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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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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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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
star-3
so so
Cynthia_H
, Jun 2022
Started out ok then the rain came.We had to hurry down below, the driver didn't have any air on so it was stifling. We were told everyone had to get off that it was the last stop, yet it was only 130pm. Waste of money in my opinion.
star-1
A hot mess
Deb_L
, May 2022
A few days before the trip, I contacted Viator to get basic information about the bus tour in NYC. It took a day to receive a reply. And, I saw that it would have cost less to purchase the tickets directly through Big Bus instead of Viator. During our tour, the lines to get on a bus were over a half an hour long. The staff did not keep the crowd in the line so it wound up blocking a bike lane- we were yelled at by bikers. We were so tired of waiting and it was near the end time of the bus tour, so our group agreed to sit on the bottom part of the next bus that came along. Big mistake. There was no air conditioning and the windows did not open!! We nearly passed out from the heat!! When we got off the bus, dripping in sweat, we asked for a refund. A person took our address. I hope you reply to this comment.
star-1
Don't bother, total waste of money
Tracy_P
, May 2022
We booked our tickets online. But while walking to the pick up point, about 8 touts tried to sell us tickets. When we came to the pick up point, queues were crazy. The buses couldn't accommodate passengers. Too many tickets sold and no control of capacity. We queued for 20 minutes in 33c heat. Got on board and then sat in blazing hot sun for ages after been told we couldnt pull away from the kerb until the next bus arrived after us.. During the course of the day, one bus driver couldn't answer whether it was the blue or red route... he couldn't hardly speak English. We waited at one stop only to be told that a particular route colour wasn't using that stop that day. The commentary we were listening to stopped and started at incorrect timeds and was out of sync to travel. It was a mess, totally unorganised and badly run. Some staff were very professional though while others were just rude. We totally missed connecting timed plans as the buses appeared to work to no timetable. Honestly, use another company. Our tickets were expensive and we didn't get our money's worth. At one point we has to get off and pay for a taxi to get to where we needed to be at a certain time even though the advertised timetable would have gotten us there. Really disappointing. There are other open top buss companies though. Try them instead!
star-1
Don't bother
Lisa_T
, May 2022
App was confusing. Hard to find stops to get back on at. Not enough information during long breaks in stops. NYC unlike the other cities' hop on /off that i have greatly enjoyed.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Big bus bust
Jeanette_F
, May 2022
Most of the buses were filled and we had to wait for another several times BUT Worst of all I paid for both Ted and Blue tours and they canceled the Blue tour with the lame excuse that there was a parade on 5th Ave We were told we could come back the next day. But we were there only for one day We asked many and our Uber Driver if there was a parade and they said no You can get to Central Park without going up 5th
star-1
Just use the metro
JUANP_M
, May 2022
Many issues with this service. No AC if you are in the lower deck and it is getting really warm in NYC. Huge lines to start the ride and take really long to dispatch each bus They eliminated the Times Sq stop for Saturday and announce an alternative one. However, that was a lie. They didn't open an alternative spot and I wasted lists of time on that until realized that there simply was no stop and had to go to a new one. The chat in the app never connects you. Waiting over 10 minutos twice to ask about the stop and nothing.
star-1
Don't waste your time or money !
Eugene_V
, May 2022
If you have the misfortune of sitting on the lower level you will regret ever booking this trip. You won't see anything and good luck getting a seat up top once you're seated. Way too many people trying to get on and turned away. All you'll see is delivery trucks, scaffolding and people walking. The worst experience ever. Their system sucks. I would have jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge if we were near it.77
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Best water front tour of the five boroughs. None better
Helayne_V
, May 2022
Staff was experienced extremely professional. I’m a nyc girl. The tour guide was extremely accurate. 2-1/2 extremely comprehensive tour. Love it. Was with a friend who was never in nyc before. Was in awe
1 traveler found this review helpful

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