We had planned on taking bus tours but could not pick a company. Reviews for double decker tours are amazingly mixed. We chose Deluxe because they seemed nice and friendly. Picked up at Union Square and got a 48 hour pass. Reasonably priced. We took all four loops and used the hop on hop off feature. Our buses all stopped at every stop, the guides and drivers where all nice and helpful. Yes the buses are old London buses but that just adds to the experience. The drivers talk on their way through the route so the dialog is always specific to where you are. Each driver has his own canned dialog but that just adds flavor to the trip. If you want comfort and luxury hire a taxi or limo. To have a unique experience and some fun then take the bus. The trip is what you make of it. To have a well rounded out trip it will take a combination of bus, taxi, transit, walk or cable car. I suggest you try them all. The pick up points are not marked so pay attention and carry the bus map with you. This applies to all the bus companies. Times vary as well as to how often the buses come but I think that has more to do with traffic than anything else. The only complaint is that the last run is at 5:00pm, so if you stay out late you will have to find other means of transport to get back to where you are staying.
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