Top 10 City Bus Rides
Some of the most important city landmarks in the world can be admired by going on a city bus ride. We devised a top 10 with some of the world’s most exciting and useful bus trips for tourists, so you can have an easier time navigating through your city of choice.
1. London in England
We all recognize London’s red double-decker bus as one of the city’s main icons. You can hop on one in Trafalgar Square and see some amazing attractions such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, the world’s tallest stone column as well as the Tower of London. You can also use a tour bus, which is a double-decker, open-top bus that ensures tourist services with recorded or live commentary.
2. Madrid in Spain
If you want to see the beautiful sights of Madrid, then hop onto a bus from the Gateway of Europe, which will take you to Columbus Square, right past the goddess of fertility – Cybele. You can also see gardens as well as art galleries before arriving in the commercial center. In addition, you can use a special double-decker tour bus operated by Madrid’s Municipal Transport Company, which will take you on a scheduled panoramic tour of Madrid, with two possible route variations: Modern Madrid or Historic Madrid.
3. Rome in Italy
As Europe’s fourth largest city, Rome can be explored using open-top tour busses that go from the Trevi fountain to the Colosseum, passing by Michelangelo’s Piazza del Campidoglio and by the Pantheon. The Trevi fountain, Circus Maximus, Forum and Capitoline Hill also represent important tourist attractions.
4. Paris in France
This beautiful European city can be explored up close easily by a bus, which departs from the Porte d’Orléans and goes through the Latin Quarter, the Luxembourg Gardens and over the Seine, carrying you to the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral. Other important landmarks include the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum and Champs- Elysees.
5. Budapest in Hungary
Budapest is the capital and largest city in Hungary, and the largest in East-Central Europe. You can use the city’s public transportation services or hop on and off on an open-top double-decker tour bus. Both will bring you close to some of the city’s most fantastic attractions, including the Parliament Building, the Royal Palace, the Fishermen’s Bastion and the Matthias Church.
6. Stockholm in Sweden
Stockholm is the capital and largest city of Sweden, and it is also the country’s most populated city, since its metropolitan area is inhabited by approximately 22% of Sweden’s population. You can visit the city on board an environmentally friendly bus, which will take you through Old Town, past the Town Hall – home of the Nobel Prize, ending the trip at the University hospital.
7. Tallinn in Estonia
Tallinn is the capital of Estonia, and if you want to see its beauties and historically rich sites, you can board a bus at the mall, right by the medieval gate. The city’s old town is very well preserved and it has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997. During your trip, you will be able to see the bronze angel of mercy, the Singing Grounds and the Swedish nunnery.
8. Moscow in Russia
Russia’s jewel, Moscow is a fantastic city in all regards. Your bus ride starts at Victory Park, and it takes you past the triumphal arch, which celebrates the victory against Napoleon, carrying on towards the Hotel Ukraina and to the University. Other city attractions include the famous Red Square, Saint Basil’s Cathedral and Moscow’s most famous historical and political landmark- the Kremlin.
9. Beijing in China
Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China and one of the most populated cities in the world. You can board a modern, air-conditioned bus near Xi Hai Lake, which will whisk you away from the modern areas of Beijing to the mountainous Badaling and to the 25-foot Great Wall. While you’re in Beijing, you simply must visit the Forbidden City and the Tiananmen Square.
10. New York City
Surely, this city requires no presentation. It is one of the most famous in the world, after all. If you decide to explore it by bus, you will have a fantastic time, as you start off in Harlem and end up in Central Park and on Fifth Avenue. Travel down Broadway through the theater district, and then pass Little Italy to the south. The journey ends at Whitehall Terminal, from where you can ride the Staten Island Ferry free of charge and feast your eyes on the city’s most iconic landmark: the Statue of Liberty.