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    New York Hop-on Hop-off Bus: What's the Best Deal?

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    Martí Micolau
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    New York, the most famous metropolis in the world, hosts millions and millions of tourists every year, but it would be difficult to find even one of them who admits to having been able to see everything - absolutely everything - that was planned. Everyone adopts different strategies: targeted visits, hasty tours between one meter and another, amazing daily walking programs, often ready to go up in smoke at the first inconvenience.

    Here then arises the need to move easily around the city without wasting time, perhaps with the help of a guide and an expert at the wheel. So what's better than a hop on- hop off tour? On board a tourist bus New York it will become easier to visit!



    A very useful resource for this type of offer is to find the New York Pass that best suits your needs: there are many savings possibilities that involve the use of a bus or other means of transport, and we have already talked about it in one of our previous article. Below, I have selected a number of offers for the bus tour a New York and I have chosen to illustrate them in detail, so that you can choose the one that's right for you.

    There are also some interesting offers that add to the tour bus entry to cruises, night tours and other New York attractions, so choose the tour you need wisely. I will also give you some personal advice to better orient you.

    NB: prices may have changed by operators in the future, so always check the updated cost on the links I have inserted.

    Index

    • Tour in Bus hop-on hop-off a New York classici
      • Tour “All Around Town” di New York (Gray Line)
      • Tour  Hop-On Hop-Off con “Big Bus New York”
      • Manhattan bus tour with optional cruise and lunch
    • Passes including hop-on hop-off bus tour
      • Sightseeing Pass
      • New York Pass
      • Go City New York Explorer Pass
      • New York City Freestyle Pass (3-day Hop-on Hop-off tour con attrazioni)
      • Super New York: hop-on hop-off bus, cruise, Statue of Liberty and Observatory
    • Guided tour of New York by coach
      • Price

    Tour in Bus hop-on hop-off a New York classici

    This section presents three classic tours with the hop-on hop-off tourist bus: there are of various duration (from a few hours to 1 day to 3 days) and with additional offers, but if what you need is a bus ride you have to focus mainly on this section.



     

    Tour “All Around Town” di New York (Gray Line)

    For this type of tour by tourist bus there are 3 possible options:

    1) “All Around Town” tour with panoramic bus

    With this tour bus, New York will be able to show its best, at a very economical price. The basic offer consists of a ticket of 48 or 72 hours with unlimited rides on a double-decker bus. There are various routes available: Uptown, Downtown, Brooklyn e Bronx, so as to allow those who buy it to have the opportunity to see all the areas of New York and not just the most touristic ones. In the background of your trip, you will have a guide in the language of your choice (including Spanish) and, importantly, you can disembark when you wish, to visit the attractions of Manhattan at your own pace. For the same price, one is included crociera hop-on hop-off  and also the possibility of a evening tour which includes these stops:

    • Central Park
    • Times Square
    • The empire state building
    • Greenwich Village
    • SoHo
    • Chinatown
    • Little Italy
    Price
    • ticket valid for 48 hours: 54 euro approximately to person
    • ticket valid for 72 hours: 63 euro approximately to person

    2) "All Around Town" tour with priority boarding

    For a small surcharge, you can also get the option with skip-the-line priority boarding, in order to get on board without queuing up. Of course, this offer also includes the evening tour and the hop-oh hop off cruise.


    Price
    • ticket valid for 48 hours: 75 euro approximately to person
    • ticket valid for 72 hours: 84 euro approximately to person

    3) “All Around Town” tour with one attraction included

    This package includes unlimited bus access and admission at one of the following attractions to choose from: Empire State Building, Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum, Top of the Rock, Met, MoMA, Madame Tussauds, Ripley's Believe It or Not !, 9/11 Tribute Center, New York Historical Society, New York City Museum York, Cloisters Museum, Central Park, guided bike tour or Central Park walking tour.


    Price
    • ticket valid for 48 hours: 84 euro approximately to person
    • ticket valid for 72 hours: 93 euro approximately to person

    More information on this tour

    My advice: economical, complete and varied: these three features make this tour the most popular and convenient!

    Tour  Hop-On Hop-Off con “Big Bus New York”

    A valid alternative to the Gray Line bus tours could be the bus hop-on hop-off di Big Bus, which has a little more choice on the duration of the bus ticket.

    Here are the offers available:

    Ticket valid for 24 hours

    • Unlimited races on the red line (Downtown) and on the blue line (Uptown)
    • commented guide in Spanish or English
    Price
    • 51 euros around a person

    Ticket valid for 48 hours

    • Unlimited races on all available lines
    • commented guide in Spanish or English
    • Tour night (Times Square, Upper e Lower Manhattan, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, l’Empire State Building, Fifth Avenue, Manhattan Bridge,  Brooklyn)
    Price
    • 61 euros around a person

    Ticket valid for 72 hours

    • Unlimited races on all available lines
    • Commented guide in Spanish or English
    • Tour night (Times Square, Upper e Lower Manhattan, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, l’Empire State Building, Fifth Avenue, Manhattan Bridge,  Brooklyn)
    • Cruise hop-on hop-off departing from Pier 15 at South Street Seaport (Freedom Tower, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Governor's Island and more)
    Price
    • 74 euros around a person

    More information on this tour



    My advice: ideal offer for those who need a valid bus ticket only 24 hours!

    Manhattan bus tour with optional cruise and lunch

    This offer allows you to visit New York comprehensively with a guided tour of 4 hours su bus hop-on hop off classico. Then, by choosing other options (tours of 6 or 8 hours in total in a day), you will have the opportunity to have lunch in Little Italy, the Spanish corner of New York, to gain entry to the Top of the Rock Observatory, and also to take a 1 hour cruise to the Statue of Liberty.

    The 4-hour tour includes:

    • exhaustive tour of Manhattan with guide

    The 6-hour tour includes:

    • comprehensive tour of Manhattan with guide
    • il lunch a Little Italy
    • cruise 1 hour to the Statue of Liberty
    Price
    • 80 euros around a person

    The 8-hour tour includes:

    • comprehensive tour of Manhattan with guide
    • il lunch a Little Italy
    • cruise 1 hour to the Statue of Liberty
    • entrance to Top of the Rock
    Price
    • 98 euros around a person

    Learn more about the tour

    My advice: for those who, after a one-day sightseeing tour, don't mind having one nice eaten in Little Italy… all at an affordable price!

    Passes including hop-on hop-off bus tour

    These tours are for those who want to buy a ticket for the bus hop-on hop-off a New York adding to the offer also the entrance to other attractions: the tours indicated here are in fact closer to the concept of city pass, but they still include the tourist bus.

    Sightseeing Pass

    These are best passes for those who definitely want to take advantage of the Hop-On Hop-Off service by adding it to the entrance to other New York attractions. By choosing this service you will be faced with two options:

    • Il Sightseeing Day, in this case the Hop-On Hop-Off tourist bus it will be included for the duration of the pass. For example, if you buy a pass valid for 4 days, you can use the tourist buses for all four days. This is the only New York pass that offers this kind of possibility.
    • Il Sightseeing Flex, that is the version of the pass declined according to the attractions and not according to the days as the previous one, you can use the Hop-On Hop-Off service for well 72 hours, regardless of the type of pass you buy.

    New York Pass

    The New York Pass, like the Sightseeing Day, is part of the so-called "all inclusive" passes, ie with a variable number of days of validity within which you can enter as many attractions as possible to choose from among those available.

    Unlike its competitor, however, in this case you will have the possibility to choose to use the Hop-On Hop-Off bus for only 24 hours, instead of for the entire duration of the pass.

    Go City New York Explorer Pass

    The Go City New York Explorer Pass is instead the direct competitor of the Sightseeing Flex, that is a pass in which you will have to choose a certain number of attractions. The Explorer Pass will give you the option to use the Hop-On Hop-Off service for 24 hours but you will have to use the slot of an attraction.

    To find out more about this type of pass, as well as the individual reviews, I invite you to read our comparison guide to understand the best pass for your needs.

    Which New York City pass is worth it?

    New York City Freestyle Pass (3-day Hop-on Hop-off tour con attrazioni)

    Please note:: This pass is no longer available at the moment

    This Hop-on Hop-off tour, in addition to providing a very useful 3-day ticket for the New York tourist bus, includes in the price the ticket for a variable number (from 3 to 7) of attractions of your choice, including museums, cruises or meal vouchers. So, in addition to enjoying the guided tour of the city aboard a double-decker bus, you will have the opportunity to visit the attractions you like best, organizing your days in the best possible way.

    There are three options available:

    3-day Hop-On Hop-Off with 3 attractions of your choice

    • 130 euros around a person

    3-day Hop-On Hop-Off with 5 attractions of your choice

    • 160 euros around a person

    3-day Hop-On Hop-Off with 7 attractions of your choice

    • 198 euros around a person

    for list of attractions, consult the offer carefully when booking.

    Learn more about the tour

    My advice: Do not underestimate this option: among the attractions included in the pass there is also l’ingresso a One World Observatory, which no other tourist pass includes among its offers!

    Super New York: hop-on hop-off bus, cruise, Statue of Liberty and Observatory

    Please note:: This pass is no longer available at the moment

    Very complete this package, which is very close to the concept of city pass.

    Here's what it includes:

    • access for 3 days on hop-on hop-off buses by Gray Line, the price includes:
    • tour in bus night
    • cruise hop on hop off
    • entry to the underground Statue of Liberty
    • entrance at your choice between Top of the Rock e Empire State Building
    • more discounts and free admissions

    There is also an option - a little more expensive - to have thepriority accesso ai tour in bus.

    Price
    • from about 102 euros per person

    Learn more about the tour

    My advice: this pass differs from the others because it is the only one to combine the ticket for the bus valid for 3 days, 3 attractions (to choose from 2) and others offers and discounts. The price is also competitive.

    Guided tour of New York by coach

    Finally, I would like to point out a tour a little different from the others: it is not a ticket for the hop-on hop-off bus, but a guided tour New York by bus, with 9 stops at various places of interest in the city.

    Here are some of planned stages dal giro in pullman: Lincoln Center, Central Park West, Dakota Building, Upper West Side, Harlem, American Museum of Natural History, Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum, museo del Barrio, Frick Collection, Fifth Avenue, Rockefeller Center , Radio City Music Hall, Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, Bleecker Street, SOHO, Little Italy,  Chinatown, ponte di Brooklyn, Manhattan Bridge, Wall Street,  Financial District, Battery Park , Meatpacking District e molto altro!

    • Duration: about 5 hours
    • guided tour in Spanish
    • transfer by bus / minibus (departure from Sheraton New York)

    Price

    • 62 euros around a person

    More information on this tour

    My advice: a great way to get to know New York in depth at an excellent price. Also, this guided tour is for small groups and therefore you avoid the crowds that sometimes arise when traveling with the hop-on hop-off buses.

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