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Where: Dubai
Duration: City Tour: 2 hours
Beach Tour: 2.20 hours
Marina Tour: 90 minutes
Flamingo Lagoon Discovery: 90 minutes
Sharjah Tour: 3 hours
Palm Island Drive: 1 hour
Desert Sunset Tour: 3 hours
Arabian Treasures: 1 hour
Downtown Discovery: 1 hour
Heritage Walk: 1 hour
Khan Murjan Discovery: 30 minutes
Madinat Journey: 1 hour

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Why book this tour
  • Learn interesting facts and get an insight into Dubai’s history with free entry to over 10 prominent museums
  • With 60 convenient stops, plan your own Dubai itinerary with a hop-on, hop-off tour
  • Route covers major attractions of Dubai including the Burj Khalifa, the Jumeirah Mosque, Emirates Towers, Atlantic the Palm, Dubai Creek and much more
  • Enjoy 15 minute light and sound show at Wafi City and a guided walking tour of Khan Murjan Souk (not operational until September 2016)
  • Includes free walking tours (October - April), Sharjah panoramic tour, Palm Island drive, Creek Dhow cruise, Marina Dhow cruise and Desert sunset tour
  • Save 10% compared to the cost of buying these separately
  • Informative audio commentary available in 12 different languages
  • Tour information
  • Activity schedule
  • Itinerary

The Big Bus Dubai Hop-on Hop-off tour is one of the most comprehensive introductions to the city of Dubai, the jewel among the Emirates. From the Dubai Museum to the popular beaches, see all sides of the city on this wonderful Dubai tour.

On this popular, fun and informative tour, travel on the classic open-top double-decker bus. Sit on top and enjoy the open air view or ride inside in an air-conditioned or heated comfort as the informative commentary (available in 12 different languages) ensures you do not miss a thing.

Hop on or hop off on 60 stops as often as you like to explore, dine and shop at Dubai’s major attractions. When you're ready to continue, just hop back on the bus! Frequent departures every 20 minutes on red route, green route and blue route means that your valuable Dubai sightseeing time is not wasted waiting for the next bus.

What’s more your Big Bus Dubai ticket entitles you to entrance to 10 Dubai Museums, Marina & Creek Dhow Cruise, Dubai Sunset tour, Sharjah Panoramic Tour, Flamingo Lagoon Discovery, Palm Island Drive, Walking Tours and much more.

Truly a great way to experience the sites and attractions of Dubai!

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  • Tour information
  • Activity schedule
  • Itinerary

When does it run?



City Tour: 2 hours
Beach Tour: 2.20 hours
Marina Tour: 90 minutes
Flamingo Lagoon Discovery: 90 minutes
Sharjah Tour: 3 hours
Palm Island Drive: 1 hour
Desert Sunset Tour: 3 hours
Arabian Treasures: 1 hour
Downtown Discovery: 1 hour
Heritage Walk: 1 hour
Khan Murjan Discovery: 30 minutes
Madinat Journey: 1 hour

Start time

The bus departure time from the 3 routes for summer season are as follows:
City Route: From 8:50am to 7:20pm; every 30 minutes
Marina Route: From 8:50am to 7:20pm; every 60 minutes.
Beach Route: From 9:50am to 7:20pm; every 30 minutes

Arabian Dhow Cruise:
Creek Cruise: Departs from Stop 18 starting 10:30am to 5:30pm; every hour
Marina Cruise: Departs from Stop 37 starting 10:00am to 5:00pm; every hour

Meeting point

You may board the bus at any of the designated stops

Walking Tours:
Khan Murjan Discovery: Departs daily at 11:00am, 4:00pm & 09:30pm from Wafi
Arabian Treasures: Departs daily at 10:30am & 2:30pm from Dubai Museum
Heritage Walk: Departs daily at 12:30pm & 4:30pm from Heritage Village
Downtown Discovery: Departs daily at 12:30pm & 5:00pm from Dubai Mall
Madinat Journey: Departs daily at 3:30pm from Souk Madinat
Please check with staff for any timing changes.
You can start the Night Tour from any of the locations:
Deira City Centre (main entrance, next to taxi drop-off area): at 7:15pm
Dubai Mall (tourist bus drop-off area, lower ground): 7:45pm
Souk Madinat Jumeirah (main entrance, left side): 8:15pm

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Ending point

You may get off at any of the designated stops.

  • Tour information
  • Activity schedule
  • Itinerary

Your ticket for the Big Bus Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off tour is valid for 24, 48 and 72 hours from when you first board the bus. The bus will follow three interlinked routes: Red route (City Tour), Blue route (Marina Tour) and Green route (Beach Tour) covering the following major Dubai attractions such as:

• Burj Al Arab
• The Jumeirah mosque
• Al Fahidi Fort & Dubai Museum
• The Gold Souk
• The Burj Khalifa
• The Spice Souk
• Jumeirah Park & Public Beach
• Atlantis the Palm
• Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum’s House
• Dubai Creek
• Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR)
• The Beach
• Emirates Towers

Please refer to the tour map for more details about the route and stops.

The other benefits that you get with your Dubai Hop-On, Hop-Off ticket include:

Four Free Excursions:

FREE Sharjah Panoramic Tour: Known as the ‘Pearl of the Gulf,’ see the major highlights from an open-topped sightseeing bus while being entertained by a English-speaking guide. This tour has two stops – The Heritage area, which covers the traditional districts of Al Sheyoukh and Al Maraija neighbourhoods, and the iconic Blue Souk, also known as the Central Market. The Sharjah Panoramic Tour departs every day except on Friday at 10:30am from Wafi.

FREE Desert Sunset Tour: You will be taken on a sunset tour to an Arabian styled fort deep within the desert. On arrival, you will be greeted with true Arabian hospitality and offered a welcome drink. The tour includes, Camel Riding, Falcon Interaction, Henna Painting and Horse Riding. It departs daily from Wafi, please contact Big Bus Staff for details. This tour is not available during the month of Ramadan.

FREE Flamingo Lagoon Discovery: Discover wild flamingos, natural mangroves, creek lagoon and Sheikh Mohammad’s Royal Palace on this guided tour. Stop by Hard Rock Cafe and hop-off to shop at Festival Centre. The stops cover Wafi, Zabeel Palace, Flamingo Lagoon, Hard Rock Cafe and Festival Centre.

FREE Palm Island Drive: Take in the views of the Arabian Gulf, the opulent Palm Beach resorts and the incredible Dubai skyline. The stops cover Rixos Hotel, Anantara, Waldorf, Sofitel, Atlantis, Ocean Views, Kempinski, Zabeel Saray and The One & Only. Tour departs daily at 5:00pm from Atlantis.

Free Entry to 10 Dubai Museums:
• Dubai Museum
• Coin Museum
• Shindagha Museum
• Camel Museum
• Traditional Architectural Museum
• Horse Museum
• Heritage Museum
• Al Ahmadiya School Museum
• Museum of Poet Al-Oqaili
• Municipality Museum

FREE Marina & Creek Dhow Cruise: Explore Dubai’s famous creek on an Arabian Dhow Cruise at stop 18. The traditional wooden dhow will glide you along as the informative commentary explains the creek’s history. Alternatively, hop-off at stop 37 and explore the modern marina waterfront and see the impressive panoramic sights from the Arabian Gulf waters.

FREE walking tours (October - April): Led by an English speaking guide, you can enjoy the following four walking tours:

• Khan Murjan Discovery: Explore a 14th century styled souk with goods from across Arabia.
• Arabian Treasures: Discover hidden treasures and mysteries of the old part of town.
• Heritage Walk: Step back in time and explore one of Dubai’s first settlements.
• Downtown Discovery: Experience the most expensive square mile on the planet.
• Madinat Journey: Journey through a traditional themed Arabian town.

You can start the Big Bus Dubai Night Tour from any of the five locations - Deira City Centre, Wafi Mall , Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates (temporarily changed to the main entrance of the mall) or Souk Madinat. It is a one round three hour tour of Dubai with a live commentary from a qualified English speaking guide who will point out the highlights of this sparkling city.
Before your tour ends at Wafi City, you will enjoy a 15-minute light and sound show at the Pyramids (included in the price and is NOT available until September) , the bus will take a detour past the world’s largest tower, the Burj Khalifa, fully illuminated against the dark sky. You will also discover the splendid Khan Murjan Souk at night on a 15 minute guided walking tour.

Customer reviews
Patricia M Watt

Fantastic service all buses ran on time ...cold water was supplied on the buses which in the Dubai heat of 44 deg it was most welcome. All staff that we spoke to were very helpful. Completely recommend using this company.

lam yuk yin betty

excellent and marvellous! the staff are very helpful !!

Luciana Dutu

It's incredibly easy to use and it covers the highlights of Dubai!

Brian Marsh

An ideal way to get your bearings in a new city and to help you to decide which attractions you want to stop and see.

Mr Gerard Coffey

Would use this company again as the vouchers was easy to use and we got there the jeep safari was brilliant you must do when you're there the big bus is well Worth doing was disappointed at the time the last buses is so I would suggest if you're going to have the 48 hour as there is such a lot to say you needed

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  • 24-hr, 48-hr or 72-hr Hop On Hop Off Ticket
  • Recorded commentary in 12 languages (English, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Hindi, Farsi, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese and Mandarin Chinese)
  • Free Night Tour with 72h ticket
  • Free Atlantis Aquarium and Lost Chambers entry (with 48h ticket and 72h ticket)
  • Free Flamingo Lagoon Discovery
  • Free Palm Island Drive
  • Free Creek Dhow Cruise
  • Free Marina Dhow Cruise
  • Free Creek Water Bus
  • Free Sharjah Panoramic Tour with English-speaking guide
  • Free Desert Sunset Tour (please ask a Big Bus member of staff for booking procedures; tour will not operate during Ramadan)
  • Free entry to 10 Museums
  • Free entry to Lost Chambers and Ambassador Lagoon at Atlantis The Palm (with 48 hour and 72 hour ticket)
  • Free 5 walking tours daily from October to April (English speaking guide)
  • Wafi light and sound show at the Pyramids (currently not available until further notice)
  • Free Wafi Welcome Card (Up to 20% discount at selected outlets)
  • Free Big Bus Reward Booklet
  • Free Wi-fi on bus
  • Free Bottled Water
  • Free Headphones
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
What happens after I book

  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance

Please note

  • Desert Sunset Tour will not operate during the month of Ramadan (6th June - 5th July, 2016).
  • Your Hop On Hop Off ticket is valid for the date purchased.
  • Your booking voucher can be exchanged for your Hop-On Hop-Off ticket at any one of the stops. Simply choose the stop which you wish to start the tour from and present your voucher to the driver who will exchange it for a ticket that will be valid for 24 or 48 hours from that time.
  • The night tour will do one round of the loop; this is not a hop-on, hop-off tour, although you are free to leave before 1 full loop, should you wish.
  • A Child Ticket should be purchased for anyone aged 5-15 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Children under the age of 5 may travel free of charge as long as they are accompanied by a dedicated adult (1 adult to 1 child).
  • To redeem your free Desert Sunset Tour, please speak to a member of Big Bus staff at the Wafi kiosk (stop 1, Red Route) prior to starting your Big Bus tour.
  • The Desert Sunset Tour starts from Wafi (stop 1, Red Route). Please note that due to the continuous change in sunset times, departure and return times may vary. Please speak to a member of staff for precise timings before starting your Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour.
  • To redeem your free Lost Chambers Aquarium inclusion, please present your validated Big Bus ticket to a member of staff at the Big Bus kiosk at Atlantis the Palm. The last bus from stop 31 departs at 7:25pm. Times are subject to change so please check with a member of Big Bus staff on the day.
  • Upon presenting your ticket, you will receive an official Lost Chambers ticket which then can be used to gain entrance to Lost Chambers Aquarium and Ambassador Lagoon. Without the official ticket, access is not permitted, please make sure you visit the Big Bus kiosk first. The Big Bus kiosk is located outside the main entrance of Avenues, Atlantis the Palm, close to the Big Bus stop.
  • Flamingo Lagoon, Palm Island Drive, Sharjah Panoramic Tour and Desert Sunset Tour are valid up to 14 days.
  • Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

Additional Info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
  • Each bus has a capacity of 80 passengers

Do's & Don’ts

Dress in loose, comfortable clothes. Wear a hat, sunglasses and carry sunscreen. Don’t forget your camera. Wear comfortable shoes

No cancellation fees on most bookings

See the cancellation policy for this product