There’s a lot to see in New York City (and that may be the understatement of the century). From amazing restaurants and watering holes to epic shopping and world-famous landmarks, you’d probably need weeks to take in everything that New York City offers to the traveler.
If you’re visiting the city, you probably don’t have weeks and weeks to take everything in. Thus, it is essential to maximize the time you have in New York City – and one of the best ways to do that is by taking one of the popular “hop on, hop off” tours through the city. These practical, fun and time-efficient tours allow you to do just what it says in its name — trek through the city on a hot spot-hitting bus, hopping off when you want to see something up close and getting back on to the next spot when you’re done. It’s a tremendous way to see the city. So, which one of the many hop on, hop off tours is right for you?
The Best Hop On, Hop Off NYC Tours
One of the best hop on, hop off NYC tours is the famous Small Bus Tours of NYC. There are plenty of options for the tours offered, but the best (and the longest) is the platinum tour — an eight-hour jaunt through New York City that covers just about every area you’ll need to see. Starting off at the Theater District, the platinum tour heads through Times Square, the Garment District (the place to see Madison Square Garden and Herald Square), the Empire State Building and Madison Square Park, and then moves on to NoHo and Chinatown before heading to the Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan (Ground Zero and the Freedom Tower). The tour then goes over to the East Side and Brooklyn before looping back to Grand Central Station and Central Park and heading home to Times Square. This tour starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at around 4:30 p.m., and will cost you $79.00. The tour guides for the Small Bus Tours are excellent; even better, you can bring food and drink for snacking on the buses.
Another excellent option for seeing the NYC? The Big Bus tours. The Big Bus tours — with prices ranging from around $90 to $129 — hit up all the landmarks across the city and offer over 25 different stops where travelers can get off and explore on their own in the city. The Big Bus tours offer free Wi-Fi and live commentary from the tour guides. There are two loops for the Big Bus tour. The Uptown Loop showcases the Upper East Side and its famed museums, along with some of the landmarks at midtown. The Downtown Loop explores Lower Manhattan, the Flatiron District and Chinatown.
The New York City All Around Town Hop-On, Hop-Off tour offers either a 48-hour or 72-hour pass for visitors, and a comfortable double-decker bus that hits up all the sights; prices for the tours are upwards of $30, and vary depending on the day and time you’re looking to go. There is an option for live commentary, and there are plenty of stops around the city. The All Around Town tour also offers a fine selection of loops: Downtown, Uptown and Brooklyn, along with a night tour.
With a wealth of flexibility, expansive scope and fun potential, hop on, hop off tours are an ideal way to experience the best parts of New York City.