New York City

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

New York, United States

From $54.00

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

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.

What's Included

  • 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, French, Italian, Portuguese and German
  • On selected tickets 1-hr free bike rental with a purchase of 1-hr from Unlimited Biking
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

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What To Expect

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.
Downtown - Red Route

10 Stops

21 Points of Interest

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Operating Schedule: 9:00 AM (from Stop #1 - M&M'S World) - 5:00 PM Every 10 to 15 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

W 42nd St and Broadway

5th Avenue & West 32nd Street

5th Ave & W 23rd St

West Broadway & Spring Street

100 Lafayette St

Park Row & Beekman St

SAMC360

State St/Bridge St

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises

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

Madame Tussauds New York

Times Square

Rockefeller Center

Bryant Park

Union Square

Brooklyn Bridge

The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum

One World Observatory

Trinity Church

Uptown - Blue Route

5 Stops

16 Points of Interest

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Operating Schedule: 10 AM - 4 PM (Stop #11 Times Square North) Every 30 Minutes, 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

7th Avenue & West 50th Street

5th Avenue & East 83rd Street

5th Avenue & East 66th Street

Central Park South & Columbus Circle

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

Madame Tussauds New York

Empire State Building

Broadway

Fifth Avenue

Central Park

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Central Park Zoo

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • 1 day tickets will be valid for same day use. Tickets with multiple days must be used consecutively.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate

Cancellation Policy

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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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

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Traveler Tips


If weather is great make sure to get a seat on top.
I bought a two day pass that included a night tour and liberty cruise and went on every tour available on the pass.
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Just Buy A Regular Bus Ticket
Anonymous, Feb 2024
Horrible experience, you might as well book a regular bus ticket. They explain absolutely nothing, give you headphones with prerecorded explanations that are in and out the whole trip, and there is nowhere near enough space for everyone. Definitely not like experiences in other cities.
Average
Rebecca_W, Feb 2024
Was ok but just ok, commentary was poor and didn’t advise when the bus would be stopping. We also used Topview which was much better.
Not perfect but almost
Marcy_O, Feb 2024
Our NYC big tour was this past weekend , the bus was clean and timely for the most part It did allow us to see/get to many sights we would not have been able to cover in a day. The audio portion was a bit annoying that you had to plug in each time you entered the bus and it the description was off timing wise due to traffic. Also would highly recommend that a system be in place to announce what stop is coming up next ! A few times we either missed getting off or got off at wrong stop. While we received an email stating that the brooklyn bridge stop was closed for the day, there was no mention of Battery Park renovation that allows minimal access to waterfront/picture taking spots of lady liberty!
Horrible Horrible Experience!!! Waste of money and time!!!
Anonymous, Jan 2024
The bus does not stop in the "convenient" locations it tells you it does. It also says they come every 10-15 minutes. We had to wait in the snow for over 35 minutes for a bus to come. We thought there was a tour guide but it was just a pair of earphones that did not even work when plugged in. I paid for a two day ticket and was absolutely disgusted with the bus and both Viator and Big Bus refused to give me a refund for the 2nd day. I paid $200 for 2 people to ride a bus for about an hour on one day. Biggest rip off in the city!!!!!
Terrible
alberto_p, Jan 2024
Bad experience. The bus never showed up. Waited 45 minutes in the snow. I should be refunded. Terrible
Does Not Disappoint
Paul_S, Jan 2024
We always try to do a Hop on, Hop off bus tour whenever we’re on a city break/holiday. It gives us the opportunity to see the city in all its glory so that we can plan our stay and this one did not disappoint.
Top rider
Yekeuh_O, Jan 2024
Not too bad, I liked the ride, the hop and off feature is amazing. I was able to get off in downtown with my wife and go shopping to Century21 😍🔥💯🥳😊
A ruined day in NYC
Shiloh_E, Jan 2024
Awful. Horrible. Waste of time and money. The buses did NOT come every 10-15 mins AT ALL. So the “hop on hop off” feature didn’t really exist. Once we waited almost an hour only to have a bus come that was too big for our group and we had to walk to the next stop. The workers were not very informant. The “tour” portion is done by using a set of headphones and plugging in to a pre recorded tour guide channel that had minimal information about the places seen and maximum commercials. Just awful.
Definitely would recommend.
LORENE_S, Jan 2024
I live in NJ and have been to NY many times. This time my friend and I decided to see NY like it was our first time. We’ve taken Hop on Hop off in other countries, now NYC. GREAT TRIP! Learned so many new facts. Our bus driver, a female, (wish I got her name) was absolutely amazing! She would point out interesting things/tips, we never knew! Did you know the big A on a restaurant door, tells you it’s clean, according to the Board of Health! Who knew??? Would definitely recommend!!!
Great time
Toni_S, Dec 2023
This is an excellent way to get around and see more. You can get on and off as many times as you want. There are two routes andI would definitely get the two day pass.
Slightly Disappointing
Claire_F, Dec 2023
Overall this is a great way to see the city and get your bearings, unfortunately all the ground staff we encountered were unwelcoming as soon as they knew we'd bought our tickets on-line. The sign posts in NY for the stops are not clear at all, in all other cities that we've used Big Bus it's been well signed. The head phone jack didn't work so had to switch seats and I personally felt you had to walk a ways to find the tourist attractions. The section of the Red Loop back up toward Uptown from the Financial District was pretty pointless but I guess it's a quick (long) route back into the thick of it. The traffic was extremely bad so the tour was lengthy in parts. The buses were often, ran smoothly and they're was always a seat. Wrap up very warm in winter for the upper deck.
New York City Must
Jennifer_D, Dec 2023
The commentary and the stops are great. The drivers were nice and friendly. It is a good way to see the city and be able to hop on and off in different areas.
Brown Bus is best
Kathy_K, Dec 2023
This is the Big Bus Tour to use as it covers all options over 1-2 days . Make sure you use the brown bus
Was extremely cold, yes I...
Nancy_F, Dec 2023
Was extremely cold, yes I know it's winter, with no heat available anywhere in any form. Head phones didn't work and the audio wasn't working in many outlets, quality of what audio was available was very poor crackly and lots of buzz feed back
Easy access for stops and...
Robert_A, Dec 2023
Easy access for stops and trips. Enjoyed the drive and staff. The trip takes us through some very interesting places in the city.
I would not recommend
Roberta_L, Dec 2023
Not impressed. I felt very uniformed. Bus would stop at sightseeing opportunity stops and neither the driver or the prerecorded tour info would tell you which stop it was. Stops are very far apart and far from key sights so requires a lot of walking. Stops are not well marked when looking to get back on the bus. App does not work well to help you locate stops. If you know where you are and what you want to see it may be a good bus ride to sightsee all major interests. Prerecorded tour guide was not informative. Would not do this again. It was a waist of money $107 for me and my friend. At the end of their day at 5pm, without notice, it just stopped and everyone had to get off, no matter where you initially intended to get off then had to pay taxi to get back.
Great tour Everyone should try it
Briggitte_A, Dec 2023
All of it was very memorable. I also would suggest that when you get on the bus and put on the headphones All the outlets should be working and it should tell you the instructions of the tour as well. And every stop should indicate where you're at and give you the history about that stop. Ok, but otherwise everything was perfect...thank you.
Great tour
Laura_M, Nov 2023
The driver helped us to know where to get on and off and find what we needed. I like the ear plugs because you can listen to the guide when you want.
Loved seeing all the...
Martha_M, Nov 2023
Loved seeing all the sights in NYC but it was freezing even with coats and sweaters. Not your fault! Great trip
Didn’t need to pay; anyone could get on
Samantha_L, Nov 2023
Did not need to show my tickets to the tour guide. Anyone could hop on the bus. The tour guide did not speak. Not worth the money.
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