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New York: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Product ID: 52377
Hop on board a sightseeing bus to discover the city that doesn’t sleep. Hop on and off as many times as you like with ticket options valid for 1, 2, or 3 days, and explore Downtown, and Uptown, with options including Harlem, Brooklyn and night tour.
About this activity
Duration: 24 - 72 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets.
Instant confirmation
Audio guide/headphones
Spanish, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • See the icons and landmarks of New York, from Times Square to the Empire State Building and the world famous Brooklyn Bridge
  • See Midtown and catch views of Central Park and Museum Mile on the Uptown Loop
  • Hop on or hop off at your leisure to create your own customized journey around the city
  • Stop at over 40 key points of interest with these unique loops
  • Use a free headset to hear pre-recorded commentary in a selection of languages
Full description
Explore New York City and see its landmarks and monuments, from the Empire State Building to Times Square and the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge. These tours are the perfect way to discover all that New York has to offer.

The hop-on hop-off route stops at over 40 key points of interest all around New York City. Experience the diverse culture, beautiful parks, stunning architecture, and picturesque views from the top of an open-air sightseeing bus. Hop-off and back on at your leisure to create your own customized itinerary around the city.

Choose from 3 ticket options:
1. Classic Ticket: includes unlimited boarding on Explore Uptown Loop, & Explore Downtown Loop for 1 day.
2. Premium Package: includes unlimited boarding for 2 days on the Explore Uptown Loop, Explore Downtown Loop, Explore Brooklyn Loop, Explore Harlem Loop, Discover NYC by Night Tour
3. 2 Day Deluxe Package with Empire State Building: includes unlimited boarding for 2 days on Explore Uptown & Explore Downtown Loops,Explore Brooklyn, Explore Harlem, Discover NYC by Night, a 1-hour Circle Line Liberty Cruise & entry to Empire State Building.

Explore Downtown Loop
The Downtown Loop is the best way to explore Lower Manhattan including popular neighborhoods such as the Flatiron District, Union Square, Little Italy, Chinatown, Soho & NoHo, Greenwich Village & the East Village, Chelsea and the Financial District. Wander around Wall St. to see the infamous Stock Exchange and charging bull, eat your way through Little Italy and Chinatown then shop till you drop at all the high end or boutique stores SoHo is famous for. You'll also find the Brooklyn Bridge and access to the supplier's Brooklyn Loop and sightseeing cruise on the Downtown Loop. 

Duration: 1.5 hours
Operates: Summer Hours 8:00 AM–6:00 PM and Winter Hours until 5:00 PM
Frequency: every 15-20 minutes.

Explore Uptown Loop
The Uptown Loop is an easy way to explore the Upper East Side, which is home to some of New York’s most popular museums. This is where you go to get lost in history and the arts exploring the Guggenheim and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The loop also takes you through Midtown, passing by the Grand Central Terminal and the world-famous brand stores on Madison Avenue.

Duration: 1.5 Hours
Operates: Summer Hours 9:00 AM-6:00 PM and Winter Hours until 5:00 PM
Frequency: every 20-25 minutes 

Explore Brooklyn Tour
Brooklyn is the most populated borough of New York, featuring 350 years of history and an incredible collection of celebrities, artists, landmarks and culture. Discover Brooklyn as you make your way across the historic Manhattan Bridge while taking in spectacular views of downtown Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge. Enjoy the sights of downtown Brooklyn as you pass by the Barclay Center and the Grand Army Plaza. Hop-off the tour to visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden or simply wonder through the Brownstones and culture-filled streets.

Duration: 1.5 Hours
Operates: 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM
Frequency: every 60 minutes

Discover NYC by Night Tour
Enjoy a panoramic view of the city that never sleeps. See its beautiful lights as you tour through Times Square and catch a breathtaking view of lower Manhattan as you cross over the Manhattan Bridge. Finish the tour with views of the famous Radio City Music Hall, home to the Christmas Spectacular Rockettes. 

Duration: 1.5 Hours
Operates: Summer Hours 7:00 PM-9:00 PM and Winter Hours 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Frequency: every 30 minutes
  • Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Ticket (1 or 2-day, depending on option selected)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Live bus tracking via the free app
  • English-speaking guide
  • Recorded commentary in 10 languages
  • Entry to Empire State Building (depending on option selected)
  • 1-Hour Circle Line Liberty cruise (depending on option selected)

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Join the tour at any of the stops along the route.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Your ticket is valid for either 1 or 2 days, depending on option chosen. If you redeem your ticket after 3:00 PM, it is valid for the following day until that time
• Children under the age of 3 may travel free, but must be accompanied by a dedicated adult (1 adult to 1 child) and cannot occupy a seat that's meant for a fare-paying passenger
• Summer hours: April 1 – November 1
• Winter Hours: November 1 – March 31
• Please bring appropriate clothing in case of inclement weather
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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 / 5

based on 639 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    3.8 / 5
  • Organization
    3.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.7 / 5
  • Safety
    4.3 / 5
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Loved it! We had a 2 day pass and did the north loop on day 1 and south loop day 2. the guides were really knowledgeable and we felt we learned a lot about New York. There were 2 negatives - why do you employ lots of Male ‘in your face’ ticket towtes? I’d read how good your tours were and was specifically looking for you. I would’ve appreciated a central location to go to or a member of your team assisting me at the stops instead of been hassled by your sales people. I Really didn’t like that and some of them were so in your face it was quite intimidating. Also, our ticket had a circle line boat trip included. Your recommendation on the ticket was to get there 30 minutes before the departure time at Pier 16. We actually got there 45 minutes earlier than the departure but because we’d not exchanged the voucher for tickets we had to join a huge line and missed the boat. if you’d explained that process we’d definitely have caught it.

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February 4, 2020

Super great. However look into the boat fair departure dates, we were unaware at the time that they only departed once a day at 10:30 am which we missed. Also to redeem your voucher you can see the ticket agents in Times Square, the Big Bus customer service never seemed to have their exact location, which actually got really annoying. Although the bus tour guides were kind enough to give us a lift to find a ticket voucher. * If you have a Empire State building pass, you actually cannot redeem your tickets with the agents, instead you have to see their agent at Madame Tussauds New York, times square, in Big Bus line 3. I didn't know any of this so it consumed a lot of our time in the city, however the booking date didn't matter to them so we were able to redeem the tickets on a different day which was cool since we had already spent an entire day riding the buses.

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November 18, 2019

Needed more instruction

My daughter and I recently did this and really enjoyed it. I do feel that they could have provided more instruction - I could only find end hours on this site which said 5:00, but then they were still dropping people off at stops at 5:20. I would have gotten off if I had known if another bus would be coming. Not knowing the schedule and frequency of buses was inconvenient. We waited 30 minutes to be picked up.

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October 8, 2019

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Product ID: 52377