One of the most popular ways to discover a city when you go abroad is to do so using the hop-on hop-off tourist buses.
These buses crisscross the city from side to side as close as possible to the tourist sites to allow people to get off to visit the attractions and get back on the bus at no additional cost in order to continue their tour of the city at their own leisure.
In Dubai, Big Bus is one of the largest tourist bus companies that offer bus tours to discover the pearl of the Gulf, the city of a thousand facets.
How does Big Bus Tours work
The principle of Hop-on Hop-Off buses is that you can get on and off buses as many times as you want while they criss-cross the city all day long on specific routes. They stop as close as possible to tourist attractions to allow you to discover the city.
The Bus tour is also led by an audio guide in several languages, including French with pre-recorded comments giving information and anecdotes on the famous sites and monuments of the city.
Tickets are valid on all Bus routes regardless of their route, so you can alternate your tours indifferently, which allows you to travel and discover the whole city between visiting Downtown Dubai, the beach, Palm Island or the Dubai Marina.
The Dubai Big Bus Tours day itinerary
Big Bus Tours offers three well-defined routes to explore the city during the day
Red Line City Tour: Discover part of Downtown Dubai by passing close to sites and attractions like Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa, Burjuman, Fort Al Fahidi, Old Arab Souk, Heritage Village, Gold Souk, Spice Souk , Dubai Creek, Deira Center, Wafi Courtyard (Total tour duration: 1h50)
Beach Tour Green Line: Discover part of the city as well as Jumeirah beach passing near the sites and attractions like the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, City Walk Mall, Green Planet, HUb zero, Jumeirah Beach, Burj Al Arab, Souk Madinat, Mall of the Emirates, Sky Dubai (Total tour duration: 1h10)
Blue Line Marina Tour: Discover part of the city as well as the Dubai Marina by passing close to sites and attractions like Mall of Emirates with Ski Dubai, Marina Mall with water Bus, JBR Walk, The Point, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Island, Aquaventure, Dolphin Bay, Lost Chamber of Atlantis (Total Tour Duration: 1h35)
On these three day itineraries, you are free to alight at any time at one of the numerous stops, to discover the tourist sites and attractions located along the route or to board another Bus Tour.
The road map of the various Bus Tours
To get an idea of the different routes, you can view the full route of all Bus tours in advance on the road map provided by Big Bus Tours.
If you are on the Red Line, get off at stop 1 to get on the Beach Tour (Green Line) and if you are on the Green Line, get off at stop 15 to get on the Marina Tour (blue Line).
The Dubai Night Big Bus Tours
In addition to day bus tours, Big Bus also offers access to a night bus tour: The Dubai Night Big Bus Tour (included with all tickets) which allows you to discover Dubai by night when its most beautiful sites and famous monuments like the Dubai Marina, Atlantis The Palm, the Burj Al Arab, the Burj Khalifa or the Jumeirah Mosque are lit up in the most amazing colours.
This night tour is unfortunately not a hop-on hop-off tour, it is a non-stop tour that allows you to discover quietly sitting in the comfort of an air-conditioned bus, discovering the magic of Dubai when the city lights up in the evening.
The Dubai Walking Tours
Between October and April when the weather is rather mild, Big Bus Tours also offers a certain number of free guided walking tours, included in the tickets.
Visit the historic district of Al Fahidi (1 hour): Explore Bastakiya, Deira, the old quarter of Dubai, the museum and Fort Al Fahidi, the oldest building in Dubai. (Departure every day at 2 p.m. from the Dubai Museum).
Walking tour of the treasures of Arabia (1 hour): Discover the hidden treasures and mysteries of the old city (Departures daily at 3:00 p.m. from the Dubai Museum).
City center discovery walk (1 hour): explore the famous Dubai Mall, the Burj Khalifa, the Gold Souk, the Souk Al Bahar and the magnificent Dubai Fountains. (Departures every day at 6 p.m. from the Dubai Mall).
Guided tour of the historic village (1 hour): A walk through the diving village, the calligraphy museum and the Shindagha museum; the palace where the first leaders of Dubai lived. (Departure every day at 5:00 pm from the Dubai Heritage Village).
Walking tour of Khan Murjan (1 hour): the authentic splendor of a 14th-century souk in the heart of the WAFI mall in Dubai (Included with Deluxe tickets only.)
These guided walking tours are a great way to explore the rich history and traditions of Dubai.
The different types of ticket
Big Bus Tours offers three types of tickets to explore the city depending on the length of your stay in Dubai.
Classic Ticket: valid for 24 hours, it includes the visit of Dubai by Hop-on hop-off bus bus, a cruise aboard a dhow, entry to several Dubai Museums, night city tour, walking tours of the city center.
Premium ticket: valid for two days, it includes the visit of Dubai by hop-on hop-off bus, a cruise aboard a dhow, the night city tour, a tour to Sharjah the neighboring emirate, a cruise on the Marina and walking tours
Deluxe Ticket: valid for five days, include a Dubai Hop on Hop off tour, a cruise on a dhow, a night city tour, a trip to neighboring Sharjah, a cruise on the Marina, walking tours, a sunset desert tour, entry to the Lost Chambers aquarium and the Dubai museums.
How to book the Dubai Big Bus Tours
Tickets for the Dubai Big Bus hop-on hop-off tours are available online on the GetYourGuide website, choose the type of ticket, if you want a classic ticket valid for 24 hours, a premium ticket valid for two consecutive days or if you prefer a deluxe ticket valid for five consecutive days which allows you to visit Dubai at your own pace without having to run from one attraction to another.
Once the reservation is made, print your reservation vouchers in order to present them and your valid passport to a member of the Big Bus team at any boat point.
Big Bus Tour service hours
The Dubai Big Bus day tours begins its route every morning at different times depending on the line:
The Red Line starts every day at 8:50 a.m. and the last round is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. from Dubai Mall (stop 1)
The Green Line starts every day at 9 a.m. and the last tour is scheduled at 5 p.m. from Dubai Mall (stop 10)
The Blue Line starts daily at 9:00 a.m. and the last round is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. from Mall of Emirates (stop # 16)
Buses are very regular, you should not wait too long between two bus tours, on average the frequency is one bus every 30 minutes.
The Dubai Big Bus Night Tour starts every evening at 7.45 p.m. from the Dubai Mall (stops n ° 1, Red Line and stop n ° 12 for the Green Line) or at 7.45 p.m. from the Mall of the Emirates rez – Ground floor – Gate 1 (stops n ° 17, Green Line and stop n ° 18 for the Blue Line).
How to get there
The offices of Big Bus Tour in Dubai are located on Palm Island in Jumeirah, but you can embark on the Day Bus Tours at any stop on its route, just present your reservation voucher and your valid passport to a member of the team before getting on the Bus.
Address: Big Bus Tours Dubai: Palm Jumeirah, Dubai ، Atlantis The Palm.