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Which is Best New York Hop on Hop Off Bus Tour?

Overview of New York Hop On Hop Off Bus Tours

A bus tour is a great way to see the sights of New York City. It is not only a convenient way to get between them, a bus tour also offers a great vantage point to view this amazing city.

Three companies offer bus tours in New York, and we give you all the details of the tours, routes and prices here. They all offer similar routing and are competitively priced. Big Bus Tours is the most highly rated and justifiable popular. Take note though that they focus on the central areas, but the other two companies offer better options in Brooklyn and the Bronx too if you want to see these areas. Another important consideration is that Bug Bus Tours and CitySights Buses are included with different New York City discount attraction passes. This can represent a great value way to save on your stay in the city, check out our guide to such discount passes.

Compare New York City Hop On Hop Off Bus Tours

Big Bus Tours

Gray Line Bus(City Sightseeing)

CitySights Buses

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Big Bus Tours go through 4 routes covering all the major attractions in New York. It is rated the best hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour in New York by TripAdvisor, Tours offers live commentary, free mobile app, and restaurant, shopping, and tour discounts. The 2 Day and 3 Day also include a complimentary Hornblower River Cruise and free entry to the Museum of the City of New York with 3 Day ticket.

Gray Line buses, which are also known as City Sightseeing buses are red in colour and run in 5 different routes. These 5 routes cover all the major attractions of New York and you can hop on and hop unlimited times with live audio commentary. It also offers complimentary hop on hop off ferry rides, Museum of the City of New York, and ‘Eat and Play’ discount card with the 2 Day and 3 Day ticket.

CitySights Buses also allow unlimited hop on hop off - similar to the other sightseeing bus tours of New York. It also has 5 routes with live audio commentary. The complementary offers with 2 Day and 3 day ticket includes hop-on hop-off ferry, a choice of 2 museums, ‘Eat and Play’ discount card, and 2 free car sharing rides.

Ticket Cost

Classic 1 Day Ticket: $55 Adult/ $45 Child

(Only includes Uptown and Downtown loops)

Deluxe 2 Day Ticket: $65 Adult/ $55 Child

(All routes + Hornblower River Cruise)

Big Apple 3 Day Ticket: $79 Adult/ $59 Child

(All routes + Hornblower River Cruise + Free entry to the Museum of the City of New York)

1 Day Single Route Ticket: $49 Adult/ $39 Child

(Choose only one of the four routes)

2 Day All Routes Ticket: $59 Adult/ $49 Child

(All routes + hop-on hop-off ferry + free entry to the Museum of the City of New York + ‘Eat and Play’ card)

3 Day Ticket: $69 Adult/ $59 Child

(All routes + hop-on hop-off ferry + free entry to the Museum of the City of New York + ‘Eat and Play’ card)

1 Day Single Route Ticket: $49 Adult/ $39 Child

(Choose only one of the four routes)

2 Day All Routes Ticket: $64 Adult/ $54 Child

(All routes + hop-on hop-off ferry + free entry to New York Historical Society or the Museum of the City of New York + ‘Eat and Play’ card + 2 free Via car sharing cards)

2 Day VIP Ticket- Skip the line priority boarding: $89 Adult/ $79 Child

(All routes + hop-on hop-off ferry + free entry to New York Historical Society or the Museum of the City of New York + ‘Eat and Play’ card + 2 free Via car sharing cards)

3 Day Ticket: $69 Adult/ $59 Child

(All routes + hop-on hop-off ferry + free entry to New York Historical Society or the Museum of the City of New York + ‘Eat and Play’ card + 2 free Via car sharing cards + Free entry to Ripley’s Believe it or not- Limited period offer)

Ticket Validity

1/2/3 consecutive days

1/2/3 consecutive days

1/2/3 consecutive days

Routes and Time

1. Downtown Loop (Red)

First Tour: 8.00 A.M.

Last Tour: 5.00 P.M.



2. Uptown Loop (Blue)

First Tour: 9.00 A.M.

Last Tour: 5.00 P.M.



3. Brooklyn Loop (Green)

First Tour: 10.00 A.M.

Last Tour: 3.00 P.M.



4. Night Tour (Yellow)

First Tour: 6.00 A.M.

Last Tour: 8.00 P.M.

1. Downtown Loop

First Tour: 8.30 A.M.

Last Tour: 5.00 P.M.



2. Uptown Loop

First Tour: 9.00 A.M.

Last Tour: 4.00 P.M.



3. Brooklyn Loop

First Tour: 10.30 A.M.

Last Tour: 3.00 P.M.



4. Bronx Loop

First Tour: 10.00 A.M.

Last Tour: 3.00 P.M.



5. Night Tour

First Tour: 6.00 A.M.

Last Tour: 9.00 P.M.

1. Downtown Loop

First Tour: 8.00 A.M.

Last Tour: 6.00 P.M.



2. Uptown Loop

First Tour: 9.00 A.M.

Last Tour: 5.00 P.M.



3. Brooklyn Loop

First Tour: 10.00 A.M.

Last Tour: 3.00 P.M.



4. Bronx Loop

First Tour: 10.00 A.M.

Last Tour: 3.00 P.M.



5. Night Tour

First Tour: 6.30 A.M.

Last Tour: 8.00 P.M.

Tour Duration

Downtown Loop: 2 hours

Uptown Loop: 2 hours

Brooklyn Loop: 1.5 hours

Night Tour: 1.45 hours

Downtown Loop: 2 hours

Uptown Loop: 2 hours

Brooklyn Loop: 2 hours

Bronx Loop: 1 hours

Night Tour: 2.5 hours

Downtown Loop: 2.5 hours

Uptown Loop: 2 hours

Brooklyn Loop: 1.5 hours

Bronx Loop: 1.5 hours

Night Tour: 2 hours

Departure Point

Downtown Loop: Times Square 48th

Uptown Loop: Times Square 48th

Brooklyn Loop: Battery Park

Night Tour: Times Square 48th

Downtown Loop: Times Square 48th

Uptown Loop: Times Square 48th

Brooklyn Loop: Brooklyn Promenade

Bronx Loop: Grant’s Tomb

Night Tour: Times Square 48th

Downtown Loop: Times Square 48th

Uptown Loop: Times Square 42nd

Brooklyn Loop: City Hall / Brooklyn Bridge Bronx Loop: Grant’s Tomb

Night Tour: Times Square 48th

Bus Stops/Attractions

Downtown Loop

  1. Times Square 48th

  2. Times Square 42nd

  3. Empire State Building

  4. Korea Town

  5. Flatiron District

  6. Union Square

  7. Greenwich Village

  8. NOHO

  9. SoHo

  10. China Town/ Little Italy

  11. World Trade Center

  12. Battery Park- to Statue of Liberty

  13. Battery Park- Battery Place

  14. High Line

  15. Madison Square Garden

  16. Theater District Shopping Court

  17. M&M's World Stop


Uptown Loop

  1. Times Square 48th

  2. Times Square 42nd

  3. Rockefeller Centre

  4. Central Park and Columbus Circle

  5. Lincoln Centre Plaza

  6. Dakota/Strawberry Fields

  7. American Museum of National History

  8. Cathedral of St. John the Divine

  9. Grant’s Tomb

  10. Apollo Theatre/ Harlem

  11. Museum of the city of New York

  12. The Guggenheim Museum

  13. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  14. The Frick Museum

  15. Central Park Zoo

  16. Central Park South

  17. M&M's World Stop


Brooklyn Loop

  1. Battery Park

  2. One World Observatory


Night Tour

Panoramic Tour



Downtown Loop

  1. Times Square 48th

  2. Broadway/Theatre District

  3. Madison Square Garden

  4. Empire State Building

  5. Flatiron District

  6. Union Square

  7. Rubin Museum of Art

  8. Greenwich Village

  9. SoHo

  10. China Town / Little Italy

  11. City Hall/ Brooklyn Bridge

  12. World Trade Center

  13. Battery Park- to Statue of Liberty

  14. South Street Seaport

  15. Lower East Side

  16. East Village

  17. United Nations

  18. Waldorf- Astoria Hotel

  19. Rockefeller Centre

  20. Central Park

  21. Park Central Hotel

  22. Winter garden Theatre


Uptown Loop

  1. Times Square 48th

  2. Columbus Circle

  3. Lincoln Centre Plaza

  4. Dakota/Strawberry Fields

  5. American Museum of National History

  6. Upper West Side

  7. American Youth Hostel

  8. Cathedral of St. John the Divine

  9. Grant’s Tomb

  10. Apollo Theatre/ Harlem

  11. Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market

  12. Smithsonian National Museum of Design/ Jewish museum

  13. The Guggenheim Museum

  14. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  15. The Frick Museum

  16. Central Park Zoo

  17. Central Park South

  18. Port Authority Bus terminal


Brooklyn Loop

  1. Brooklyn Promenade

  2. Atlantic Avenue Middle Eastern Restaurant

  3. Barclays Centre

  4. Brooklyn Museum of Art

  5. Prospect Park Zoo

  6. Brooklyn Public library

  7. Fort Greene park

  8. Junior’s restaurant


Bronx Loop

  1. Grant’s Tomb

  2. Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market

  3. Yankee Stadium


Night Tour

Panoramic Tour

Downtown Loop

  1. Times Square 48th

  2. Broadway /Theatre District

  3. Madison Square Garden

  4. Empire State Building

  5. Empire State Building-2

  6. Flatiron District

  7. Union Square

  8. Greenwich Village

  9. SoHo

  10. China Town / Little Italy

  11. City Hall/ Brooklyn Bridge

  12. Battery Park- to Statue of Liberty

  13. South Street Seaport

  14. Lower East Side

  15. East Village

  16. United Nations

  17. Waldorf- Astoria Hotel

  18. Rockefeller Centre

  19. Central Park

  20. Park Central Hotel

  21. Winter garden Theatre


Uptown Loop

  1. Times Square 42nd

  2. Times Square 46th

  3. Times Square 56th

  4. Columbus Circle

  5. Lincoln Centre Plaza

  6. Dakota/Strawberry Fields

  7. American Museum of National History

  8. Quality Inn/Newton hotels

  9. Upper West Side

  10. Cathedral of St. John the Divine

  11. Grant’s Tomb

  12. Apollo Theatre/ Harlem

  13. Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market

  14. Museum of the city of New York

  15. Smithsonian National Museum of Design/ Jewish museum

  16. The Guggenheim Museum

  17. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  18. The Frick Museum

  19. Central Park Zoo

  20. Central Park South

  21. Winter garden Theatre

  22. Times Square 42nd


Brooklyn Loop

  1. City Hall/ Brooklyn Bridge

  2. Brooklyn Promenade

  3. Atlantic Avenue Middle Eastern Restaurant

  4. Barclays Centre

  5. Brooklyn Museum of Art

  6. Prospect Park Zoo

  7. Brooklyn Public library

  8. Fort Greene park

  9. Junior’s restaurant


Bronx Loop

  1. Grant’s Tomb

  2. Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market

  3. Yankee Stadium


Night Tour

Panoramic Tour

Frequency

Downtown Loop: 15 minutes

Uptown Loop: 15 minutes

Brooklyn Loop: 1 hour

Night Tour: 30 minutes

Downtown Loop: 30 minutes

Uptown Loop: 30 minutes

Brooklyn Loop: 30 minutes

Bronx Loop: 1 hour

Night Tour: 30 minutes

Downtown Loop: 30 minutes

Uptown Loop: 30 minutes

Brooklyn Loop: 30 minutes

Bronx Loop: 30 minutes

Night Tour: 30 minutes

Audio commentary

Yes

(in 11 languages)

Yes

(in 11 languages)

Yes

(in 11 languages)

Complimentary tours and cruises

Hornblower River Cruise ( Only with 2-day Deluxe and 3-day Big Apple Ticket)

Free entry to the Museum of the City of New York (Only with 3-day Big Apple Ticket)

Optional tours to Madam Tussauds Museum, Empire State building, Statue of Liberty, and One World Observatory at an additional price.

Hop-on hop-off ferry ( Only with 2-day and 3-day Ticket)

Free entry to the Museum of the City of New York ( Only with 2-day and 3-day Ticket)

‘Eat and Play’ card (Only with 2-day and 3-day Ticket)

Hop-on hop-off ferry ( Only with 2-day and 3-day Ticket)

Free entry to the Museum of the City of New York OR New York Historical Society ( Only with 2-day and 3-day Ticket)

‘Eat and Play’ card (Only with 2-day and 3-day Ticket)

2 free Via car sharing cards

Other amenities

Live guide on bus

(English)

Live guide on bus

(English)

Live guide on bus

(English)

City Pass which includes this tour

New York Pass Big Adventure Pass

None

Other information

  • No bus service on 1st January
  • Free for children below 5 years

  • No bus service on 25th December and 1st January
  • Buses operate only between 9:00 A.M. and 12 P.M. on Christmas eve and New Year eve
  • Free for children below 3 years

  • Buses operate only between 9:00 A.M. and 3 P.M. on New Year eve
  • Free for children below 3 years

How to use

Print the voucher in your mail and exchange it near Stop 1, Times Square 48th Street.

Print the voucher in your mail and exchange it at Gray Line Visitor Centre on Times Square.

Print the voucher in your mail and exchange it near Stop 1, Times Square 48th Street.

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