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Why you should take a Hop On, Hop Off tour when you visit NYC

Posted by admin on June 29, 2017

Whether you are planning to visit New York City for one, two or a few days, it is a good idea to take a Hop On, Hop Off tour of the city. Here’s why:

It will help you get your bearings of New York City.

Regardless of how long your stay in New York is it’s a good idea to take one of the Hop On, Hop Off tours when you visit NYC – especially during your first couple of days. It will help you get your bearings of the city. You will better understand where things are, and the distances between attractions, sights and your hotel for example.

Doing a Hop On, Hop Off tour might give you more ideas of what you want to see and explore in greater detail.

A Hop On, Hop Off tour, especially one with Gray Line New York will cover all of the main sights and areas. When you see some of these sights and locations, you might decide that you want to go back and explore them in more detail. If you buy one of our flexible tickets covering 48 or 72 hours, we’ll take you back there, no problem!


@graylinenewyork pic of happy travellers enjoying our #TourOfNYC

A Hop On, Hop Off tour covers the city.

The Gray Line New York Hop On, Hop Off tour covers the city of New York. So, you’ll be able to see all the main areas because we do different 5 different loops – covering Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx, day and night.

It is flexible.

The Gray Line New York Hop On, Hop Off tours are flexible because you have unlimited Hop On, Hop Off access for the length of your ticket – which can be as much as 72 hours. So you can hop off at any of the attractions we stop at, go get a closer look, and then hop back on again. All you need to do is wait at the designated stop for the next red Citysightseeing NYC double decker bus – that’s us! Our tickets will also include connections to our Hop On, Hop Off ferry tours of New York.


Pic from @handfulofmagic #GrayLine #NY #family #fun

It is cost effective.

Purchasing a Hop On, Hop Off tour ticket will save you money – particularly if you buy a ticket that lasts for 48 or 72 hours and you use it as transportation from sight to sight on your personal itinerary, after you’ve taken an initial tour of New York City. Also, many of our options include free entry to additional sites – like the 9/11 Tribute Center, Museum of the City of New York or New York Historical Society as well as access to our Ferry Hop On, Hop Off tour, a free night tour and an Eat and Play discount card.

Or you could purchase a Free Style Pass New York from Gray Line New York, which include access to 3, 5 or 7 different tourist attractions on top of 72 hour Hop On Hop Off access. It’s the ultimate in flexibility, and can save you up to 40% on walk up ticket prices, too. The attractions included in the deal are amongst the best in New York City – from the Empire State Building Observatory, Madame Tussaud’s, The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island to the Top of the Rock at the Rockefeller Centre or a horse and carriage ride in Central Park - to mention just some!

You’ll benefit from the knowledge of the guides.

Our Hop On, Hop Off double decker tours and ferry tours will include a professional guide like me!  We will talk you through what you are seeing, or what you’re about to see, and share an interesting story or fact about the sight. We’re all professionally trained and we know New York like the back of our hands!


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You will save time, without being rushed.

If you are on a Hop On, Hop Off tour you’ll save time because you won’t be spending time working out how to operate the city’s transport system, and how to get from one sight to another. You will be able to get through your itinerary much easier, and see the city in comfort at the same time (However, it is cool to try the subway or an iconic yellow cab for one ride whilst you are here – just to say you’ve been there and done that, so to speak.)

You can travel by land or sea!

I’ve mentioned the Hop On, Hop Off Ferry Tours earlier in this blog – so, yes, this means that using a Hop On, Hop Off tour means you can travel on the river as well as on land via the bus. The river gives a pretty cool view of the New York skyline and from up top on our double decker buses, you’ll get an eagle eye view of the inside of the city as you ride. 

You can travel by day or night.

At Gray Line New York we operate our Hop On, Hop Off tours daily – with the last tour leaving Times Square at 9pm. Our Night tours can be included in some of our 48 hour and 72 hour tour tickets for free, contact us for operation hours!


View of #NewYork skyline from #GrayLineNewYork bus

Gray Line New York has the largest fleet and the widest selection of tours in NYC.

Gray Line New York is known as Citysightseeing NYC – you’ll see our buses and ferries buzzing around New York. We do have the largest fleet and widest selection of tours in New York City. As I’ve explained earlier, our tour offers are designed to be as flexible as possible, so if you are booking a Hop On, Hop off tour with us, you’ll benefit from the size of our operation and the breadth of choice and flexibility we offer.

So, there are at least ten good reasons to take a Hop On, Hop Off tour when you visit New York City. There are many tour operators working in the city. However, if you choose to book with us at Gray Line New York, you’ll get more flexibility, greater choice, a better deal – and a guide like me, thrown into the bargain!

You can hop on (!) to our website at: graylinenewyork.com for more information on our tours. There you’ll find the tours of New York I’ve mentioned here in this blog – from the 48 Hours Hop-On, Hop Off Tour, to the 72 Hours Hop-On, Hop Off Tour, or the Freestyle Pass New York to the Hop-On, Hop-Off Ferry Tour

Also, we’re on TripAdvisor and across social media at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram etc. so you can check out what other guests did during their stay in New York City or indeed, how those guests found our services. If you do end up traveling with us, please do tell us what you think, just like Alan from Perth Australia who toured with us this month and commented on our Hop On, Hop Off tours: “If you're new to NY, they are a good investment to get orientated. We did the 3-day package with entry to 7 attractions, which gave us another week to pick and choose. We had great guides and considerate drivers.”

See you later

Claudia (Queens, NYC)

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