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Explore New York City at your own pace—without getting footsore or navigating public transportation—by choosing a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Ideal for first-time visitors who want to see as much of the city as possible, this flexible tour lets you choose between 1-, 2-, or 3-day tickets, all of which take you to the top NYC attractions and landmarks.
  • Discover New York City on a hop-on hop-off bus tour
  • Learn about the passing attractions via onboard commentary
  • Snap photos of NYC highlights from the open-top double-decker bus
  • Create your own itinerary with multiple routes and an optional cruise or night tour
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1 day hop-on hop-off bus tour
Multilingual audio commentary and headphones
Discount booklet on local attractions, eateries, bars, and shops
Access to up to 43 stops on 1 or 2 routes
Ferry tour (if ticket selected)
Night tour (if ticket selected)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

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

Departure Time

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Return Details

You may disembark at any of the available stops.
Explore the attraction-packed streets of New York City with a fun and flexible city sightseeing tour. Head to the CitySights NY visitor center to redeem your pass, then make your way to the designated start point of your chosen itinerary. Take a seat on the comfortable double-decker bus with an open-air deck for unobstructed views of the passing sites. Hop off at one of many stops to explore an area by foot, then hop back on the next scheduled bus that passes along the route.

Your onboard guide provides live commentary as you cruise through NYC’s diverse neighborhoods. A prerecorded audio commentary is also available in different languages. Choose from a 1-, 2,- or 3-day ticket to suit your schedule. Choose one of the following itineraries with a 1-day ticket, or enjoy unlimited travel on all routes with the 2-day or 3-day ticket.

You can also book an option that includes a night tour or hop-on hop-off ferry tickets along the Hudson River.
2 hours 
Operating Schedule:
  9:00am - 5:00pm, every 30 minutes.
Winter Garden Theatre
Hell's Kitchen
Theater District
Columbus Circle
Lincoln Center Plaza
The Dakota
American Museum of Natural History
Upper West Side
The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
General Grant National Memorial
Apollo Theater
Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market
Museum of the City of New York
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Frick Collection
Central Park Zoo
Central Park South
Park Central Hotel New York est 18...
Points of interest passed by on this route
Central Park Zoo
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
American Museum of Natural History
Apollo Theater
3 hours 
Operating Schedule:
  10:00am - 4:00pm, every 120 minutes.
Times Sq - 42 St
Explore the unmissable Times Square. The bright lights and bustling streets will fill you with energy!
W 34 St & 7 Av
Empire State Building
Experience views of the iconic Empire State Building, with a 360 degree perspective from the open-top deck. Or hop-off the bus for a closer look at the former tallest building in the world.
Empire State Building
Flatiron District
Union Square
Greenwich Village
World Trade Center
If you choose to you can simply stay on the bus and enjoy a full loop of the tour, whilst taking in sights such as the One World Trade Center building. You'll be sure to hear some fascinating audio from the on-board tour commentary, including stories of this building's construction in the aftermath of 9/11.
Whitehall Terminal
South Street
Lower East Side
East Village
E 42nd St & 1st Ave - United Nations
Waldorf Astoria New York
Rockefeller Center
Central Park South
Hop-off at Central Park to explore this relaxing green space. It's so big that you might forget you're in the middle of the bustling Manhattan!
Park Central Hotel New York est 18...
Winter Garden Theatre
Points of interest passed by on this route
Statue of Liberty
Empire State Building
Times Square
Central Park
One World Trade Center
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Mobile and paper vouchers are both accepted for this tour
  • For the ferry tour, passengers must board at Pier 78, West 38th Street and 12th Avenue
  • Ferry tour operates between 10am–4pm, departing every 90 minutes
  • The Night Tour runs every day from 6:30pm - 8:30pm (6:00pm - 7:00pm during Winter season). Duration - 90 minutes. Departure point - 42nd Street & 8th Avenue.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • All customers must exchange their voucher at 7th Avenue & W 48th Street (Outside M&M World & Majestic Deli) to board the bus. Currently boarding Big Bus branded buses.
  • With your voucher, enjoy flexible access for up to 12 months from the travel date you select at check-out.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY City Sightseeing Ltd - USA and Middle East
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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during NYC Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, Ferry, or Night Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by NYC Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, Ferry, or Night Tour.
What is the social distancing policy during NYC Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, Ferry, or Night Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by NYC Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, Ferry, or Night Tour.

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  • "If you don’t mind sitting for long time hop on is ok." See review


385 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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Dreadful waste of money
, Sep 2019
Buses were far and few between, long waits without buses turning up and when they did they were packed with no upstairs seating. Big View looked much better company with regular buses. Also issue using printed ticket and not allowed on some buses as error message! Shocking. Have requested refund.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Lots of views but slow going
, Apr 2019
We had a 2 day pass. We took a night tour which is not in dark hours. This tour was ok as there were few stops. The next day we tried to use hop on to go from uptown to financial district but it was incredibly slow, waited 30 mins to get on and with all the stops/traffic it was over an hour to get there. So if you need transportation go subway. If you don’t mind sitting for long time hop on is ok.
Great tour to do on the first day of...
Monique A
, May 2018
Great tour to do on the first day of travel. Gives you a great insight on the city.
A good introduction to NY and...
Mark G
, Apr 2018
A good introduction to NY and Brooklyn. Some buses do not have commentators as we found out so one leg was a waste of time. It was very cold and sitting upstairs in the open was freezing. We booked for three days but in retrospect two days would have been enough to see Uptown, Downtown and Brooklyn
Due to snow our time was limited and...
Robert J
, Mar 2018
Due to snow our time was limited and it was cold on the bus, we were stuck in traffic most of the time, very expensive for the time we spent on it, underground better.
We found this tour to be slow and a...
William H
, Oct 2017
We found this tour to be slow and a bit tedious. Some of the narration was not in sync with the building we were passing, making for confusion. Plus, we started at 5 pm and didn't get back until 7:30 on an October evening. By then we were cold and tired and even gave up on doing the prepaid night tour and river cruise, as we had had enough.
For your first trip to NYC it's OK...
, Oct 2017
For your first trip to NYC it's OK , but buses are old and sometimes they don't respect the itinerary , you spend quite long for a bus but if it is full you have to wait for the next one, it could be very stressful
This system is very hard to use,you...
Joanne Plumer P
, Aug 2017
This system is very hard to use,you have to redeem your voucher in there main office , The buses did not stop were they said they did, The first day using the bus was a nightmare , the people on the corners with the bus vest were not very helpful,and were not there because it was raining out, I just wished they had a away to re diam the vouchers at all bus stops.On the second day it was much better and very informant.and enjoyable this could be a great thing if they just made it simpler to us.
First the positive - overall good...
Deborah S
, Jul 2017
First the positive - overall good value for the price we purchased the 2-day pass and used many of the features. Buses came frequently and most drivers were very nice. However, 2 of the live guides that narrated what we were seeing actually became annoying after about 10 minutes on the bus. The guide's speaking style for our night tour on July 15th was more like he was yelling at us, giving his opinion on local restaurants and getting caught up in politics. He also commented many times that he had already worked an 11 hour day and he was very tired. More importantly was what happened with our guide on Sunday, July 16 on the Uptown tour, Jose. His constant repetition of a corny phrase after each fact was annoying but as my 23 year old daughter and I were leaving the bus he engaged in conversation with my daughter while he stood holding his tip jar, he then took her hand and kissed it telling her she was pretty. While we waited for the bus to stop he leaned into my daughter hugging her and asking her for a kiss! She was alarmed and said no, I had to step between them. This was totally unprofessional and crossed the line completely in our minds. I highly doubt your company would condone such behavior and thought you'd want to know what is going on with some of your staff in the field. I am a repeat Viator customer and have always been very satisfied with the quality of your guides and tour offerings. I also am a business owner with technicians in the field - I would definitely want to know if one of my people acted this way to a customer.
1 traveler found this review helpful
This bus pass is good for the first...
Larry W
, Jan 2017
This bus pass is good for the first time seeing the city. We got it a second time and really found the flaws with these buses. It rained the first day and that was nothing short of a complete disaster! Since the top is open everyone was on the bottom, and the only choices were to go upstairs in the rain and of course you're not allowed to open your umbrella upstairs, or wait in the rain for the next bus. There is a long wait for buses, sometimes 30-40 minutes and depending where you want to go next you really go out of your way to get to your next area of interest. I think after you go and use these buses one time and listen to the tour guide, your best bet is to use a cab or some other form of transportation.

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