Tours Galore—See NYC by Bus!

Tours Galore—See NYC by Bus!

(Courtesy Open Loop)

One of the best ways to see the sights of NYC is by bus. I’m not talking about the uptown and crosstown MTA buses—though those are definitely ways to experience the city by bus—but via professional tour bus companies. For visitors and locals alike, whether you want a hop-on, hop-off experience that takes you to some of the most iconic spots in all of NYC or tour that gives you an interactive look at the heart of Midtown, I have the perfect tour suggestions for you. 

Open Loop – Open Look is one of the newer sightseeing bus tour companies in NYC. The double-decker buses have tour routes in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Tour package options include an All Loops Bus Ticket—where you get passes for the two-hour Hop-On Hop Off Downtown Loop (Take Fifth Ave. down past the Empire State Building and then through downtown Manhattan), two-hour Hop-On Hop-Off Uptown Loop (covers Midtown and Upper Manhattan, including theaters, museums and more), two-hour Night Tour and two-hour Brooklyn Tour—and a là carte options where you can purchase the tours individually. With the All Loops tours, you can also get packages that include all tours, free admission to the Museum of the City of New York, as well as admission to either the Museum of Modern Art, Intrepid Museum & Space Shuttle Pavilion or the Statue of Liberty Express (a 60-minute cruise that takes you on New York Harbor for amazing views of Lady Liberty). Buses are equipped with pre-recorded audio-guides in nine languages and are wheelchair accessible. Get 1-, 2-, 3- or 5-day tickets! Also, Open Loop’s exclusive real-time “Where’s my Bus?” tracking allows to check the location of the next bus from your mobile device.

Go New York Tours – Go New York offers an ample variety of tour options, from water tours to helicopter tours, bike tours and more, but the bus tours—with multi- or single-day passes—offers guests the chance to hop-on and hop-off around uptown and downtown Manhattan to take in the sights up close. There are also non-stop Brooklyn, Bronx and Night tours where you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the views. Go New York Tours offers 24-hour passes that are valid for 24 hours from the time of ticket redemption, allowing you enjoy the tours as they fit into your schedule. The 24 Hour All City Pass includes four tours (Downtown, Upton, Brooklyn and Night). The 2 and 5 Day All City Super Passes includes those same four tours, in addition to the Bronx Tour and Liberty Cruise (a non-stop boat ride around New York Harbor where you pass near the Statue of Liberty), free 2-hour bike rental with any bike rental purchase, as well as free admission got the Museum of the City of New York.

Downtown Connection Bus – This free bus service stops at over 30 spots in Lower Manhattan daily (with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day). This is a convenient way to get around downtown and, though it’s not a guided tour, the Downtown Connection route gets you near subway lines, other bus routes and ferries, as well as great shopping, dining and attractions opportunities. The buses are ADA accessible. Service starts at 10 am and the last trip of the day begins at 7:30 pm.

The Ride – Guests on The Ride see the heart of NYC via floor-to-ceiling windows and stadium-style seating in a large coach. Passengers not only see the sights, but they experience the city. On The Ride, guests are treated to interactive entertainment as the New York streets become a stage. This 75-minute tour is hosted by guides with improv training and, along the way, you’ll pass by 5-7 street performances from dancers, rappers and more. On The Tour Powered by The Ride, a licensed Tour Navigator narrates as The Ride takes guests along its Midtown and Upper West Side route. This 90-minute experience takes guests through 10 Manhattan neighborhoods and past 50 landmarks including Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Central Park, Columbus Circle and more. Along the way, guests will also enjoy in-coach entertainment and excitement from the 40 LCD TVs, surround sound and LED light displays. Starting March 20, riders can enjoy The Downtown Experience Powered by The Ride—an exploration of Lower Manhattan and its history, enhanced with virtual reality thanks to a partnership with TimeLooper.

Gray Line CitySightseeing New York – With over two dozen bus tour packages, you can select the tour—or tours—that best fit your schedule and what you want to see. Many of the tours are paired with attraction tickets, so you can get a great look around the city and then enjoy time at the NYC’s most iconic spots like One World Observatory, Top of the Rock, The Cloisters Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art or Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, among many others. With multi-day passes, you can take your time to see the whole city. The FreeStyle Pass New York® package includes passes for the Downtown, Uptown, Brooklyn and Bronx tours with unlimited hop-on, hop off access for three days, plus your choice of 3, 5 or 7 attractions around the city. As a bonus, the FreeStyle Pass also includes a free Night Tour and the hop-on, hop-off Ferry Tour. 

(Courtesy Gray Line CitySightseeing New York)

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