Hop on Hop off City Sightseeing Bus
Hop- on, Hop-off Red Bus Tour
First Time in a City
If you've ever visited a big city for the first time how do you choose where to go and what to see? You know this is the city you want to explore and your time in the city may be limited so it's essential you visit the main attractions. But, what are those main attractions and where are they located? How will you get there? What are the opening times? Are there any entrance fees?
The Hop-on Hop-off City Sightseeing Bus, the Open Top Bus, the Top Bus, the Big Red Bus, the Hop-on, Hop-off Red Bus Tour will answer all these questions, and more. You will find this sightseeing transport is known by several names but the buses are so common in the tourist cities that you'll have no problems finding one.
A Flexible Bus Tour to Suit Everyone's Needs
If you decide to try the Open Top Bus Tour then it should be the first thing you do after you've arrived at your accommodation in the city you're visiting.
If you're staying in a hotel, the concierge will be able to direct you to the nearest Red Bus stop. In fact, there may be some of the distinct red leaflets in your hotel. These leaflets detail the routes and the buildings and landmarks you will pass on your tour.
There are often several routes you can choose to take.
Now comes the Best Bit
Once you've bought your ticket from the driver or a kiosk the ticket lasts for 24 or 48 hours.
A tried and tested piece of advice is to take the complete tour. Stay on the bus from start to finish. This will usually be about 2 hours.
Here's another Best Bit
Once you've taken the complete tour you will have spotted several landmarks, art galleries, museums, famous bridges or well-known districts that you'd like to explore more fully. The tour ticket allows you to hop-on and hop-off at any of the large number of stops available.
You can visit a particular landmark and then wait for the next City Sightseeing Bus to come along and then continue on that bus until you arrive at your next must-see location.
You can hop-on and hop-off as many times as you wish until your ticket expires.
Here's yet another Best Bit
If you're a keen photographer you can sit upstairs at the front on this open top double-decker red bus and take your photographs from an elevated position.
If the weather is not so good, you will be provided with a waterproof poncho with a hood and it's included in the price!
The Open Top Red Bus Tour offers such a comprehensive service that the prices seem very reasonable, for example, less than $30 for a 48 hour ticket in San Francisco.
The commentary is provided by a local guide who knows the city well and can give you a real insight into the history of the area. They are willing to answer any questions you may have.
Alternatively, if the language of the city is not your first language then individual taped commentaries are available in 7 languages, including English, German, Italian, Russian, French and Japanese.
The leaflet is packed with useful information about where the bus stops are located in relation to specific landmarks. Times that the City Sightseeing Bus will pick up at specific stops are also given.It is likely that there will also be information and photographs of other organized tours in and around the city or further afield. For example, in the San Francisco City Sightseeing leaflet, there are details about longer tours to Carmel or Napa Valley, Yosemite Park, Alcatraz or a San Francisco Bay Cruise.
The Hop-on Hop- off City Sightseeing Bus, the Open Top Bus, the Top Bus, the Big Red Bus, the Hop-on, Hop-off Red Bus Tour, whatever it is called, is the most ideal way to start your visit to any major city in any part of the world. It's such an easy way to learn a lot in a short space of time. And that makes it a really good basis for planning the rest of your visit in the city of your choice.
Planning Your next Trip
So next time you plan a trip, whether in your own country or on another continent then, almost certainly, you will find a City Sightseeing Hop on Hop off Bus, a Red Bus Tour, and you will be amazed at how much you will learn about the city you're in.
Other major cities with the Sightseeing Hop on Hop off Bus are London, where the double-decker bus originated, Washington, Miami, Las Vegas, Paris and Athens, to name just a few. The list is endless.
You may find more information for Cape Town and San Francisco, respectively, at:-