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“An excellent and informative way to see and hear about New York City”

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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Enjoy the best of the Big Apple using a single convenient ticket! Sit back and relax while our knowledgeable tour guides describe the history and background of New York City. This is an opportunity to immerse yourself in full New York City experience, all from the comfort of a double-decker bus. Plus, with unlimited hop-on hop-off access you can take your time exploring as many of the neighborhoods and sites as you’d like!
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“An excellent and informative way to see and hear about New York City”
Reviewed 25 July 2014

We opted for the 3-day pass and we were given a complimentary 4th day free.

After 2 days we had done all of the tours available and we hadn't hopped off too often, instead choosing to stay on the bus and hear the tourguide's informative narrative of each tour.

If you don't use it as a hop-on/hop-off, there's not enough tours to warrant using the passes for 4 days.

We found it to be excellent value though and the tours were very informative.

I would personally say that the tour guide can make or break the enjoyment of the tour as some of our tour guides were excellent (Jose and Jorge on the Brookyn tours) but others were not so good.

The nightime Brooklyn loop was excellent and you get to see the many parts of the city that you would just not be able to cover.

If you want to use this as a mode of transport to get to various attractions, I would suggest walking would be a better option or taking the subway for the further away attractions as the tour bus is not recommended as a way of getting from one place to another quickly, but it is a great way to see all around the various parts of the city along the way and be informed by the tour guide at the same time.

We had no problem at any time of getting on any of the buses or getting a seat.

We opted for the bus pass as part of a package with our New York Passes that we picked up at the Gray Line Buses on 8th Avenue. That allowed us to use 2 of the tour bus companies. They are basically the same company but looking as though they run separate buses.

Visited July 2014
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“Not sure it was worth the money”
Reviewed 25 July 2014

It seemed like a god deal but not really. It was a busy weekend and we had to wait for several buses to go by to find one with seats. Also one had lower seats and no AC. Windows did not open. Hot! We rode the subway most of the time and that is the way to go. We did enjoy an evening tour on the bus to see the city. If they hadn't given us the boat tour for free it would have been a bust. Probably good on slower weekends. It wasn't a Holiday just summer.

Visited June 2014
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“Hop on hop off bus”
Reviewed 24 July 2014

I like to ride the open air bus to see the city without having to walk all over the city. There was a guide on each bus that gave information about what we were seeing. Most of them were good but there was one that didn't speak English clearly so he was hard to understand. They gave us ear phones to plug in to hear them but this one guy I just couldn't understand. The bus had a certain route they took that went one way, they needed the bus to go both ways, that would make it more convienent.

Visited July 2014
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“Wonderful Day That Costs Little”
Reviewed 24 July 2014

Get up early and head over to Brooklyn or lower Manhattan to catch a free ferry to Governors Island. The grounds are fantastic. If you are into art, there are many public installations and galleries. If you are into history, there are plenty of free walking tours. The scenery is great. Fantastic views of Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge and New Jersey. Food trucks and a beach bar sell reasonable food, or bring your own. If you don't want to get up early, later East River ferries cost $6 each way and makes many stops so you don't have to go to Brooklyn or Manhattan. this one runs frequently. The morning one, which runs hourly, costs a big $2 round trip after 11:30.

Visited July 2014
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“bus with NY pass”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

We bought the hop on hop off bus option with our NY Pass. When we went to pick up the pass, the agent told us we bought the blue bus tickets and we could upgrade to the red buses for another $25 per pass. We politely declined and she told us the blue busses would be very crowded in July, would not likely have upper level seats available, and we would have to wait much longer for them. We still declined and she turned even ruder, and refused to make eye contact the rest of the encounter--answered questions, gave passes, etc looking at her register and without ever looking in my eyes. Fortunately, she (Gisele Rodriguez) was the ONLY rude person that we encountered with this company, and that even includes the men selling the tickets on nearly every street corner around times square. They were always helpful in telling us where to find the nearest stop of the blue bus. In addition, despite it being July, we always found seats upstairs and we never experienced long waits to find a bus. Maybe we were lucky, but we saved $100 by just keeping what they offered in the first place. We took two routes, the downtown tour and the uptown tour. Both guides were informative and funny. These tours are nice to get the lay of the land and are an easy way to see alot without walking all over the place. I hope the company teaches Ms. Rodriguez about better customer service. There is no reason to put down something the company sells in order to get the upgrade.

Visited July 2014
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