Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Miami

If you don’t have a car, have two days to spare, and want to visit places that are too far to go using public transportation, while learning a little about the city, this is the tour for you. We’ve done it in Miami, and in other cities and countries. It works.

It’s the famous English-style, double decker red bus and there are several companies that offer the service.

How it works:

  • Purchase your ticket (see links below or ask your hotel’s concierge where to buy them)
  • Go to the nearest stop (ask your concierge to give you a map with the stops or to tell you where the closest one is)
  • Get on the bus
  • They’ll give you headphones so you can listen to the prerecorded guide in your language (most buses offer English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese and Russian)
  • When the bus arrives to a stop that interests you, you may get off and wander around.
  • Check your map (you can get one on the bus) to learn when the next bus is coming. Most buses run every 30/40 minutes. The map will tell you the hour the last bus arrives to each particular stop. This is important because you don’t want to miss that one and be stranded.
  • Most services have different routes, often identified with colors (red route, blue route, etc) There will be a terminal/common stop where all these routes converge and you can switch to a different route. All routes are included in the price of your ticket.
  • Each loop (if you don’t get off the bus) lasts around 90 minutes.

Below are the two most popular double decker bus companies operating in Miami.


1) City Sightseeing Miami

Hop On Hop Off Bus Miami - City Sightseeing

 

Purchase tickets here and get a discount.

It runs from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm. Has two routes.

Description from the City Sightseeing Miami website:

City Sightseeing Miami takes you on an enjoyable tour of this fascinating city with plenty of opportunities to hop off and on at your leisure to visit the most spectacular and appealing hotspots in Miami including world famous beaches and shopping malls, restaurants and all the best sights in town, as seen from our open top double decker buses. We have the option of both professional tour guides and our multilingual system tailored to you. Our Hop-On Hop-Off Tour tickets are valid for two days and cover 2 routes – the South Beach route whose highlights include the famous Ocean Drive, Soho Beach Club and Freedom Tower plus our Magic City Route taking in Miracle Mile and Domino Park with great photo opportunities on each for all the family – you can now explore Miami at your own leisure and pace to enjoy all there is on offer.


2) Big Bus Tours

Hop On Hop Off Bus Miami - Big Bus

Purchase tickets here and get a discount.

It has three routes.

Description from the Big Bus Tours website:

The hop-on, hop-off facility is a great benefit of the Big Bus sightseeing tour that enables you to explore all the sights at your leisure. There are over 40 locations where you can get off the bus to visit attractions and monuments or explore places of interest.

 This facility gives you the freedom to plan your own itinerary, visit the places that interest you and to explore for as little or as long as you like. You can leave and return to the open-top buses as many times as you want within the validity period of your ticket.

You may choose to do one complete loop and then decide where to get off next time around. Or start straight away, leaving the bus wherever takes your fancy before returning to the stop to catch another bus later on.