Istanbul E-pass includes discounted Hop on Hop Off Bus Tour. So pay €35 instead of €45 for 24 hours usage.
Busforus Hop on Hop off bus departures commence at 10:00 AM everyday, beginning from Sultanahmet Square, and continue every hour until 5 PM. The initial stop for Busforus Buses is Sultanahmet Square, but you have the freedom to board and disembark at any stop of your choice within a 24-hour timeframe.
Discovering Istanbul is made easy, comfortable, and budget-friendly with the convenience of a hop-on-hop-off bus tour. Hop aboard the iconic Busforus red double-decker buses to effortlessly explore Istanbul's top attractions. Plus, with your Istanbul E-pass, you can seamlessly navigate between incredible sights. Start your day with a guided tour of Hagia Sophia, then catch a bus to Galata Tower, using your complimentary entry. Afterward, hop back on at Sishane and continue your adventure. The possibilities are endless, all made possible with the Istanbul E-pass
Choose the attractions that pique your interest and skip the ones that don't. Enjoy panoramic views of the city throughout your journey, visiting key locations like Sultanahmet, Eminonu, Taksim Square, Bosphorus Bridge, and the Spice Market. Dive deep into the details of Istanbul's renowned attractions with the help of audio guides. Say goodbye to the hassles of public transportation and costly taxis; the hop-on-hop-off bus tour provides the ideal solution.
Hop on and off as much as you like at designated stops, allowing you to tailor your day to your preferences. You can complete the entire circuit in one day or explore new destinations from your current position. Simply wait for the next bus to continue your journey, providing the flexibility to disembark and rejoin the tour wherever you desire among the designated stops.
Multilingual audio guides are available in eight languages, offering informative insights about must-see locations in Istanbul. Explore museums, palaces, parks, bazaars, mosques, bridges, and squares with pre-recorded guides. Upon boarding, you'll receive a complimentary set of headphones from the friendly bus hostesses, ensuring a relaxed and informative adventure in Istanbul.
The Busforus route covers Istanbul's most iconic tourist attractions, beginning and ending at Sultanahmet. It travels through 11 stops within a 30-kilometer radius, taking in Sultanahmet, Eminonu, Karakoy, Galata Port, Dolmabahce Palace, Naval Museum, Beylerbeyi Palace, Besiktas Bazaar, Taksim Square, Sishane, and the Spice Bazaar. Here's a list of all the hop-on-hop-off bus tour stops and recommended activities for you to enjoy.
Stops On Route of Hop on Hop off Bus
Sultanahmet: Explore the grandeur of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia Mosque, and consider taking guided tours of the Basilica Cistern and Byzantine Hippodrome. Sultanahmet's streets are adorned with shops, hotels, and authentic restaurants.
Eminonu: Experience the vibrant heart of the city, where passenger boats dock near bustling bazaars. The Grand Bazaar boasts a splendid array of carpets, fabrics, lamps, and jewelry, while the Spice Bazaar offers a colorful selection of goods, including fruits, teas, and spices. Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy a guided Grand Bazaar tour.
Karakoy: Immerse yourself in the thriving harborside neighborhood of Karakoy, where local bakeries and family-run businesses coexist with trendy cafes and late-night cocktail bars. Explore Ottoman-era buildings adorned with street art and discover young fashion designers' workshops and boutiques. You'll also find a burgeoning modern art gallery scene, along with must-see sights like the Kilic Ali Pasa Mosque and the French Passages.
Galataport: A massive cruise port and mall in Istanbul's Galata neighborhood, Galataport offers an array of shops, restaurants, cafes, and art galleries in a prime Bosphorus location. It's an ideal place to savor delectable cuisine and indulge in boutique shopping.
Dolmabahce Palace: Delve into countless captivating stories, legends, treasures, and the lives of sultans as you explore Dolmabahce Palace, including its stunning Blue and Pink Halls. The Istanbul E-pass guided tours provide an excellent way to uncover the palace's hidden stories, architecture, and history, all accompanied by knowledgeable guides.
Naval Museum: Located in the Besiktas neighborhood, the Naval Museum houses a significant collection of Ottoman Navy-related military artifacts. The museum also features a charming café.
Beylerbeyi Palace: Situated on the Asian side of Istanbul, Beylerbeyi Palace, or "Lord of Lords," served as a vacation residence for the Imperial Ottomans. The palace, built between 1861 and 1865, stands just north of the First Bosphorus Bridge and boasts exquisite decor. Be sure not to miss it.
Besiktas Bazaar: Besiktas is a lively neighborhood filled with small shops, cafes, and boutiques, especially in the bustling Besiktas Carsı. The area offers a vibrant atmosphere with a variety of restaurants, pubs, and meyhanes, particularly in the evenings.
Taksim Square: Taksim Square, home to the Republic Monument, is a dynamic hub for dining, shopping, and nightlife. The iconic Istiklal Caddesi, the city's main pedestrian street, features 19th-century buildings housing international retail giants, theaters, and cafes. You can also spot historical trams traversing the street. Throughout the intricate network of side streets, you'll find bars, antique shops, and rooftop restaurants with stunning Bosphorus views.
Sishane: This neighborhood, once known primarily for its lighting stores, is rapidly evolving. It now boasts some of the city's most exquisite historic buildings, thanks to a new metro station that has improved accessibility. Explore Pera and take a leisurely walk, or make a visit to the iconic Galata Tower with your complimentary ticket from the Istanbul E-pass.
Spice Bazaar: As one of the world's largest covered bazaars, the Spice Bazaar is a vibrant, colorful destination for souvenirs, spices, herbal teas, and more. While exploring the area, don't forget to wander through the narrow streets surrounding the bazaar.