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Hop On Hop Off City Bus Tour in Toronto
See Toronto aboard a double decker bus
Two great Tours -- One Low Price! This Hop On Hop Off City Bus Tour operates year-round and gives you Toronto's most comprehensive double decker bus tour, and - from early May until the end of October - the ticket is also valid for a cruise on the city's only boat with a 360-degree view from its upper deck.
Your hop-on-hop-off bus ticket is valid for 3 days, allowing you to explore all of Toronto's major attractions at your own pace for three consecutive days from first use!
Pick the nicest day to take your free boat ride and explore the Toronto Harbour and its 14 scenic islands. Remember to bring your camera for some breathtaking shots of the ever-growing skyline.
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Change Fee Policy: If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.
The bus tour, when taken straight through with no hopping off and on will last approximately two hours. The boat tour is approximately 45 minutes long.
This is Toronto's most comprehensive city tour. Your 2-hour double-decker bus tour stops at or near all the major attractions. Enjoy the fun and informative commentary of the live guides and take in the city sights as you relax on the upper deck of a classic Routemaster bus. Your bus ticket is valid for 3 consecutive days so it is the perfect way to explore Toronto. There's even free hotel pickup on the first day to welcome you to Toronto and get you started right away.
Your tour route was set up so you are able to pass by or near all of the major attractions of the downtown core, sparing the rider from having to wait at a transfer point to complete their sightseeing experience. It allows those who aren't in Toronto for long to maximize their time. Among the noteworthy attractions along the route are Harbourfront Centre, the Hockey Hall of Fame, the St. Lawrence Market, the Historic Distillery District, Corktown, St. James Cathedral, the Eaton Centre, Dundas Square, Maple Leaf Gardens, Church/Wellesley Village, Bloor/Yorkville, Casa Loma, the Bata Shoe Museum, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Gardiner Ceramic Museum, Queen's Park, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Chinatown, Queen West, the Entertainment District, the CN Tower and the Rogers Centre. Discounted tickets to many of the city's attractions are available for purchase on board the buses.
Bus service starts every morning at 9:00 from the first stop. Buses run as often as every 20 minutes during the peak summer months and somewhat less frequently during the slower season. The tour loop is approximately 2 hours long and works its way as far east as the Historic Distillery District, as far north as Casa Loma, and as far west as Chinatown.
Also located at stop #1 is the boarding pier for the complimentary boat cruise included with your sightseeing ticket. It operates from early May to the end of October. The tour takes place on a 100-passenger vessel complete with a bar and washrooms that will take you on a panoramic 45-minute tour of the Toronto Harbour and the 14 islands. The cruise is fully narrated by a live guide and three distinct seating options are available: on the upper deck under the canopy with a 360-degree view of the skyline, on the side of the main deck in the sun, or inside at a table on the lower level. Your free boat ticket can be redeemed at any point during your visit, so feel free to pick the nicest day for it.
PLEASE NOTE: The Winter season bus tours will operate using closed-top vehicles. However, during periods of very poor weather from November to February, this tour may not be able to operate at all. If you are traveling at this time of year, you will be provided a phone number to call to check the weather and status of tours.
This tour does not operate on Christmas Day or on New Year's Eve.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Do I have to start the tour at a certain location? -- Yes, on the first day you must check in at the Tour Office (details on your E-Ticket) because you must exchange your E-Ticket for the actual Hop-On-Hop-Off tickets at that location. Also, you can begin with either the bus tour or the complimentary boat tour (when available), and both depart from close by the office. One more benefit is that the friendly staff can answer any questions you might have before you begin your sightseeing experience.
After I pick up my actual tickets, how/where else can I join the tour? -- Once you have your actual Hop-On-Hop-Off tickets, you may board the buses at any stop.
Do the buses run 7 days a week? -- Yes.
In what language(s) is the tour spoken? -- Although many of the guides are bilingual or even multilingual, the tour is in English.
What kind of buses do you use? -- During peak season, all vehicles are open-top double-deckers that afford the best possible view of Toronto in all its glory. Only the finest open-top Routemaster double-deckers are used. During winter (November through February), service is operated with closed-top vehicles.
Can I bring a baby stroller onto the bus? -- Yes.
Are the buses wheelchair accessible? -- Collapsible wheelchairs may be stored on board the bus during the tour, but double-decker bus tours are not available to those who are wheelchair-bound.
What happens if it rains? -- Tours run rain or shine. If it's raining, you are welcome to sit on the lower level of the bus where you'll be warm and dry. If you would rather brave the rain and sit on the upper deck, a rain poncho can be provided at no charge.
What should I bring onto the bus with me? -- Always bring your camera. If you're joining the tour on a hot and sunny day, consider bringing a hat and a bottle of water. And - of course - your sense of adventure!
Will my bus ticket get me into all the attractions? -- No. Although some of the city's top attractions (Eaton Centre, St. Lawrence Market, Distillery, Chinatown etc.) are free to visit, others require that you buy a ticket to get in (CN Tower, Casa Loma, ROM, AGO etc.).
I would like to hop off at some of the attractions along the route. How long should I stay at the CN Tower or other attraction? -- How long you stay at a given attraction is entirely up to you. People tend to spend at least an hour at attractions like the CN Tower, Casa Loma and the Distillery. You may need to set aside more time if you're looking to stop for lunch or if you plan on exploring the extensive collections of the ROM, the AGO, or another of the top museums. However, please make sure to wrap things up before the last bus passes by your location! Make sure to ask your tour guide as you hop off the bus for the last stop time when you will need to re-board to get to your chosen final hop-off point.
Where is the starting point for the free boat tour? -- The boat docks at Harbourfront Centre, near stop #1 on the bus tour.
Does the boat tour run 7 days a week? -- Yes.
Does the boat tour run year-round? -- No. It usually operates from mid-May to the end of October.
How long is the boat tour and how often does it depart? -- The Harbour and Islands Cruise lasts 45 minutes (not including boarding and disembarking time) and it departs every 75 minutes, starting at 10:30 am during the peak summer season and 11:45 am during the "shoulder" season before and after the peak summer season.
Where does the boat tour go and what will I see? -- You'll spend about half the cruise exploring the Toronto Inner Harbour and the rest traveling through the canals and lagoons of the 14 Toronto Islands. Just some of the sights you can expect to see include: Toronto's amazing skyline, City Centre, Airport, Hanlan's Point, Gibraltar Point, Lighthouse, Wildlife Sanctuary, Centre Island/Centreville, Island Yacht Club/Muggs Island, Island Marina, Forestry Island, Allan A. Lamport Regatta Course, Ward Island/Algonquin Island, Royal Canadian Yacht Club, Queen City Yacht Club, Polson Pier, Redpath Sugar Refinery, Ferry Docks/Westin Harbour Castle, Pier 6, Queen's Quay Terminal, Harbourfront Centre.
Can I bring my baby stroller on the boat? -- Yes.
What happens on the boat if it rains? -- Tours run rain or shine. If it's raining, you can sit on the lower deck of the boat where you'll be warm and dry. On this level, you'll find a bar and restroom facilities. The upper deck is covered by a canopy, so you could spend the entire cruise outdoors on a rainy day and still stay dry. If you're concerned about getting wet, a rain poncho may be provided at no charge.
Are there life jackets on board? -- Per Transport Canada regulations, there are more than enough life jackets on board for everyone to use in the event of an emergency. The vessel comes complete with a full array of safety equipment that includes everything from fire extinguishers and life rings to an inflatable life raft large enough to accommodate everyone on the boat. All of the crew are fully certified and trained to use the equipment should the need arise.
Will I be sitting inside or outside on the boat? -- It's up to you. Three distinct seating options are available.
Is the boat tour narrated? -- Yes. There is a live guide on board who will deliver a fun, friendly, and informative commentary as the boat winds its way through the harbour and islands. The guide is happy to answer questions you might have and to offer thoughtful advice on how to make the most of your stay.
Will people of all ages enjoy the boat tour? -- Absolutely.
Is the boat wheelchair accessible? -- Because the bus tour may only accommodate collapsible wheelchairs, the same is true for the boat tour.
Will the water be calm during the boat tour? -- The Toronto Inner Harbour is a natural harbour protected by islands so the water is generally very calm. In addition, about half the duration of the cruise winds through the canals and lagoons of the islands where the water is usually flat calm.
What should I bring onto the boat with me? -- Your camera - to have tons of opportunities for postcard-quality photos of the ever-growing skyline as well as the flora and fauna of the 14 islands. Nature lovers and bird watchers might want to bring binoculars as passengers have glimpsed everything from oxen and deer to cormorants and herons.
Does the boat stop on the any of the islands? -- The boat tour is a non-stop islands experience, uninterrupted by time-consuming pickups and dropoffs.
Is the Harbour and Islands Cruise really free with my bus ticket? -- Yes - absolutely free!
What comes first: the bus or the boat? -- You may start with either the bus or the boat; it's entirely up to you. Both tours start from the check-in location. You could begin with the boat tour and pick up the bus after the cruise, or you could ride the bus tour and be dropped off at the boat when it's finished. And remember - even if you start with the bus and get dropped off at the boat, your experience doesn't have to end there; you can catch the bus again and keep hopping on and off for 3 consecutive days! One thing to keep in mind is that the first bus of the day always departs sooner than the first boat of the day. So, if you're looking to get an early start on your day, you might want to begin with the bus tour.
How far is the boat from bus stop #1? -- The boat is about 2 minutes' walk from stop #1 so the bus tour and the boat tour essentially begin from the same location.
Do I have to do the boat tour right after the bus tour or vice versa? -- Not at all. You can even do your boat ride on a completely different day if you like. In fact, your boat ticket can be redeemed on any one occasion during the entire season in which you bought your hop-on hop-off ticket.
All visitors to Canada must be aware of the requirements for entering Canada.
Entering Canada: Native born U.S. citizens must carry identification papers showing their citizenship such as birth certificate, visa or passport. In addition to these forms, picture ID such as driver's license is recommended. Proof of residence may also be required.
Naturalized U.S. citizens should carry a naturalization certificate or some other evidence of citizenship. Legal, permanent residents of the United States who are not U.S. citizens are advised to carry their Alien Registration Receipt Card (U.S. form I-151 or form I-551)
Persons under 18 years of age who are not accompanied by a parent or guardian should bring a notarized letter from a parent or guardian giving them permission to travel to Canada. Or if only one parent is traveling with the child, they must possess a notarized letter from the other parent giving permission.
All persons other than U.S. citizens or legal, permanent residents of the United States require valid passport or an acceptable travel document.
Hotel pick-ups may be pre-arranged from downtown locations or you may meet the tour at the Harbourfront (specific location provided on your E-Ticket). Children ages 5 to 12 are eligible for the child discount (when accompanied by an adult). Children under 5 are free when they ride in an adult's lap. Prices are shown in US dollars. Please order online or call to order or for more information.
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