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This post compares and reviews the various full-day tours available in New York City, including walking, subway, bus, and ferry tours.
If you want to see it all and you don’t mind walking, these day trips are going to be some of the most affordable on our list.
Although some walking tours will run you more than $100, others are much more reasonably priced, particularly ours, where you pay whatever you like.
Each trip runs for between 6-8 hours, giving you plenty of time to see sites such as Times Square, The Brooklyn Bridge, Wall Street, and Rockefeller Center.
As you might expect, public transport will be required in order to get around town without too much trouble.
Depending on which service you choose, you may be asked to pay for a Metro Card in addition to the cost of your tour ticket.
Free Tours By Foot
Our tour utilizes your feet and the New York City Subway to transport you from the Financial District (the birthplace of New York) through Wall St. and the World Trade Center, Little Italy, and Chinatown in the morning.
After lunch, it’s on to SoHo, Greenwich Village, Chelsea, and the Highline.
This tour is free to sign up for and you can pay whatever you wish or could afford at the end of the tour.
WE OFFER SO MANY PAY-WHAT-YOU-WISH TOURS, YOU COULD EASILY PUT TOGETHER YOUR OWN NYC IN A DAY TOUR
The All-in-One (AIO) Tour covers about 75% of the material covered in several of our separate walking tours, including Lower Manhattan, SoHo, Little Italy Chinatown, Greenwich Village, and the High Line.
Sites we cover on the New York City One Day Tour:
*Guests will need to purchase an MTA Metro Card worth at least $8.25, though a card worth $12.50 would cover subway rides to and from the tour. Be sure to read our post on which MetroCard to buy as well as tips for navigating the subway system.
Where: Tour meets at the George Washington Statue at Federal Hall on the corner of Broad St. and Wall St. (map). Look for your guides with the Free Tour by Foot logo. Tour ends at the Highline Park in Chelsea.
Duration: Approximately 6 hours. There will be a break for lunch and a short refreshment break in the afternoon.
When: @10am Tuesdays & Fridays (year round) and Mondays & Saturdays (May-August). View our full Calendar for the most up to date availability.
Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.
New York Tour 1
This company is well known for its tour services in NYC, and they actually offer three separate New York City One Day Tours.
Their tours are geared more for those who want to visit the top must-see sights in NYC.
Each outing includes different activities not included with other day trips. As a result, you may want to choose your tour based on which additional attraction interests you the most.
Prices range from $60-$110, and tour length can vary between 6-7 hours and include professionally narration and entrance fees to certain locations you will visit along the way.
This tour is very well-reviewed (read the reviews).
This tour is very well-reviewed (read the reviews).
This tour is also well-reviewed (read the reviews).
Walking around this city for more than a few hours can be very tiring.
Thankfully, some bus tour companies offer day trips in New York City, making it easier to get around and see the sites. These types of bus tours combine bus and walking tours into one.
Ticket prices can vary, but you can generally expect a price between $80-$160 per person. These excursions typically last for between 5-9 hours, giving you plenty of time to explore NYC.
NOTE: There are also hop-on,-hop-off bus tours, which allow you to set your own schedule and see all of the most significant landmarks at your own pace, but we do not include these in our analysis here.
USA Guided Tours
If you’re looking for a less intense trek around New York City, this tour package might just do the trick.
The bundle includes a bus ride around the city and a cruise past sites such as the Statue of Liberty.
Professional tour guides will hop off at each stop with you and provide commentary about significant locations in NYC.
At 5 ½ hours in length, this is definitely one of the shorter day trips through the city.
The tour is very well-reviewed (read the reviews).
Considering everything included, the cost of tickets is very reasonable.
If you’re looking for a longer outing in NYC, the Manhattan Experience is an excellent option.
Each fully guided tour covers a lot of important ground, visiting sites such as Times Square, Central Park, the Empire State Building and more.
Unlike their competitors, CitySights NY gives you the opportunity to choose between either a 6 or 8-hour trip.
Each ticket also includes a cruise past the Statue of Liberty, giving you a good look at one of the most significant landmarks in American history.
New York Tour Shuttle
This company may offer one of the longest day trips in New York City.
Clocking in at a total of 9 hours, you’ll have the opportunity to see a variety of important sites while riding around the city in comfort.
This full-day experience includes stops at Wall Street and the Empire State Building for guided walking tours around each location.
You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the Statue of Liberty and see it up close!
This is another well-reviewed tour (read the reviews).
Considering all of the activities included, ticket costs are definitely reasonable.
For more information, check out our comparison of New York Bus Tours!
There’s so much to see and do in New York City that you might not get a chance to fully experience Brooklyn. With that in mind, we’ve decided to compare some of the best available Brooklyn day trips.
While some of these excursions explore the food and culture of this borough, others are more focused on its history.
Each outing runs for between 4-5 hours on average, making them a bit more manageable than the typical NYC in a Day tour. Expect ticket prices to fall in the $75-$125 range.
There are so many amazing restaurants in Brooklyn that this food tour shouldn’t be too surprising.
Whether you’re a connoisseur of pizza or you prefer some juicy kielbasas, this day trip will give you the opportunity to experience a wide variety of tasty treats.
Visit neighborhoods such as West Village, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Dumbo as you discover the cuisine that residents get to eat on a daily basis.
This trip is somewhat expensive, but it includes a lot of food tastings along the way which wouldn’t typically be incorporated into other tours.
This company currently has a full 5 out of 5 stars rating on TripAdvisor and Viator (read the reviews).
Although this tour isn’t exclusively devoted to Brooklyn, they do visit the borough and uncover its history.
Over the course of 4 hours, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore the Bronx and Queens as a tour guide provides a variety of information about New York City.
This company prides themselves on taking you off the beaten path to show you a side of the city that most tourists don’t get to experience.
Tickets are very affordable, but the trip is also a bit shorter than some of the alternative options above.
This is a well-reviewed tour (read the reviews).
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New York City gets a lot of visitors from all around the world, so it makes perfect sense to offer multi-lingual tours.
Although most of the hop-on-hop-off bus tours include commentary in a variety of languages, there aren’t nearly as many fully guided trips which incorporate this option.
With that in mind, we’ve decided to cover the choices that foreign visitors have when it comes to full and half day treks throughout the city.
In addition to their tour of Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx, this company also offers a more traditional day trip in several different languages, including English, German, Italian and Spanish.
Over the course of 5 ½ hours, you’ll make 9 different stops at significant locations around the city.
In addition to visiting sites such as the World Trade Center and Central Park, you’ll also discover neighborhoods such as Greenwich Village and Harlem.
Tickets are more affordable than some of the other one-day bus tours you’ll find in NYC.
Ratings for this day trip are very positive on both TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide (read reviews here).
If you’re looking to save money on a variety of activities while you’re in New York, there are several tourist passes to consider.
These options could be a good value, particularly for those who want to get the most out of each day.
Not only will you gain admission to several notable locations, but you’ll also have access to certain tours at a discounted rate.
Several of the passes offer sample itineraries for 1, 2, 3 even up to 10 days, so you could make your own daily tours of New York.
Here are a few landmarks and tours you can enjoy with a New York tourist pass. For more information, please visit our comparison of each service.