Explore Midtown Manhattan with New Big Bus Loop

By Go City Expert

Big Bus at Flatiron Building | Photo by Noel Y. C.
In 2017, Big Bus has added a brand new bus route to accommodate the heavily trafficked Midtown Manhattan. The new Midtown Loop starts at stop 17, M&M's World, then makes its way through Times Square to Pier 83, where it stops right in front of Circle Line Cruises. After a loop around Javits Center and Hudson Yards, the bus continues to Madison Square Garden, Korea Town, up Madison Avenue to Grand Central Terminal then all the way to the East side to the United Nations Headquarters, after which it returns to Times Square, stopping at Rockefeller Center on the way. List of stops:
  • M&M's World
  • Times Square
  • Circle Line Sightseeing
  • Modell's
  • Grand Central Terminal
  • United Nations Building
  • The Waldorf Astoria
  • Rockefeller Center
The first bus on the Midtown loop departs M&M's World (Stop 17) at 8:30 am and the last one departs at 5 pm. For a full timetable and updates on the Midtown Loop, please visit the Big Bus Website. New York Pass includes a free ticket for 1 day with a 1 day pass, and 2 days with any multi-day pass and includes the Downtown Loop, the Uptown Loop and the new Midtown Loop. To get your free Big Bus tickets, please visit one of the Big Bus locations with your New York Pass or your redemption voucher. Your bus ticket will be active from the time of printing.
Big Bus Midtown Loop Map

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NEW YORK TOURS – GET BEHIND THE SCENES Have you ever wondered how all those TV shows, Concerts and Sporting Events become reality? Would you like to visit the Radio City Music Hall, the world-famous Madison Square Garden or even the NBC Studio? Now you can with our New York City tours & walks! New York Pass City Tours will take you behind the scenes for free. You will hear the insider stories and learn how the magic happens, you will meet one of the world-famous Rockettes, you might even catch a glimpse of a pre-production show and cross paths with a famous NBC personality. So why not to take a New York City tour to all of those places? You just go, enjoy the magic and take some great photos, the New York Pass will get you in & will make sure you won’t spend too much time in the ticket lines Places where you can benefit with The New York Pass® Big Bus Tours - Hop-on Hop-off Tours The open-top Big Bus sightseeing tour is the most enjoyable and convenient way to see New York! You’ll see famous landmarks such as the iconic Empire State Building to the new One World Trade Center. Tickets are valid for 1 day with your New York Pass. Brooklyn Bridge Sightseeing Walking Tour Come see the beauty and history of lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge at an easy pace with one of New York’s best tour guides. Carnegie Hall Tours Share the magic of this world-famous concert hall and discover the century-old musical legacy left by the world's greatest artists Central Park Sightseeing Walking Tour Our tours, depart daily for a two-hour excursion through the rich foliage, historic buildings, landmarks and cultural history of Central Park. Grand Central Terminal Audio Tour In 1913, Cornelius Vanderbilt created a colossal, 49-acre “city within a city” of concrete, steel, and limestone called Grand Central Terminal Madison Square Garden, All Access Tour Celebrate Madison Square Garden’s Transformation and be a part of New York’s Next Defining Moment. On Location Tours When Harry Met Seinfeld Bus Tour Take a unique bus tour past the doorsteps of your favorite TV and movie characters on our popular When Harry Met Seinfeld Bus Tour. Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour GET AN INSIDERS VIEW of New York’s premier entertainment venue, where the biggest names in show business perform. Rockefeller Center Tour Discover the brilliant history behind the art, design and architecture of Rockefeller Center with the Rockefeller Center Tour! The Ride THE RIDE is the hit interactive entertainment experience that has taken New York City by storm! Yankee Stadium ToursExperience the legendary Yankee Stadium by taking the ultimate behind-the-scenes tour.
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Take a look at our sample itinerary to see how you could make huge savings with The New York Pass®. Visit top attractions for less! With so many attractions and experiences to choose from, trips to New York fly by all too soon. Our sample five-day itinerary of New York gives you a taster of what the city has to offer and just how much you could save using The New York Pass®. Oh, and there's no need to pick your attractions before you purchase - you have the flexibility to choose where to go on the day! Are you planning 5 days in New York? This is what a 5 day New York Pass itinerary could look like.   Our ultimate 5-day itinerary of New York City Day 1 Big Bus Hop On Hop Off 1-Day Classic Ticket (Normal ticket value: $59.99) Empire State Building Observatory (Normal ticket value: $47.91) Madame Tussauds (Normal ticket value: $47.89) Day 2 Best of NYC Cruise by Circle Line (Normal ticket value: $44.00) Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (Normal ticket value: $33.00) Edge (Normal ticket value: $43.55) Day 3 Statue of Liberty Ferry and Ellis Island Immigration Museum (Normal ticket value: $24.00) One World Observatory (Normal ticket value: $44.65) 9/11 Memorial & Museum (Normal ticket value: $28.00) Day 4 Top of the Rock™ Observation Deck (Normal ticket value: $43.55) Rockefeller Center Tour (Normal ticket value: $29.40) St. Patrick's Cathedral Tour (Normal ticket value: $25.00) Day 5 Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (Normal ticket value: $25.00) Central Park Bike Tour by Unlimited Biking (Normal ticket value: $51.69) American Museum of Natural History (Normal ticket value: $23.00)   Total cost of visiting these attractions without an NYC pass: $570.63 Price of buying a 5-day New York Pass®: $279.00 How much you save with The New York Pass®: $291.63 There you go. A great way to spend 5 days in New York City while making nearly $300 in savings! 
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A Guide to Places to See in New York

New York; a place of dreams and ambitions, as well as some of the most iconic landmarks in the world. These are just some of our favorite things to do in the city that never sleeps. Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour To really familiarise yourself with the city and discover all the best places to see in New York, a Hop on Hop off Bus Tour is the way to go. The Big Bus Tour company has over 25 stops across the city as well as at the most famous museums and landmarks and the great thing, you can create your own sightseeing itinerary and jump on and off when you want. Take advantage of a free one-day ticket with The New York Pass. Empire State Building Probably one of the most iconic buildings in New York, and a definite must-see in New York, the Empire State Building towers over Midtown Manhattan at 102-stories. This famous art deco skyscraper commands some of the best views in the city and visitors can rise to the Top Deck (102 floors up!) to watch the sunset or enjoy the equally stunning 360 views from the 86th floor Main Deck. Tip: go for sunset when you can watch the city light up in all its glory. 9/11 Memorial & Museum Pay tribute to the victims of the 2001 attacks at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in Downtown Manhattan. Located on the site of the original World Trade Centre, visitors can step back into the past and learn of the ill-fated day nearly two decades ago with over 10,000 artifacts on display. 2,000 harrowing interviews and first-hand accounts, photographs, and testimonies also make up this harrowing but humbling experience. Entry included in The New York Pass. American Museum of Natural History A great one for the kids, the American Museum of Natural History is not only one of the largest museums in the world but is home to fascinating pre-historic skeletons, ancient fossils, and giant meteorites. For anyone – old or young – with a curious mind, this museum will have you hooked from the minute you step through the door. Top exhibits: its 94-foot blue whale and a 122-foot long dinosaur skeleton. Those alone make it one of the top places to see in New York. Food on Foot Tours New York and food: two of the best things paired together. Head off the beaten path and venture into some of East Village’s most iconic eateries, or into Midtown for true New York staples. New York is famous for its diverse culinary culture so what better way to taste your way around the city than a Food on Foot Tour. Inside Broadway Walking Tour You can’t go to New York and not experience Broadway. An institution in its own right, this time you can go behind the scenes to experience what life is like on stage and learn from the stars about how to become a Broadway actor and make it big. This two-hour guided tour will take you around the Theatre District and let you in on some insider secrets, so for any budding actor or theatre enthusiast, this one is a must-see in New York. Brooklyn Bridge Connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan, Brooklyn Bridge is perhaps one of the most photographed landmarks in the city. Jump on a bike, or if you’re on foot you can join a tour or go at your own pace. Tip: it’s one of the best spots to see the iconic skyline of skyscrapers in Downtown Manhattan. Central Park Sightseeing Walking Tour A leafy sanctuary just off Fifth Avenue, set between the Upper West and Upper East Sides, Central Park is the most popular green space in Manhattan. If you’re looking to tick off what to see in New York, put Central Park on your list. If you’re visiting in summer bring a picnic and if it’s too cold get lost amid the paths through enchanting woodlands and lakes. Tip: there’s a section of the park, Strawberry Fields, dedicated to John Lennon. Grand Central Station The true hub of New York, Grand Central Station isn’t just a bustling commuter causeway – it’s an architectural delight in its own right and has been accredited status as a US National Historic Landmark. Thousands of people pass through Grand Central Station daily so the people watching is second to none, but don’t forget to look up at the ceiling mural or admire the original Tiffany clock – the largest of its kind in the world measuring in at 48-feet! Explore this Manhattan landmark at your own pace with an audio-tour. Ellis Island Operating as the immigrant check-in for Europeans coming to America, Ellis Island is one of the most historically important sites in the country. The Immigration Museum is a must-see in New York and showcases the history of over 12 million immigrants who entered the United States. Almost half of all American people descended from those who crossed through the golden door of Ellis Island so perhaps you’ll be able to trace some family roots there yourself.
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