Big Bus in New York

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Big Bus in New York

Big Bus in New York is one of the city’s main Hop on Hop off Bus tour providers. The Hop on Hop off bus is an ideal way of seeing a lot of New York in a short period of time. Especially during the first days of your trip, as it is a great way to familiarise yourself with the city.

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Big Bus Routes

The Hop on Hop off Bus gives you the freedom and flexibility to create your own itinerary. You can either get off at the various points of interest to explore sights and visit attractions. Or you can relax and stay on the bus for the entire route, listening to the guide as you go. In New York, Big Bus currently offers two different routes:

  • Uptown tour
  • Downtown tour

Uptown Tour (around 2 hrs)

On the Uptown route, the bus heads through the streets of Midtown Manhattan and the Upper East Side. You see a number of Manhattan’s famous landmarks, such as Grand Central Terminal, the Chrysler Building and The Met.

Downtown Tour (around 2 hrs)

Discover a number of New York’s neighbourhoods during the Downtown Route, such as SoHo, Chinatown and the Financial District. With an abundance of photo opportunities along the way, for example, the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center and the Flatiron Building.

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Brooklyn tour (around 2 hrs)

Do you want to take a bus tour through Brooklyn? During this tour, you will be introduced to the most populated area of New York City: Brooklyn. Discover the main attractions of this borough, like the Brooklyn Bridge, Flatbush, Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

The Big Bus Brooklyn tour is currently not running. The only available option is this Brooklyn Sightseeing Bus Tour, but another great way to explore Brooklyn is to rent a bike.

Evening Tour (around 2 hrs)

New York looks completely different after dark! From the bus you have a fantastic view of the bustling streets of the city and see world-famous attractions, including Rockefeller Center, Times Square and the Empire State Building. The bus takes you over the Manhattan bridge to Brooklyn, where you will have amazing views of the Manhattan skyline. As opposed to the other routes, this is not a Hop on Hop off tour, you stay on the bus for the entire route.

The Big Bus evening tour is currently not running. As an alternative, you can book this Night Bus Tour

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Eric’s Tip: Start your Hop on Hop off adventure early in the morning, when it is still reasonably quiet. Did you get a good seat on the bus? Then stay onboard and enjoy the ride. The Hop on Hop off buses are not recommended as a means of transport as they take the long way round and can be slow.

Big Bus Tickets

Choose from a variety of tickets: a classic ticket, a premium ticket, a deluxe ticket and a ticket for the evening tour. With the classic ticket, you get a full day’s access to the Uptown and Downtown routes. A premium ticket gives you 2 days of access to the Uptown and Downtown routes. If you go for the deluxe ticket, it gives you 3 days of access to the Big Bus Routes.

With all the tickets, you receive free headphones which you can use to listen to the professional guide. The guide tells you interesting facts about all the sights as you pass them by and about the history of New York.

Are you planning on buying a New York Pass? The pass entitles you to a Big Bus ticket which allows you to take the Uptown and Downtown routes.

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Practical Information

After purchasing your tickets you will receive a voucher per email which contains all the information you need. To use, just show your printed or mobile voucher to a Big Bus representative at one of the stops and hop aboard.

  • Departure Times and starting points:
    • Downtown route: between 9:00 and 16:00 regular departures from Times Square
    • Uptown route: between 9:00 and 16:00 regular departures from Times Square
  • The buses don’t operate on Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve
  • Children under 3 are free of charge

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How long does the New York Big Bus tour take?

There are different loops the bus takes. Depending on which loop you want to do it can take between 2 and 2.5 hours. Read about the loops here.

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