour
Red route: 1 hour 30 minutes; Blue route: 1 hour 30 minutes
Big Bus Sydney

Located on the western outskirts of Sydney is the spectacular Blue Mountains, a blend of high sandstone ridges and wilderness. Expect epic views and wildlife encounters on the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus hop-on hop-off journey covering about 37 stops.

Red route: 9am - 4pm (from Katoomba Station)
Every hour
Approx. 1 hour
Blue Mountains Explorer Bus

Mix things up with a Sydney Harbor hop-on hop-off cruise catering more than 6 stops like the Circular Quay, Taronga Zoo, Shark Island, and more.

Saturday, Sunday, & Public Holiday: 9am - 6:25pm (from Darling Harbour King Street Wharf); Monday to Friday: 7:35am - 6:40pm (from Circular Quay - Wharf 6)
Approx. 1 hour 20 minutes
Sydney Harbour Hop-on hop-off cruise

Sydney hop-on hop-off visitor tips and guidelines

  • Know what your ticket includes: Most hop-on hop-off bus tour operators have multiple ticket options. Some may not include all the routes on the tour, while others may even offer additional perks like a boat ride or a walking tour. 
  • Plan your route: Find out the routes that your hop-on hop-off bus will take (all tour operators offer a map of their routes), so you can decide which stops you would like to get off at beforehand. It is also important to know which major attractions are near the stops. 
  • Schedule your stops: If you want to tour any of the attractions near the bus stops, make sure you know how long the tour will be, and when the next hop-on hop-off bus will stop. 
  • Buy attraction tickets: Many attractions require entry tickets, be sure to purchase these in advance online to avoid standing and waiting in long queues.
  • Peak hours: If you can you the time and day of your bus tour, find out what the rush hours are in New York during your visit, so you can avoid getting stuck in traffic. 
  • Try to take the tour twice: If you have time, consider first making a full loop on the bus without getting on or off the bus. It may seem like this defeats the purpose of a “hop-on hop-off” tour, but this way you can get an overview of Sydney with a good seat and view for the entire trip.

Frequently asked questions about Sydney hop-on hop-off tours

Does Sydney have a hop-on hop-off bus tour?

Yes, Sydney has a hop-on hop-off bus tour.

Where can I buy Sydney hop-on hop-off tickets?

You can buy Sydney hop-on hop-off tickets online.

How much does hop-on hop-off bus cost in Sydney?

Sydney hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour ticket prices start from AU$49.

How do hop on hop off buses work in Sydney?

Hop-on hop-off buses in Sydney allow you to get on and leave the bus at any of the designated stops to see the major city landmarks whenever you want.

Are Sydney's hop-on hop-off bus tours accessible?

Yes, Sydney's hop-on hop-off bus tours are accessible to wheelchair users.

Is the Blue Mountains in Sydney?

The Blue Mountains is a region that lies west of the city of Sydney. It is a mountainous area with epic rock formations and native bushland. It is a short drive away from Sydney and has its own hop-on hop-off tour stopping at tourist hotspots like Scenic World, Katoomba Falls, and more.