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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 are valid for from 24 –72 hours 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 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 lower than CitySights.
The newest NYC bus line, Open Loop, brings new buses and much needed competition to The City.
Grayline Double-decker tour bus
Red Gray Line double decker buses have lower level enclosed seating and open tops. Enclosed glass tops are added for inclement weather. 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.
CitySights NY open top tour bus Blue CitySights NY buses are open top with removable glass cover for inclement weather (no indoor lower heated/air conditioned seating).
• Red and white Open Loop buses have what looks like broad vertical red/white stripes. They are similar to the Gray Line buses with lower level enclosed (heated/air conditioned) seating and open tops. Currently offering fewer options, most Open Loop tours include multiple loops/routes in various combinations with attractions, helicopter flights and cruises for 1, 2, 3 or 5 days.

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

Grey Line NYC Double-Decker Bus 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 Brooklyn 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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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, 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 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
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Super New York Combination Tour

This 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!Charging Bull sculpture in NYC's financial district
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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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.
Statue of Liberty view from below2, 3 and 5 day tickets include a New York Water Taxi cruise to the Statue of Liberty.
3 and 5 day tickets are the same price with the difference being the 3 day ticket includes entrance to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! museum in Times Square.
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:
Uptown 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.New York City's Times Square
• 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.
The Empire State Building – one stop on the Downtown Tour of NYC• Midtown Route highlights include Madame Tussaud Wax Museum, United Nations, Theater District and 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 + Madame Tussauds New York

Robin Williams at Madame Tussauds New York Wax MuseumCombine the combination tour package directly above with a visit to Madame Tussauds New York. You can read about my visit to Madam Tussauds New York Wax Museum and enjoy the pictures I shot of just a few of the many celebrities included on several floors of this famous attraction. I’m sure you will enjoy your visit as much as I did mine.
One entry to Madame Tussauds and the All City Loops Tour combination are available in 1, 2, 3 and 5 day tickets, but I would recommend at least a 2 day ticket so that you can spend as much time as you want at the wax museum and not feel rushed to include all the tour routes.
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 Buy our All City Loops Tour + Madame Tussauds package and save money
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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 online purchase.
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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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 Open Loop NY - All City Loops Tour All City Loops Tour plus Madame Tussauds All City Loops Tour plus Brooklyn Tour All City Loops Tour plus Helicopter Tour