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Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Tour

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Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Tour

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

See the highlights of New York City without the hassle of navigating traffic or public transportation by booking a Big Bus tour. The hop-on hop-off tour enables busy travelers to relax and enjoy the sights from the double-decker bus. Along the way, you can choose the attractions that interest you most rather than being caught up on a group tour.
  • Book a flexible bus tour that lets you hop on and off at 5 stops
  • The convenient voucher can be redeemed at any of the 5 listed Big Bus stops
  • Upgrade to include additional sights, a night tour, and a cruise

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This bus tour focuses on Manhattan with upgrades for night trips, a boat ride, and Brooklyn.
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Hop-on hop-off, open-top, sightseeing bus tour
Live bus tracking through Big Bus app
2 Routes - Uptown (red route) and Downtown (blue route)
Audio-guide in English, Spanish, and French
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.
See itinerary

Return Details

You may disembark at any of the available stops.
Show your paper or mobile voucher to a member of the Big Bus staff at any of the 5 stops along your route to redeem and board the bus to begin your tour. Learn about the history of the city from your guide as you go. 

Cruise the entire loop or hop off when a destination interests you enough that you want to explore it further, such as Battery Park, Korea Town, Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center.

Upgrade to the Empire State entry ticket to see the sights from up above.
Itinerary
Duration: 
1 hour 30 minutes
Operating Schedule:
  9:30 AM (from stop 1 - M&M'S World) - 4:30 PM Every 20 to 30 minutes, totally route takes 90 minutes Customers are advised to visit the Big Bus website or to download the Big Bus app to see the most up to date bus stop locations and timings. For live bus tracking on the day of travel - please download the Big Bus App in advance of arrival.
M&M'S New York
Stop 1 - 7th Ave & W 48th St
W 42nd St and Broadway
**Closed until further notice** Stop 2 - Times Square East
5th Avenue & West 32nd Street
Stop 3 - Empire State Building / KoreaTown ( (in front of CVS Pharmacy)
5th Ave & W 23rd St
Stop 4 - Flatiron District (in front of Eisenbergs Sandwich Shop)
West Broadway & Spring Street
Stop 5 - SoHo (in front of the Nike Store)
100 Lafayette St
Stop 6 - Chinatown / Little Italy (near corner with Walker Street)
Park Row & Beekman St
Stop 7 - Brooklyn Bridge (across from 33 Park Row)
SAMC360
Stop 8 - Wall Street / Charging Bull (Southwest corner near Rector St)
State St/Bridge St
Stop 9 - Statue of Liberty / Battery Park (in front of the 1 Train Subway Entrance)
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
Stop 10 - 12th Ave & 40th St (opposite Pier 81)
Points of interest passed by on this route
Empire State Building
 
Rockefeller Center
 
Times Square
 
Flatiron Building
 
Battery Park
 
Charging Bull (Wall Street Bull)
 
SoHo
 
Greenwich Village
 
Little Italy
 
Union Square Green Market
 
Herald Square
 
The High Line
 
Duration: 
1 hour 30 minutes
Operating Schedule:
  10 AM - 4 PM (Stop #11 Times Square North) Every Hour, tour duration takes 90 Minutes Customers are advised to visit the Big Bus website or to download the Big Bus app to see the most up to date bus stop locations and timings. For live bus tracking on the day of travel - please download the Big Bus App in advance of arrival.
W 42nd St and Broadway
Stop 2 - Times Square East (*in front of the Knickerbocker Hotel)
7th Avenue & West 50th Street
Stop 11 - Times Square North (in front of Majectic Deli)
5th Avenue & East 83rd Street
Stop 12 - The Metropolitan Museum of Art (outside the museum near 83rd St)
5th Avenue & East 66th Street
Stop 13 - Central Park Zoo (opposite 845 5th Ave)
Central Park South & Columbus Circle
Stop 14 - Columbus Circle (Southwest corner of Central Park, next to Maine Monument)
Points of interest passed by on this route
Carnegie Hall
 
Columbus Circle
 
Central Park Zoo
 
Frick Collection
 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
 
Grand Central Terminal
 
Bryant Park
 
Times Square
 
Central Park
 
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • 24 Hour - Classic tickets will be valid for same day use.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Big Bus Tours - USA
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
How often does a bus arrive at each stop during the Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Tour?
A:A bus arrives approximately every hour on both the Downtown (Red) and Uptown (Blue) routes.
Mar 2021
Q:
Do I have to go to a central location to redeem my ticket for the Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Tour?
A:You may redeem your printed or electronic ticket at any of the listed bus stops.
Mar 2021
Q:
How long is a full circle ride on the Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Tour without getting off?
A:A full rotation on each of the Downtown (Red) and Uptown (Blue) routes is approximately 90 mins. Note: Tour duration can fluctuate according to the season.
Mar 2021
Q:
How will I know which stop(s) to use during the Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Tour?
A:Our live guides and pre-recorded commentary will communicate upcoming stops. You can also download our free App for more information on routes and times, and what to see and do at each stop location.
Mar 2021
Q:
Is the Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Tour wheelchair accessible?
A:Yes, we operate wheelchair-accessible vehicles with lifts that can accommodate up to 650 pounds. If you require an accessible vehicle, please let us know in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.
Mar 2021
Q:
Can I bring a pet with me on the Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Tour?
A:No pets are allowed onboard the bus, except ADA service animals.
Mar 2021
Q:
Can I bring food or drink with me on the Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Tour?
A:No food or alcohol is permitted onboard the bus. Non-alcoholic drinks in screw-top bottles are permitted.
Mar 2021
Q:
Can I bring luggage on the Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Tour?
A:No, luggage is not permitted onboard the bus at this time.
Mar 2021
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "If weather is great make sure to get a seat on top." See review
  • "I bought a two day pass that included a night tour and liberty cruise and went on every tour available on the pass." See review

Reviews

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3,164 Reviews

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star-1
Was hard to find and too busy
Virginia_N
, Jul 2022
Was hard to find and too busy we didn't even get to ride, wasted money and we weren't given a refund.
star-5
Great tour
Michelle_S
, Jul 2022
Great tour and so easy to get on and off! My ticket was due to be activated on the Thursday but plans changed and started on Friday.. didn’t lose any time.. still for the full 3 day tour. Totally recommend this is the second time Iv used this company and would use them in the future
star-5
Overall good
Michele_S
, Jul 2022
Enjoyed guided information. Enjoyed the view and open air. Received mobile ticket immediately but a BB employee was rude at the first stop when he said I couldn't use it because I needed paper ticket. Someone else helped me.
star-1
The code didn’t work and...
s68mgs5fw8
, Jul 2022
The code didn’t work and I wasn’t able to take the tour. So paid for unused tickets. Couldn’t get a refund
star-2
Disappointing and boring
Dayciaa_S
, Jul 2022
I booked this tour for my son and I, expecting to be pleased because we really enjoyed the Philadelphia tour last summer. However, this tour provided few of the major New York highlights. We didn’t see where The Today Show or Saturday Night Live are filmed. We did not pass by Carnegie Hall or Central Park or the World Trade Center or Madison Square Gardens. We saw the Statue of Liberty and Staten Island, but that wasn’t part of this tour. Basically, I fell asleep on the bus and my son had to wake me up.
star-5
Excellent sightseeing
Frederic_F
, Jun 2022
Excellent sightseeing of Manhattan including midtown and the downtown. Comments were pre recorder but excellent.
star-1
Miserable
Rebecca_S
, Jun 2022
I emailed the Viator people shortly before getting on the Hop on Hop off bus. I expressed my concern of the impending rain. I did ask for a refund. The returned email stated if it does rain we could go to the bottom level. Needless to say, my 15 year old son and myself went on the Hop on Hop off tour. Of course, it terentialed down poored. We went to the bottom level as advised just to get as wet as if we were on top. It was a miserable experience. I would like a refund. It was not a tour it was preventing not to get wet!!
star-5
Good city tour
D_D
, Jun 2022
Good tour. Pre-recorded audio tour. Headphones are provided at no additional cost. Hop on and hop off.
star-4
Prefer evening/night hours
Walter_O
, Jun 2022
Hours were minimized- no evening hours to ride around after dark. Blue and Red lines did have several pieces with identical scripts.
star-4
Really good
Peter_L
, Jun 2022
Good way to see a lot of Manhattan easily. Good tour guide and the info in earphones were perfect. Long waiting line at Times Square
star-5
Fantastic
Claire_B
, Jun 2022
A must if you want to see New York with out killing your feet Very informative and well run bus comes every 15 mins
star-5
Totally enjoyed the experience! Definitely recommend!!
Winnie_H
, Jun 2022
This was great for the family! We were able to sit and ride and not do as much walking because it was a scorcher day! These are actual photos from the open top of the bus we had a side seat and took awesome pictures! We learned a lot and I definitely would recommend this. Experience is what you make of it. Maybe some bumps in the road like the waiting line but totally well worth the price! I will definitely do it again again!!
star-5
Great & well worth the money👍🏼
Francis_G
, Jun 2022
BigBus was well worth the money, GREAT way to see the city, pick up historical info & get your bearings that helps you for the rest of your stay in NYC. Mario was our driver, super helpful and friendly👍🏼.
star-5
The Baxter’s did NY on the Big Bus!!!
John_B
, Jun 2022
Our Big Bus Tour was amazing!!! It gave us the opportunity to see the area then go back and explore! Great way to get the full New York City experience.
star-5
Wonderful experience...
Margaret_L
, Jun 2022
Wonderful experience seeing New York City! Friendly staff and awesome bus drivers! Recommend this activity to anybody visiting NYC for first time!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
90 year old has the time of her life
Etta_C
, Jun 2022
I was traveling with my 90yr old Godmother who was in NY for the first time and your company treated her like a Queen! She thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience on your Big Bus Tour! Will definitely come back to do this again! Thanks everyone!!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Not a great experience
Deana_M
, Jun 2022
The morning started off great. The bus driver was fun and polite. We hopped off and then found a different bus. This driver was ok. We hopped off and then when we went to get on...disaster begins. We waited at a bus stop for over 45 minutes and 3 busses don't even stop. The 4th bus stops and is full. So after more than an hour, a bus does stop, the driver was rude and didn't help the situation. We rode in the bottom of a full bus, it was hot and attitudes were terrible. We went by 3 stops with outdoor waiting and no one was allowed on. Our blue route was canceled and since we only had one day, at lost money. Overall not a great experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Good value if able to...
Eric_K
, Jun 2022
Good value if able to catch enough rides vs Uber. Nice experience on top with wind in hair. Only do if can ride multiple times to save $$ off Ubers.
star-3
Great tour, wait is too long to Hop On/Hop Off
Lisa_C
, Jun 2022
The tour was great, but the wait to be picked up at each stop is too long. Buses should run every 30min.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Dreadful bus driver
Derek_B
, Jun 2022
Bus driver picked us up at stop 10 and then shouted and screamed at my elderly mother as she has mobility issues and then terminated at stop 1 and told us that there were no more buses and we shouldn’t bring an elderly lady on a trip like this I have asked for a return of monies spent

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