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Hop-On Hop-Off Downtown Tour by City Sights

A double-decker bus is the best of both worlds: You're in the middle of all the action, but up high enough for a great view. Plus, with this tour you can hop on and off so you can see the sights in half the time or choose to take your time.
  • Adult gate price $49.00
  • Child gate price $39.00
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Sometimes there’s just not enough time to see it all on your own. Even the most crowd-averse, tour-hating traveler will admit that in a city like New York, a bus tour is the most efficient way to see it all in a short period of time. It’s also a great way to learn the unique ins and outs of the city. Citysights NY Hop-On Hop-Off Downtown Tour is perfect for any visitor who wants to make sure they get a look at all the best landmarks in the city before heading home. The ability to hop-on and hop-off makes this tour a must-do .

Citysights Downtown Tour of Manhattan takes visitors to the historic and 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 yes…you can get on and off as you please!

Why would you do that? Well, let’s say you want to see the whole city in a day, but would really like to take a little time to go into Macy’s and explore rather than just passing by and taking a photo. You just hop-off. When you’re done exploring, you can just go to the pickup point and hop back on the next tour bus that comes along! This customizable tour allows you great flexibility and freedom, making it one of the most popular tours in the city. Furthermore, the buses are covered during inclement weather with a clear canopy and are fully heated in the winter to keep you cozy while still allowing you to take photos.

Citysights Hop-On Hop-Off pickup and drop-off points are located all over Manhattan, conveniently positioned along or near the city’s hottest attractions, including: the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty Ferry, Greenwich Village, Little Italy , Chinatown, SoHo, TriBeCa, Madison Square Garden, Macy’s Herald Square, Financial District, Site of the World Trade Center, South Street Seaport, Broadway Theater District, Wall Street, Museums of Lower Manhattan, Lower East Side, Carnegie Hall, Rockefeller Center, Museum of Modern Art, Times Square, Battery Park, the United Nations…just to name a few!

Citysights’ Licensed tour guides will narrate you through the city’s well-traversed neighborhoods in a fact-packed, tasteful way, pointing out many of the attractions you’ll recognize from pop culture references in songs, movies, and on TV. Don’t miss this see-it-all tour of Manhattan when you visit New York! Just be sure to pick up your ticket from Madame Tussaud’s before you start your circuit, and enjoy the ride!

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[6 of 6 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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[1 of 1 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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[1 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

Not in winter!
By Snowbird Verified Reviewer from PA on
Cons:
No Downstairs Seating Budget Busses Mixed Knowledge Guides
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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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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[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

Relax & Tour NYC
By Katie Verified Reviewer from Boston, MA on
Pros:
You See A Lot, Relaxing, Informative Guides, Hop On Hop Off Feature
Cons:
Open Air Bus Weather, traffic,
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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[9 of 9 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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[4 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

Boring bus ride? Hardly.
By Rajeev Verified Reviewer from Bangalore, India on
Pros:
Great view, Funny guides, Sights and stories
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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[2 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

Lots of Fun!
By NYC Fun Verified Reviewer from Richmond VA on
Pros:
Nice being on top deck, Easy way to get around
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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[8 of 9 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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[29 of 32 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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Hop-On Hop-Off Downtown Tour by City Sights details

Website: CitySights NY
Phone: (212) 812-2700
Address
CitySights Visitor Centers:
Times Square - (Inside Madame Tussauds): 234 W. 42nd St., btwn 7th & 8th. Ave
Central Park (Inside Central Park Sightseeing): 56 W. 56th St., btween 5th & 6th Ave.
New York, NY 10036
Hours
Times Square: Madame Tussauds, Daily: 8:00 am–8:00 pm
Central Park – Central Park Sightseeing: Daily, 10:00am – 3:00pm
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.
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).
Closings
Tour runs 365 days a year.
  • Good for families
  • No parking available
  • No restaurant or snack bar
  • No restrooms
  • No disabled access
  • Reservations not required

Directions and transportation

Address
CitySights Visitor Centers:
Times Square - (Inside Madame Tussauds): 234 W. 42nd St., btwn 7th & 8th. Ave
Central Park (Inside Central Park Sightseeing): 56 W. 56th St., btween 5th & 6th Ave.
New York, NY 10036
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.

Admission and Offer Information

Present your Go Select Pass at one of the CitySights Centers where you will be issued a ticket for the CitySights Downtown bus tour.

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