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NYC December -subway fun pass or grayline bus tour?

NYC December -subway fun pass or grayline bus tour?

Nov 11th, 2003, 03:15 PM
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NYC December -subway fun pass or grayline bus tour?

Which would be most enjoyable? The 4 day subway card is $21 whereas a downtown loop is $35 per day. The thing is we only have 3 whole days there and one evening so want to fit in as much as possible. Are the buses frequent? How long between each one would you potentially wait to hop back on?
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Nov 11th, 2003, 03:58 PM
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Nov 11th, 2003, 05:32 PM
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The $21 subway card is for 7 days.

I have used both; I bought the 2-day, all-loops Grayline tour for about $49 (with AAA discount) and used it for the full 2 days -- you see a LOT more from the top of those double-deckers than from the subway (of course) or even a regular bus.

Your decision depends partly on what you mean by "fit in as much as posible;" if that means seeing the outsides of lots of landmarks, then the Grayline tour is great; ifyou want to spend a reasonable time im nuseums etc. then regular subway (probably not the pass investment, you won't get your full value out of it) or even taxis would be better.

The frequency of the buses depends on demand; they put more buses on the route in busy times like summer and holidays.
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Nov 11th, 2003, 07:15 PM
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I too would go with the Grayline double decker bus instead. It's an excellent way to get an overvies of NYC given the fact that you have a short time there.
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Nov 11th, 2003, 10:03 PM
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We love the Grayline hop on/hop off buses, but ONLY when the weather is nice.

In December, it will likely be very cold. You'll have trouble enough dressing warmly enough so as to be comfortable while out and about, walking a few blocks from here to there.

For sure, when the weather is nice, there is no better way to acquire a wonderful overview of the neighborhoods, with the added advantage of being able to lean back against your seat and really see the tops of those tall buildings, something nearly impossible to see from city buses or taxis.

Having tried this, though, in the colder weather (and I live in New England and am used to bundling up for the cold and wind), unless the weather is quite mild, you will not be comfortable on the open air upper deck. Problem is it's WINDY, along with very cold, while the bus is moving.

Though buses are scheduled to run every 20 minutes or whatever, often due to traffic conditions (or who knows why), there will be no bus for 45 minutes or more, then two will come along at once. And, it's darned cold waiting around for the bus.

For the price of the Grayline loops, you can taxi to all your destinations and be able to visit more of them.

If you DO decide on the double deckers, be SURE to have the guide explain how to recognize their stops. And, be SURE to have a detailed street map with you. The map provided by Grayline is not sufficient for finding your way around. And, if you hop off and wander about, another stop may be closer than the one where you got off for getting back on.

Note also that the buses go in one direction, so you much plan your stops in order, or ride the loop around again. And, be sure to note the time of the last bus.
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