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Discover NY Bus Tour

New York City
NYC Bus Tours by USA Guided Tours
Viator Experience Awards 2023: Top 20 for the USA
start: 9 AM & 10 AM
duration: 6 hours
place: 7th Avenue (50/51 streets)
type: Bus + Boat Tours
closed-top bus $99 / $89 per adult / per child book now
glass-top bus $139 per adult / per child book now
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Experience the enchanting allure of New York City with Discover NY, your expert guide to the city’s top sights. Revel in the thrill of one of the USA’s top three sightseeing experiences, as celebrated by TripAdvisor. But the accolades don’t stop there – Viator recognizes our Discover NY among the top 20 American experiences! Join us and savor the quintessential NYC delights. Choose between our enclosed or glass-top buses for an unforgettable journey through the city that never sleeps!


+ Fully guided walks with live narration from friendly and knowledgeable local guides
+ Spectacular views of iconic NYC landmarks
+ Luxury climate-controlled buses for an enjoyable all-weather experience
+ Staten Island ferry ride for sweeping views over the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline
+ Award-winning New York City sightseeing bus tours!
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Meet your Guide and Begin your New York City Bus Tour

Our half-day New York City bus tour departs daily at 9 AM and 10 AM on 7th Ave between 50th & 51st Streets (in the middle of the block) and ends at 3 PM and 4 PM at the same location. Meet your driver and guide, and take a seat aboard your comfortable bus to begin.

After a drive through the Times Square area, our first stop is at Central Park West and 72nd Street, at the Dakota Building (former home of John Lennon). The stop includes a short, guided walk into Central Park to visit the Strawberry Fields. Here, discover the Imagine mosaic dedicated to John Lennon and admire fine views over the celebrity-owned condominiums. We’ll also drive by Central Park Zoo, the famous Plaza Hotel, and Carnegie Hall.

Rockefeller Center

The second stop on our tour is Rockefeller Center, where beautiful views over St. Patrick’s Cathedral await. We’ll also see the location of the winter ice-skating rink and Christmas Tree, and NBC’s Today Show set.

5th Avenue and Empire State Building Views

Our third stop is on Fifth Avenue, where we pause to admire the iconic Empire State Building. This area also provides spectacular views of dramatic architecture featured in numerous books and films, including the Flatiron Building (Godzilla, Spider-Man), the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower (The Runaway Skyscraper, Futurama), and of course the Empire State Building (King Kong, Independence Day).

We drive by Madison Square Park – the original location of Madison Square Garden Arena, and our tour continues with a drive through iconic NYC neighborhoods such as Greenwich Village, Soho, Chinatown, and the Financial District. En route to the fourth stop, we drive by Wall Street for views of the New York Stock Exchange, Federal Hall (the location of the first Capitol Building of the United States), Trinity Church, and the famous Charging Bull sculpture on Broadway.

World Trade Center and 9/11 Memorial

Our fourth stop is the World Trade Center, where we visit the 9/11 Memorial. The tour does not include entry into the 9/11 Museum, but visitors can walk the grounds of the Memorial, visit the waterfalls of “Reflecting Absence,” (the footprints of where the original twin towers stood), and see the Survivor Tree that withstood the destruction of 9/11.

Gansevoort Liberty Market Lunch Stop

Around 1 pm, we’ll stop for a quick lunch break at Gansevoort Liberty Market. Lunch is not
included on your tour, but this is a great place to stop and pick up something tasty.

The Staten Island Ferry Ride

Our fifth stop is the Whitehall Terminal in downtown Manhattan, for a boat ride on the Staten Island ferry. During your relaxing cruise, soak up magnificent views over the Statue of Liberty to the Manhattan and Brooklyn skyline beyond. The boat docks back at the Whitehall Terminal, where we board our bus to head back to our original departure point on 7th Avenue in the Times Square area. Our tour concludes at 3 PM and 4 PM, back where it began.


+ New York City sightseeing bus tour, by luxury tour bus
+ Expert tour guides and live narration
+ Bottled water on buses
+ Guided walks
+ Staten Island ferry ride

  • – Lunch (available, and payable separately)
    – Gratuities
    – Hotel pickup and drop-off


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Central Park
  • Dakota Building
  • Strawberry Fields
Rockefeller Center
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral (outside only)
  • Atlas Statue
  • 5th Avenue
  • NBC’s Today Show Set
  • Christmas Tree (seasonal)
5th Avenue
  • Empire State Building (outside only)
  • Flatiron Building
  • Madison Square Park
9/11 Memorial
  • does not include Museum entry
Gansevoort Liberty Market
  • lunch stop (lunch not included in the tour price)
The Staten Island Ferry Ride
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Manhattan and Brooklyn Skyline
  • Staten Island


2,486+ reviews
Excellent 2,209
Very Good 159
Average 63
Poor 30
Terrible 25
Must-do tour of NYC!

This tour was a fantastic way to see many sights at one time! Of course the sights were great to see but what was even better was the history, stories and information that Rachel provided throughout the tour. I’m so glad that Rachel was our guide. Not only did we see a lot, we learned a lot! - Melita D.

Our tour Guide Rachel is great!!

This is the second time we’ve taken this tour of New York City. We loved it the first time and were fortunate enough to have Rachel as our guide for the second time. The sights are fantastic, but Rachel MAKES the tour with her personal anecdotes. She kept everyone comfortable while keeping things moving so we could fit it all in. Thanks Rachel and USA Guided Tours!! - Kim R.

Getaway in New York

We have been to NY many times and decided to take a guided bus tour this time. It was a very informative and enjoyable experience. Our tour guide, Tyler, was exceptional. She had an outstanding personality, very knowledgeable about NY, kept everybody engaged and her delivery was top notch. We had several stops and she got off the bus and guided us on each one, answering all questions. There was just enough time to take in the site, but didn’t feel rushed. It was one of the best tours we have ever taken. - Jay E.

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Google Reviews

Our tour guide Steve was outstanding

The tour was on a small open-air bus and it was a small group of 13 people. The tour included a combination of walking (very short distances) and sightseeing on the bus for 6 hours. Our tour guide Steve was outstanding!! He was full of information and anecdotal stories that really brought the history and culture of New York alive. the tour also included a trip on the Staten Island Ferry which provided great views of the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan. Although this tour is a bit expensive, it's worth it for a more personal tour with a native New Yorker like Steve. - Chip

Highly recommended

My mom and I took this tour and I recommend that if you are looking to see the sights in NYC, you do the same!! We were guided by Tyler who was incredibly sweet and knew EVERYTHING about EVERYTHING and driven by Jose who somehow navigated the city without aggressively using the breaks or honking. The harbor tour at the end took us for about an hour and we go really close to the Statue of Liberty! This was the best and so happy I did it. - Kelly McCarthy

Kudos to Betty

All I can say is Kudos to Betty for being an amazing driver through the city! She kept everyone safe through the smallest areas of the roads, Excellent driver! Jim was spectacular hosting us through the city.. from joking to detailed info of the city he kept everyone entertained. This was my first time doing a tour in a city before as well as a first time visit to NYC and I couldn't of had a better time anywhere else. It was a fantastic experience. Thank you guys for showing my wife and I such a pleasant experience. - Brandt Page

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Why type of buses does USA Guided Tours use?

Our luxury tour buses provide a comfortable and climate-controlled environment for an enjoyable touring experience, while also offering protection from the elements. We cater to various group sizes with a diverse fleet of vehicles, from SUVs to premium motor-coaches, ensuring that our private tours can be customized for couples or large groups alike. To maintain a more intimate atmosphere on our public tours, we intentionally limit the capacity of our tour buses to keep the average group size small.
We do our best to keep large, same-party groups together on the same bus, but please remember that the seating is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Once you claim your seats – they’re reserved only for you for the duration of the tour.

Are we allowed to bring luggage on the tour?

Unfortunately, our shuttles are not wheelchair accessible, nor is there storage for baby strollers. If you have a wheelchair, please call us to make special vehicle arrangements for your tour. Some of our tours involve longer walks so if you like, you may stay on board the shuttle, near the landmark, without exiting the shuttle bus every time.

What is USA Guided Tours cancelation policy?

Free Cancellation up to 24 Hours in Advance > if you cancel your booking 24 hours in advance of your tour departure time – a full refund will be issued


Free Cancellation up to 1 Hour in Advance With Tour Booking Insurance > if you purchase Tour Booking Insurance at $5.99 per person, booking cancellations may be made up to 1 hour in advance of your tour departure time for a full refund

What are the blackout dates for tours?

Mar 17 NYC Half Day Marathon – All Tours Closed
July 4 Independence Day – Night Tours Closed
Nov 28 Thanksgiving Day – All Tours Closed
Dec 24 Christmas Eve – Night Tours Closed
Dec 25 Christmas Day – All Tours Closed
Dec 31 New Year’s Eve – All Tours Closed

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