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Bus Tour

Why choose City Sightseeing Toronto?

Simply put, we're the best! We offer Toronto's most comprehensive tour at the lowest price around. Whether you're here for a couple of hours or for a few days, we have the perfect tour for you. Your City Sightseeing Toronto ticket gets you



What major sights and attractions do the buses pass?


Click Here for a full list of sights and attractions our buses pass


What do your stops look like?


Toronto Sight Seeing Bus Stop - Hop On Here


How long is the bus tour if I don't get off at any of the stops?

The entire tour lasts approximately 2 hours from start to finish.



I'm not looking to hop on and off. Is this OK?

Yes. In fact this is how many of our customers decide to enjoy their tour experience; they join the tour at one of our stops, do a single fun-filled loop through the city, and finish at a point that is convenient for them.



How frequently do the buses run?

Our buses run as often as and even beyond every 20 minutes during the peak summer months and somewhat less frequently during the slower season. Please feel free to contact us as your travel date nears for the most accurate scheduling information.



Does the bus wait at every stop?

Although we have introduced a few photo and rest pauses at ideal points along our route, our aim is to interrupt the flow of our tour as little as possible. With this in mind, we try to wait at regular stops just long enough to safely exchange any passengers before continuing on.



Is the bus tour narrated?

Yes. Each and every bus has at least one live guide on board. These official City Sightseeing Toronto guides are fun, friendly, and informative. They will tell you all about the sights and attractions along our route and will be more than happy to give you advice on how to make the most of your stay in our city.

City Sightseeing employee advising customers

In what language(s) is the tour spoken?

Yes. Each and every bus has at least one live guide on board. These official City Sightseeing Toronto guides are fun, friendly, and informative. They will tell you all about the sights and attractions along our route and will be more than happy to give you advice on how to make the most of your stay in our city.



What kind of buses do you use?

During peak season, our vehicles are primarily open-top double-deckers buses that afford you the best possible view of Toronto.

Toronto City Sightseeing bus approaching the AGO

City Sightseeing Toronto uses the finest open-top Routemaster double-deckers. Originally introduced by London Transport, these distinctive buses were so well designed that they ended up outlasting later replacement models and remained in regular service until 2005. Only 2,876 of these incredible vehicles were ever built and 1,000 are still in existence today.

Double Decker Buses lined up with trees behind Toronto City Sightseeing bus at a stop


Will people of all ages enjoy the bus tour?

Absolutely. Over the years, we have hosted countless retirees, newlyweds, kids, infants and even newborns. There is something for everyone to love about our wonderful city as seen from our classic Routemaster buses.



Can I bring my stroller onto the bus?

Yes, as long as it is collapsible.



Are the buses wheelchair accessible?

Although we are happy to store collapsible wheelchairs on board the bus during the tour, we are currently unable to offer double-decker bus tours to those who are wheelchair-bound.



What happens if it rains?

We run rain or shine. If it's raining, you're welcome to sit on the lower level of the bus where you'll be warm and toasty. If you'd rather brave the rain and sit on the upper deck, we will gladly provide you with an official City Sightseeing rain poncho at no extra charge.



What should I bring onto the bus with me?

Be sure to bring your camera if you have one. If you're joining us on a hot and sunny day, consider bringing a hat and a bottle of water. And, of course, don’t forget 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.). You may, however, purchase discounted tickets to many important attractions from the staff on our buses!



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 our top museums or galleries. Please make sure, however, to wrap things up before the last bus passes by your location. Your tour guide(s) will be more than happy to help you with the details of your visit.



The Free Boat Tour

What is the name of the boat and where does the tour start from?

The boat, called the Harbour Star, docks at the foot of Harbourfront Centre's West Pier (stop #17).


map to the Harbour Star

Toronto Harbourfront Map


Does the boat tour run 7 days a week?

Yes, but keep in mind that the boat tour is seasonal, weather-permitting, and at the captain’s discretion.



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 departs every hour and fifteen minutes.

The first boat usually departs at 11:45 during peak season. Contact us as your travel date nears for the most current information.



What is the operating season of the boat?

The Harbour Star operates on a 6-month season, roughly from May until the end of October. The exact start and finish dates of the season are determined largely by weather conditions so please contact us as your travel date nears for the most current information.



Where does the boat tour go and what will I see?

The Harbour Star spends about half the cruise exploring the Toronto Inner Harbour and the rest of the time traveling through the canals and lagoons of the 14 Toronto Islands.

Here are just a few of the sights you can expect to see from the boat:

  • Toronto's amazing skyline
  • Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport
  • Hanlan's Point
  • Gibraltar Point Lighthouse
  • Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Centre Island/Centreville
  • Island Yacht Club/Muggs Island
  • Toronto 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 stroller on the boat?

Yes, as long as it is collapsible.



What happens if it rains?

We run rain or shine. If it's raining, you're welcome to sit on the lower deck of the boat where you'll be warm and toasty. On this level you'll find a bar and restroom facilities for your convenience. Otherwise, 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, we will gladly provide you with an official City Sightseeing rain poncho at no extra charge.



Are there lifejackets on board?

As per Transport Canada regulations, we have more than enough life jackets on board for everyone to use in the event of an emergency. The Harbour Star 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 our crew is fully certified and trained to use this equipment should the need arise. We take safety very seriously!



Will I be sitting inside or outside on the boat?

It's up to you. Three distinct seating options are available.

You can sit on the upper deck of the boat. This fully-unobstructed upper deck is the only one of its kind in Toronto, affording passengers a 360-degree view of the skyline and some of the city's best photo opportunities. There is a canopy on this level that provides protection from the elements if need be.

Tourist taking pictures at Toronto IslandWomen admiring the Forestry Island

Another seating option is the wraparound outdoor deck located slightly above water level. Passengers looking for some sunshine usually find a cozy seat here where they can relax and watch the waves lap up against the side of the boat.

Family enjoying a drink and the view from the side deckYoung Ladies enjoying a drink on the side deck

The naturally-lit interior of the Harbour Star is laid out in bistro style and features tables and cushioned chairs as well as restroom facilities. Kick back and enjoy a cocktail here and watch the captain navigate through the harbour and into the canals and lagoons of the islands.

Toronto Island cruise bartender on the lower levelLittle girl looking out the window


Is the boat tour narrated?

Yes. There is a live guide on board the boat who will deliver a fun, friendly, and informative commentary as the boat winds its way through the harbour and islands. This official City Sightseeing Toronto guide would be more than happy to answer any 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?

Of course! Over the years, visitors ranging from babies to grandparents, retirees to high have taken a trip on the Harbour Star. No matter your age, you will have an amazing time viewing the harbour from our boat.



Is the boat wheelchair accessible?

Although we are happy to store collapsible wheelchairs on board during the tour, we are currently unable to offer boat tours to those who are wheelchair-bound.



Will the water be calm during the boat tour?

The Toronto Inner Harbour is a natural harbour protected by the islands so, yes, the water is generally very calm. In addition, we spend about half the duration of the cruise winding our way through the canals and lagoons of the islands, where the water is usually flat calm.



What should I bring onto the boat with me?

Bring your camera since you'll get tons of opportunities for postcard-quality photos of our 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 our passengers have glimpsed everything from oxen and deer to cormorants and herons.



Does the boat stop on the any of the islands?

We offer a non-stop islands experience that is uninterrupted by awkward and time-consuming pickups and dropoffs. People typically join our tour and get a feel for the 14 islands in their entirety. If they notice a particular island during the cruise that's of interest, we can direct them to the appropriate city ferry. The City of Toronto has been offering an efficient and inexpensive ferry service to Ward Island, Centre Island and Hanlan's Point for years.



The Bus Tour and The Boat Tour

Is the Harbour and Islands Cruise really free with my bus ticket?

Yes. It is 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 and both tours start from stop #17. 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 that even if you started with the bus and got 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!

One thing to keep in mind, though, is that the first bus of the day always departs earlier than the first boat of the day. So, if you're looking to get an early start on your day with us, you might want to begin with the bus tour.



If I do the bus tour first and the boat tour second, can I get back onto the bus after the boat?

Yes! You can keep using the bus as much as you like during the validity period of your ticket.



How far is the boat from the stop #3?

The boat is about a 2 minute walk from stop #17 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?

No. 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 season in which you bought your hop-on hop-off ticket.



Tickets and Pricing

How can I buy City Sightseeing Toronto tickets?

The easiest and least expensive way to buy City Sightseeing tickets is on the internet through this website. It's quick and easy and you'll get an instant printable receipt. If you don't have access to a printer, not to worry; you'll be given a simple confirmation number. Your confirmation number, not your receipt, is what you need to join the bus.  Scribble it down on a piece of paper and you're ready to join the tour at the location of your choice.

Another way of booking discounted tickets is over the phone. Call us anytime between 8am and 8pm EST to buy tickets at from one of our live service agents. As is the case with the online tickets, no printer is required although we would be happy to email you a printable receipt.

If you're staying at a hotel or other residence downtown, call us for our complimentary hotel pickup. We'll come over at a time of your choosing and bring you to the start of the tour.

Tickets may also be purchased at the regular price from agents at any of our sales locations. The most prominent of these is our info centre/ticket office on the east side of the Radisson Hotel.

The Radisson itself is located right along the waterfront at 249 Queen's Quay West and our office is a street-level storefront at the southeast corner of the hotel. The nearest intersection is Queen's Quay West and Rees St.


map to stop #17

Toronto Harbourfront Map


For step-by-step direction on how to get to stop#17, please see Bus Tour FAQ



Why should I buy my tickets online or over the phone?

Buying your tickets online or over the phone is cheaper and it's also quick and easy. You'll be given a simple confirmation number. Write it down and use it to access the bus at any one of our 24 stops. We will also email you a printable receipt for your records.



What does my City Sightseeing ticket get me?

Your ticket gets you:

  • a hop-on hop-off sightseeing ticket that's valid for up to 3 days
  • a FREE boat tour
  • free downtown pickup upon your arrival
  • 24 great stops to choose from
  • a free souvenir map
  • the ability to purchase discounted attraction tickets on board our buses
  • unlimited travel advice and support from our friendly guides


Do I have to book for a specific time and date when buying tickets online or over the phone?

No, you don't have to commit to a particular travel time or date when booking online or over the phone. Your booking is open-ended, allowing you the flexibility to use your tickets at a time of your choosing. This is handy for people want to buy the tickets at a discounted price but who aren't sure what day or time they'd like to come.



Do I need to have access to a printer in order to buy tickets online?

If you don't have access to a printer, not to worry; you'll be given a simple confirmation number. Scribble it down on a piece of paper and you're ready to join the tour at the location of your choice. We will, however, email you a printable receipt for your records.



I'm buying tickets for someone else over the internet or over the phone. How does that work?

No problem. Just relay the confirmation number from your online or phone transaction to the people who are going. This will allow them to join the tour at a location of their choosing. You can also give them a copy of the printable receipt if you like although it isn't necessary.



Who can I contact if I have questions about my online transaction?

You may call or email customer support at anytime for assistance on any number of topics:

Overseas: 011.416.410.0536

Telephone: 416.410.0536

Toll free: 1.877.371.TRIP (8747)

Email: info@citysightseeingniagara.com




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CN Tower

The world's tallest tower! Visited by 2 million people annually, the Tower has something for everyone: simulated motion rides and a movie at ground level, super-fast elevators, a glass floor, an outdoor observation deck, a restaurant in the sky and the world's highest observation pod.

Casa Loma

Sir Henry's dream home had 98 rooms, 30 bathrooms, 2 secret passageways, and an 800 ft (240 m) tunnel. But wait, there's more: 25 fireplaces, 3 bowling alleys, a shooting gallery, a 1,700-bottle wine cellar, a library with space for 10,000 volumes and 5 acres of splendid gardens.

Eaton Centre

North America's largest downtown shopping centre is bursting with four levels of great shops and services under a spectacular vaulted glass ceiling. The mall is so long that they had to build a subway station at either end!

Dundas Square

Toronto's answer to Times Square, Dundas Square hosts hundreds of concerts, fairs, promotions and a variety of other events annually. The Square is well situated at the city's busiest intersection, surrounded by three shopping centres, loads of restaurants, and overlooked by the country's tallest media tower.

Harbourfront Centre

A year-round celebration of the arts! Check out music and dance in 12 diverse venues, buy food and souvenirs at the World Café and the International Marketplace, and enjoy free outdoor concerts at the Sirius Stage.

Royal Ontario Museum

6 million artifacts! The ROM's new eye-popping addition, the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, might be a sight to behold from the outside, but the true wonders of Canada's largest museum lie within its extensive World Cultures and Natural History galleries.

Art Gallery of Ontario

Frank Gehry's stunning new addition didn't just give the AGO a pretty face; it increased viewing space by nearly 50%, making all the more room for the works of Picasso, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, the Group of Seven and many more.

St. Lawrence Market

Here you'll find 50 specialty vendors offering everything from organic produce to exotic seafood flown in fresh daily, all working together inside a fantastic heritage building that originally opened as our second City Hall in 1845.

The Distillery

This complex was once the world's largest distillery. Now it's a romantic and creative pedestrian-only village whose cobblestone streets are lined with great theatres, galleries, restaurants, cafes, and boutiques.

Hockey Hall of Fame

Home of the Stanley Cup! So much more than the world's largest collection of hockey memorabilia, the Hockey Hall of Fame has two theatres as well as a sprawling simulated rink that hosts state-of-the-art interactive games.

Entertainment District

Eight square blocks of fun. Here you'll find live theatre, movies, nightclubs, restaurants, hotels, shopping, Major League sports, and the world's second-tallest building!

Club District

In the mood for a little excitement? North America's densest club district has dozens and dozens of hotspots, from biker bars to dance clubs specializing in hip-hop, eurodance, reggae, jazz, latin, pop and more.

Chinatown

Although famous for some of the world's finest Chinese food, this vibrant neighbourhood also offers Vietnamese and Thai delights at great prices. Be on the lookout for amazing deals on DVDs, groceries, housewares, artwork, clothing and electronics.

Kensington Market

Take in the multitude of sights, sounds and smells as you wander through Kensington's narrow streets and alleys lined with everything from fresh fish and produce to vintage clothing and live music.

University of Toronto

Why not enlighten yourself by taking a stroll through the campus of Canada's largest university? You can enjoy free concerts, lectures, and galleries while exploring some of the city's oldest and finest buildings!

Baldwin Village

It would be a big shame to miss this little paradise for the taste buds! Thai, French, Mediterranean. Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mexican, Indian cuisine and much more are all present here in this unique stretch of Baldwin Street, just north of the AGO.

City Hall

Two City Halls right across the street from one another. The older of the two features elaborate stone carvings and a spectacular clock tower while the newer one is a futuristic-looking complex fronted by a beautiful public square.

John Street Roundhouse

This historic roundhouse served as a hospital for trains for nearly 60 years. Upon arriving at the facility, locomotives would be driven onto a huge rotating turntable that would maneuver them into one of 32 repair stalls.

Bata Shoe Museum

12,500 pairs and 4.500 years worth of shoes from around the world, all housed in an amazing building shaped to look like a gigantic shoebox. On display is everything from chestnut-crushing clogs and Chinese foot-bound lotus slippers to modern high heels.

Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art

Canada's only museum devoted entirely to ceramics! In addition to a collection of over 3,000 artifacts, this award-winning building also features a retail shop, restaurant, library, and a clay studio where classes are held.

Theatre District

Eight square blocks of fun. Here you'll find live theatre, movies, nightclubs, restaurants, hotels, shopping, Major League sports, and the world's second-tallest building!

Bloor - Yorkville

Often compared to New York's Fifth Avenue or L.A.'s Rodeo Drive, Bloor-Yorkville is home to more than 700 designer boutiques, galleries, high-end restaurants, and lavish hotels and 4 major shopping centres.

Queen's Park

The north half of this oval-shaped park is filled with shady trees and monuments. The south half is occupied by the majestic Ontario Legislative Building of 1892, home of our Provincial Government.

Hospital Alley

This stretch of University Ave. between College and Dundas is home to Canada's greatest concentration of teaching and research hospitals.

Habour Star Map

Radisson Plaza Hotel Admiral

The place to be! This 157-room boutique hotel is perfectly situated right along the waterfront, affording incredible views of the harbour, the islands and the airport. Even if you don't have a room here, you can still take in the view from the hotel's Watermark Restaurant and Lounge or spend an afternoon at the pool overlooking the lake.

Queen's Quay Terminal

This stunning mixed-use building was redeveloped as a shopping and office complex in 1983 by Zeidler Partnership Architects (Eaton Centre, Ontario Place). When it was originally built in 1926, the Toronto Terminal Warehouse was the largest warehouse in North America and the first poured-concrete structure in Canada.

Sony Centre

This 3,000-seat auditorium is renowned for its acoustics and has hosted the likes of Duke Ellington, Liberace, and Placido Domingo. Daniel Libeskind (Michael Lee-Chin Crystal) has been enlisted to redesign the complex and he plans to add an Arts & Heritage Awareness Centre (AHA! Centre) and a 49-storey condo tower above the auditorium in the shape of a giant boot (L-Tower).

King Edward Hotel

This luxurious 298-room hotel has hosted everyone from Mark Twain to Britney Spears! Built on the site of the city's first jail and hanging yard, the King Eddy had a priceless art collection and a separate entrance for women when it opened in 1903.

St. James Cathedral

Canada's 2nd-tallest church! At 305ft (93m), it would have been the first thing a new immigrant would see in getting off the train at the old Union Station. The Cathedral was even used as a navigational beacon by sailors approaching the port of Toronto.

Old Town Toronto

This is where it all began! Toronto was known as 'York' from 1793-1834 and the old town was laid out as a 10-block grid of swampy, mosquito-plagued streets. A trip through this neighbourhood today will turn up a treasure trove up historic buildings that provide a glimpse into our city's past.

Massey Hall

This historic 1894 concert hall has hosted Winston Churchill, George Gershwin, and the Dalai Lama to name a few. Its construction was financed by Hart Massey and one of his conditions was that no alcohol could be served on the premises for 100 years. True to their word, they waited until 1994 before opening a bar in the basement, calling it 'Centuries,' and throwing a big party!

Maple Leaf Gardens

This former home of the Toronto Maple Leafs was finished in an amazing 51/2 months during the Great Depression and no major repairs to the facility were ever required. The Leafs won 11 Stanley Cups here and sold out every single game for over 50 years, earning the Gardens the nickname 'The Carlton Street Cashbox'.

Yonge & Isabella

Did you know that Yonge Street was once listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the World's Longest Street, stretching all the way from the Toronto Harbour to Rainy River at the Ontario-Minnesota border? Ask your tour guide what happened to our title and who holds the record today!

The Annex

Created in 1886 after the annexation of nearby Yorkville, this upscale neighbourhood is characterized by its one-way streets lined with trees and Victorian and Edwardian homes. Given its proximity to the University, the Annex is an ideal home for students and professors alike and is thought of as an 'intellectual' place to live.

Theatre District

Toronto has the third-largest theatre scene in the English-speaking world and the theatre district is currently thought to center around King & John. Important area venues include the Royal Alexandra Theatre, The Princess of Wales, Roy Thompson Hall and the Bell Lightbox, the new home of the Toronto International Film Festival. Many other great theatres can be found on Yonge St and in Old Town Toronto.

Metro Convention Centre

Canada's largest convention centre! The North Building sits on Front St. W. and the South Building is on Bremner Blvd. Major events regularly hosted by the MTCC include the Auto Show, the Boat Show, the Bridal Show, Canadian Idol, and So You Think You Can Dance Canada.

Union Station

Serving 200,000 passengers a day, this is Canada's busiest passenger transportation facility. When it opened, it was the largest enclosed space in Canada and the first train station in North America with separate levels for arrivals and departures.

Fairmont Royal York

When it opened in 1929, the Royal York was the tallest building in the British Commonwealth. It had its own 12-bed hospital, a newspaper and a switchboard staffed by 35 telephone operators. Modern innovations include a rooftop vegetable and herb garden as well as a series of beehives that can house up to 150,000 honeybees.

Rogers Centre

Home of the Toronto Blue Jays and the Toronto Argonauts, the Rogers Centre was the first stadium in the world to have a fully retractable roof that worked. The panels of the roof move along standard railway rails and are driven by electric motors, moving at an amazing 70 ft (21m) per minute.