Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Tour in New Orleans, LA

City Sightseeing700 Decatur StNew Orleans, LA 70116
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Guests can tour New Orleans at their leisure with City Sightseeing New Orleans. Buses run every thirty minutes, seven days a week. Riders experience the city’s rich history in a two-hour loop on an open-top double-decker bus with a knowledgeable Tour Host. Riders can also conveniently stop and explore New Orleans’ popular sites before resuming the tour. Guided walking tours are available as well.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our New Orleans Travel Experts
  • Buses visit each stop every 30 minutes.
  • Free cemetery walking tour included (self-guided).
  • Tour duration is 2 hours if you do not depart for any stops.
  • Enjoy unlimited hop-on hop-off privileges.


from Hop On Hop Off City Sightseeing New Orleans
City Sightseeing New Orlean's HOP-ON HOP-OFF experience is the most entertaining, informative, and FUN City Tour travelers can find. They can see the city at their own pace with buses every 30 minutes or less to over a dozen stops. Travelers ride on our exhilarating Open-Top, Double-Decker buses and Explore 3 centuries of history, architecture, and culture narrated live in English by our licensed Tour Hosts. Tour Hosts offer engaging commentary on board, and travelers Hop-Off at their leisure to discover the multiple attractions, restaurants, shops and more along our 2-hour Continuous Loop. Our guided walking tours in the French Quarter and Garden District take travelers into the most popular neighborhoods and are included Free with any 3 Day ticket.

The Narrated City Tour is 2 hours if you do not Hop-Off at any of the stops. This includes a 15-minute Rest Stop at Basin St. Station Visitor Center (Stop 5) for restrooms, refreshments, or additional hotel, restaurant, or attraction information.

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"Greatest bus tour ever"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 05, 2019 NEW
The Hop on Hop off is the greatest bus tour ever it has a lot of history you will love🤣😊😄😄😄😄😄😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😄😄😄😄😄😄😊😊😊😊😊😊😊
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Maleny, Australia
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 29, 2019 NEW
We have done hop on hop off buses in many cities in many countries, and this was one of the best. We had ?Dustin as our guide and he was engaging and entertaining. The mike died half way through the trip, they fixed it quickly and he was great trying to adapt and overcome. Would recommend it to anyone coming to New Orleans.
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Plano, Texas
"Good guides & sound system on the two buses we rode on"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 21, 2019 NEW
This is a great way to get to know about NO and it’s many neighborhoods & sights. We bought a 3 day pass. The first day we did the entire 18 stop circuit without getting off the bus, and learned about the things to do & see at the separate stops. It took 2 hours. We then got off at stop 1 and visited Jackson Square, the shops around it, and Cafe DuMonde The next day we stopped at 3 different stops to check them out . We will do the same tomorrow. This is routed transportation availability as well as a guided tours. There is a bus by every stop every 30 minutes until 5:30 pm.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
"Interesting and informative....if you get the right tour guide and bus"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 14, 2019
We had a wide range of experiences with this tour company. Some guides were great--very knowledgeable and engaging. Others asked up to leave the bus so they could not go to our next stop and because it was near the end of the day. We were lucky to have nice weather when we were there, although the upstairs deck which didn't have a cover was very hot and in the bright sun. Busses seemed to run on an uneven schedule so don't count on them being 30 minutes apart. Also, there is a mandatory break period at stop 5, so factor in an extra 15 minutes there.
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"Great walking tour with Sparkle"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 24, 2019
We did the French Quarter walking tour today with Sparkle. She was very knowledgeable, interesting and entertaining. We highly recommend this tour.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hop On Hop Off City Sightseeing New Orleans

What are the hours of operation?
Start 9:30 am – End 5:30 pm.

How do the walking tours work?
A Self-Guided Cemetery tour of Lafayette Cemetery No.1 in the Garden District (Stop 12) is available to all City Sightseeing Ticket Holders. This information and maps are available on every bus, grab as you Hop-Off at Stop 12. Bring your camera and plan anywhere from 20 minutes to over an hour, of exploring in this exquisite cemetery.

3 Day Ticket Holders – Guided Tours of the French Quarter and the Garden District are included free with your ticket. Each tour is about 45 minutes long and is about a mile in length. Tours are first come first serve, so we suggest arriving about 10 – 15 minutes before the tour begins to secure your spot.

There are lots to see and do (and eat and drink) in the blocks around these stops, so not to worry if you must wait for the next tour to start.

Are attractions admissions included?
Attractions admissions along the route are not included in the price of the CSS tickets unless specified. Various attractions packages are available separately.

Am I guaranteed a seat if I have a ticket?
Seating is available on a first-come-first-serve basis. We do increase our capacity on peak days to accommodate increased ridership, although seating cannot be guaranteed for any specific departure. 

Is there standing room on any of the buses?
All passengers must remain seated when any City Sightseeing vehicle is in motion – standing and walking is prohibited.

Do you offer hotel pickup?
We are unable to provide a hotel pick-up for our Hop-On Hop-Off tours, but many of our stops are in close proximity to major hotels in the French Quarter, Faubourg Treme, Central Business District, and Garden District.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
A portion of the CSS vehicles is handicapped accessible. We ask that guests with disabilities contact City Sightseeing New Orleans 24 hours in advance.

Can I bring my camera?

How long is the tour?
The Narrated City Tour is 2 hours if you do not Hop-Off at any of the stops. This includes a 15-minute Rest Stop at Basin St. Station Visitor Center (Stop 5) for restrooms, and refreshments.

Are pets allowed on the tour?
Sorry pets (other than service animals) are not allowed on any CSS vehicles.

Can I bring food/beverages?
Food is not allowed on the bus. Non-Alcoholic beverages are permitted as long as they are in a container with a lid. No glass of any kind is allowed on the bus.

Is there storage space for baggage or personal items on the buses?
Sightseeing buses do not have space for the storage of any personal items. Bring only items that can easily be stored under your seat.