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NYC Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, Ferry, or Night Tour

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NYC Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, Ferry, or Night Tour

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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


391 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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A waste of time and money.
, Dec 2021
We couldn’t find station no. 2. and never saw one of their buses. We were at station no. 8, in front of Trinity church in NYC for over an hour and no Buses came. We never found your bus and therefore never boarded your bus. Yes, we were at the bus sign marked gray line. Over 4 Big Bus buses as well as Top View buses passed us while we waited at Trinity Church. There was no customer service phone number to call. No local phone contact. Next time I would buy a ticket with Big Bus. I would love to be refunded for the 3 tickets we purchased through Viator.
Bad info about where to catch the bus
, Dec 2021
We were told to walk to the pier to pick up the bus. The walk was 3 miles from our hotel. Actually we could have boarded about a block from our hotel. Spent most of our time walking to catch the bus instead of riding on the bus. The actual tour was okay but we wasted an our of our available 1.5 hours walking
Great way to see and hear about the city
, Dec 2021
Great value, we upgraded when we got there to both routes, brilliant way to see New York and the audio points things out that you wouldn't necessarily notice.
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

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