About Big Bus New York
In a double-decker open-topped bus that you just can’t miss—it is bright red, after all—the Big Bus New York sightseeing tour offers the perfect vantage point from which to see all the spectacular attractions the Big Apple has to offer. Big Bus New York does offer separate packages for each section of the city, plus a 2 Day All Loops ticket that includes Uptown, Downtown, and Brooklyn, and a sightseeing cruise.
The Downtown “Red” Loop tour focuses on the Financial District (aka Wall Street), the World Trade Center Site, and some of the city’s original skyscrapers, including the Woolworth Building and the Standard Oil Building. You’ll also travel to Battery Park (the southern tip of Manhattan), Chinatown, SoHo, Greenwich Village, Little Italy, the Garment District, Midtown West, and Chelsea. Along the way you can hop on and off to see several popular sites, including the 9/11 Memorial, One World Trade Center, The Empire State Building, The Statue of Liberty, and the High Line.
The Uptown “Blue” Loop tour heads in the opposite direction, taking you through Midtown and Uptown, home to the Chrysler Building, Rockefeller Center, Times Square and the Empire State Building. You’ll be able to hop off for retail therapy on Fifth Ave., home to Saks, Tiffany & Co., Cartier and Lord & Taylor, before continuing up to Harlem, where you can visit tourist attractions like Grant's Tomb, the Apollo Theater, Riverside Park, Harlem Market and Riverside Church. And if you need a break from all of the above, Central Park is in the midst of it all… a great place for a mid-day picnic.
Included with the 2 Day All Loops ticket is the Brooklyn Loop, which takes you to the most populated borough of the city. Make your way across the iconic Brooklyn Bridge to visit the Brooklyn Promenade, Barclays Center, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Prospect Park and Zoo before making your way back to Manhattan.
Also included with the 2 Day package is a sightseeing cruise on the waterways of lower Manhattan, leaving from the South Street Seaport (the schedules vary depending on the season). This is an excellent opportunity to see the Manhattan skyline from a completely different viewpoint (and makes for great photo opps).
A full circuit of the tour takes about four hours. Both the Uptown and Downtown loops are two hours each, but allow extra time if you plan to hop on and off to see the sights. An optional Brooklyn Loop adds 90 minutes to the tour.
The first bus departs from Stop 1 at 9am, and the last bus departs (also from Stop 1) at 5pm, but these times may vary depending on the time of the year so check with a member of the Big Bus staff. Children’s tickets are available for kids ages 5–15; those younger than five may travel free of charge as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Buses run about every 15-30 minutes.
Did you know?
Big Bus Tours is the largest operator of open-top sightseeing tours in the world, providing sightseeing tours in 16 cities across three continents.
The world's first double decker busses are thought to have run in France and England back in the 1820s, pulled by horses of course.
Anyone who’s looking for the most comprehensive New York City tour available would do well to avail themselves of the Big Bus Tour; the extensive amount of land they cover with their buses over the course of their tours would excite even locals looking for something new to do.
Good for kids?
Absolutely. They’ll love the open-top double-decker buses (and adults will, too).
Big Bus New York Location Information:
48th St. & 7th Ave.
New York, NY 10036
B, D, F, M to 47-50 Sts—Rockefeller Ctr; 1 to 50th St.