Seeing New York City by Bus: City Tours & Travel

by Kim on December 4, 2017 · 0 comments

New York is a near-endless sea of tourist opportunities just waiting for the adventurous tourist to explore. But for newcomers, NYC can be an intimidating, daunting place to tour. Its size, constant crowds, traffic and a plethora of worthwhile tourist stops make double-decker buses an excellent option for city tours & travel packages.

There are many advantages to New York City bus tours, including:

  • Convenient online or at-site booking.
  • Highly affordable prices.
  • The ability to customize your “hop on hop off” route.
  • No need to fight the traffic like you would driving yourself around.
  • Multiple stops, not just one like a taxi ride gets you.
  • Safety is enhanced because your group sticks together on the bus.
  • Guided headphone tours are accessible at your fingertips and in multiple languages.
  • Weather permitting, you sit on top with a great view with a gentle breeze in your hair.

But what about the routes and packages? What are the most popular ways to tour your way around NY, and what are the highlights of each trip?

Downtown Only Tours

If you are looking for a quick trip of only a couple hours or so that still lets you see the most important sites in Downtown Manhattan, this tour is for you.

You’ll see the “razzle dazzle” of bustling Times Square, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Grand Central Station, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, the NYC Financial District, historic Battery Park, the new World Trade Center building, and more.

You get a smorgasbord like taste of the city with a minimal time commitment. It’s like dipping your toe in the pool to test the water, and you’ll likely come back for a “full swim” (a more thorough tour) next time when you have more time.

One or Two Day Passes

Take the Downtown Tour, include that, and then multiply it 5 or 10 fold or more, and that’s the extent to which you can explore NYC on a one or two-day hop-on-hop-off bus tour.

Not only will you see more in Manhattan, but you’ll also get out to the Bronx, to Chinatown and Little Italy, and to a trip over the Brooklyn Bridge and back again. You’ll go downtown, uptown, and all over town, passing some landmarks with a quick view as your tour guide explains their significance to you, and stopping off for a big to see other landmarks up close and personal.

With a one or two day pass, you don’t have to stick to a predetermined itinerary. You can hop off early, stay longer where you like and then hop on again later, or walk a bit to the next bus pick-up point and hop on there. You can essentially form your own route and customize your experience.

NYC Night Tours

Even if you’ve already done the day tour, you can’t say you’ve had the full New York experience until you’ve seen The City That Never Sleeps at night.

The bewildering display of lights you will see all around you is truly an amazing sight. Block after block is lit up like a perpetual fireworks display, exploding in a rich mix of bright, sometimes flashing colors and making it easy to navigate the city “in the dark.”

Dine in a high-rise located restaurant or ascend to the lookout points on the Empire State Building or elsewhere, and you will get a panoramic look at New York, lit up like a Christmas tree and glowing brightly in the midst of darkness.

Package Add-ons

Finally, we would be remiss to not mention that many NYC bus tour packages will include “extras.” Primarily, look for a free Liberty Tour by boat out to Liberty Island and the statue that stands on its shores. Also look for bike rental or guided walking tour add-ons.



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