Hop On, Hop Off ! Is it worth it ?
There are some tips, like in the Azores, the trip is a short round one hour bus ride, no getting off, so do it last in the day, no queue and you get the bus to yourself.
In general, if you are on a cruise you only have six or seven hours ashore, so if you are going to get off and get on, and spend time in venues it can be an expensive means of transport.
The Metro in many cities can be cheapest, but Metros are local transport and do not always list tourist destinations, so find what you want to see before you travel, find the nearest tube, then use the tube. Barcelona and Dubia we have films on how to use the Metro.
If you have never been to Rome you might choose to spend your first day on the bus just seeing things, see our tour. It will orientate you. If you are finishing a cruise in Rome we can help on how to extend your stay in Rome.
Miami has three routes, but you will only get to do them all if you are first off the ship, straight to the bus, and get off for only short walks. Take a look at two routes we covered in Miami.
We will be taking the New York Big Bus when in New York later this year with the Aurora, so watch out for that. But, time on a bus, add the routes, you will get a coach trip with great commentary, but when you get off you are not using your ticket. Two day stops it is certainly a better use of what is normally a two day ticket.
If you are on a City Break then it can be ideal, especially if used on the first two days to orientate and learn the city. Check out our deal with Monarch late deals on flights and booking.com for hotel deals. Enjoy your stay and watch out for pick pockets.