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Best New York Hop on hop off Bus

Best NYC Bus Tours Reviews

Hop on hop off New York - Big Bus Tour or Gray Line Bus NYC or City sights Bus tour

Overview of Best NYC 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(Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off, Gray Line Bus NYC, City sights Bus tour 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 economical way to save on your stay in the city, check out our guide to such discount passes.

Unbiased Comparing Best NYC Bus Tours sightseeing

Big Bus Tours

Gray Line Bus

CitySights Bus

  Big Bus Tours Gray Line Bus CitySights Bus
TripAdvisor Review 4.0 (8,300 Reviews) 3.5 (5,250 Reviews) 3.0 (1,083 Reviews)
Bus Routes Map
What is it?

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)

2 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
Heading

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

Explorer Pass

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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1. Best New York CitySights Bus Tours

Best New York CitySights Bus Tours (1,800 Reviews)

City Sights New York Bus Tours is a handy service for tourists to familiarize themselves with the popular Big Apple. This bus service has 4 hop-on hop-off lines and a panoramic Night Tour. This offers you a convenience of organizing the sightseeing the way you are comfortable with. In addition to bus rides, City Sights NYC Bus Tours bestows its users with extras, such as a hop-on hop-off ferry ride, discount cards and more.

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2. Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Tours

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3. Gray Line Citysightseeing Double Decker tour

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Gray Line is the bus sightseeing provider that covers downtown, Brooklyn and Bronx areas of New York. The service disposes of stops next to major attractions of the Big Apple, so you can alight from the vehicle at any point. Consequently, you are free to choose where and when to resume your ride. Besides, Gray Line Hop-On Hop-Off Tour offers additional amenities, such as a river cruise, museum ticket and a discount card.

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