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Grayline New York Sightseeing Buses

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The heart of Grayline New York tour operation in the big city is its world-famous bright red double-decker bus system. These buses operate year-round all over the most parts of Manhattan and selected areas in Brooklyn, and give travelers a convenient way to ride around town directly to featured tourist attractions, while getting tour information from a live person. Some visitors from the UK feel right at home getting on the bus, although beyond the double deck aspect the vehicles are very different from the coaches in London, which are actually part of London’s mass transit.

The “All Loops Tour” ride package allows you to hop on or hop off the tour buses and various locations for 48 hours without limit, as you see various sites and events within NYC. The roofless upper level of the bus makes it easier for tourists to take unencumbered pictures of the sites while en route. It is the ideal solution for people who want the peace of mind knowing they can resume a sightseeing ride at any time across those two days, yet stop at any point to shop, browse, picnic and otherwise fool around in the Big Apple. These Grayline New York buses in turn reduce time spent getting to the attractions, clearing up more time for travelers to enjoy the spots they want to hit on their trip.

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Grayline New York has 21 sightseeing loop buses in their system, that are modern, clean, and even energy-efficient or “green.” They also operate nighttime buses and special coaches, but these vehicles do not have the double-decker or the hop on, hop off element about them. This gives more choices to tourists, some of whom want a dedicated bus tour without interruptions, and others who may want amenities (such as air conditioning close) that the open air double-decker buses do not have. This last element has been the cause of some riders giving mixed reviews regarding the loop buses, saying the upper level of the bus can be uncomfortable on super hot summer days, or during the winter months.

The hard-working tour guides on the Grayline New York sightseeing buses provide interactive experience to travelers in both explaining the sites and to some extent being able to take questions from travelers. These guides try to stay abreast of recent changes and circumstances at the attractions, and are therefore better “on the ground” experts to trust in providing visitors with reliable information about the city. They are the equivalent of wait staff who know or can suggest to you the best deal on the menu (or in this case, the traveler menu), and so deserve to be tipped for their services.

Overall, as an iconic image of sightseeing in the city, the red Grayline New York buses are such a well known brand that they have taken on the status of a tour traction in of themselves as for some travelers are concerned. While some wonder whether using local mass transit would be a cheaper way of getting around, think of the (typical) $45 cost of the sightseeing bus as a better bargain in terms of giving you the ability to hop off up to 20 times across two days to enjoy different aspects of the New York experience. That is equal to 20 fares using the regular train or bus, which may not even get you to the exact location of each tourist attraction.


Written by nytours

August 29, 2010 at 1:32 am