About The Big Bus NYC Sightseeing Tour:
In a bustling metropolis such as New York City it's impossible not to find something you'd love to see and do. But could you find everything you'd love to see and do? Big Bus New York's hop-on hop-off tour is a flexible sightseeing service that allows you to travel at your own pace between 30 stops throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Visit Chinatown and the Empire State Building on the red Downtown Loop, or ride the blue Uptown Loop for world-famous museums, Harlem and Central Park. Deluxe 2-Day tickets also include access to the New York night bus tour, as well as a free Hornblower sightseeing cruise.
Big Bus New York Tour Map:
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Ticket Usage Instructions:
Print off the ticket voucher you receive from this site and present it to a member of the Big Bus New York tour staff at any stop (see map above).
Ticket Types & Packages:
• Classic | • Deluxe | • Big Apple | • Night Tour | • Liberty | • One World Observatory | • Big Adventure Pass
Classic 1-Day Ticket:
The 'Classic 1-Day' bus tour of New York City is ideal for those looking to get a quick overview of Manhattan. It features two colour-coded routes, the red Downtown Loop and the blue Uptown Loop. Both offer digital audio commentary in 10 languages alongside live English commentary. Be sure to check out the following sightseeing highlights on each route:
• Downtown Tour Loop:
Lower Manhattan is usually that first place we see in any film or TV opening shot with NYC as a setting. Aboard your Big Bus open-top sightseeing bus you'll get to visit such sights as the Statue of Liberty and The Empire State Building.
• Uptown Tour Loop:
A journey round Manhattan simply isn't complete without visiting the centrepiece's of its upper portion. Take a stroll in gorgeous Central Park, browse exotic wares in the Harlem Market and marvel in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Deluxe 2-Day Ticket:
For sightseers planning a longer stay there's the 'Deluxe 2-Day' ticket. This tour includes both of the above routes, in addition to the Brooklyn Loop, the New York Night Bus Tour, and a Hornblower Harbour Cruise.
• Brooklyn Tour Loop:
Cross the Manhattan bridge to into Brooklyn and come face-to-face with New York's lesser paraded gems. The majestic Grand Army Plaza and adjacent Prospect Park with its own zoo are must-sees in this borough. Treat yourself to a dining experience in its culturally diverse restaurants.
- The Brooklyn Loop begins from Stop 11 - Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall. It lasts approximately 1 hour 30 minutes and daily departures run every hour between 10:00 and 15:00. Travellers will be able to hop-off at Prospect Park & Zoo.
• Night Bus Tour:
If you love sleepless New York enough not to be caught dead without your 'I love NY' t-shirt then Big Bus' Night Tour is your definitive urban pilgrimage. Bask in a magical 1 hour 45 minute open-top bus journey through dancing lights and incandescent skyscrapers. It departs every night from stop 17 (Times Square, 48th Street and 7th Avenue) at 18:00.
• Hornblower Harbour Cruise:
For many in the late 19th and early 20th centuries the first glimpse of their new and free life came in the form of Lady Liberty and the Manhattan skyline. This free 1 hour harbour cruise adds an unmissable extra perspective to anyone's New York experience. Start it by heading along to Pier 15 at South Street Seaport. Note that you should first exchange your email voucher for tickets with the Big Bus tour staff. Once aboard a live guide will be on-hand to explain the sights and histories surrounding the Hudson and East Rivers.
Big Apple 3-Day Ticket:
The Big Apple Package includes everything the Deluxe does, but with the addition of free entry to the Museum of the City of New York. It's also valid for 3-days as opposed to two.
The Liberty Package:
The Liberty Package also includes everything the Deluxe does, but with this one you get entry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Please note, however, that the Liberty ferry is not included in the price.
The Big Adventure Pass:
As well as including both tour loops, the Brooklyn Tour and discounts at selected restaurants, the 2-Day Big Adventure Pass includes a choice of 3 attractions (5 if you pick the 3-Day Pass). See here for a list of included attractions.
Adventure Pass Pick-Up Points:
Big Adventure Passes cannot be collected at their respective attractions, they must first be picked up at one of the following Big Bus Visitor Centres:
- Big Bus Welcome Centre - 712 7th Ave, NY 10036 (Open: 08:00 to 18:00).
- Big Bus Information Desk at Madame Tussauds - 234 West 42nd Street, NY 10036 (Open: 08:00 to 17:00).
- Big Bus Information Desk at The Luggage Source - 306 5th Ave (Between 31st & 32nd St.).