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Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour
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Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour

By Big Bus Sydney
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A Sydney and Bondi Beach bus tour lets you enjoy all the benefits of a guided tour—including hassle-free transportation and onboard audio commentary—while exploring the sights at your own pace. Tickets are valid for 24 or 48 hours, so you can hop on and off at attractions like Sydney Harbour, the Rocks, Royal Botanic Garden, and Hyde Park, or simply enjoy the views from an open-top double-decker bus.
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Ages 3-99
Duration: 1h 30m
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Mobile ticket
Audio guide: German, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
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Highlights
  • Convenient hop-on hop-off transportation on an open-top double-decker bus
  • Several stops around the city including Sydney Harbour, Bondi Beach, and Darling Harbour
  • Onboard audio commentary ensures you don’t miss anything
  • Travel along two routes with buses departing regularly for your convenience

  • Choice of 24 hour or 48 hour pass
  • Pre-recorded commentary in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean
  • Up to 34 stops to Hop-on and Hop-off
  • Free WiFi Onboard

Make your way to any of the stops (see itinerary) to validate your 24- or 48-hour ticket, then hop aboard one of the open-top double-decker buses. Your tickets offer access to both the Sydney and Bondi Beach bus routes, which connect at Cook and Phillip Park, 100 William Street or Central Station stops. You can jump on and off as many times as you like on each circuit. Perhaps get off at Sydney Harbour to enjoy magnificent views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, take a stroll around Hyde Park or the Royal Botanic Garden, or explore Chinatown. Or visit Sydney Fish Market, watch the surfers at Bondi Beach, and discover neighborhoods like the Rocks and Paddington. While onboard, don’t forget to plug in your headphones and listen to the audio commentary, which points out all the main attractions along the route, and offers background history and fun facts to help you learn more about the Harbour City.

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5010SYDNEY

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • When booking the 24 or 48 hour Pass, only the lead passenger name is required for a booking. At time of booking you only need to enter 1 adult to complete your booking
  • Infants aged 0 to 3 years travel free of charge
  • Most travellers can participate

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Which attractions will I visit with Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour?
How much is Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour?
Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour price starts from AU$66.72. Discover and book Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour on Tripadvisor
What is the Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour cancellation policy?
Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour on Tripadvisor
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Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour is hosted by Big Bus Sydney. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Big Bus Sydney on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5010SYDNEY

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  • Big Bus Sydney
    2,138
    Australia
    Joined in February 2011
  • Marty G
    0 contributions
    DO NOT 🚫 go when it's raining.
    I'm sure if the weather was better this review would not have even been written but the fact that it was raining, completely changed the experience. I UNDERSTAND they're not responsible for the weather but with rain pouring down, they continued to pack people into the lower part of the bus with most of us standing, no audio descriptions over speakers of sites or locations we were passing. On heavily raining days capacity should be limited to indoor seating only...so people can at least make use of the audio commentary on the provided earbuds. OR..., easy fix: Put in some speakers and play the description over them indoors...otherwise, you're just very overpriced public transit.
    Written 22 February 2024
  • Liza C
    0 contributions
    Fantastic! Highly recommend!
    Fantastic. Spent 2 days travelling on this bus. Takes u around all locations and very easy to hop on- off. Great staff very helpful. If u get the chance take the bus to Bondi and surrounding areas.
    Written 18 January 2024
  • richardsP1061NL
    0 contributions
    Worthwhile, as good as London, maybe better.
    I thought the music was great! I would love to have a soundtrack with all that is used. It filled the time between sites well, and I think enhanced the experience. I went looking for Peter Allen’s song, found it, and would like to find The rest.
    Written 17 January 2024
  • nicholal939
    0 contributions
    Great tour
    A great way to see soo much of Sydney on both the red and blue line Great commentary soo many quirky facts about the place Drivers very courteous tooo
    Written 18 December 2023
  • JJOH
    0 contributions
    Great way to get around the city
    We had the two day pass and did both circuits, one on each day. Each takes about one and a half hours if you just sit on the bus without alighting. The audio feed is informative and works well. It’s a very good way of getting a quick overall view of the city. We did that and then picked specific stops we wanted to get off at to see things. Buses came regularly so we never had a particularly long wait to rejoin at any point. Would definitely recommend
    Written 7 December 2023
  • Shaggle11
    0 contributions
    It’s Amazing!!!!
    Special Vivid tour, took in all of the beautiful views Sydney has to offer. Avoided the crowds in comfort. Great way to see Vivid if you are unable to do the walk around. Wonderful and knowledgeable staff. Highly recommend.
    Written 7 June 2023
  • chrisso54
    0 contributions
    The Big Red Bus
    If you want to know where the sights of Sydney attractions and don't have much time, use this company they take you to Opera house, the harbour Bridge, circular quay, the rocks, kings cross, known as the red route. The blue route takes you to Bondi and other beaches
    Written 31 May 2023
  • royat551
    0 contributions
    Amazing
    A group of 20 of us went around Sydney on the big bus. Thanks James Race (bus driver) who accommodated our large group. We highly recommend!
    Written 28 April 2023
  • Dave P
    0 contributions
    Woefully disorganised waste of time
    Ridiculously priced "service" that is by no way hop on hop off. Buses every 45 minutes and poorly organised. If I could give it a negative score I would. Don't bother, use the local bus services instead. Thier hours are inadequate for any decent hop on hop off service anyway. The stops are placed nobody goes except the Opera House and Bondi beach.
    Written 25 March 2023
  • Peter M
    0 contributions
    Sydney Hop on Hop Off Bus
    This is an excellent way of seeing Sydney on a Saturday when most of the businesses are closed. They have an excellent audio and on a nice fine day it is nice to sit upstairs. The only thing was the wait times can be 30-40 minutes but they also go to Bondi also so covers a fair distance. I was on the boat and got it from Circular Quay
    Written 20 January 2023
  • tawsifamin93
    0 contributions
    Amazing Experience with a great Driver named ADAM.
    Bus driver ADAM was a great guy. He was helpful, friendly & good hearted Men. Even after end of his duty time, he was kind us to drop us to Sydney tower eyes. We have 3 kids in our group of 9 people. If Adam didn’t help, we’d have to walk all the way which was almost 15 minutes walk from last stoppage of the Bus.
    Written 28 December 2022
  • Paul C
    0 contributions
    Disappointing and poor value
    Already below par experience ruined by unexplained 25 minute wait at one stop looking down from top of bus at long queue of forlorn tourists with tickets in hand unable to get on full bus. Buses were meant to be every half hour and there's no way all of those people would get on the next bus even. It's the holidays so more buses are needed. The bus also waited about 8 minutes at the Aquarium stop. Of
    Written 26 December 2022
  • AnnieIlario
    0 contributions
    Great service from Jo
    We had excellent service from Jo at Circular Quay in Sydney, he was very knowledgable and friendly. We really appreciated his suggestion and service. We were a group of 8 people and bought the 24 hour deluxe ticket with entry tickets to four attractions. As suggested by Jo , our timing was perfect.
    Written 10 October 2022
  • barrysC5251DV
    0 contributions
    Poor experience
    As an Australian from Melbourne I was so dissatisfied with the experience, firstly the bus was 20 minutes late from the schedule then the tour started, we made a stop at the rocks where we were made to wait in a queue for about 10 minutes where a representative was taking money for the tickets on the bus which was not moving as another bus approached, so we then asked this very important person is this bus going or do we need to get on the next one, which replied no not my bus I’m only taking money and giving tickets, as we had already purchased our tickets at the first stop, we walked to the next but to which this very important man came quickly to us to see if we had purchased tickets as if you could get on the next bus without showing that driver. As the tour started again there was hardly any explanation of all the sites we were travelling through, at $59.00 per adult I thought it is really not worth the money or experience
    Written 1 June 2022
  • Blesssssssss
    0 contributions
    The Best of Sydney
    Great drivers Adam and Scott was great. Specially Adam he went out of his way to hep me get around and other passengers. Excellent Service. Try to get there early so you can enjoy the attraction.
    Written 19 May 2022
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Fred T
Perth, Australia4 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
The bus was ok, clean, neat and tidy. No problems with the audio commentary. The main problem with this is that it is veeeery slooooow. Bus driver takes a long time to sell tickets to people boarding the bus at most stops. The most RIDICULOUS thing is that as the bus reached the Circular Quay stop, all passengers were asked to get off the bus, and wait for 20 minutes for the next bus regardless! NOT GOOD for people with a short time in Sydney! The worst thing was the comment from the driver: "It's not my problem!". They need to add warnings about this rubbish type of service to their brochures. NOT HAPPY :-(
Written 14 February 2020
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moonraker244
Quorn, UK52 contributions
We decided to go on this tour because there was a Chinese commentary available. We tried to catch the early bus at Central Station. It turned up 15 mins late and it then took the conductor another 10 mins to sort out the tickets. No conductor travels with the bus so at some stops it took 10 mins to sort out the tickets. So after 1hr 30 mins we were about half way round near Circular quay. The driver then came and told us the bus was changing route and going to Bondi beach. So we stayed on the bus and ended back where we started. After more dealing with tickets we set off for Bondi arriving 3 hours after we started
We got off at Bondi and later caught a return bus. On the route we stopped outside the Australia Museum and most people got off only to find the Museum is shut and being refurbished. They are too lazy to record new commentary to deal with closures of attractions. Also because they don't use conductors on the bus you spend half your time waiting for the driver to deal with the tickets. The whole thing is designed to maximise revenue and minimise costs with customer service a very low priority
Written 14 February 2020
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Jane D
1 contribution
Jan 2020
My family are in Sydney for 2 days and thought that we would use the bus tour as a way of seeing the city in a short period of time. The buses were over crowded and had to stand downstairs all the way to Bondi and therefore had no commentary and could not see any of the sights anyway! We had to wait ages for a bus that had space and there was obviously no limit on numbers. We have paid for another day but think we will give it a miss tomorrow. Worst tour bus experience ever!
Written 1 January 2020
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Thank you for the feedback and we are sorry for not meeting your expectations. Sydney is very busy at the moment with School Holidays, Cruise Ships and New Year's Eve visitors, therefore traffic impacts and the level of customers is very high. We have been informing customers of this and potential delays, however despite this the majority of customers are boarding within our advertised wait times. When buses fill quickly and a customer does not want to wait for the next bus we will on rare occasions allow standing, after informing that commentary will be missing. I am more than happy to investigate your circumstance further if you would like to email me at janep@bigbustours.com with your day and time of travel to Bondi. Regards Jane
Written 2 January 2020
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Robyn B
Gladstone, Australia72 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This was awful, hot delays where bus change over was not matched up. Very over booked buses, on the day we went the poor staff seemed under a lot of pressure from many annoyed customers. Out of all our attractions this was the most disappointing.
Written 19 February 2020
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Shelly A
Decatur, IL144 contributions
Jan 2020
I love hop on hop off tours because they're such a good way to learn what a city has to offer. I was really disappointed in this one. The audio is recorded and is only about 60 seconds for each area, so you listen to a lot more music than narrative. The narrative is pretty brief. It will tell you what I at the stop for you to go see, but very little as to why you should go see it. It also didn't take you directly to several places, like it would say hop off here for the fish market, and you couldn't see the fish market. The audio also seemed to get stuck and repeat itself. This is also the first hop on hop off where when it gets back to stop 1, everyone has to get off and move to the first bus in line. Too bad if you had a really nice spot up top. There was also a lot of confusion when the driver would stop before the audio said why, such as at the railway station. It was still a nice way for a tired tourist to ride around for 4 hours in the afternoon to see what I might want to go back to the next day.
Written 19 January 2020
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Ronald C
3 contributions
Mar 2020
We couldn't make up our minds on what to do and really didn't want to drive the rental car in the city. The bus stopped 1/2 block from condo we were in which made this a great option. We are not at all bus tour folk, but this was pretty cool way to see the entire city! Used our own Bose headphones which worked out really well as it gets a bit windy if you ride on top! Kinda felt like we were in a movie, hair blowing in the wind, sights going by! Some drivers were much better then other, Pete was the best! Some could care less if you were on or not.
The company should think about a better narrator and/or at least have them tell you which stop you are at ad/or mark or number the stops to match the maps given out. We missed a stop or two, so pay close attention. Being in Bondi Beach as our pick up, it is terribly difficult to try and get to the free walking tour or boat rides in time. You really need to days if starting in Bondi.
Written 22 March 2020
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For those reading through these helpful reviews. Here is a suggestion for a great day out. The tours run every 45 minutes on the red route which stops at all the landmarks across the Sydney City Route. The Blue Route which takes you to Bondi beach is every two hours so it is best to join the 9:30 red route tour at Circular Quay on the corner of George Street and Alfred Streets and do the Red loop as an orientation 9:30am-11:00am. Then have a walk around the rocks for 15-20 minutes before the 11:30am bus departs stop one and joins the Bondi Blue Route Bus at Stop 3 at approximately 11:45am. You can head down to Bondi now and be dropped of at about 12:15pm at Bondi Beach for a 2 hour leisure discovery of Bondi beach, the Bondi Baths and find one of the cool cafes or restaurants to have some lunch. There are also plenty of hip men's hairdressers in Bondi beach area - so maybe a shave. Fish & Chips is a great tradition sitting down on Bondi beach. Then you can re-join the Bondi and bays Blue Tour at 2:15pm and head back through Watsons Bay, Rose, Bay and Double Bay towards the city arriving at Central stop 24 at 3:00pm. a short 30 minutes stroll around central station to see the Grand concourse and head back to stop 24 to meet up with the Red Route Bus which will take you back to Stop 1 Circular Quay past the Fish markets, Maritime Museum, Chinese Gardens, Aquarium, harbour Bridge. the Rocks and you are done.
Written 26 April 2022
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Karen in La
Sydney, Australia75 contributions
Jan 2020
While using this service made it easier to get around Sydney, there were some problems. Due to traffic, it was often very slow. The first time we were on it, the driver forgot to switch the audio to narrative vs the music. So we wpent our time from Darling Harbor to the Circular Quay mostly listening to music. We found the narrative very poorly done, lacking details about the places we passed.This needs to be reworked. Slower probably than the train and light rail, but it sufficed. The Opal card can be used on the transport network extending beyond the city to the Blue Mountains. I would use a this option next time to choose the train, buses and light rail, which are extensive and easy to get on and off at many stops.
Written 14 February 2020
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Bronwyn W
Omokoroa Beach, New Zealand3 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We have used this company all over the world. The day we used it in Sydney was a Saturday and the time between buses was typically about 40-50 minutes. Much longer than advertised. According to the driver it was because of the traffic (definitely not observable from on the bus) and according to the office (when I spoke to them) they didn't have many buses on because it was quiet. But overall it was less than satisfactory to have to wait that long. Secondly, the commentary did not match the stops, often meaning the driver often stopped before the commentary said to. We missed 2 stops that we wanted. When we got back to stop 1 we waited for nearly 30 mins before moving off. All in all...not value for money.
Written 23 February 2020
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Jeff K
Pittsburgh, PA1,977 contributions
We didn’t use this service as much as I had planned but it was pretty good. The routes are good and the narration ismwell done although it took us two attempts to find a seat with working audio. They have an app but it’s not very helpful.

The biggest problem we had was the inefficiency of the service. If you get off for a stop you can be waiting 30 minutes or so for the next bus. Mornings are also much worse than afternoons. Our bus stopped for 20-30 minutes at Circular Quay in the morning as they sold tickets to 30 or so passengers. We didn’t encounter any long stops in the afternoon.

IMO it’s best used for seeing the city (especially in the afternoon) but not for hopping on and off.
Written 15 March 2020
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The Big Bus Tours' sightseeing formula has been designed to provide a flexible approach to city discovery. The hop on, hop off facility enables you to get off a number of exciting places and explore at your leisure. When arriving back to Circular Quay (Stop 1), there is a transfer of passengers between buses, before the bus in front departs. The bus waiting at Stop 1 will depart after the next transfer. Transfer time and frequency is seasonal. We thank you for your feedback and for the time you spent with us.
Written 18 March 2020
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Swisshen
Perth, Australia2,323 contributions
Jan 2020
There are two routes that are covered by the buses. The city centre and the iconic Bondi Beach. If you are limited for time, then I suggest you do the city bus first so you can see the famous Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Because our bus was packed and we could not get on they extended our ticket for the time lost which was good pr.
Written 5 January 2020
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Thank you for your review and we are pleased you enjoyed both of our routes. Sydney was very busy with travellers after the New Year therefore thank you for your patience. While we have had some bus days the majority of our customers are able to board within our advertised times. Safe travels. Regards Jane
Written 17 January 2020
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