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Big Bus Dubai: 1/2/5 Day Hop-On-Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

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  • Enjoy unlimited bus transportation over 1, 2, or 5 days.
  • Hop aboard air-conditioned, double-decker buses and discover the city of Dubai on your own terms.
  • Sit through the entire 90-minute ride, or choose to hop off and back on between any of the 20 stops along the 2 routes.
  • With buses on the Red Route departing every 30 minutes, roam about Dubai on foot at your whim and fancy.
  • The tour covers attractions over 2 well-planned routes, with the Red Route being a city tour and the Blue Route (Beach Route) involving the Dubai Marina.
  • With commentary in 12 languages on the Red and Blue Routes with complimentary headphones, you can learn about this famous emirate in its entirety.
  • With ticket options available in 1-Day or 2-Day bus passes (in Classic and Premium packages), customize your trip to Dubai according to your preference.
  • Enjoy a complimentary Dubai experience included in the Premium package such as a Dhow cruise.
  • With a Deluxe ticket, see exotic fish, sharks, albino alligators, crayfish, seahorses and stingrays at the Lost Chambers & Ambassador's Lounge Aquariums. Also embark on a Desert Sunset Tour with this option.
  • Click here for detailed route map and boarding points and here for the schedule.
  • Ages 5-15yrs enjoy reduced pricing (carry a valid photo ID).
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

What is a Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off tour?

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Dubai, the ever-evolving international tourist destination, always has something new to offer visitors. The city is truly a global village where you can find some of the world’s biggest, largest, and tallest landmarks, mesmerizing attractions, and experiences from all around the world. Hop-On Hop-Off bus tours are the best way to check out all of these marvels in one go. These tours take you all around the city, covering most landmarks and city attractions. Hop off at any of the pre-determined stops along the route, explore all nearby sights at your own pace, and hop back on to another bus on the same route or another. Here’s everything you need to know about Hop-on Hop-off tours in Dubai.

Why go on a Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?

Explore the City’s Finest Spots

Hop-On Hop-Off bus tours take you to all the iconic landmarks, monuments, and city attractions across Dubai within your available time and budget, with a single ticket.

Tour the City Hassle-Free

HOHO Tours save you the hassle of figuring out local transport, booking many different tickets, or fitting everything into a detailed itinerary.

Travel Comfortably All Day

Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off tours assure all passengers a comfortable ride in any climate. Their double-decker buses are air-conditioned, open-roofed, and also stroller and wheelchair-friendly.

Venture Out Along Multiple Routes

With a single ticket, Hop-On Hop-Off tours in Dubai offer multiple route options to explore different parts of the city and cover all important landmarks.

Flexibility to Tour at Your Pace

Explore the city at your own pace on a HOHO bus, choosing your desired route and when and where to step on and off.

Built-In Multi-Lingual Audio Guides

Hop-On Hop-Off tour buses in Dubai come with a pre-recorded audio guide, made available in over 10 different languages, that is both informative and interesting.

Enjoy Complimentary Wifi On Board

Upload your travel pictures, connect with loved ones, and search about upcoming destinations, while on the go, with complimentary wifi onboard every HOHO bus in Dubai.

Complimentary Dhow Trips & Aquarium Access

Certain Hop-On Hop-Off Dubai tour tickets come with complimentary Dhow trips and access to the Lost Chambers Aquarium.

Things to See on a Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Options

Big Bus Dubai

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Red Route / City Tour

Highlights: The Heritage Village, Wafi, Old Souk, Dubai Museum, Spice Souk, Deira City Centre, Gold Souk, Riviera, and Dubai Mall. 

Time Needed: 1 hr 20 mins

Why Opt for the Red Route / City Tour?

  • The Red Route of the Big Bus tour takes you on a loop around Dubai’s city center covering most of the famous landmarks and attractions.
  • There are 11 different stops on this route that let you explore the traditional as well as futuristic parts of the city.
  • The last bus along the route leaves from Burj Khalifa / Dubai Mall at 5 PM and from Dubai Creek at 6 PM.
Dubai Hop-on Hop-off-Blue Route

Blue Route / Beach Tour

Highlights: Jumeirah Beach, Souk Madinat, Ain Dubai, Burj Al Arab, the Mall of the Emirates, and Dubai Mall.

Time Needed: 2 hrs 15 mins

Why Opt for the Blue Route / Beach Tour?

  • The Blue Route takes you on a ride along the beach side of Dubai, exploring the Dubai Marina.
  • The Big Bus Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off bus has 9 stops along this route.
  • The last bus on this route leaves from Burj Khalifa / Dubai Mall at 4:40 PM and from the Burj Al Arab at 6:30 PM.
Dubai Hop-on Hop-off-Panoramic Night Tour

Panoramic Night Tour

Highlights: Jumeirah Mosque, Ain Dubai, Burj Al Arab, the Burj Khalifa, and Atlantis the Palm.

Time Needed: 2 hrs 30 mins

Why Opt for the Night Tour?

  • The Big Bus Dubai Panoramic Night Tour takes you on a nonstop ride across Dubai, admiring the city's iconic landmarks and attractions illuminated at night.
  • The Panoramic Night Tour comes with a live English-speaking guide who’ll tell you more about each landmark as you pass by.
  • The bus departs at 7 PM from the Dubai Mall (Big Bus Tours Stop #1/#12, tourist bus parking area, lower ground)

Dubai City Sightseeing

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Blue Route

Highlights: Atlantis the Palm, The Beach @ JBR, and the Mall of the Emirates.

Time Needed: 2 hrs 10 mins

Why Opt for the Blue Route?

  • The Blue Route takes you around Dubai’s beachside attractions along the Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Road.
  • Step out at any of the 9 stops on this route and explore each attraction at your own pace.
  • Buses along this route depart every 60 minutes.
Dubai Hop-on Hop-off-Red-Route

Red Route

Highlights: Dubai Mall, Museum of the Future, Gold Souk, Spice Souk, and the Dubai Frame.

Time Needed: 1 hr 10 mins

Why Opt for the Red Route?

  • The Red Route goes through the most iconic parts of Dubai, passing by most of the major landmarks.
  • Take a journey through the past, the present, and the future of Dubai by exploring 10 carefully selected stops along this route.
  • The frequency of buses touring this way is every half an hour.
Dubai Hop-on Hop-off-Sunset and Night Tour

Sunset and Night Tour

Highlights: Dubai Mall, Atlantis The Palm, Burj Al Arab, and the Mall of the Emirates.

Time Needed: 2 hrs

Why Opt for the Sunset and Night Tour?

  • The Sunset and Night Tour lets you admire the city of Dubai from a different perspective.
  • Watch Dubai’s most iconic landmarks light up through the night as you stop at 5 major attractions on this tour.
  • This tour is a nonstop loop without any hop-off points on the way.

Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off Visitor Tips and Guidelines

  • Do have a look at all the Hop-On Hop-Off Dubai bus tour itineraries before buying your ticket as it’ll help you choose the right one catering to your interests.
  • You can get the best deals and discounts on your Hop-On Hop-Off Dubai bus tour when you book your tickets online.
  • Note that Hop-On Hop-Off bus tours in Dubai offer a full refund on ticket cancellation up to 24 hours before the schedule.
  • Have a good look at the tour map before boarding the Hop-On Hop-Off bus, to have a clear idea about the routes and where to get down for which attractions.
  • Do check which attractions on your route offer free entry and which of them need to be booked in advance. Also, check if you must book timeslots for any of the attractions on your list.
  • Most stops on the Hop-On Hop-Off bus tours in Dubai are close to public transport stops/stations, making it convenient for you to commute within the city.
  • The City Sightseeing buses in Dubai come with extra audio guides in Arabic and English, exclusively for children.
  • While taking the tour during summer, make sure to put on some sunscreen and carry along a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated.
  • Depending on when you visit Dubai, you'll need to carry a light jacket or sunglasses and a hat, as the open-air buses can be too windy or sunny, especially on the top deck.
  • Although it’s a bus tour, don’t forget to wear comfortable footwear, as there will be a lot of walking to do when you hop off to see the attractions.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off Tours

Does Dubai have a Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour?

Yes, Dubai has two Hop-On Hop-Off bus tours, each with two different day routes with a fixed number of stops, and a nonstop night tour.

What are the timings of the Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off tours?

The Big Bus Dubai tour’s Red Route / City Tour operates from 10 AM to 6:30 PM, while the Blue Route / Beach Tour runs from 10 AM to 7 PM. Dubai City Sightseeing buses ride between 10 AM and 4 PM along both day routes.

Where can I buy Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off tickets?

You can buy the tickets for Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off bus tours online here.

Are Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off tickets available online?

Yes, you can find Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off tickets available online at this link.

How much does a Hop-On Hop-Off tour cost in Dubai?

Big Bus Dubai tour ticket prices start at AED 252 while those for the Dubai City Sightseeing tour are priced from AED 241 per person.

How do Hop-On Hop-Off buses work in Dubai?

Hop-On Hop-Off buses in Dubai are air-conditioned, open-topped, double-decker, tourist buses that allow you to board and leave whenever you like and explore the city at your convenience. These buses are accessibility-friendly and come with complimentary multi-lingual audio guides and wi-fi on board.

How often are the Hop-On Hop-Off buses in Dubai?

Buses on the Big Bus Dubai tour run by every 30 minutes on the Red Route / City Tour and every 40 minutes on the Blue Route / Beach Tour. The frequency of buses on the Dubai City Sightseeing tour is every hour on the Red Route and every half hour on the Blue Route.

Are there audio guides on the Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off bus tours?

Yes, Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off bus tours come with pre-recorded audio guides, which are available in over 10 different languages, including English, Mandarin, Japanese, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Turkish, Russian, Hindi, Farsi, Brazilian, and Arabic. Dubai City Sightseeing buses come with an additional audioguide in Arabic and English, exclusively for children.

Are Dubai’s Hop-On Hop-Off bus tours accessibility-friendly?

Yes, Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off tours are accessibility-friendly for wheelchair users and people with special needs.

Why should I go on a Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off tour?

The Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off tour takes you to most of the iconic landmarks and city attractions across the city within a limited time and budget. It saves you from the hassle of making a comprehensive itinerary, figuring out the local transport in Dubai, and buying many different tickets. Moreover, the HOHO tour lets you board and leave the bus as and when you please, letting you explore the city at your own pace.

What are the top things to see on a Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off tour?

The top things to see on a Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off tour include iconic city landmarks such as Burj Khalifa, the Museum of the Future, Ain Dubai, and The Dubai Frame; heritage sights such as the Dubai Museum, the Heritage Village, Spice Souk, Gold Souk; malls like the Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Mall; luxury hotels such as Burj Al Arab and Atlantis The Palm; and beaches including the Dubai Marina, JBR Walk, and Jumeirah Beach. You can also hop off at a boarding port and go on a Dhow cruise.

What are the different routes on the Big Bus Dubai tour?

The Big Bus Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off tour offers two different routes covering the entire city. The Red Route / City Tour takes you to 11 stops across the traditional as well as futuristic parts of the city, while the Blue Route / Beach Tour takes you on a ride along the beach side of Dubai, exploring 9 stops around the Dubai Marina. Big Bus also offers a Panoramic Night Tour that takes you around the illuminated city.

What are the different routes on the Dubai City Sightseeing tour?

The Dubai City Sightseeing tour offers two different day routes and a night trip. The Blue Route takes you around Dubai’s beachside attractions along the Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Road, stopping at 9 points along the route.
The Red Route, with 10 stops, goes through the most iconic parts of Dubai, passing by most of the major landmarks.
The Sunset and Night Tour lets you admire the skyline of Dubai stopping at 5 hop-on points.

What can I see on the Big Bus Dubai’s Red Route / City Tour?

The main highlights of the Big Bus Dubai’s Red Route / City Tour include The Heritage Village, Wafi, Old Souk, Dubai Museum, Spice Souk, Deira City Centre, Gold Souk, Riviera, and Dubai Mall.

What can I see on the Big Bus Dubai’s Blue Route / Beach Tour?

The main highlights of the Big Bus Dubai’s Blue Route / Beach Tour include Jumeirah Beach, Souk Madinat, Ain Dubai, Burj Al Arab, the Mall of the Emirates, and Dubai Mall.

What can I see on the Big Bus Dubai’s Panoramic Night Tour?

The Big Bus Dubai’s Panoramic Night Tour takes you all around the city of Dubai to admire the city’s most iconic landmarks such as the Jumeirah Mosque, Ain Dubai, Burj Al Arab, the Burj Khalifa, Atlantis the Palm, and more, well lit in the night.

What can I see on the Dubai City Sightseeing Red Route?

The Dubai City Sightseeing Red Route goes through the most iconic parts of Dubai, passing by most of the major landmarks such as Dubai Mall, Museum of the Future, Gold Souk, Spice Souk, and the Dubai Frame.

What can I see on the Dubai City Sightseeing Blue Route?

The Dubai City Sightseeing Blue Route takes you around Dubai’s beachside attractions along the Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Road, such as Atlantis the Palm, The Beach @ JBR, and the Mall of the Emirates.

What can I see on the Sunset & Night Tour?

The Sunset and Night Tour lets you admire some of Dubai’s most iconic landmarks such as Dubai Mall, Atlantis The Palm, Burj Al Arab, and the Mall of the Emirates, lit up through the night.

How long are Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off tour tickets valid?

Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off tour tickets are valid for up to three months from the date of purchase.

What are the different types of Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off tour tickets?

Big Bus Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off tour tickets are available as 1-day, 2-day, and 5-day passes, while Dubai City Sightseeing tour tickets are available as 1-day, 2-day, and 3-day passes. Both tours also offer separate tickets for their respective night tours.

Do children get a discount on Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off tour tickets?

Yes. Children aged 0 - 4 years can ride for free while those aged 5 - 15 years can get discounted tickets on the Big Bus Dubai tour. Remember to carry along a photo ID to avail these discounts.

How long does the Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off tour take?

The time taken to tour Dubai on a Hop-On Hop-Off bus depends on the route you choose. The Big Bus tour takes 2 hours and 15 minutes to give you a Beach Tour along the Blue Route once, and about an hour and 20 minutes to cover the Red Route / City Tour. The Big Bus Dubai Panoramic Night Tour is a two and a half hours long nonstop ride.
On the Dubai City Sightseeing bus, it takes 2 hours and 10 minutes to complete a loop along the Blue Route, and an hour and 10 minutes to travel the Red Route.
The Sunset & Night Tour is a nonstop 2-hour long ride.