Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour - Discover or Essential Ticket

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The most convenient way of exploring Chicago...

You have chosen to visit a city that’s packed full of historical attractions and beautiful landmarks. Now you just need to book this Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour to explore it! See distinctive landmarks from The Magnificent Mile® to the Willis Tower and discover it all at your own pace!

Our guide to Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Explore the Windy City on this sightseeing bus tour where you can hop-on and off at multiple stops over one or two days. You'll have plenty of time to discover Chicago at your own speed, with buses scheduled to arrive at stops every 30 minutes (seasonal). Hop off for a quick photo or stay to explore for hours - Big Bus Chicago Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour tickets offer you the freedom to discover Chicago at your own pace.

Our hop-on and off service includes the two-hour ‘Big Loop’ showcasing Chicago’s history, art, and culture, with 11 stops conveniently located close to key landmarks and attractions. You’ll enjoy panoramic views of Chicago’s tallest skyscrapers, smell delicious food, and experience the culture of the Midwest. Enjoy exploring this dynamic city with the freedom to hop-on and hop-off as many times as you wish, within the validity period of your ticket.

Explore Navy Pier, shop on The Magnificent Mile, stand on air at The Ledge in the Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower, and take fun selfies at Millennium Park all while learning about the history of Chicago. As our Chicago Bus Tour rolls down The Magnificent Mile and crosses the Chicago River, you can admire the ever-changing architectural styles on a historic avenue!


Discover Ticket

  • 24 Hour Hop-on, Hop-off
  • Free ‘Big Bus Tours’ App with an interactive city map and live Bus Tracking

Essential Ticket

  • 48 Hour Hop-on, Hop-off
  • Free ‘Big Bus Tours’ App with an interactive city map and live Bus Tracking


The Big Loop (Red) - The first bus is at 10.00am The last full tour is 5.00pm. The buses run every 30 minutes and the full tour duration is 2 hours. 

Stops - Chicago Riverwalk (1), Skydeck Chicago & Willis Tower (2) - Millennium Park & The Art Institute of Chicago (3) - Hilton Chicago & Grant Park (4) - Adler Planetarium (5) - Museum Campus (6) - Sheraton Grand Chicago (7) - Navy Pier (8) - Water Tower & The Magnificent Mile (9) - 360 Chicago (10) - Hard Rock Cafe (11)

Sunset Live Tour (included with the Explore ticket only)

The all-new Big Bus Sunset Live Tour is a live guided 90-minute panoramic tour of Chicago that departs Navy Pier at 7:30pm nightly, May 4 to Oct 29. Hop-on the open-top double-decker bus in front of Navy Pier. Soak in the city sights as your tour guide shares stories of history, art, and the culture of the city. 

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour - Discover or Essential Ticket

  • You will be sent a gate-ready Big Bus Ticket. Simply print it in advance or present it on your smart phone for boarding.
  • A child ticket is available for children aged between 3 and 12 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Children aged 2 years and under may travel free of charge. All Children must be accompanied by an adult. Strollers must be folded and stowed on the lower deck.
  • Luggage is not permitted on board the bus at this time.
  • Big Bus runs every day of the year, except for New Year’s Eve, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Occasionally severe weather and special event days could affect service.
  • The tour company reserves the right to deviate from the route of a service where reasonably prudent to do so in the light of circumstances beyond the company’s control.
  • Please note routes may cancelled and operating times may change without notice. Please check times locally. 
  • Redeem your tickets at any Big Bus stops (please refer to the map), from the bus driver or a member of staff at the stop. A recommended stop is Chicago Riverwalk, 98 E. Wacker, Chicago IL (Stop 1).
  • *Cancellation Policy: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled prior to your holiday departure date. No refunds are given for cancellations made post departure.


Frequently Asked Questions for Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour - Discover or Essential Ticket

Do I need to book a date or time for Big Bus?

Yes. To help control capacity, all guests must pre-book a date when purchasing tickets through Big Bus. Your Bis Bus Ticket is gate-ready and guarantees use on any available Big Bus for the selected date.    

How do I receive my tickets? •  

 Your gate-ready ticket will be available to download as soon as your booking is paid. All you need to do is present your ticket on your mobile phone, or print at home before arriving at any one of the Big Bus stops.