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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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

12 Points of Interest

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 World 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


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)


Greenwich Village

Little Italy

Union Square Green Market

Herald Square

The High Line

Uptown - Blue Route

5 Stops

9 Points of Interest

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

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

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.


3,584 reviews
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Good value.
Neil_M, Jun 2023
Good tour experience. Only downside was that Blue tour was closed for the day due to Israel parade. Otherwise I would recommend.
Good service, bad tour
Darlene_B, Jun 2023
The tour company was great at rescheduling our tour after a flight delay, so we were grateful they were accommodating. It was easy to rearrange and easy to find the bus locations. The tour itself was disappointing. The audio tour largely provided no information and often highlighted things about the city that were not historical, but rather focused on entertainment and highlighted things that put NYC in a bad light. We also had difficulty getting on the bus as they were frequently full to capacity.
Safe, enjoyable ride
Mary_B, Jun 2023
The big bus arrived every 15 minutes as promised. The stops were convenient, easy to find, and the buses were clean, safe, and fun t ride on.
New York was great! 🗽
Olha_U, Jun 2023
Bus was very comfortable, nice driver, excellent service, interesting audio guide! It was a very memorable day!
It’s ok but done better
darryl_u, May 2023
We did this years ago but wanted to rescue Tom ourselves with our bearings The bus is great for taking you round Just found the information to be limited
Awful audio guide
Soudi_N, May 2023
They have too many buses but the audio guide is awful There is not more options…the other bus we took for night tour seems better but they do not have enough buses
The information given...
Arti_P, May 2023
The information given during the ride was excellent. Got to see a lot of magnificent buildings and places we couldn’t have been able to see otherwise.
Hop on hop off NY
Mel_A, May 2023
Was very good. Stopped off at all the main sights on downtown loop. Was extremely busy everyone fighting for a seat at the top. But buses ran frequently and lots of them.
Dawn_M, May 2023
Our driver was a lot of fun! He engaged with us and came to the top of the bus to point out things for us!
First trip to New York
Robin_K, May 2023
I really enjoyed the Empire State Building and the 9/11 memorial and museum. Loved I didn’t have to worry about a ride to hear and there and the headphones gave a lot of info for the sites and area!!
Downtown Manhattan tour.
Galina_P, May 2023
Visual representation of Manhattan is great!! You feel the pulse of the city. I would prefer to have different music between guide's talk.
Not happy
Sheri_J, May 2023
The driver was rude , either lack of English or it’s just his way of communicating. Does not explain anything just yell not to enter till the other passengers come out.
Fun experience
Mariann_A, May 2023
Our driver Jimmy stopped to point out landmarks and was very courteous. And helpful. The ride was smooth.
Great tour. Hopped off...
Lindy_F, May 2023
Great tour. Hopped off close to little Italy back on again to finish the loop. Got amazing photos from the top of the bus
So fun!
Ramona_K, May 2023
The ride on top of the bus was amazing! Would love less music and more information on the sites and streets. But we definitely recommend this tour! :)
Drivers with Bad attitude
Angie_D, May 2023
Uptown route bus driver was disrepectful...not patient even yelled at me and other passanger...could not get his name...but he was not from the USA...looked oriental
We really liked the...
Marcel_V, May 2023
We really liked the Bustour in Manhattan! Unfortunately, the busses were sometimes late (why it’s “just 4 out of 5 stars) but overall it’s been great!
Hop on/off isn't what it used to be ... needs the old live guide & microphone, narrating, telling funny stories, etc
Kathy_B, May 2023
Times Square, view of Empire State Bldg, etc. Busses ran consistently, and very reasonable waits for the next bus. Our only complaint is that we didn't have ear buds to hear the prerecorded narrative. Loved this tour when it had live tour guide who used a microphone to narrate, tell funny stories and interesting little known facts.
Friendly & informative
Carol_M, May 2023
Friendly & obliging staff, informative & comprehensive. Good drop off points & never had to wait long to hop back on. I found the music on the guide commentary a bit overbearing but overall it was a good tour & I would use this tour bus company again.
Was charged for 3 day...
Gina_S, May 2023
Was charged for 3 day pass (6 people) & was given 2 day pass. Only printed one ticket & we weren’t always together. Rudest staff & drivers I’ve ever dealt with on big bus. Such a bad experience I don’t know that I will ever use again…

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