Big Bus New York: Open-Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
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4,110 Ratings
Experience the best of New York City with the Big Bus open-top hop-on hop-off tour. Explore downtown attractions, visit Times Square and Wall Street, and catch a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty. Then, discover uptown highlights like the Apollo Theater, The Metropolitan Museum, and Central Park. Choose from 1 or 2-day options and explore at your own pace.
Duration: 3 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
Highlights

Downtown - Red Route (Route)

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.

1. M&M’S New York
Stop 1 - 7th Ave & W 48th St

2. W 42nd St and Broadway
Stop 2 - Times Square East

3. 5th Avenue & West 32nd Street
Stop 3 - Empire State Building / KoreaTown ( (in front of CVS Pharmacy)

4. 5th Ave & W 23rd St
Stop 4 - Flatiron District (in front of Eisenbergs Sandwich Shop)

5. West Broadway & Spring Street
Stop 5 - SoHo (in front of the Nike Store)

6. 100 Lafayette St
Stop 6 - Chinatown / Little Italy (near corner with Walker Street)

7. Park Row & Beekman St
Stop 7 - Brooklyn Bridge (across from 33 Park Row)

8. SAMC360
Stop 8 - Wall Street / Charging Bull (Southwest corner near Rector St)

9. State St/Bridge St
Stop 9 - Statue of Liberty / Battery Park (in front of the 1 Train Subway Entrance)

10. Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
Stop 10 - 12th Ave & 40th St (opposite Pier 81)

Points of Interest

  • 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

Uptown - Blue Route (Route)

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.

1. W 42nd St and Broadway
Stop 2 - Times Square East (*in front of the Knickerbocker Hotel)

  1. Stop 11 - Times Square North (in front of Majectic Deli)

  2. Stop 12 - The Metropolitan Museum of Art (outside the museum near 83rd St)

  3. Stop 13 - Central Park Zoo (opposite 845 5th Ave)

  4. Stop 14 - Columbus Circle (Southwest corner of Central Park, next to Maine Monument)

Points of Interest

  • Carnegie Hall

  • Columbus Circle

  • Central Park Zoo

  • Frick Collection

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Grand Central Terminal

  • Bryant Park

  • Times Square

  • Central Park

What's Included
  • Hop-on hop-off open-top bus tour experience
  • Choice of 2 scenic routes: Uptown and Downtown
  • Multilingual audio-guide available in 6 languages
  • Live bus tracking via the Big Bus app
  • Bonus 1-hr free bike rental on selected tickets
What's Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional Information

Experience New York City at your leisure with an open-top Big Bus tour, where you can explore NYC landmarks at your own rhythm. Traverse through Downtown New York, where you’ll encounter exceptional eateries, the vibrant Times Square, Wall Street, and Battery Park with a view of the Statue of Liberty. Continue on the Uptown tour to witness the renowned Apollo Theater, The Metropolitan Museum and Central Park. These routes are intended to showcase the best of New York in a condensed timeframe, whether you’re visiting for a day or two.

  • 1 day tickets will be valid for same day use. Tickets with multiple days must be used consecutively.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
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Fearlessl2021
Dec 23, 2023
Santana. Great driver & guide! - Recent 5 day trip to New York. Took a great trip on the big bus hop on/off trip on the downtown route New York. Our bus drivers name was Santana, she was a great guide, very funny & informative, gave us the best tour.
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Paradise45679786079
Jul 18, 2023
Amazing service - A fantastic service by Mark Williams & Big Bus New York. Got to view all of the main attractions and we were not aware the buses stop running at 5.30pm and missed the blue bus route. I then got in touch with Mark and he allowed us to view the blue route the next day with no quibbles whatsoever and completed the whole tour! Thankyou & can’t wait to visit another city with big bus!
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Mrssarver
Apr 6, 2024
Cheaper than Uber - My plan was to use this as an "Uber" to sightsee and what not. It was just that for my family and I. I purchased the Discover ticket online for 1 day and then did the upgrade for a second day in-person and saved almost $70 purchasing that way. Download the app to keep up with the buses. To make the most of the day I suggest starting around 9. Get the headphones and listen to the tour while on the bus, it's entertaining. For Uber purposes I made google Maps with places we wanted to go so I could which stops were close to those places.
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Rohann353
Jul 12, 2023
Big Experience by Big Bus - We visited NY on 7-8 July 2023. We booked tickets on 7th around 4 PM and could be able to complete 3-4 points for half an hour and Bus tour ended their session on 5 PM so we got disappointed. But our ticket agent assure us that same ticket will work for next day too(Not mentioned before buying ticket).Next day we went to BigBus stop but another ticket agent refuses us to get in into Bus, it was great disappointment for us as we spent $150 just for 30 mins ride, Then we thought to give another try. Then we asked to another agent Mr.KOSSIVI ADIEYI, he understood our problem and happily provided extension which helps us to complete our tour. Buses are very clean, covers almost all points tourist looking for visit during NY. Staff is friendly and provides information for attractions. Its very convenient to hop-on, hop-off as multiple stops available accross city. Waiting time is less than 10 mins. I will definitely encourage to get BigBus on ur visit as it provided flexibility to visit all main attractions within limited time frame. Also, it saves ur energy and time to reach points. We had safe, enjoyable and convenient experience. Thank you Big bus. Thank you Mr.KOSSIVI ADIEYI.
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Justalittlebitocd
Jul 1, 2023
Do this the day you arrive - We really enjoyed our hop on hop off tour . We never hopped off and went the whole way around the downtown route. It’s hot up top so make sure you put on some sunscreen and take a hat and water IMO do this bus tour in your first day as it really helps give you a layout of the land and will help you navigate around the city We didn’t pay anything as it was included in our New York Pass. Just scanned our pass at stop #1 the M&M centre time square
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Gigo1968
Oct 6, 2023
traffic only - Normally when I visit a city together with my family, I always choose this type of tour as I believe it gives you an overall view of the city. In this case I did both the red and blue tours and in both cases I was stuck in the chaotic traffic of Manhattan. the tour chosen (already knowing the city) seemed unnecessarily complicated and convoluted and in the end we got off and did it on foot first. really unkind staff (both the ticket seller at the stop and the driver of our tour who gave us incorrect directions in incomprehensible English!!). Forget about bikes or scooters not recommended for getting around.
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P1528jndavids
Apr 23, 2024
Will not use Big Bus again. - In the last 2 weeks I have done Big Bus tours in San Francisco, Miami and now New York. The routes chosen by the company have been good. The commentary on all 3 tours was automated. Most of the time we were listening to music - no commentary, no local information. The commentary on the tour we did in New York today was abysmal. Almost no information other than what is written in their brochure. I will not be using the Big Bus company again.
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Susan
Mar 15, 2024
North manhattan tour - The prattle about local landmarks was narrated in cutesy tone and not very informative. Got to the site I wanted to see. Came out three hours later and waited almost an hour and never saw a bus. Finally grabbed a taxi.
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Annewg8945ln
Jul 25, 2023
Dangerous - I was not impressed with our experience of Big Bus in New York. We went to get the bus for the Uptown loop and it was raining. When we got to the pick up point, the representative gave us our tickets and rushed us along with others onto a bus which took off as soon as we were all on. Turns out it was the Downtown loop! There were no seats downstairs and the driver shouted at us that we couldn’t stand and had to go upstairs where the seats were soaking wet, it was exposed to the rain and the stairs and passageway were slippy. We didn’t want to get soaked through so went back down where we were rudely shouted at by the driver. We pointed out that upstairs was really dangerous but he wouldn’t listen and we weren’t near another stop. I understand why they have the rule that everyone must be seated but…..IF the driver had waited initiallly before he took off and ensured that everyone had a seat we would have gotten off and waited. I was so disappointed because I had been on a Hop On - Hop Off bus in New York a few years ago and really enjoyed the experience. However, this was a nightmare.
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Erin_v
Jul 24, 2023
Don't do it. - Definitely do not recommend. The bus was horribly overbooked. They advertise that a bus comes every 15 minutes- we waited for one for an hour (in the 90 degree sun). At another stop we had to let several busses pass up by b/c they were already full. Two of the busses we were on didn't have working speaker in the seats so we didn't get to hear the tour. Total waste of money and time. We eventually just gave up and took the subway places. The company representatives working at each station only wanted to sell more tickets- didn't want or know how to answer questions if you'd already booked. (I'm assuming they work on commission.)
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