Exploring the coastal metropolis of Miami by bus is one of the best ways to discover the city – with a wide number of organised bus tours on offer.
Best known for its golden beaches, diverse food scene and Latin vibes, the South Floridian city attracts huge numbers of visitors every year. For those who like the idea of seeing the city from the vantage point of a bus, there are several Miami bus tours available, many of which are themed around specific aspects or areas. Below are 5 of the best bus tours of this pulsating city currently bookable online.
Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour
While many of Miami’s attractions are within walking distance of each other, buying a hop-on hop-off bus pass offers you the independence to board buses at designated stops and then jump back on again when you want to head elsewhere. The classic Miami hop-on hop-off tour lets you get to know the city and its top attractions in quick and affordable fashion. It all begins with a hop-on at any one of 5 stops around Miami — the Red Route Beach Loop. Board one of the dark red, open-top buses and enjoy the view with audio-guide commentary complete with fascinating facts and stories from an expert guide who knows the city inside and out. Learn about its history and happenings as the bus rolls along from one location to the next, and hop off at any of the attractions for a closer look, then hop back on when it’s convenient. Tickets are available for either 24 or 48 hours. From $43 per person.
Miami: Party Bus, Club Entry, and Open Bar Night Experience
Miami’s reputation for nightlife is legendary and if you can’t decide where to start – or end – then how about letting the seasoned experts plan everything for you on an organised nightclub tour. Hosted by Supreme Club Tours, you’ll meet your guide and fellow revellers at a lounge bar at South Beach where you’ll get to enjoy unlimited drinks. At midnight, you’ll – steadily – board a party bus and listen to music as you’re taken to one of the city’s hottest hip hop nightclubs. Here, you’ll avoid the long lines with VIP entry, before dancing the night away into the small hours. From $74 per person.
Wynwood bus Art Tour
Discover one of Miami’s most hip and happening neighbourhoods with this short tour of Wynwood by bus. After meeting at a local coffee shop, you’ll climb aboard a converted school bus for a tour dedicated to street art, photography, and local artists. Over the course of the next 30 minutes to an hour, you’ll visit notable landmarks and places of interest including the famed Wynwood Walls, a kaleidoscopic outdoor museum showcasing large-scale works by some of the world’s best-known street artists. There’ll also be a chance to disembark the bus to check out street art and explore the many shops and galleries dotted throughout the district. Learn about the local art scene during the bus journey. The tour ends where it began. From $50 per person
Sightseeing Open-Top Night Bus Tour with Live Guide
Journey through the heart of South Beach and Downtown Miami after dark on this 1.5-hour guided bus tour. Aboard an open-top double-decker bus, you’ll depart from Bayside Marketplace before cruising through Downtown Miami and Brickell as day turns to night. After traveling through the section of the city that’s adorned with its tallest and most illuminated buildings, you’ll cross the Key Biscayne Bridge where you can take in the most incredible views of Miami’s skyline. Along the way, an expert guide will regale you with entertaining commentary; pointing out city attractions and offering insight into Miami’s rich history and culture. The tour ends where it began. From $28 per person.
South Beach Cruise & Little Havana Bus Tour
Ideal for those who are short on time but still keen to get a broad overview of the city during their stay, this whistlestop tour by bus passes through several of Miami’s most famed districts over 3.5 hours. Among the noteworthy places you’ll see include the beautiful beaches of South Beach, the Art Deco district, Little Havana with its art galleries and busy restaurants, and the upscale, leafy neighbourhood of Coconut Grove. The tour also includes a boat cruise around Biscayne Bay which provides views of the Miami skyline and millionaire homes. From $24 per person.
By Paul Joseph