1. United States
  2. New York (State)
  3. New York City
  4. Battery Park

NYC: Empire State Building and Open Top Hop on Hop off Bus

Product ID: 279747
See the Big Apple on a 1 or 2-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. Discover NYC's highlights from the top deck of an open-top bus. Elevate your view with a ticket to the Empire State Building.
About this activity
Valid 1 - 2 days
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Audio guide/headphones
Spanish, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

Select participants, date and language:



  • Try out all 5 routes and discover NYC's iconic architecture (depending on option selected)
  • Marvel at the city's famous skyline from the 86th floor
  • Cruise down the Hudson River, taking in views of Lady Liberty (depending on option selected)
  • Experience the flashing lights around Times Square and the remarkable Manhattan Bridge as night falls
Full description
Get to know the Big Apple from the top deck of a bus, while live commentary on board provides insight into the city’s vibrant history. This 1 or 2-day ticket (depending on option selected) includes over 40 key stops. A 1-hour sightseeing cruise with the Circle Line is also included in the 2-day ticket option. Glide down the Hudson River to the Statue of Liberty, seeing sights like Ellis Island, One World Trade Center, and the World Financial Center.

Last but not least, look out over the iconic skyline from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building. The observation deck wraps around the top of the building, providing a 360-degree view of New York City and beyond. 

• Explore Downtown Loop:
Wander around Wall Street to see the Stock Exchange and charging bull, eat your way through Little Italy, and then shop till you drop at all the stores SoHo is famous for. You'll also find access to the local partner’s Brooklyn Loop and the Hudson River at Pier 83, where you can hop off to take the sightseeing cruise.

2.5 hours / Operates: summer 8:00 AM–6:00 PM and winter until 5:00 PM / Frequency: 15-20 minutes

• Explore Uptown Loop:
Explore the Upper East Side, which is home to some of New York’s most popular museums. This is where you go to get lost in history and the arts; explore the Guggenheim and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The loop also takes you through Midtown, passing by the Grand Central Terminal and Madison Avenue.

2 hours / Operates: summer 9:00 AM–6:00 PM and winter until 5:00 PM / Frequency: 20-25 minutes

• Explore Brooklyn Tour:
Make your way across the Manhattan Bridge while taking in spectacular views of Downtown Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge. Enjoy the sights of Downtown Brooklyn as you pass by the Barclay Center and the Grand Army Plaza.

1.5 hours / Operates: 10:00 AM-3:00 PM / Frequency: 60 minutes

• Explore Harlem Loop:
The Harlem Loop connects you to the Upper West Side, allowing you to get off and discover the American Museum of Natural History, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and the world-renowned Apollo Theater.

70 minutes / Operates: 10:00 AM-3:00 PM / Frequency: 60 minutes

• Discover NYC by Night Tour:
On a panoramic night tour, see the bright lights of Times Square, then head downtown toward the Manhattan Bridge for draw-dropping views of the skyline. Finish the tour on the Avenue of the Americas with views of Macy’s Department Store and Radio City Music Hall. 

1.5 hours / Operates: summer 7:00 PM-9:00 PM and winter 8:00 PM-10:00 PM / Frequency: 30 minutes
  • Downtown Loop
  • Night tour
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Live bus tracking
  • Live English commentary
  • Recorded commentary in 10 languages
  • Entry to Empire State Building 86th floor
  • 1-hour cruise
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry to Empire State Building 102nd floor

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point
Important information
What to bring
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
Not allowed
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Your ticket is valid for 2 consecutive days
• Children under the age of 3 may travel free, but must be accompanied by a dedicated adult (1 adult to 1 child) and cannot occupy a seat that's meant for a fare-paying passenger
• Summer season: April 1–November 1
• Winter season: November 1–March 31
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 11 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.3 / 5
  • Organization
    3.3 / 5
  • Value for money
    4 / 5
  • Safety
    4 / 5
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It was overcrowded. You had to wait in long lines at every stop and oftentimes could not sit on top of the bus. I do not recommend this service during busy times of the year (holidays and summertime).

December 31, 2019

Very well. Used in December

December 23, 2019

Very good, little waiting time, Empire State Building visit very good with Big Bus station wagon

November 1, 2019

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Big Bus Tours - New York

Product ID: 279747