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One of the most popular, fun, informative and memorable ways to spend time sightseeing in New York City is by classic double-decker, hop-on, hop-off guided bus tour.

Sit on top and enjoy the open air view or ride inside in air-conditioned or heated comfort as your knowledgeable guide points out landmarks and shares New York City history with you.

Grayline Double-decker tour busI've had the opportunity to sample the majority of the following tours (also see my photo essay on open-top double-decker bus tours around the world). Many of the photos on this site were shot from the upper-decks and I appreciate the ability to hop-on or hop-off as often as you like to explore, dine and shop at New York City attractions.
When you're ready to continue, just hop back on the bus! Tickets are valid for 24, 48, 72 or 96 hours from the time you arrive and exchange your confirmation voucher for a boarding ticket. The hard part is deciding which tour to take so I've provided a chart and more to help simplify the decision.
CitySights NY open top tour busChoose from the many individual or combined New York City Bus tours for a sightseeing experience you'll remember and be telling family and friends about for years to come.
Combine various attractions, shopping, a harbor cruise or even a helicopter tour with your double decker bus tours for even more value and enjoyment.
Red Gray Line double decker buses have lower level enclosed seating and open tops. Enclosed glass tops are added for inclement weather. The most popular Gray Line tours are the Downtown Loop and the New York City All Loops (48 hr).
  Take $5 Off - Gray Line New York when you book online.
Blue CitySights NY buses are open top with removable glass cover for inclement weather (no indoor lower heated/air conditioned seating). The most popular CitySights NY tours are the Downtown Tour Liberty & Empire State and the All Around Town Madame Tussaud‘s.
Enjoy a 10% discount on a City Sights NY Uptown, Downtown, Night or Brooklyn Tour! Use code: 10OFFCS
Coach Tours (not open-top, double decker) are also available individually or in combination with double-decker tours as indicated below. Most tours have multi-language options.

The chart below lists NYC bus tours by price—details and booking after the chart:
Hop on, Hop off double decker bus tour details chart by price
Click tour or scroll down for details and booking for each of these bus tours
View all Grey Line bus tours on one page here: All Double Decker Bus Tours - 11 Tours!

New York Double Decker Downtown Loop — Plus Brooklyn Loop!

Flatiron Building downtown ManhattanThe 2 to 3 hour Gray Line New York City Double Decker Downtown Loop takes you downtown Manhattan including stops in or near Greenwich Village, Times Square, the Empire State Building, as well as the Union Square shopping district, Rockefeller Center, the World Trade Center site, and the New York City Police Museum.
You will see the Flatiron building, browse the shops in the Union Square shopping districts and Soho, visit Chinatown, Little Italy, the Lower East Side, East Village, Rockefeller Center and more.
Plus you also get a free ticket to the Brookly Loop!
Ticket valid for 24-hours, allowing you to hop on/hop off at any point along the way.
Book your tour Gray Line New York Downtown Loop
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NYC Uptown Double Decker Bus Tour — Plus Bronx Loop!

Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln CenterOn this 2+ hour Gray line tour you can hop off at Central Park and enjoy a carriage ride. Stop by Lincoln Center, or go window-shopping through Fifth Avenue. Continue your uptown adventure by exploring the American Museum of Natural History or any of the Museums (Guggenheim, Metropolitan Museum) along the Museum Mile.
See Dakota Apartments, home of John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono. Take in the stately Cathedral of St. John the Divine. See Grant's Tomb and learn about Harlem’s historic Apollo Theater where Billie Holiday and Stevie Wonder have played.
Plus you also get a free ticket to the Bronx Loop!
Ticket valid for 24-hours, allowing you to hop on/hop off at any point along the way.
Book your tour Gray Line New York Uptown Loop
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Gray Line New York Brooklyn Loop — Plus Downtown Loop!

Grand Army Plaza Soldiers and Sailors Memorial in BrooklynThe Brooklyn Loop has been recently upgraded to a double-decker, hop-on, hop-off excursion across the Manhattan Bridge to see sights such as:
Historic Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Brooklyn Museum (the second largest art collection in the city), the Antique Furniture District, Grand Army Plaza (with its picture-perfect Soldiers' and Sailors' Arch), glorious Prospect Park (designed by world-famous Olmstead and Vaux after they completed Central Park), the Prospect Park Zoo, the Brooklyn Public Library and so much more.
Plus you also get a free ticket to the Downtown Loop!
Ticket valid for 24-hours, allowing you to hop on/hop off at any point along the way.
Book your tour Gray Line New York Brooklyn Loop
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Chrysler Building at nightGray Line New York Night Tour

The Night Tour is the only evening double-decker tour of New York City. The tour has numerous sightseeing & photo opportunities for guests of the familiar & iconic Manhattan skyline. The tour highlights nightlife in Times Square, Chinatown, Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, SoHo, & Brooklyn Bridge, among many others.
Multiple departure times and two departure locations make it convenient to join the Night Tour. This is not a hop-on, hop-off tour.
Book your tour Gray Line New York Night Tour
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Gray Line New York City All Loops Tour

Brooklyn Bridge connects Manhattan and BrooklynThis All Loops Double Decker Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour takes you to over 50 stops in Manhattan and Brooklyn. It includes 2 days of fun sightseeing in NYC with the hop-on hop-off Downtown, Uptown, Bronx and Brooklyn Loops, and Night Tour (non hop-on hop-off). Upgrade to 72 hours is available for $10.00 more.
I took advantage of this package on a visit after being away for 20 years and saw more of Manhattan, and learned more about New York City in 3 days than I had when I lived just across the Hudson River for two full years. Individual loop details are above or click tour name directly below.
Book your tour Gray Line New York All Loops PLUS (48 Hours)  •  All Loops Tour (72 Hour Upgrade)
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Gray Line All Loops plus Top of the Rock

This All Loops Top of the Rock adds a ticket to the observation decks at the top of Rockefeller Center to over 50 stops in Manhattan and Brooklyn. It includes 48 hours of hop-on hop-off fun with the Downtown, Uptown, Bronx and Brooklyn Loops, and Night Tour (non hop-on hop-off).
Top (outdoor) viewing deck at Top of the RockA high-speed elevator will whisk you to the observation decks inside Rockefeller Center where you will find 3 levels of breathtaking views 70 stories above the heart of New York City.
These indoor and outdoor observation decks offer 360-degree views of Manhattan with Central Park to the north and the Empire State Building and Lower Manhattan to the south.
Click tour name directly below for full details on the 5 included bus tours.
Book your tour Gray Line All Loops Tour with Top of The Rock
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Gray Line Classic New York Double Decker Bus Tour

See & learn all about New York City in style on this all-inclusive combination tour.
This amazing value package includes 4 Gray line bus tours (All Loops Tour) and choice of tickets to:
1) The Empire State Building Observatory OR Top of the Rock, and
2) Ferry to the Liberty/Ellis Island.
3) Ticket to the Museum of the City of New York
Midtown Manhattan and Empire State Building pictureFully narrated by expert guides the Downtown Loop, Uptown Loop, Bronx Loop, Brooklyn Loop and Night Loop will take you to the most recognizable sights in NYC. Visit both Liberty Island, home to the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum via ferry. Enjoy 360 degree views from the top of the Empire State Building—or the Top of The Rock.
Includes 48-hours of double decker bus sightseeing plus attractions!
Book your tour Gray Line Classic New York Double Decker Bus Tour
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Gray Line Freestyle New York Tour

Liberty Island cruise shipQuite possibly the ultimate, most flexible New York City combination tour and attraction package. It begins with 72 hours of hop-on hop-off double decker fun of the All Loops Tour (details of 5 included loops above) and adds your choice of either 3 or 5 options from a list that includes 3 cruises, 4 attractions, 8 Tours, 11 dining options and 10 museums.
Book your tour Gray Line Freestyle New York Tour
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Gray Line Night on the Town Tour

The High Line elevated park in ChelseaThe 5 hour Night on the Town Tour is a package including a fully guided tour in a comfortable air-conditioned motorcoach (not double-decker), a guided walking tour of the Highline, a romantic dinner at one of NY's famous and Little Italy's oldest Italian restaurants—Grotta Azzura, a harbor cruise to see the Statue of Liberty at night and a ticket to the Top of the Rock Observatory for the most spectacular view of Manhattan.
Follow the link for full details, dinner menu and purchase.
Book your tour Gray Line Night on the Town Tour!
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Gray Line New York Manhattan Comprehensive Tour

Central Park from Top of the RockEnjoy a 8 hour professionally guided and all-inclusive tour of Manhattan from Downtown to Uptown—top to bottom, from the water and from the top of Rockefeller Center.
Your tour begins with sights such as Times Square, Madison Square Garden, Greenwich Village, Brooklyn Bridge and Little Italy with a stop at Battery Park to embark on your Midtown Cruise.
After some close-up views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island you will continue your bus tour to Uptown locations such as Central Park, the Cathedral St. John the Devine, Grant's Tomb, Harlem, Fifth Avenue, the Museum Mile and Rockefeller Center.
A delicious lunch at Grotta Azzura, one of New York's most famous and oldest Italian Restaurants in Little Italy, is included.
Your ticket to the Top of The Rock will give you the opportunity to see NYC from the 68th floor of Rockefeller Center.
Book your tour Gray Line New York Manhattan Comprehensive
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Downtown Tour of New York City

This tour of New York City takes sightseers by double-decker motor bus to the most visited sites in Manhattan; the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and the site of the World Trade Center — “Ground Zero.”
Charging Bull sculpture in NYC's financial districtYou will also see Greenwich Village, Times Square, the Empire State Building, the Flatiron Building, Union Square, SoHo, Chinatown, Little Italy, Lower East Side, East Village, Rockefeller Center, Madison Square Garden, Macy’s, SoHo, Chinatown, Little Italy, Wall Street, the Financial District, Battery Park, South Street Seaport, Lower East Side, the United Nations, Rockefeller Center, Carnegie Hall, & Broadway Theater District.
Enjoy a 10% discount on a City Sights NY Uptown, Downtown, Night or Brooklyn Tour! Use code: 10OFFCS
24-hour hop-on & hop-off access to the double-decker motor bus is included.
Book your tour New York City Downtown Tour
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Downtown Tour + Statue of Liberty Ferry & Ellis Island

The Empire State Building is one of many stops on the Downtown Tour of NYCYou'll have 24 hours to enjoy the hop-on hop-off Down Tour (details directly above) as part of this money saving combo that also includes a ferry ticket to Liberty Island, home of the Statue of Liberty, and to Ellis Island, home of the Immigration Museum.
See the Statue of Liberty up close from Liberty Island then continue to Ellis Island to visit the Immigration Museum. Approximately 4 in 10 americans can trace their heritage to an ancestor who sailed into New York Harbor, past the Statue of Liberty to Ellis Island.
Book your tour New York City Downtown Tour & Statue of Liberty / Ellis Island
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New York City Uptown Treasures and Harlem Tour

Solomon R. Guggenheim MuseumThe 2 1/2 hour Uptown Treasures & Harlem Tour takes you on a double-decker motor bus to New York City’s famous art galleries (Museum Mile) & other cultural centers, including Harlem.
Museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Guggenheim, & Museum of Modern Art are places that put NYC on the map as the destination for art lovers. Other popular sites seen on this tour include Lincoln Center—home to the Metropolitan Opera House, Fifth Avenue, Apollo Theater, Central Park, & Harlem Market.
24-hour hop-on & hop-off access to the double-decker motor bus is included.
Book your tour New York City Uptown Treasures & Harlem Tour
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All Around Town Tour

This package includes 48 hours of bus tours, a cruise around the harbor, & entrance to the Museum of the City of New York.
Museum of the City of New York on Uptown LoopSee it all on Downtown, Uptown Treasures & Harlem, Brooklyn, Bronx and Night bus tours and on the water with a Harbor cruise. The Hop-On/Hop-Off ticket means that at any stop passengers may get off to see a sight up close or to gain entry. After spending as much time as you like at a stop, you can hop back on the next Double Decker bus that stops to continue with your tour.
Includes 48-hour Hop-On/Hop-Off passes for both the Downtown & Uptown routes, one ticket each for a Night bus tour, the Brooklyn Loop and one 90 minute Harbor Cruise as well as entrance to the Museum of the City of New York.
Book your tour All Around Town Tour
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All Around Town plus Statue of Liberty / Ellis Island

Looking up at the Statue of Liberty from the baseThe All Around Tour of New York City & Madame Tussauds is an outstanding value and a sightseer’s best bet for seeing all the Big Apple has to offer. It includes 48-hour Hop-On/Hop-Off passes for both the Downtown & Uptown routes, one ticket each for a Night bus tour, the Bronx and Brooklyn Loops and one 90 minute Harbor Cruise as well as entrance to the Museum of the City of New York.
Plus you'll receive a ferry ticket to the Statue of Liberty National Monument on Liberty Island and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum on Ellis Island.
Book your tour All Around Town + Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
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All Around Town Tour PLUS Liberty Helicopter Tour PLUS VIP All Access

NYC Financial District from Big Apple HelicopterSee New York City from double decker busses that travel throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, see it again from the water on a 2 hour City Highlights Harbor Cruise from the Statue of Liberty to the United Nations and back, then see it once more from the air as you fly over the city on 15 minute Big Apple Helicopter Tour. In between visit the Museum of the City of New York.
The All Around Town Tour PLUS Liberty Helicopter Tour PLUS VIP All Access includes 48-hour unlimited hop-on & hop-off access on a double-decker bus that you can use to both see the city and as convenient transportation during your visit.
Book your tour All Around Town Tour PLUS Liberty Helicopter Tour PLUS VIP All Access
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Shop, Hop and Top (4 Day Value Package)

NYC Financial District from New York HarborcruiseThe Shop, Hop & Top includes 96 hrs of double decker sightseeing, attractions, and shopping! The tours include the Downtown Tour, Uptown & Harlem Tour, Night Tour, Bronx and Brooklyn Tour. Attractions include free admission to the Museum of the City of New York, a cruise around the harbor on CitySightseeing Cruises, entrance to the Top of the Rock and roundtrip bus ride to Woodbury Common's Premium Outlets.
Woodbury Commons Premium Outlets® is the world's largest collection of designer outlets with 220 stores such as Burberry, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, J. Crew, Polo Ralph Lauren, Prada, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th and many more. You'll receive a complimentary VIP Coupon Book for even more savings.
Book your tour Shop, Hop & Top
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Super New York Combination Tour

Times Square in New York CityThis 2 + 1day tour is an outstanding value and a great way to see all New York City has to offer —72 hours of double decker bus sightseeing and attractions!
This 8-in-1 tour package includes a downtown tour, a tour of uptown treasures & Harlem, NYC at night, Bronx Tour, Brooklyn Tour, a 90 minute CitySightseeing Harbor Cruise, admission to the Museum of the City of New York and ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. In addition you have a ticket for the Top of the Rock Observation Deck.
Book your tour Super New York Tour - 2 Days Plus 1 Day Free!
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NY Double Decker Downtown Loop NYC Uptown Double Decker Bus Tour Grey Line New York Brooklyn Tour Gray Line New York Night Tour Gray Line NYC All Loops Tour Gray Line All Loops plus Top of the Rock Gray Line Classic New York Double Decker Bus Tour Gray Line Freestyle New York Tour Night on the Town Motorcoach Tour Gray Line New York Manhattan Comprehensive Tour Super New York Combination Tour 3 day Shop, Hop, and Top 4 day value package All Around Town + Big Apple Helicopter Tour All Around Town + Madame Tussaud's CitySights NY All Around Town Tour CitySights NY Uptown Treasures and Harlem Tour Downtown Tour + Statue of Liberty + Empire State Building CitySights Downtown Tour