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Big Bus Sightseeing Tours Reviews: Times, Maps and Tickets

Ready for a highly-rated city tour? From London to Berlin to Miami, read about Big Bus tour stops, ticket prices and where to buy.

When you are visiting a new city, it can be difficult to fit in all the sights in one go. From planning the route to finding the best spots, and even learning information about historic areas of interest. Cue Big Bus Sightseeing Tours, who will take you around some of the biggest destinations across the globe, in a pre-planned route all from the comfort of your own seat!

If you are planning a getaway and are considering hopping on a Big Bus Tour, we’ve put together the following guide to help you find all the information you need.

In this Review

How Do Big Bus Tours Work?

As the largest operator of open-top sightseeing bus tours in the world, Big Bus tours offer a hop-on, hop-off experience that will take you to the most famous destinations across the city you are visiting. The tours are delivered on a double decker, open-top bus so you can get up close and personal with all the landmarks and areas of interest you wish to see. On board is a tour guide who will share information and stories about each location in an upbeat, entertaining style.

If you wish to take a closer look at a landmark, you simply exit the bus at a designated stop. The tours run on a loop with tickets valid for either 24 or 48 hours, so you have plenty of time to explore. When you are ready to rejoin the tour, head to the nearest stop and continue with the next destination. Compared with going it alone, Big Bus tours offer convenience and local knowledge to help you really get to know the city. It’s also an ideal option for anyone short on time as you will see all the highlights of what the city has to offer.

Big Bus Reviews by City

Big Bus Abu Dhabi Review

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A jewel in the crown of the Middle East, Abu Dhabi is a wondrous land of majestic opulence. The Big Bus Tour includes highlights such as Emirates Palace Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, The Corniche, Ferrari World and Saadiyat Island. You’ll also get to cruise along pristine golden beaches, making this a truly versatile tour. There are two routes to choose from including the City Tour (red route) or the Island Tour (green route).

Big Bus Abu Dhabi FAQs
Ticket Prices
  • Classic: $76.20 (adult)/ $51.50 (child)
  • Premium: $88.50 (adult)/ $59.60 (child)
  • Deluxe: $106.2 (adult)/ $68.10 (child)
  • Abu Dhabi/Dubai Tour Package: $131 (adult)/ $85.50(child)
Tour Times
  • Click here to see Red Route bus timetable and map
  • Click here to see Green Route bus timetable and map
Starting PointBoth routes start at Abu Dhabi Mall
Tour Length
  • Red Route: 1h 30
  • Green Route: 1h 40
Tickets Available On Bus?Yes
Promo Codes25% discount on classic, premium and deluxe tickets when purchased online
TripAdvisor Rating4.5/5

Big Bus Berlin Review

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As the capital of Germany, there’s lots to explore in vibrant Berlin. Big Bus will take you to all the major attractions including The Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, Television Tower and Gendarmenmarkt.

Big Bus Berlin FAQs
Ticket Prices:
  • Classic: €27 (adult)/ €16 (child)
  • Premium: €31.50 (adult)/ €16.20 (child)
  • Deluxe: €42 (adult)/ €21.60 (child)
  • Premium + Madame Tussauds: €50 (adult)/ €31 (child)
Tour Times
  • Click here to see the Red Route bus timetable and map
  • Click here to see Blue Route bus timetable and map
Starting Point
  • Red Route: Ku'Damm
  • Blue Route: Alexanderplatz
Tour Length
  • Red Route: 2h
  • Green Route: 0h 40m
Tickets Available On Bus?Yes or on the street
Promo CodesTickets are approximately €3-€5 cheaper when purchased online
TripAdvisor Rating4.5/5

Big Bus Budapest Review

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Explore the capital of Hungary with Big Bus Budapest. The 3 tours available in this city will treat you to signs such as Heroes’ Square, Andrassy Avenue and the incredible Parliament building. You can also hop-off to catch a glimpse of Margaret Island as well as the old Castle District.

Big Bus Budapest FAQs
Ticket Prices:
  • Classic: €27 (adult)/ €22 (child)
  • Premium: €28.80 (adult)/ €22.50 (child)
  • Deluxe: €36 (adult)/ €32 (child)
  • Budapest and Vienna Package: €60 (adult)/ €48/ €191 (family pass)
  • Night Tour: €15 adults/children
Tour Times
  • Click here to see the Red Route bus timetable and map
  • Click here to see the Blue Route Timetable and map
  • Click here to see the Purple Route (night tour) timetable and map
Starting Point
  • Red Route: Heroes’ Square
  • Blue Route: Castle / Funicular
  • Purple Route: Basilica
Tour Length
  • Red Route: 1h 37
  • Blue Route: 0h 30
  • Purple Route: 1h 10
Tickets Available On Bus?Yes
Promo Codes10% off ticket prices when you book online
TripAdvisor Rating3.5/5

Big Bus Chicago Review

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As one of the largest cities in America, Chicago in Illinois has plenty to see and do. The Big Bus Tour will guide you around the sights including Magnificent Mile, Field Museum and Adler Planetarium. Of course, no visit to Chicago would be complete without panoramic views of many of the tall buildings that dominate the city's skyline.

Note: Tour is subject to weather conditions as Chicago has very low temperatures in the winter. Be sure to check before you book/turn up if tours are running that day or not.

Big Bus Chicago FAQs
Ticket Prices:
  • Classic: $46 (adult)/ $30 (child)
  • Premium: $50.40 (adult)/ $35 (child)
  • Deluxe: $66 (adult)/ $40 (child)
  • Chicago Skyscraper Combo: $75 (adult)/ $45 (child)
Tour TimesClick here for Red Route (The Big Loop) timetable and map
Starting PointChicago Riverwalk
Tour Length2h
Tickets Available On Bus?Yes
Promo Codes10% off selected tickets when purchased online
TripAdvisor Rating4.5/5

Big Bus Dubai Review

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From discovering Burj Al Arab to traditional gold and spice souks - Dubai has a rich cultural heritage just waiting to be explored. Big Bus currently offers 3 different tours around Dubai, allowing you to focus on particular areas of the city.

Big Bus Dubai FAQs
Ticket Prices:
  • Classic: $88.50 (adult)/ $59.60 (child)
  • Premium: $106.20 (adult)/ $68.10 (child)
  • Deluxe: $106.20 (adult)/ $68.10 (child)
  • Classic and Aquadventure: $88.50 (adult)/ $70.80 (child)
  • Big City Pass Dubai: $163 (adult)/ $135.80 (child)
Tour Times
  • Click here for City Tour (Red) timetable and map
  • Click here for Marina Tour (Blue) timetable and map
  • Click here for Beach Tour (Green) timetable and map
Starting Point
  • City Tour (Red): Dubai Mall
  • Marina Tour (Blue): Mall of The Emirates
  • Beach Tour (Green): Dubai Mall
Tour Length
  • City Tour (Red): 1h 50
  • Marina Tour (Blue): 1h 30
  • Beach Tour (Green): 1h
Tickets Available On Bus?Yes
Promo Codes25% off the price of selected tickets when purchased online
TripAdvisor Rating4.5/5

Big Bus Las Vegas Review

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Ready to see the bright lights of Vegas on a Big Bus Tour? Stops on the tour include the legendary Caesars Palace, the ‘Welcome To Las Vegas’ sign, The Stratosphere, The Bellagio and The Hard Rock Hotel. Compared with other Big Bus Tours, Las Vegas has an incredible amount of tour options so you can tailor your visit to suit you.

Big Bus Las Vegas FAQs
Ticket Prices:
  • Classic: $50 (adult)/ $36 (child)
  • Premium: $60 (adult)/ $50 (child)
  • Deluxe: $76 (adult)/ $66 (child)
  • Night Tour: $49 (adult)/ $39 (child)
  • Classic and Madame Tussauds: $55 adult/child
  • 3 Day Tour and Ultimate Grand Canyon West Rim Package: $229 (adult)/ $219 (child)
  • 3 Day Tour and Ultimate Grand Canyon South Rim Package: $199 (adult)/ $189 (child)
  • Classic and Mob Museum: $73 (adult only ticket)
  • Classic and Venetian Gondola Ride &amp
  • Madame Tussauds: $99 (adult only ticket)
  • Classic and Venetian Gondola Ride: $75 (adult only ticket)
  • Classic and Stratosphere Tower: $74 (adult only ticket)
Tour Times
  • Click here for Red Route (Day) timetable and map
  • Click here for Green Route (Night) timetable and map
Starting Point
  • Red Route: Circus Circus Hotel
  • Green Route: Circus Circus Hotel
Tour Length
  • Red Route: 2h 30
  • Green Route: 3h 30
Tickets Available On Bus?Yes (although some tours may differ as they don’t all originate on the bus)
Promo CodesSave 10% on selected tickets when you book online
TripAdvisor Rating4/5

Big Bus London Review

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Exploring the best of what the UK’s capital London has to offer couldn’t be easier with the Big Bus London Tour. From The London Eye to The Tower of London, not forgetting Piccadilly Circus or Buckingham Palace! There’s a choice of 4 routes to you to choose from, with audio tours available in 12 different languages.

Big Bus London FAQs
Ticket Prices:
  • Classic: £39 (adult)/ £29 (child)/ £107 (family)
  • Premium: £45 (adult)/ £35 (child)/ £125 (family)
  • Deluxe: £50 (adult)/ £40 (child)/ £140 (family)
  • Deluxe Plus: £75 (adult)/ £66 (child)/ £249 (family)
  • Classic and Madame Tussauds: £66 (adult)/ £53 (child)/ £212 (family)
  • Classic and London Eye Fast Track: £68 (adult)/ £59 (child)/ £228 (family)
  • Classic and Tower of London: £62 (adult)/ £39 (child)
Tour Times
Starting Point
  • Red Tour: Green Park Underground
  • Blue Tour: Green Park Underground
  • Orange Tour: Queen Mother Gates
  • Green Tour: Covent Garden
Tour Length
  • Red Tour: 2h 20
  • Blue Tour: 1h 15
  • Orange Tour: 1h 30
  • Green Tour: 1h
Tickets Available On Bus?Yes (worth checking as some appear to be online only packages)
Promo CodesSave 10% on selected routes when you book online
TripAdvisor Rating4/5

Big Bus Miami Review

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South Beach, bringing the heat? The Big Bus Tour Miami includes attractions such as Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Arc Deco District, Old City Hall and the Holocaust Memorial. The perfect weather means an open top bus tour of the city couldn’t be more ideal.

Big Bus Miami FAQs
Ticket Prices:
  • Classic: $50 (adult)/ $40 (child)
  • Premium: $70 (adult)/ $60 (child)
  • Deluxe: $80 (adult)/ $70 (child)
  • Big Bus Everglades Experience: $55 (adult)/ $50 (child)
  • Night Tour: $39 (adult)/ $29 (child)
Tour Times
Starting Point
  • Red Tour: Lincoln Road
  • Blue Tour: Lincoln Road
Tour Length
  • Red Tour: 2h 30
  • Blue Tour: 1h 30
Tickets Available On Bus?Yes
Promo Codes15% off selected tickets when you book online
TripAdvisor Rating3.5/5

Big Bus Paris Review

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Paris is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Whether you’re on a romantic break for two or visiting with the family, be sure to see it all from a Big Bus Tour. Expect to see sights such as The Eiffel Tower, Arc De Triomphe, Louvre, and Place De La Concorde.

Note: Due to political unrest in Paris, the transport network has suffered considerable disruption. Check what services are running before you travel so you can connect to your bus stop. Alternatively, you can jump in a Taxi or use Uber to reach the starting point.

Big Bus Paris FAQs
Ticket Prices:
  • Classic: €39 (adult)/ €19 (child)
  • Premium: €43 (adult)/ €21 (child)
  • Deluxe: €52 (adult)/ €26 (child)
  • Classic and Night Tour: €56 (adult)/ €30 (child)
  • Night Tour: €27 (adult)/ €14 (child)
  • Classic and River Cruise: €48 (adult)/ €24 (child)
  • Deluxe and Night Tour: €69 (adult)/ €38 (child)
Tour Times
  • Click here for Red Route (Classic) timetable and map
  • Click here for Blue Route (Montmartre) timetable and map
Starting Point
  • Red Route: The Eiffel Tower
  • Blue Route: Louvre-Pyramide/Big Bus Information Centre
Tour Length
  • Red Route: 2h 20
  • Blue Route: 1h 10
Tickets Available On Bus?Yes, however if you don’t speak French you may wish to purchase them via the app or the website.
Promo CodesSave 10% on selected tickets when you book online
TripAdvisor Rating4/5

Big Bus Rome Review

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Experience 2,000 years of history from the comfort of The Big Bus Tour Rome, where you’ll see sights such as Vatican City, Trevi Fountain, Colosseum and Spanish Steps.

Big Bus Rome FAQs
Ticket Prices:
  • Classic: €32 (adult)/ €21 (child)/ €85 (family)
  • Premium: €39 (adult)/ €25 (child)/ €103 (family)
  • Deluxe: €48 (adult)/ €33 (child)/ €129 (family)
  • Panoramic Night Tour: €16 adult/child
  • Catacombs Tour Package: €40 (adult)/ €27 (child)
Tour Times
Starting Point
  • Red Route: Termini Railway Station Night Tour: Termini Railway Station Catacombs &amp
  • Caracalla: Termini Railway Station
Tour Length
  • Red Route: 1h 40
  • Night Tour: 1h
  • Catacombs &amp
  • Caracalla: 1h 30
Tickets Available On Bus?Yes
Promo Codes10% off selected tickets and passes when you book online
TripAdvisor Rating4/5

Big Bus San Francisco

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As one of California’s most culturally diverse cities and a booming hub for technology, San Francisco has plenty to offer visitors who try out the Big Bus Tour. Expect to see The Golden Gate Bridge, Treasure Island, Washington Square and Chinatown Walk among the many delights the tour will take you too.

Big Bus Rome FAQs
Ticket Prices:
  • Classic: $55 (adult)/ $45 (child)
  • Premium: $65 (adult)/ $55 (child)
  • Deluxe: $79 (adult)/ $69 (child)
  • Night: $45 (adult)/$35 (child)
  • Alcatraz Package: $110 (adult)/ $85 (child)
  • Alcatraz and Muir Woods Package: $110 (adult)/ $85 (child)
  • Muir Woods Tour: $85 (adult)/ $62 (child)
Tour Times
  • Click here for Red Route (Day Tour) timetable and map
  • Click here for Green Route (Sausalito Tour) timetable and map
  • Click here for Night Tour (Blue Route) timetable and map
Starting Point
  • Red Route: Big Bus Tours Visitors' Center
  • Green Route: North Vista Point / Golden Gate Bridge
  • Blue Route: Big Bus Tours Visitors' Center
Tour Length
  • Red Route: 2h 20
  • Green Route: 1h 30
  • Blue Route: 1h
Tickets Available On Bus?Yes
Promo Codes15% off selected tickets when you book online
TripAdvisor Rating4/5

Big Bus Vienna

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As the capital of Austria, Vienna is a quaint city brimming with architectural elegance. The Big Bus Tour Vienna stops off at attractions including City Hall, Hofburg Imperial Palace, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Vienna State Opera.

Big Bus Vienna FAQs
Ticket Prices:
  • Classic: €30 (adult)/ €24 (child)/ €96 (family)
  • Premium: €35 (adult)/ €28 (child)/ €112 (family)
  • Deluxe: €55 (adult)/ €44 (child)/ €176 (family)
  • Vienna Night Tour: €25 (adult)/ €20 (child)
  • Vienna and Budapest Tour Package: €60 (adult)/ €40 (child)/ €191 (family)
  • Premium and Belvedere Palace: €50 (adult only ticket)
  • Premium and DDSG River Cruise: €50 (adult)/ €39 (child)
Tour Times
  • Click here for Red Route timetable and map
  • Click here for Blue Route timetable and map
  • Click here for Green Route (Hundertwasser House Tour) timetable and map
Starting PointRed Route: Opera; Blue Route: Museums/Hofburg; Green Route: Albertina
Tour Length
  • Red Route: 1h 25
  • Blue Route: 1h 30
  • Green Route: 0h 50
Tickets Available On Bus?Yes
Promo CodesSave 10% off selected tickets when you book online
TripAdvisor Rating4/5

Big Bus Washington DC

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Washington DC is the capital of the United States. Understandably, it’s an area that’s incredibly popular with tourists all year round. The Big Bus Tour Washington DC takes in landmarks such as The White House, Lincoln Memorial, US Treasury, Martin Luther King Memorial and Library of Congress.

Big Bus Abu Dhabi FAQs
Ticket Prices:
  • Classic: $50 (adult)/ $40 (child)
  • Premium: $60 (adult)/$50 (child)
  • Deluxe: $70 (adult)/ $60 (child)
  • Night: $46 (adult)/ $36 (child)
  • Washington DC and New York Ticket: $99 (adult)/ $75 (child)
  • Premium and Night Tour: $83 (adult)/ $75 (child)
  • Patriot Ticket: $40 (adult)/ $30 (child)
Tour Times
Starting Point
  • Red Loop: Washington Monument West Blue Loop: Washington Monument East Yellow Loop: Washington Hilton
Tour Length
  • Red Loop: 1h 45
  • Blue Loop: 1h 30
  • Yellow Loop: 1h
Tickets Available On Bus?Yes
Promo Codes10% off selected tickets when you book online
TripAdvisor Rating3.5/5

FAQs

The route is carefully mapped out to save time and make it easier to see your favourite attractions. The on board guide is very knowledgeable about the local area, which you might not have if you go it alone. Plus, the bus stops make it handy to hop off and hop back on again whenever you please.
Yes, depending on the country you are visiting in, all chairs have a headphone socket to listen to the tour in a wide selection of languages.
To save the most money, it’s advisable to buy tickets via the website ahead of time.
Every location will have different operating hours owing to public holidays and weather conditions. Please check with the individual tour company before booking tickets/setting off.
Big Bus night tours are non-stop. The Budapest night tour last 60 - 70 minutes; The Miami and Las Vegas night tours lasts 30 minutes; The Rome and San Francisco night tours lasts 1 hour.
In most cities you can buy a big bus pass on the bus or from a Big Bus Tours staff member at a bus stop, or even from the concierge of some hotels, the cheapest Big Bus tour tickets can typically be found online, where you'll save 10% to 25% on tickets bought from their website.
The best way to find out when your next bus is coming is by downloading the Big Bus Tours app, which includes real-time bus tracking.
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