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“Disappointing”

Big Bus Tours Abu Dhabi
Ranked #8 of 79 Tours in Abu Dhabi
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Owner description: Big Bus Tours offer unique sightseeing experiences onboard traditional double-decker busses, the king of all sightseeing vehicles. With the day tour in Abu Dhabi, passengers can design their own itinerary and hop-on and hop-off at any stop of their choice. These tours offer recorded commentary in a choice of 8 languages and tickets are valid for 24 or 48 hours. The tours include a visit of Saadiyat and Yas islands.
Reviewed March 3, 2014

Although not expensive the tour turned out to be very disappointing. The total round trip was about 2 hours but stops were very few and far between. We decided to get off at one stop, look around and walk to a stop further down the road. However, there were no 'Big Bus Tour' signs at other bus stops. They do provide you with a map as to where the stops are but this proved to be very sketchy and landmarks were not supposed to be where they should be. Consequently we stood at two different bus stops and watched the Big Bus drive straight on - not even stopping when we put our arm out. In the end we got a taxi back to the start of the tour and complained to the operators. They were surprised that we did not get on the bus where we had gotten off, explaining the the Abu Dhabi authorities would not, at the present time, allow them to put signs up at stops. So, even if you want to walk and enjoy the scenery along the see front - remember you will have to turn back to wherever you got off the bus - been on these buses all over the world and not encounted this problem before.

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Reviewed February 20, 2014

The big bus tour whilst is good value for money nevertheless, you should allow plenty of time if you decide to take the 24hour tour.

I bought my ticket from my hotel which I presented to the Big Bus Tour representative who validated the hotel purchased ticket and then handed me a new ticket which has to be presented to the bus driver each time you board the bus.

Remember to take your sunglasses as the wind generated by the drive prevents you from seeing the various sights. The shades will also help you from the sunshine and help you to enjoy the overall tour.

Allow yourself the complete day if you are wishing to hop off at every one of the 11 stops. In addition to the City tour, your ticket also allows you to experience the Yas Island Tour which is a further 2hours. If you are interested in this tour too, then I would suggest that you pay a bit more and opt for the 48hour ticket as 24hours will be insufficient for the entire two separate tours.

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Reviewed February 17, 2014

This seemed like a good idea at the time but is not very convenient (if you miss a bus by a couple of minutes it is a long wait at the side of the road for the next one). We ended up getting taxis twice to the next attraction and wished that we had just taken taxis in the first place as they are so cheap and plentiful. We were staying at Yas Island and travelled on the first bur for an hour to end up 5 minutes away from our hotel, very frustrating.

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Reviewed February 15, 2014

I bought a 2 day pass and was able to see most if not all of the highlights. There are two bus routes, one for Abu Dhabi, the second for the Island Tour to Yas Island. The Abu Dhabi route shows you much of Abu Dhabi. The Island Tour is for those who may want to spend the day on Yas Island at Ferrari World or Yas Waterworld. If you're not interested in stopping and getting off the bus, the route takes about 2 hours to complete. If you do get off the bus at any of the stops on Yas Island, the buses run every 90 minutes on the island.

The two bus routes connect at the Manarat Al Saadiyat stop. This is supposedly a cultural and tourism destination but there really wasn't much there that was open. Depending when you get to this stop you may be stuck there over an hour.

Thank John C
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

Thought this was an excellent tour as anywhere you fancied having a look around you just hopped off the bus and every half hour was another bus to hop back on! The commentary on the bus was very informative too.

Thank Periyasamy
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