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Taking a Tour With Big Bus New York

October 7, 2014 - by Melanie Baker
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Loop-de-loop around the greatest city on Earth with Big Bus New York's comprehensive hop-on, hop-off bus tours, which feature the city's most popular sites, both up and downtown, and even a little glimpse of Brooklyn, if your travel bug wants to venture outside Manhattan.

Operating in 15 cities around the world, plus New York, Big Bus gives you “the perfect introduction” to your destination with several routes to choose from, all enhanced by lively guides offering fun stories and local authority on the city they know best.

Big Bus New York departs Times Square

Choose the Downtown Loop to see the Empire State Building, Flatiron District, Little Italy, and The High Line, among other sights. The Uptown Loop brings you up close to landmarks like Rockefeller Center, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Guggenheim.

The High Line Park at sunset

If you’ve always wanted to see New York all lit up, take in the breathtaking skyline by night with Big Bus’ panoramic Night Tour, which offers you a chance to see the city all aglow.

Hopping on a Big Bus is easy as pie, or a slice of authentic New York cheesecake, with members of the Big Bus street team situated near many tour stops ready to help you purchase a ticket and get straight to the sightseeing action. Planning your tour before you hit the pavement? You can purchase your Big Bus tickets online, too, here.

Big Bus New York at Madison Square Park

The popular 2-Day All Loops option runs at $59 for adults, and $49 for a child's pass. Purchasing the 2-Day pass also includes quite the perk: a trip on the Hornblower Sightseeing Cruise with your ticket, so you can hit the waves and catch the cityscape by boat. Visit for pricing on 1-Day, Single Loop, Night Tour, and special combo passes.

Uptown and downtown loops run beginning at 9am from 7th Avenue at 48th Street, with the last departure at 5pm. The beauty of a hop-on, hop-off tour, however, means you can grab the bus anywhere along the route of your chosen loop, be it by Madison Square Park, or even The Central Park Zoo. Brooklyn tours depart from the Downtown Loop’s Stop 11 (World Trade Center/City Hall) three times a day: 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. The panoramic Night Tour departs from Stop 1 (7th Ave. and W. 48th St.) at 7:30pm, 8pm, 8:30pm, and 9pm daily.

Big Bus NYC is all about convenience, so make sure download the Big Bus app ( for interactive maps, a route planner, and more, to boost your touring experience. And don’t fret if you hail from a foreign land! For non-English speakers, both the Uptown and Downtown tours offer ten languages to choose from.

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