Your Guide to the 10 Best Hop-On Hop-Off Tours

April 5, 2012 by

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One of the best ways to get oriented to a city, especially on a first visit, is by taking a Hop-On Hop-Off Tour. These tours enable you to get oriented to the layout of the city, see some of the major sites, and learn interesting facts from the tour guide along the way. They are flexible, too, enabling you to “hop off” to explore a site longer, then “hop on” at another point to continue. These tours are especially popular with visitors who are only in the city for a short time. To get you started, here is your guide to the 10 best Hop-On Hop-Off Tours.

10. Brussels Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Parc du Cinquantenaire

View from the bus in Brussels

An open-top double-decker bus is your carriage for the Brussels Hop-On Hop-Off Tour. Along the way you’ll see the Belgian Federal Parliament, the Palace of Academy, the Equestrian Statue of Godfrey de Bouillon, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts and more. You can hop-on and off at any of the 12 stops to explore Belgium’s capital on your own. Buses depart every 30 minutes and tickets are valid for 24 hours.

9. Amsterdam Canal Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Amstel River

Amstel River in Amsterdam

Take to the water and explore on an Amsterdam Canal Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour. You can hop on at any of the stops as often as you like until noon the following day. Aboard the canal bus, you can soak up the history through engaging commentary while cruising along the historic canals. Each stop is located near major attractions and shopping areas like the Anne Frank House, City Hall, Leidesplein, and others. The Day Pass, included in the tour, gives you access to the Rijksmuseum and 13 other major attractions, as well as discounts to others.

8. New York City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and Harbor Cruise

NYC hop on hop off tour

Rain or shine, a hop-on hop-off tour in NYC is a great time!

From the top of a double-decker bus in summer or inside in winter, the New York City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and Harbor Cruise enables you to design your own itinerary and see the streets of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Harlem. In 48 hours, you can see the Empire State Building, Times Square, Museum Mils, Harlem Market, historic Brooklyn Neighborhoods, and the shimmering lights of the Manhattan skyline. You can even take a cruise out on New York Harbor past the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, and Ellis Island.

7. Rome Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour

Rome hop on hop off tour

Get great views of Rome attractions on a hop-on hop-off tour!

The Eternal City unfolds at your own pace on the Rome Hop-On Hop-Off Tour. The open top, double-decker buses allow you panoramic views of such highlights as the magnificent Piazza, the Vatican State, the Colosseum, and Trevi Fountain. Plus, you can hop-off and take in the vibrant café culture, explore evocative and inspirational neighborhoods, or linger on the Spanish step. You can choose a 24- or 48-hour ticket, and even upgrade to include a Tiber River cruise.

6. Oslo City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

The Oslo City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour is a one-day excursion into the heart and soul of this sunny Scandinavian capital. You’ll see all the main sights—including City Hall, Central Station, Norwegian Folk Museum, Akershus Fortress, and more—and you can hop on and hop off at 10 stops along the route for further sightseeing. Astonishing great views and an engaging onboard commentary round out the package.

5. Vancouver

The city that juts out into the Pacific is never more beautifully displayed than on the Vancouver City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour. Gastown, Canada Place, Vancouver Art Gallery, Stanley Park, Chinatown, and much more are yours to explore at your own pace. Hop on and off at any of the 20 stops along the route to really soak in the beauty of this Canadian West Coast wonder. An open-top bus shows you the way.

Auckland Sky Tower

Auckland Sky Tower

4. Malta Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Discover Malta at your own pace on the Malta Hop-On Hop-Off Tour. While your cruise ship rests in port, you can hop on a double-decker bus and explore 7,000 years of history, including such spectacular sights as Ta’Qali Craft Village, Mosta Church, Blue Grotto, and Rabat. An enlightening onboard commentary gives you the background; you customize the rest of your tour.

3. Athens Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

No matter if you arrive via cruise ship or other means of transportation, the Athens Hop-On Hop-Off Tour is a unique way to explore the ancient and modern sites of the capital of Greece. To different but intersecting routes enable you to see the Temple of Zeus, the National Gardens, the Acropolis and Parthenon, the Archaeological Museum of Piraeus, the Planetarium, and dozens of other major sites. Your ticket is valid on both routes.

2. Auckland Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Every 30 minutes, the Auckland Hop-On Hop-Off Tour takes you to the top 14 attractions of this New Zealand city. Choose either a 1- or 2-day pass and see such sites as the Auckland Museum, Sky Tower, Rose Park Garden, Auckland Zoo, and Mount Eden. Hop on and hop off at your leisure for deeper explorations of this fun and culturally diverse city.

1. Cape Town City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Cape Town hop on hop off

See Cape Town’s top attractions from a hop on hop off bus!

In just one day, you can see South Africa’s second largest city and capital from a double decker bus on the Cape Town City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour. Two routes, red and blue, take you around town, enabling you to get out at 31 stops between them. Not only can you explore the city at your own pace, but you will see such stellar sites like Two Oceans Aquarium, World of Birds, Camps Bay Beach, Cableway at Table Mountain, and Mariner’s Wharf. Plus each stop is positioned to take in the best views of the city.

William Travis



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