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 and green loops for world-famous museums, Harlem and Central Park. Deluxe 2-day tickets also include a Statue Of Liberty & Ellis Island sightseeing cruise.
- All Year Round, Daily.
- Digital Audio: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Mandarin, Korean and Russian.
- Live English-speaking guides.
help Route Information:
- A full list of tour timings, stops and durations are contained in the Map Download - View Here.
- Free On-Board Wi-Fi & Mobile App (Download On Bus).
- Audio Guide (Headphones Included).
- Live English-Speaking Guides.
- Printed Tour Map & Leaflet.
- Wheelchair Accessible Buses.
The Big Bus NYC sightseeing tour is spread out across five routes: the 'Downtown', 'Uptown', 'Harlem', 'Brooklyn' and 'Night' Tours. The Brooklyn Tour plus other benefits are available with Premium and Deluxe tickets. A short description of each route included below.
- View the Downloads Tab for full information on stop locations/numbers.
1) 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 open-top sightseeing bus you'll get to visit such sights as the Statue of Liberty and The Empire State Building.
2) Uptown Tour Loop:
A journey round Manhattan simply isn't complete without visiting the icons of its upper half. Take a stroll in gorgeous Central Park, stop outside Grand Central Station and the Chrysler Building, or treat your eyes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Enjoy exclusive shopping with huge brands like Saks, Tiffany & Co, Cartier along 5th Avenue and tour historic Rockefeller Centre with its Art Deco buildings - home to NBC’s Today Show.
3) Harlem Tour Loop:
This route takes you into the heart of New York City's famous African-American cultural enclave. While it ultimately stops outside the Apollo Theatre, other hop-off points include the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine and the American Museum of Natural History.
4) Brooklyn Tour Loop:
Cross the Manhattan bridge 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 33 - Battery Park. It lasts approximately 1.5 hours and daily departures run at 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00. Travellers will be able to hop-off at the Barclays Centre, Grand Army Plaza, and on the return loop, One World Trade Centre.
5) Discover NYC By Night Single Loop:
Soak up the sights of the Big Apple after dark. The Night Tour showcases all the iconic sights of NYC, lit up in gold and neon. It consists of a 2-hour panoramic loop beginning at Stop 16: M&Ms World (7th Ave and West 48th St.), departing every 30 minutes between 18:00 and 20:00.
Statue Of Liberty & Ellis Island Cruise:
For many in the late 19th and early 20th centuries the first glimpse of their new life came in the form of Lady Liberty and the Manhattan skyline. This sightseeing cruise (available with Deluxe Tickets) adds an unmissable extra perspective to anyone's New York experience.
Start it by heading along to either Pier 83 (12th Ave & W 42nd St.) or Pier 16 at South Street Seaport. Note that you should first exchange your voucher for tickets at one of the Big Bus Welcome Centres (see Map Download). Once aboard a live guide will be on-hand to explain the sights and history behind the Hudson River.