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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.
I've had the opportunity to sample many of the following tours. Lots of the photos on this site were shot from the upper-decks where you get a unique perspective of the city (also see my photo essay on open-top double-decker bus tours around the world).
In addition to seeing and learning about NYC the ability to hop-on or hop-off as often as you like to explore, dine and shop is a major advantage of these tours. When you're ready to continue, just hop back on the bus! Tickets can be valid for from 24 hours to 5 full days from the time you arrive and exchange your confirmation voucher for a boarding ticket.
You can also combine various attractions, shopping, a harbor cruise or even a helicopter tour with your double decker bus tours for even more value and enjoyment for a sightseeing experience you'll remember and be telling family and friends about for years to come.
The hard part is deciding which tour to take so I've provided a chart and many individual tour details to help simplify your decision.

New York City double decker bus tour options:

Two of the major bus companies in NY (Gray Line and CitySights) merged in 2009 in a joint venture known as Twin America striking a blow against price and service competition. I've toured with both and the one advantage CitySights had (before the merger) was lower prices. Gray Line buses and service were consistently rated higher than CitySights.
The newest NYC bus line, Open Loop, brings new buses and much needed competition to The City.
Open Loop NYC bus picture• Red and white Open Loop buses sport broad vertical red and white stripes. They have lower level enclosed (heated/air conditioned) seating and open tops. Most Open Loop tours offer multiple loops/routes and can include various combinations with attractions, helicopter flights and cruises for 1, 2, 3 or 5 days.
Grayline Double-decker tour bus
Red Gray Line double decker buses are similar to Open Loop buses with lower level enclosed seating and open tops. Enclosed glass tops are added for inclement weather. CitySights NY open top tour busCoach Tours (not open-top, double decker) are also available individually or combination with double-decker tours many of which are detailed below. Most tours have multi-language options.
Blue CitySights NY buses are open top with removable glass cover for inclement weather (no lower level heated/air conditioned seating). CitySights NY may be being fazed out after the Gray Line merger — there are fewer offerings than in the past.

The chart below lists NYC bus tours by provider—details and booking links follow:
Hop on, Hop off double decker bus tour details chart by price
Click tour on chart or scroll down for details and booking for each of these bus tours

Open Loop New York Double-Decker Bus Tours

All City Loops Tour

Unlimited rides on 3 routes; Uptown, Downtown, Midtown plus one Night Sightseeing Tour, are included in a single ticket. You just need to decide how many days to purchase—1, 2, 3, or 5 days.
OPEN LOOP New York hop on hop off
The above link (and the one below) take you to full information including route maps for each tour, booking options for each time period and occasional discount information. Brief tour descriptions:
The Empire State BuildingUptown and Downtown routes intersect at Madame Tussaud and Bryant Park for transfers between routes. Buses run every 20/25 minutes from 8am to 5pm with each tour lasting about one and one-half hours if you don’t do any hop-off, hop-on. The Night Tour is two hours and departs from 51st Street and Broadway at 7pm.
• Uptown Route highlights include Times Square, Central Park, the Empire State Building and Metropolitan Museum.
• Downtown Route highlights include the High Line, One World Trade Center, SoHo and Greenwich Village.
• Midtown Route highlights include Madame Tussaud Wax Museum, United Nations, Theater District and Times Square.New York City's Times Square
• Night Route highlights include Times Square, the Empire State Building, Lower East Side, Chinatown, Little Italy and Brooklyn. The Night Tour is not a hop-on, hop-off tour and your ticket is good for one night only and can be purchased separately. During the holiday season the Night Tour converts to the Holiday Lights Tour.
Book your tour OPEN LOOP New York hop on hop off
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All City Loops Tour + Circle Line Liberty Cruise

Looking up at the Statue of LibertyThe All City Loops Tour (details above) combined with a Circle Line Liberty Cruise is a great way to see most of NYC’s iconic attractions and save some money!
In addition to full access to Open Loop New York Downtown, Uptown, Midtown and Night open top, double-decker, hop-on hop-off tours for one or two days you'll receive a ticket to the 75 minute Circle Line cruise for great close up views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island Historic Immigration Center and great view of Manhattan from the harbor.
Book your tour  All City Loops Tour 1 or 2 day + Statue Cruise
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All City Loops Tour + Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)

The All City Loops Tour (details above) combined with entrance to The Museum of Modern Art is a great way to save money on your NYC sightseeing!Large building facade
In addition to showcasing photography, film, design, architecture, media and performance art the MoMA collection also includes works by Jackson Pollack, Jasper Johns, Cindy Sherman, Elizabeth Murray and many others like Andy Warhol’s Gold Marilyn Monroe and Vincent van Gough’s Starry Night.
Choose the number of days for your double-decker bus tour then hop-off at the MOMA and hop back on to continue touring!
Book your tour All City Loops Tour 1, 2, 3 or 5 day + MOMA
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All City Loops Tour + Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Intrepid Aircraft Carrier picture from the airCombine the All City Loops Tour (details above) with a visit to the Sea, Air & Space Museum on the Intrepid Aircraft Carrier for a memorable NYC visit!
Featuring the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world’s fastest jets and a guided missile submarine, an interactive journey through the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a treat for the whole family.
With all there is to see at the Intrepid Museum and Uptown, Midtown, Downtown and Night tours with the All City Loops tour you will probably need multiple days to see it all.
Book your tour All City Loops Tour 1, 2, 3 or 5 day + Intrepid Museum
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All City Loops Tour + Brooklyn Tour

Brooklyn Bridge CablesThis delicious tour combines the All City Loops Tour — unlimited rides on Uptown, Downtown and Midtown route and one Night tour with the 5 star Trip Adviser attraction 1/2 day Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour.
In addition to the All City Loops options detailed above you’ll explore the prominent areas of Brooklyn such as Brooklyn Bridge Park, many movie locations, Coney Island and DUMBO with two stops to sample world famous (skip the lines) iconic pizza places.
The Brooklyn tour is available on Friday through Wednesday (Thursday August only) and lasts approximately 4.5 hours. Reservations are required for this portion of your package so be sure to follow the instructions after you make your on-line purchase.Wedding photos at Brooklyn Bridge Park
The full package tour can be purchased in 1, 2, 3 or 5 day durations, though I don’t know how you would fit it all into 1 day.
The All City Loops tour is as described above including 3 unlimited ride loops, 1 night tour, 2, 3 and 5 day tickets include a New York Water Taxi cruise to the Statue of Liberty and the 3 day ticket includes entrance to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! museum.
Book your tour OPEN LOOP New York Brooklyn Tours
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All City Loops Tour + Helicopter Tour

My most memorable visit to NYC was the trip where I was able to both tour the Big Apple via double-decker bus and see it from the air on a helicopter tour.Aerial view of the end of Manhattan
In addition to the All City Loops options detailed above you’ll enjoy a bird’s eye view of Manhattan and surrounding areas on a helicopter flight down the Hudson River to the New York Harbor and the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum with aerial views of the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building and much more.
The full package tour can be purchased in 1, 2, 3 or 5 day durations.
The All City Loops tour is as described above including 3 unlimited ride loops, 1 night tour, 2, 3 and 5 day tickets include a New York Water Taxi cruise to the Statue of Liberty and the 3 day ticket includes entrance to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! museum.
Book your tour All City Loop + New York Helicopter Tour
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Grey Line NYC Double-Decker Bus Tours

New York Double Decker Downtown 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.
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 Tour
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NYC Uptown Double Decker Bus Tour

Avery Fisher HallOn 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.
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 Tour
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Gray Line New York Brooklyn 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.
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 Tour
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Chrysler BuildingGray 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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All Around Town Tour

Manhattan skyline seen through Brooklyn Bridge cablesThis All Tour Loops Double Decker Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour takes you to over 50 stops in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Bronx. It includes 2 or 3 days (48hr–72hr) 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).
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 tour details are above or click tour name directly below.
Book your tour All Around Town 48 hr Tour  •  All Around Town 72 hr Tour
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Super Downtown Tour With Top of the Rock OR Empire State Building Observatory

This 1 day hop-on hop-off, double-decker bus Super Downtown Tour with Top of the Rock ticket takes you to the best of downtown and includes tickets to The Top of the Rock Observatory (Rockefeller Center) OR Empire State Building and ferry ticket to the Statue of Liberty National Monument on Liberty Island and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum on Ellis Island.
Top (outdoor) viewing deck at Top of the RockDowntown sights you’ll see include Times Square, United Nations Building, World Trade Center, Madison Square Garden, Central Park and the Brooklyn Bridge.
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 from Top of the Rock or, from the Empire State Building’s more central Manhattan location, Rockefeller Center to the north and Lower Manhattan to the south.
Click tour name directly below for full details. The price is the same for either tour
Book your tour Super Downtown Tour & Top of The Rock  •  Super Downtown Tour & Empire State Building
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Super New York Tour + Top of the Rock OR Empire State Building

See & learn all about New York City in style on this all-inclusive combination tour. This amazing 72 hour value package includes 5 Gray line bus tours and much more:
1) Downtown Tour
2) Uptown Tour
3) Brooklyn TourCharging Bull sculpture view from head
4) Bronx Tour
5) Night Tour
6) Top of the Rock ticket OR Empire State Building ticket
7) Museum of the City of New York entrance
8) Statue of Liberty Ferry ticket
9) New York Eat and Play Discount Card
Fully narrated by expert guides the Downtown Tour, Uptown Tour, Bronx Tour, Brooklyn Tour 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. The New York Eat and Play Discount Card adds even more value to this combination.
Book your tour Super New York 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 Around Town Tour (details of 5 included loops above) and adds your choice of either 3 or 5 options from a list that includes Top of the Rock, Empire State Building and more.
Book your tour Freestyle New York
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Gray Line Night on the Town Tour

Greenery on High Line elevated parkThe 4 – 4.5 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 Night on the Town Tour!
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Gray Line New York Manhattan Experience

Central Park from Top of the RockTravel by Sprinter van on an 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 Harlem, Times Square, Madison Square Garden, Greenwich Village, Brooklyn Bridge and Little Italy with a stop at Battery Park to embark on your Hop-on, Hop-off Cruise.
A delicious lunch at Grotta Azzura, one of New York's most famous and oldest Italian Restaurants in Little Italy, is included.
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.
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 Manhattan Experience (8hr)
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City Sights New York Double Decker Bus Tours

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, Brooklyn Tour, Bronx Tour. Attractions include admission to the Museum of the City of New York, a cruise around the harbor on the Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Ferry, entrance to the Top of the Rock Observatory and round trip 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 (4Day Value Package) With Top of the Rock Observatory
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All Around Town Tour + Liberty Helicopter Tour (The Big Apple)

See NYC from top to bottom, from the air, land and water — 48 hours of double decker bus sightseeing and attractions!
Midtown Manhattan and Empire State Building from above the Hudson RiverThis All Around Town Tour & Liberty Helicopter Tour package features more than 60 famous landmarks on hop-on, hop-off bus tours to Downtown, Uptown, Brooklyn, Bronx, a Night Tour and Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Ferry plus Entrance to the Museum of the City of New York and New York Historical Society Museum and Library.
The Big Apple Liberty Helicopter tour is a once in a lifetime chance to get an up close view of the Empire State Building and the United Nations, see a bird's eye view of Central Park, and see the Statue of Liberty like never before.
An Eat and Play Discount Card (10% – 50% off at more than 100 restaurants, shows and more) completes this incredible package.
Book your tour All Around Town Tour + Liberty Helicopter Tour (The Big Apple)
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