New York City Tour
TopView offers the best New York sightseeing bus tours led by local experts so you won't miss the most important attractions. On our NYC bus tours, hop on, hop off, and take time to enjoy all of the different places to visit in New York City. We have dozens of hop-on hop-off bus tour stops near all major points of interest. Our New York sightseeing bus will take you by all of the biggest NYC attractions!
new york city tour
We have five New York tours that allow you to experience the best of New York City, including two hop-on hop-off NYC bus tours, Downtown and Uptown, along with Brooklyn, and an exciting Night Tour route! While enjoying our NYC bus tours, hop on or hop off to take part in the excitement, explore the sights, and make the most of your visit. We'll make sure you hit every stop on your list of NYC attractions to see and give you plenty of Instagram-worthy views from atop our NYC sightseeing bus!
Our hop-on hop-off NYC tours can take you to the top of Manhattan and back again, stopping at some of the most famous sites in New York City, NY. Here are a few examples of city locations you can see on an NYC sightseeing bus around Manhattan:
Our New York tours and sightseeing packages include multi-day passes and 24-hour passes as well as individual hop-on hop-off and nonstop double-decker tours. We offer plenty of choices so you can customize your New York City tours any way you want, and our flexible ticketing means that you can buy your tickets online now without having to plan a set schedule: Once you book your tour or package, you'll have twelve months to exchange your online booking confirmation for a boarding ticket. And our buses run seven days a week, 365 days a year, in any kind of weather, so no matter when you choose to visit New York City, we can help you make the most of your trip. Whether you want a day trip or simply to see the city sights at nighttime, you will find a TopView sightseeing pass that fits your needs.
Learn more about the history, culture, and architecture of this one-of-a-kind city with our audio narration. Our big bus tour is available in 11 languages, with free earphones provided. And this isn't the only perk we offer! Our New York tours also provide free ponchos for rainy days.
No matter your travel style, an adventure with TopView Sightseeing will add convenience and comfort to your trip. More than two million people have already discovered why TopView is the best choice for Big Apple sightseeing. For the best NYC bus tours at the best prices, book with us today!
When you book our New York City tours as part of a complete All City package, we also include a 2-hour extension to any bike rental purchase, so you can cruise Central Park the way it was meant to be enjoyed, as well as free admission to the Museum of the City of New York. You can also enjoy a Liberty Cruise of New York Harbor and get close-up views of the Statue of Liberty. You know you want a selfie with Lady Liberty!
With its never-ending list of must-see attractions, New York City can prove overwhelming for even the most seasoned traveler. In an effort to squeeze in as much sightseeing as possible, why not lean on the assistance of locals to help guide you? Consulting both traveler sentiment and expert opinion, U.S. News identified the top New York City tours, including bus tours, scenic cruises, cycling trips through Central Park and helicopter rides over the skyline.
Note: Some tour providers on this list may be running more limited operations due to COVID-19 or may impose testing or vaccine requirements. Check with tour operator about availability before you book.
Tickets cost approximately $45 each. The ticket covers use of bicycles as well as helmets, which are mandatory for riders 14 and younger. Prefer to explore on your own? The company also has bicycles available to rent that are perfect for self-guided tours.
Eat your way through Chinatown and Little Italy on this three-hour walking tour. As you explore these iconic New York City neighborhoods with an expert guide leading the way, you'll stop for seven samples of traditional dishes. Tastings may include Chinese dumplings, cannolis and homemade mozzarella, among other dishes. Participants praise guides for their historical knowledge of the area and the amount of food served (many warn that you'll want to arrive hungry to fully enjoy all of the tour's offerings).
Tours run Thursday through Monday at 10:30 a.m., with an additional 11 a.m. tour Thursday through Saturday. Tickets cost about $105 per person and cover all food, plus the option to add a glass of wine or beer (for participants 21 and older) at the seated tasting. If you're still hungry, Ahoy New York Food Tours also offers tours of Mulberry Street.
New York City offers something for just about everyone, including fans of a certain television show starring four fashionable women. On Location Tours' "Sex and the City" Hotspots Tour take travelers via bus to more than 40 locations where Sarah Jessica Parker and her co-stars were filmed wining, dining and shopping. Travelers visit famed neighborhoods, such as midtown Manhattan, Greenwich Village, SoHo and the Meatpacking District, stopping for photo-ops along the way. Tourgoers rave about the experienced and amusing guides and assure you don't have to be a fan to enjoy the tour. The approximately 3 1/2-hour, adults-only outings are generally offered Thursday through Sunday at 2 p.m., though availability may be more limited in the winter months.
Tickets start at $66 per person. The company also offers a variety of other TV- and movie-themed bus tours, including those that visit locations featured in "Gossip Girl." If you'd rather walk, consider the company's Central Park TV & Movie Sites Walking Tour.
For an in-depth look at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, sign up for this excursion with ExperienceFirst. The five-hour tour includes access to the grounds of Liberty and Ellis islands, the Immigration Museum and the Statue of Liberty Museum, as well as round-trip ferry tickets. What's more, you'll enjoy priority line access to board the ferry. Guides win praise from reviewers for their expertise and engaging delivery, as well as their ability to navigate the crowds. Tours depart daily at 8:30 or 9:30 a.m., depending on the month. The guided portion of the tour begins at Castle Clinton in Battery Park (where the tour meets) and ends at Ellis Island. From there, you can continue to explore on your own for as long as you wish or hop back on the ferry to return to Battery Park.
Tickets start at $79 for adults and $75 for kids 4 to 12. ExperienceFirst also conducts three-hour "express" tours of the Statue of Liberty, in addition to walking tours of various New York City neighborhoods, including Little Italy and Chinatown.
Theater fans can't miss the chance to tag along on the Broadway's Beginnings tour. During the nearly two-hour, half-mile walking tour, you'll pass by the theaters at the southern end of the Broadway theater district, from 41st Street to 44th Street. Along the way, your expert guide will share tales of Broadway's early years and detail how Broadway shows evolve from the first rehearsal to opening night. Plus, guides regale you with stories of the ghosts that reportedly haunt the district's theaters. Reviewers rave about the guides' passion for theater and the behind-the-scenes scoop they share. Tours are generally available Sunday, Wednesday and Friday at 11 a.m. A maximum of 15 participants are allowed to tour.
Tickets cost approximately $40 for adults and $35 for kids 12 and younger. Can't get enough of Broadway? The company offers a variety of other themed tours, including one that focuses on "Hamilton: An American Musical" and another one all about the Shubert brothers (best known for their theater empire in the 1900s).
Hear all about the ghosts that purportedly haunt Greenwich Village on this two-hour stroll. Among the sites you'll pass by are the Anne Charlotte Lynch House, where Edgar Allan Poe debuted some of his most famous works, the Hangman's Elm, a more than 300-year-old tree in Washington Square Park that is believed to be the site of many hangings during the American Revolution, and the Jefferson Market Library, a former courthouse. Travelers recommend this tour if you're a fan of the paranormal and are interested in the history of Greenwich Village. Reviewers give kudos to the guides, who they describe as friendly and captivating. Tours operate nightly at 8 p.m.
Tickets cost approximately $35 per person ages 12 and older. Note that Top Dog Tours NYC says this experience is not suitable for kids younger than 12. If you're looking for a more family-friendly outing, check out the company's Marvel & DC Superheroes of New York tour.
Go beyond the 9/11 Memorial with this 90-minute walking tour, led by New Yorkers with personal connections to 9/11. Tours begin at St. Paul's Chapel, which served as an impromptu rescue center during the attacks, and then move to the 9/11 Memorial, a plaza at the former site of the twin towers. From there, your tour may also stop at the FDNY Memorial Wall, the "Survivor Tree" or the Oculus at the World Trade Center transit hub, depending on your tour guide. Tour-takers find the guides to be insightful, respectful and passionate. Tours take place daily at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
If you're looking for a unique (and thrilling) tour of NYC's top sights, consider this 90-minute speed boat ride. After departing from North Cove Marina in lower Manhattan, you'll zip across the Hudson River for views of downtown, midtown and the Empire State and Chrysler buildings. You'll also sail under the Brooklyn Bridge, along the Brooklyn waterfront and around Governors Island. Plus, the tour offers up-close views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Reviewers say this is a fun and memorable way to see the sights and applaud the captain for their interesting commentary and handling of the boat.
Tickets cost approximately $100 for adults and $75 for children ages 12 and younger. Boats depart several times daily, but availability is limited in the winter months. New York Media Boat also operates private tours. 041b061a72