Whether you are from there on travel or are a native and want to see New York City with a new pair of eyes, a bus tour of NYC is your best friend. You can choose from themed bus tours such as the Sex and the City Hotspots Tour or take one that lets you hop on and hop off to see iconic landmarks in the City.
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Which Bus Tour of New York City is the best?
The best bus tours are often going to be up for debate, and the one for you is going to depend on your interests. Here are five that are consistently rated highly among New Yorkers and travel websites:
- Big Bus Tours
- Sex and the City Hotspots Tour
- The Original Brooklyn Pizza Tour
- New York City Guided Bus Tour at Night
- TopView’s NYC Sightseeing Tours
1. Big Bus Tours
Family-ran Big Bus Tours serves up the Big Apple in fantastic slices, and it’s been ranked TripAdvisor’s #1 hop-on; hop-off bus tour in NYC. You can select from three loops, which includes Uptown, where you’ll see the Lincoln Center, the Rockefeller Center, and the Apollo Theatre; Midtown, which stops at Madison Square Garden and the United Nations Headquarters; or Downtown, which visits Chinatown, Little Italy and the World Trade Center.
2. Sex and the City Hotspots Tour
The Sex and the City Hotspots Tour is always a hit among fans of the hit TV show and movies. This 3.5 hour tour lets you follow in the footsteps of the SATC gang while riding around NYC on a comfortable couch. More importantly, you’ll get to visit 40 hotspots from the show during the tour. For instance, you’ll get to visit Steve and Aidan’s bar Scout, where the ladies dished on guys and drank cocktails, including SATC’s iconic Cosmopolitan. You’ll also visit fashionista Carrie’s West Village Brownstone and shops seen on-screen like the Pleasure Chest where Charlotte bought her pink “rabbit.”
3. The Original Brooklyn Pizza Tour
The Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tour has been featured on Good Morning America and the Travel Channel, and tickets often sell out. If you are fortunate enough to score tickets, the guide covers everything you wanted to know about pizza and Brooklyn. Highlights include chowing down on tasty NYC pizza at hot restaurants like Grimaldi’s and visiting famous Brooklyn movie locations such as Goodfellas. If you are a fan of Goodfellas, you might also like to catch The Sopranos Sites Tour that lets you see sites from the TV show’s opening credits, including Pizzaland.
4. New York City Guided Bus Tour at Night
The City, without a doubt, is magical at night, and this highly-rated guided bus tour gives one of longest and most detailed night tours in New York City. Clocking in at 4.5 hours in length, this NYC Night Bus Tour shows you spectacular views of the City’s iconic landmarks and also includes one short walking tour. During the ride, you’ll see and make stops at High Line Park, Grand Central Station, the Brooklyn Bridge and more. One reviewer even said that the tour “introduced many new places even to a native New Yorker.”
5. TopView Sightseeing Tours
Hop-on; hop-off bus tours are an excellent way to see NYC when you have a short amount of time to do it. Sightseeing tour companies such as TopView offer several different levels of packages for doing it, too, and one of the best is TopView’s New York City 72-hour sightseeing pass. For three days, this pass allows you to go sightseeing via a double-decker bus. The complete loop takes around 2.5 hours to finish. During the excursion, you’ll get to see landmark attractions by day or night, such as the Empire State Building and the Flatiron Building.
Now See NYC from the Water
Tour buses let you see the sights and sounds of NYC from land, but Sea the City Tours allow you to appreciate the true size and beauty of Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs by water. You can choose from an exciting 1-hour tour of NYC on a Jet Ski or a luxurious 90-minute tour of NYC with a ride down the Hudson in a Hot Tub. The 2021 season has started now, so contact us at 201-335-2732 for more information or book your tour online.