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A hop-on hop-off New York bus tour allows you to see the city at your own pace and provides easy transportation to top sights. Entertaining tour guides keep you informed when you’re on board, and you can hop off and on the distinctive double-decker tour buses when you wish to check out attractions like the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center. There are several options and combos to choose from when booking: the 24-hour Downtown Loop, a 48- or 72-hour All Loops (includes the Uptown Loop, Brooklyn Loop and Night Tour), the FreeStyle Pass (includes the All Loops plus your choice of three attractions or activities) or the VIP All-Access (includes skip-the-line benefits and greater flexibility with buses).

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

Your hop-on hop-off New York bus tour features pre-recorded commentary in 11 languages, as well as live tour guides to provide assistance and information. The recorded narration includes music and NYC street sounds to keep you entertained while listening to GPS-triggered fun facts about the sights you see from the bus.

When booking, you have several tour options to choose from, detailed below.

24-hour Downtown Loop ticket:
Stops include St Patrick’s Cathedral, 42nd Street, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Plaza, Times Square, South Street Seaport, Battery Park, Financial District, Chinatown, Little Italy, SoHo, Greenwich Village and the Empire State Building. Full loop duration is two hours.

48- or 72-hour All Loops ticket:
Downtown Loop plus the following three loops

Uptown Loop
Stops include Harlem Market, Apollo Theater, Grant’s Tomb, Cathedral of St John the Diving, American Museum of Natural History, Lincoln Center, Fifth Avenue, Central Park, Museum Mile, Guggenheim and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Full loop duration is two hours.

Brooklyn Loop
Choose from eight stops; bus pickup is every 30 minutes; full loop duration is two hours. See the Brooklyn Museum, Fulton Mall, Antique Furniture District, Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Botanic Garden.

Night Tour
This 2.5-hour tour is NOT a hop-on hop-off tour. You’ll see more than 20 illuminated city sights and neighborhoods, including Little Italy, Chinatown, SoHo, Greenwich Village, the Empire State Building, Times Square and Central Park. During the holiday season, the Night Tour is replaced with the Holiday Lights Tour, which focuses on Midtown to show you New York City’s legendary department store windows and other Christmas-themed decorations.

FreeStyle Pass
If you want to combine your hop-on hop-off bus tour with other New York tours, restaurants, museums and cruises, upgrade to this pass, which includes the 72-hour All Loops ticket plus access to a selection of attractions. See the Itinerary section for a full list of options, such as the One World Observatory, Guggenheim, Empire State Building and ferry to the Statue of Liberty.

VIP All-Access 48-hour Pass
The ultimate option—you’ll enjoy the 48-hour All Loops ticket, plus skip-the-line benefits at more than 20 select sites. Also included is the ability to ride both the blue and red buses, which give you more frequency and flexibility to get around the city.

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Itinerary

FreeStyle Pass details:
If you select this pass when booking, you may choose a total of three of the following New York City cruises, attractions, restaurant options, museums and activities.

Cruises
  • City Sightseeing Cruises
  • Ferry to the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
Attractions
  • One World Observatory
  • 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 (a good compliment to the hop-on hop-off bus tours; includes the 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

Elaine L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great way to see and learn about New York once you have been on the tour you will bee able to walk to most places of interest.

mouldy_oldy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

great way to learn about the city and get an idea of the layout .there are 4 day tours and one night tour .the night tour is really good for photos.

Magdaleny A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Does what it says - Hop On Hop Off - would have been lost without this service as my husbands not too good on his legs

Linda J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great way to get an overview of NY. We did two tours: downtown and night tour, well worth doing. Only downside was the time it took to exchange our voucher for tickets - it was very hot in the visitors centre and it took over half an hour in the queue.

Eddwyer3

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Interesting and convenient.

Laura A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great way of seeing the city. Some of the tour guides are brill at their jobs and really are a huge part of the city's life and can tell you so many things that you wouldn't find out otherwise. Handy and reliable and on the nice days that we had there they made sure everyone had a seat outside at the top.

Missi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It was a nice break to have the bus system cart us around for3 days. The tour guides were informative, and we had a blast!

Michael T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great way to see the city especially if you have limited time.

Connie F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a great tour and very interesting. The tour guides are extremely knowledgeable and interesting. I would highly recommend this tour to others. Thanks!!!

Rosie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was fantastic value. We did the three days plus three events but on top of that you got a night bus tour, river cruise and an evening at a comedy club which was totally unexpected. Thank you Grayline.

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