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  • Location:New York City, New York
  • Duration:Flexible

New York City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Create your own sightseeing itinerary with the New York City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour! A hop-on-hop-off bus tour is the ideal way to explore every corner of the Big Apple and, with lively tour guides to keep you entertained and informed, you are sure to learn facts old and new about the city that never sleeps! Hop on and off the distinctive double-decker buses at any of the 50+ stops to discover New York at your leisure. A must-have tour for any visitor to the Big Apple!

Choose the Downtown Loop for a 24-hour ticket covering Lower Manhattan or upgrade to a 48-or-72-hour All Loops ticket to include Harlem, Brooklyn and a Night Tour to make the most of your time in New York. For more value, opt for the FreeStyle Pass and benefit from a 72-hour All Loops ticket plus 3 additional cruise, attraction, meal and museum options including the Empire State Building, Guggenheim Museum and Madame Tussauds. Or go VIP All-Access to skip the lines at bus stops and enjoy more frequency.

Highlights

  • Hop-on-hop-off sightseeing tour of New York by double-decker bus
  • Tour New York at your own pace
  • Choose Downtown Loop for a snapshot of the Lower Manhattan sights
  • Upgrade to the All Loops Tour and choose from 4 different loops covering Downtown, Brooklyn, Harlem and New York City at night!
  • Opt for New York FreeStyle Pass and enjoy a 72-hour All Loops Tour plus 3 additional options including cruises, attractions, meals, and museums.
  • Freestyle options includes attractions and tours like the Empire State Building, the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum and the Radio City Stage Door Tour
  • Skip the crowds and enjoy better bus frequency with the VIP All-Access Pass 48-Hour Pass
  • Live commentary from local knowledgeable guide onboard
  • Buses run every 10-30 minutes

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What You Can Expect

New York City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

New York City Hop-on Hop-off Tour at Wall Street, New York City

Enjoy pre-recorded tour narration in 11 different languages! In addition to live tour guides in English you can choose pre-recorded narration in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Mandarin, Russian, Japanese, Korean or Hebrew. The narration is enhanced with music and sounds of the bustling New York city streets. Additionally, it is GPS-triggered so what you hear will always be relevant to what you see.

24-hour Downtown Loop Bus Tour
(full loop duration without stops: approximately 2 hours)
Stops include Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown, Financial District, Battery Park, South Street Seaport, Times Square, Rockefeller Plaza, Radio City Music Hall, 42nd Street, St. Patrick's Cathedral

48 and 72-hour All Loops Bus Tour
Includes Downtown Loop Tour and the following loops:

Uptown Loop
(2 hours, full loop duration without stops)
Stops include Central Park, Fifth Avenue, Lincoln Center, American Museum of Natural History, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Grant's Tomb, Apollo Theater, Harlem Market, The Museum Mile, Guggenheim and the Metropolitan Museum.

Brooklyn Loop (2 hours, full loop duration without stops)
See the Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Antique Furniture District, Fulton Mall, Brooklyn Museum and much more. Choose from 8 stops to hop on and hop off with pickup every 30 minutes.

Night Tour (2.5 hours, not hop-on hop-off)
View over 20 sites from Central Park, Times Square, Empire State Building to Greenwich Village, SoHo, Chinatown and Little Italy. See the glittering lights of the city that never sleeps!

During the holiday season, the Holiday Lights Tour replaces the Night Tour focuses on Midtown to highlight the best holiday decorations, including department store windows.

FreeStyle Pass (view full list in itinerary section below).
Includes 72-hour All Loops Tour plus a total of 3 cruises, attractions, dining, and museums while in New York City. See itinerary section below for a complete list of options including the Empire State Building, Guggenheim Museum and the ferry to the Statue of Liberty.

VIP All-Access 48-hour Pass
Includes 48-hour All Loops tour with the added benefit of skip the line at over 20 select stops and ability to ride both red and blue buses for greater flexibility.

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Itinerary

FreeStyle Pass

You may choose a total of 3 of the following cruises, attractions, dining, museums, and fun items while in New York City:

Cruises
  • City Sightseeing Cruises
  • Ferry to the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
Attractions
  • Empire State Building Observatory
  • Madame Tussaud's All Access Pass
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not
  • Top of the Rock Observation Decks

Tours

  • Lincoln Center Tour
  • The Radio City Stage Door Tour
  • Rockefeller Center Tour
  • Walking Tours Audio Guide (good compliment to the hop-on hop-off double-decker bus tours). Includes: World Trade Center Site, Financial District, Central Park, Chinatown, Little Italy, Flatiron Building, Madison Square Park, 9/11 Tribute Center
Dining (selections from prix fixe menus; beverages and gratuities not included)
  • Lunch at Grotta Azzurra (Little Italy)
  • Lunch at Bella Napoli (near the Empire State Building)
  • Lunch at Buca di Beppo
  • The Original SoupMan (259 W 55th Street)
  • Lunch at Earl of Sandwich (Near Radio City)
  • Lunch at Planet Hollywood International
  • Perfect Picnic in Battery or Central Park (call before 10am to schedule fresh delivery)
  • Lunch or Dinner at Copper Chimney Indian Restaurant (near the Empire State Building)
  • Blue Planet Grill Restaurant (next to 9/11 Memorial)
  • Breakfast or Lunch at Applebee's (42nd Street and 50th Street)
Museums
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
  • Cloisters Museum
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
  • Museum of the City of New York
  • Museum of Arts and Design
  • The Jewish Children's Museum

Customer Reviews

Dieter W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

It's the best way to see new york.
Very nice guides in the busses, the lady in the gray line office was also very nice and she gave as a discount to visit the empire state building.
Next time, when we visit new york, we will take a gray line bus.
Thanks!

LESLIE S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great deal, got 3 days for price of 2 and a round the statue of liberty boat trip museum tickets and entry to9/11museum. Staff were great. A really good deal.

Nelly K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Very interesting downtown and uptown tour, interactive guides, not so much at night. It can also get cold on the top floor in the evening.

Theresa K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

It was great!!

Malcolm R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

handy way to explore the city and get a feel for those attractions that you may want to go back to. used the bus as a means to get to where we wanted and then walked back just so we could explore more of the neighbourhoods we had passed through. Guides were very good, knowledgeable and friendly. Picked up many tips and ideas we hadnt thought of which we followed through on, making our visit to New York even more memorable.

Tonya F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Allen was absolutely amazing-he upped the trip from 4 stars to 5 just with his knowledge and personality!

GIUSEPPE A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Excellent, well worth the money, 2 days, incl, night time tour and boat, which does Staten Island, fantastic, recommended

Nick C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

great way of seeing NYC

Stephen F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Used these buses for 3 days, really great way to see New York and tour guides gave lots of information. Did the uptown, downtown, Brooklyn and night tours. Really good introduction to New York.

Richard S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Good value

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