Why You Should Take a Bus Tour in NYC

March 13, 2013 by

Sightseeing, Things To Do, Tours & Activities, Travel Tips

NYC bus tours

Get a great view of the city from a bus

For those visiting New York City, it can be difficult to see all the sites in just one trip. Not only are there a large number of worthwhile attractions, but they’re spread out all over the city. Moreover, figuring out public transportation can be daunting and time-consuming. One smart, comfortable and budget-friendly option to see as much as possible in a short amount of time is to take a bus tour. This is especially worthwhile during those times of the year when New York City humidity or winter cold are at its worst and a climate-controlled vehicle would be much more comfortable.

A Hop-On Hop-Off Tour is usually the wisest option, as these buses run every 10 to 30 minutes and allow you to create your own sightseeing itinerary without much planning, and include a guide. For $39.99, you can take advantage of 24-hours of sightseeing in lower Manhattan. Some of the 50 stops include the Empire State Building, Little Italy, Chinatown, Times Square, Rockefeller Plaza and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. And if you want to see more than the stops on the route, you can upgrade to a 48-or-72-Hour All Loops Bus Tour which also features Uptown, Brooklyn and a Tour Night. If you’d like to add some special experiences into your sightseeing, a Freestyle New York Package allows you to add three cruises, attractions, dining and museums.

Moreover, certain Hop-On Hop-Off Tours come with added experiences, like a harbor cruise, heading to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck and shopping at Woodbury Commons or the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

If you have a specific interest, specialized bus tours can help with this as well as give you an overview of the city. For example, many people visiting the Big Apple are interested in its TV and film culture. In this case, a New York TV and Movie Sites Tour would be worthwhile. For 3.5 hours, you zip around the city visiting set locations like the apartment building from Friends, the Daily Bugle offices in Spider-Man, the Original Soup Man from Seinfeld and more.

-Jessica Festa

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One Response to “Why You Should Take a Bus Tour in NYC”

  1. Bijesh Sen Says:

    I endorse the point of view above.Just took a guided tour (didn’t take the HOHO…luckily as it was a rainy day). Great for an initial familiarisation tour of all of Manhattan.Next day- you can pick your specific sights to see – like the Metropolitan Museum , Museum of natural history, etc.New York tours – hotel pick up and drop- from 8am -4 pm for $82.50.


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