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This attraction is not included on the New York Explorer Pass. However, Hop-On Hop-Off Downtown Tour by City Sights is offered on Go Select New York, our customizable attraction pass.

Hop-On Hop-Off Downtown Tour by City Sights
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Downtown Manhattan Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Double-decker New York City Bus Tours offer the best of both worlds: you're in the middle of all the action but up high enough to get a better view than everyone on the streets. Plus, with CitySights NY Downtown bus tours, you can hop on and off at your leisure!

The Citysights Downtown Tour of Manhattan takes visitors to the see the historic, the hip, the educational, and the entertaining. Traveling on the top of a brand new double-decker bus (which is an attraction in itself), you will stop along the city’s most desirable tourist destinations and you can get on and off as you please! View the most famous neighborhoods, attractions and places of interest: Times Square, Madison Square Garden, Macy's, Empire State Building, SoHo, Chinatown, Little Italy, Site of the World Trade Center, Wall Street, Financial District, Battery Park South Street Seaport, Lower East Side, United Nations, Rockefeller Center, Carnegie Hall, Broadway Theatre District and much more.

As a special bonus you now get a ticket for the Brooklyn tour with every Downtown Tour!

Hop aboard a double-decker bus for CitySights NY’s Brooklyn Tour, a hop on/hop off journey through the city’s most populated borough. You’ll start in downtown Manhattan, seeing such sites as; the Grand Army Plaza, The Brooklyn Botanical Garden and Brooklyn Museum as well as the graceful mansions, intriguing shops and restaurants and a wide array of cultures. Your licensed guide will also take you past the gloriously designed Prospect Park with its zoo and the Brooklyn Public Library. And of course, you’ll see the spectacular Brooklyn Bridge!

Redemption Instructions

Present your New York City Explorer Pass at one of the CitySights Centers where you will be issued a ticket for the CitySights bus tour of your choice which can then be used to board the tour you have selected. You must pick up your ticket from one of the CitySights visitor centers BEFORE boarding.

*NOTE: Please note that you can choose one CitySights NY bus tour per NYC Explorer Pass. Select one from the following: All-Around tour ($14 upgrade), Brooklyn tour, Downtown tour, Multilingual tour, Night Tour, Uptown Tour.

Closings

Tour runs 365 days a year.

Note

Hop-On/Hop-Off double-decker tickets are valid for 24 hours from issuance. This tour lasts approximately 2.5 hours (if you choose not to hop-on or hop-off at the stops along the way) and is available in 10 languages. You will also receive a map showing you all the stops where you can hop on and hop off (the map is also available HERE).

Phone: (212) 812-2700

Website: CitySights NY

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 2.7 out of 5 stars (based on 10 customer ratings)
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[12 of 12 customers found this review helpful]

They don't take New York Explorer Pass
By Sethmil from New York, NY on
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Hop on Hop off Downtown Tour by City Sights:

We were surprised to find City Sights does not accept Explorer passes even though it is clearly advertised on their website. We talked to several different employees of City Sights and none of them knew nothing about the Explorer Passes and tried to sell us a pass for over $100. Very disappointed.

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[4 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

Choose somethong else!
By Anna Verified Reviewer from Italy on
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Hop on Hop off Downtown Tour by City Sights:

Buses old, dirty and unsafe. Hard to hear the explanations. No other languages than English. Strictly not recommented.

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[4 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

Not in winter!
By Snowbird Verified Reviewer from PA on
Cons:
No Downstairs Seating Mixed Knowledge Guides Budget Busses
Best Uses:
Great in Summer
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Hop on Hop off Downtown Tour by City Sights:

Sightseeing tours are a great way to explore a city, particularly when they are hop-on-hop-off. We were thrilled to get seats on one of their double-decker busses right before the Holidays and were looking forward to enjoying the freezing city from the comfort of a warm bus. Unfortunately, the double-decker busses turned out to be largely exposed on the top deck, only protected by plexi-glass. The top is not heated (!) and there is no access to downstairs seating. Moreover, it was snowing and we hat zero view of anything since the plexi-glass was covered in snow! On our downtown tour we had three different tour guides, whose level of knowledge varied greatly, so, if you don't get any info from the first one, just hop off and try the next one ... just not in winter. For us, it was a complete waste of money, and I can only hope that a summer experience would have been a lot more enjoyable.

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[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

So so do to tour guide
By Titi Verified Reviewer from Ontario Canada on

Comments about Smart Destinations Hop on Hop off Downtown Tour by City Sights:

check your tour guide, we had an older gentleman whom did not mention the stops for Chinatown or little Italy when a few of us asked we got off at battery park quite a walk away. Not happy especially when it was mentioned in description of tour! He said he was a former teacher.

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[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

Relax & Tour NYC
By Katie Verified Reviewer from Boston, MA on
Pros:
Informative Guides, You See A Lot, Relaxing, Hop On Hop Off Feature
Cons:
traffic, Open Air Bus Weather,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Hop on Hop off Downtown Tour by City Sights:

My family went on this tour just as it started to rain lightly. CitySights provided us with ponchos which were very effective in keeping us dry during the tour. The seats were comfortable and it was great to relax after hours of walking around. This tour is great if you have people in your group who want to see a lot but cannot necessarily run around NYC all day, especially older family members and children. Our tour guide was very informative. In fact sometimes he was too informative; I would have liked more breaks from the commentary. These tours run regularly (every 15-20 mins in July when we visited). They are a great way to see and get around the city if you are visiting multiple attractions. At $49 per person this is a great value on the NY Explorer Pass.

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[10 of 10 customers found this review helpful]

Gotta make this your FIRST attraction
By Julia & David from Burlington, Ontario Canada on
Pros:
The History Was Amazing, Not a dull moment, The tour guide was great, Funny Commentary
Cons:
Long wait to get tickets,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Hop on Hop off Downtown Tour by City Sights:

This is a must to do for your first attraction. The tour showed us a lot of places we didn't know existed from the tourist info. Found all the unique and flavourful areas to go back to for shopping and eating. The only criticism is that we could have bought a bus ticket from one of the many street vendors in minutes. Too bad the Explorer pass only had one location (Madame Tussaud's) to get a ticket. Line ups were long and it was very crowded. Took an hour in line to get our ticket. It would be great if there were numerous locations to use the pass to get a ticket. I'm sure many of those Souvenier shops or other businesses would welcome having the additional traffic come into their locations and we wouldn't have to wait in line so long. It was still the BEST attraction we experienced.

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[5 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

Boring bus ride? Hardly.
By Rajeev Verified Reviewer from Bangalore, India on
Pros:
Funny guides, Sights and stories, Great view
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Hop on Hop off Downtown Tour by City Sights:

Buzzing around NYC on a double decker with a witty guide was the ideal way to start off our holiday. Got a snappy tour through all the sights, decided which ones we wanted to go back to and covered a lot of ground in just 2 1/2 hrs.

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[3 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

Lots of Fun!
By NYC Fun Verified Reviewer from Richmond VA on
Pros:
Easy way to get around, Nice being on top deck
Cons:
traffic,
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Hop on Hop off Downtown Tour by City Sights:

This tour was a really good start to our week in NYC. Got a good sense of where everything was and we hopped off at the Seaport. We were lucky to be in the front of the line that formed after we got there - not everyone was happy about waiting. We were lucky to have one of the only nice days in May so the ride up top was very pleasant. The staff varied by bus - but most of them were pretty informative, though a few looked like they would rather be somewhere else.

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[9 of 10 customers found this review helpful]

Great way to get an overview of the city
By Maddy Verified Reviewer from Burlington, VT on
Pros:
Learned a lot, Great way to get around, Saw lots of the city
Cons:
Lot of waiting at stops,
Best Uses:
Great for a good overview,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Hop on Hop off Downtown Tour by City Sights:

My friends and I thought this was a good way to get an overview of the city. We only had 3 days in the city so we liked that we got to see the city and then decide were we wanted to go back to. We did have to wait at the different stops longer than we would have liked. Otherwise it was definitely worth it!

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[30 of 33 customers found this review helpful]

All day liberty
By beach bunny Verified Reviewer from Reading. PA on
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Hop on Hop off Downtown Tour by City Sights:

We are not from New york nor do we have much knowledge about geting around in New york so we depended on the information from this company. Tried to call over phone but on hold too long. E-mailed for info. They did give me some info but when I inquired for important info they never answered me back espesially when I complained about the pass after we got it. We got the 3 attraction pass. BIG MISTAKE. We were only there for the day and the guy knew this at the counter when we got there. We imm got our ticket for the statue of liberty and went out and waited for the bus. If the guy would have told us it would be an ALL day event we would not have purchased the pass. We waited in a LONG line even though they say you omit the lines with their pass. EVERYONE has those and the pass does not get you into the statue of liberty that is separate so we waited all day to be dissappointed when we could not go in. It was 4:30 till we got back and those tour buses only run till 6 so we did not know if we would get back in time to go home, not knowing how long we would wait in line at the empire state bldg.. So we lost money on the pass.

Smart Destinations Response: The Citysights sales location is generally quite knowledgeable and helpful. In this case they may simply not have known that the security line for Statute of Liberty was so long that day (and unfortunately no one gets to skip it).
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Hours

CitySights Center Hours:
Times Square:
Madame Tussauds: Daily, 8:00am-8:00pm
Planet Hollywood: Daily 8:30am - 8:00pm
Central Park:
Central Park Sightseeing: Daily, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Tour Times: Frequent daily departure times from 8:00am-6:00 pm. Tours depart from three locations in midtown and will be shown on map upon receipt of ticket from CitySights location.

Public Transportation

Times Square: Take A, C, E and S trains to Port Authority or 1, 2, 3, N, R, B, D, F, Q to the 42nd Street/Times Square stop.
Central Park: From the N, Q, and R subway lines: Exit Midtown 57th/7th Avenue stop. The store is one block east and one block south. From F subway line: Exit 55th and 6th Avenue stop, and walk one block to 56th Street.

Address

CitySights Visitor Centers:
Times Square:
Madame Tussauds: 234 W. 42nd St. (btwn 7th & 8th. Ave)
Planet Hollywood: 1540 Broadway (7th Ave & 45th St)

Central Park:
Central Park Sightseeing: 56 W. 56th St., (btwen 5th & 6th Ave.)

New York, NY 10036
  • Open year-round
  • Good for families
  • No parking available
  • No restaurant or snack bar
  • No restrooms
  • No disabled access
  • Reservations not required

New York Explorer Pass

  • FREE guidebook
    in English, German, Spanish, French, and Portuguese!

At a Glance

Address

CitySights Visitor Centers:
Times Square:
Madame Tussauds: 234 W. 42nd St. (btwn 7th & 8th. Ave)
Planet Hollywood: 1540 Broadway (7th Ave & 45th St)

Central Park:
Central Park Sightseeing: 56 W. 56th St., (btwen 5th & 6th Ave.)

New York, NY 10036

Phone: (212) 812-2700

Website: CitySights NY

Adult Gate PriceChild Gate Price
$49.00 $39.00