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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"Tour and Tour guide Sparkle "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 06, 2020
We took the sightseeing tour’s of the French Quarter and the Garden District. We had a very knowledgeable and interesting guide . Her name was Sparkles . We pray that she is well and hopefully we can return sometime soon to once again tour with her !If you get a chance to do this we highly recommend her !! Stay safe Sparkles !
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Brigantine, New Jersey
"Not just for newbies..."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 11, 2020
This is a great way to revisit your favorite spots. We had walked this city many times before but found the canopied "top of the bus view" to be an entirely novel perspective and much of Linda's lively exchange was fresh and new to us. Our driver, Krelly did an amazing job of negotiating the tricky corners and crazy car parkers. They were an amazing team. They had us so engaged that we stayed on for an entire circuit. Note: You get 24 hours on your ticket. We will use this bonus time as a shortcut transport to the WWII museum tomorrow.
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Swaffham, United Kingdom
"Best value pass ever"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 29, 2020
New Orleans is fabulous city. The best way to find out about this historic place is using the The sightseeing pass. Hubby and I bought a 3 day pass which more than covered the initial outlay. Such great value for money! We saw alligators, the unique New Orleans cemetery, had dinner on a jazz paddle steamer (dinner was extra but worth every penny), had walking tours, jazz museum and the must go is the Mardi Gras world. Sadly we couldn't do it all but we tried our best. Thank you to the super efficient staff; always incredibly helpful and kind. Made a super holiday. Thank you Sightseeing Pass.
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Laurie D
Vancouver, Canada
"St Louis cemetery tour - great experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 04, 2020
My husband and I were on a recent trip to New Orleans and booked a tour for the St. Louis Cemetery. Our guide was Denise and she was absolutely wonderful. Her knowledge was amazing and she took great care to answer all our questions and make it a great experience for all us. Thank you so much
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"Great Tour "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 22, 2020
We rode with Trudy and Theresa and had a great tour of the city. Nice overview so we could figure out what to see more of.
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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.