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
  • 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 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.


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See the main sites of NY City in one day!
Janice_W, Sep 2023
Sadly the day we booked the hop on hop off tour was a super rainy day. It rained nonstop all day. We were lucky to get covered seats upstairs so had a great vantage point while staying somewhat dry. Great sights on both the red and blue lines. Some very pushy rude people, however, who cut in front of us. The commentary on the red line was excellent. However the commentary on the blue line is sorely lacking! Just obnoxious music and very little explanation of all the wonderful things we were viewing. I would highly recommend this tour on a day with good weather. It was miserable in the rain!
Expected more!
Janelle_J, Sep 2023
The customer service prior to actually getting on the bus is pretty unhelpful. Lack of communication and no live person to clarify things with. Some of the drivers are excellent and engaging while others are lame and unhelpful.
New York Sept 2023
Laura_C, Sep 2023
Unfortunately the UN General Assembly was the same time we visited. Traffic was a nightmare but that was not fault of the tour company. Have used Big Bus tours in many cities around the World and would recommend them. The drivers / staff are helpful, courteous and aids in making your vacation a good one.
Top is the only way to go!!
Trish_A, Sep 2023
Loved the downtown tour up top—so fun. No seats left up top later in afternoon so had to ride below—had to be 90-100 degrees. So uncomfortable
Was nice trip, but much...
Erinija_S, Sep 2023
Was nice trip, but much talking about nothing, mist more history facts . But overall good . Was no bicycles to rent in Central Park
This is a very easy way...
Catherine_M, Sep 2023
This is a very easy way to get about New York. Could be made easier if some of the stops had been closer to some of the landmarks
It was okay.
Jo_R, Sep 2023
We didn't understand the bus routes and how to get on and off. The recording through the earbuds was a waste of time. It was hot and the bus had no air conditioning. I wouldn't recommend it. I think we should have taken the tea around town instead. The staff was nice and only one was informative.
NYCity rocks Big Bus Tours
Sabina_D, Sep 2023
Amazing sights, flexibility during stops which help a lot especially during 35°C weather. The guides & their ‘back&forth’ with music in between interesting info & historical facts. Great experience
Great way to see NYC
MaryAnne_B, Sep 2023
Buses were prompt in pick up & very clean. Stops were all pertinent to our plans. Love the open air seats
Jeananne_B, Sep 2023
Not worth it!!!! Narration was out of sync no stops announced! Didn’t even get close to any of the attractions! No stop at the Empire State Building little Italy or Chinatown! Didn’t even see little Italy
Need better communication/customer service
Araceli_G, Sep 2023
Liked seeing all of NY but the buses and staff did not communicate with bus riders that there was a bus change and wasted a lot of time waiting.
Poor experience
Judith_D, Aug 2023
There were no memorable moments. You don’t get close enough to any important things to grab a picture. We got in at bus stop 2 and wanted to go back to bus stop 2 and was never told we couldn’t end at bus stop 2. We did ask before we boarded and were told we could
Not bad
stacey_r, Aug 2023
Sometimes tape was behind where we were but provided interesting history of NY. Plenty of busses. Audio easy to hear.
A Sense of Place
Peggy_D, Aug 2023
Would have liked a bit more real history and a little less pop culture. Still a good way to orient yourself in a new city.
Better than walking
Johnny_B, Aug 2023
We were sad that there wasn't a real person sharing tidbits and facts while on the busride. All we heard was a recording and it didn't share much. It was nice to ride and not walk, but when we've traveled before the best part was having a person point out interesting facts.
Awesome pictures, narration and convenience.
Daniel_W, Aug 2023
This was a perfect way to see New York and get info on it. We rode both routes then decided where we wanted to stop off and see. Busses come by frequently so you are not waiting long to get picked up. We got alot of awesome pictures.
Simply fantastic and worth every penny
GideonMekonnen_J, Aug 2023
Simply fantastic. Very nice driver and the bus was on time. The commentaries were also informative and entertaining.
It was good to get an...
Victoria_Y, Aug 2023
It was good to get an overview of the city but the amount of traffic made it excruciatingly slow. It would have been quicker to walk. The commentary was out of sync with what we were seeing- at least a block ahead.
Fun tour!
Toni_P, Aug 2023
Jimmy was our tour guide and was great!!! Very fun tour and you got to see a lot that you wouldn't if you were walking
Mike is the man
Ali_K, Aug 2023
Great tour, great service, our guide Mike was awesome, knowledgeable, took tome to answer questions and helped us out taking a couple of pictures 9.9/10

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