VIP Minster launch for our amazing new CitySightseeing buses

2 months ago Thu 13th Aug 2020

Beaming sunshine as our fabulous, low emission open-top tour buses debut in front of York’s most iconic landmark

Just a perfect day – beaming sunshine and a gleaming new red open-top tour bus in front of York’s magnificent Minster!

VIP guests from Yorkshire’s business and tourism communities joined us to officially launch a new fleet of high specification, low emission buses featuring smart new interiors, stylish seating and mobile device charging at every seat.

over 50 guests join the launch of new CitySightseeing York buses in front of York Minster, with (front, from left) Alex Hornby, Transdev CEO; Russell McCartney, Head of Commercial, VisitYork; Canon Maggie McLean, Canon in Residence, York Minster; and James Mason, CEO, Welcome to Yorkshire

ALL ABOARD Over 50 guests join the launch of new CitySightseeing York buses in front of York Minster, with (front, from left) Alex Hornby, Transdev CEO; Russell McCartney, Head of Commercial, VisitYork; Canon Maggie McLean, Canon in Residence, York Minster; and James Mason, CEO, Welcome to Yorkshire

More than 50 key figures representing tourism agencies, visitor attractions and transport authorities attended the open-air event, held just four days after we doubled the frequency of our CitySightseeing York bus tours to run every 15 minutes, seven days a week.

After a blessing for the new buses given by The Revd. Canon Maggie McLean, Canon in Residence at York Minster, our CEO Alex Hornby told guests:

“This is a very proud moment for the whole team at Transdev and our CitySightseeing York operations, as we welcome everyone to discover this historic, diverse and friendly city from our four new open top buses.

As we celebrate our 20th year of touring York, we wanted to do something special and this investment proves our long-term commitment to CitySightseeing and tourism in York during what has been a successful, yet delayed, start to the usual season. We have increased our timetable to run every 15 minutes so guests can hop-on and hop-off and make the most of our city.

We believe these high-spec, low-emission buses - boasting free Wi-Fi, USB power, a 10-language speaker system and Clean Air Zone-ready - will bring comfort and enjoyment to our guests, whilst our revitalised team of local bus drivers and live, on-board tour guides will entertain and inform the thousands we welcome every week.”

Welcome to Yorkshire CEO James Mason said:

“The increasing numbers of people enjoying these tours is in line with everything we’re hearing from tourism attractions here in York and across Yorkshire – visitors are choosing Yorkshire in increasing numbers for a holiday or short break, and no wonder as we have so much to discover and enjoy.

The CitySightseeing open-top buses give a unique vantage point to enjoy the best views of all the unmissable sights of York, including Clifford’s Tower, the City Walls and of course the magnificent York Minster – and the guides certainly bring the experience to life with lots of stories of the city’s past and present.

York stands at the heart of Yorkshire’s visitor economy and makes an ideal base to discover Yorkshire, including the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and our coastline. After a challenging period for everyone in tourism it’s very encouraging to see many people enjoying all that York has to offer in a safe and comfortable way on these impressive red open-top tour buses.”

CitySightseeing York tour guide Joel Galilee entertains his audience, sharing nuggets of York’s history and detailing the many city sights seen from the new open top buses

THE ENTERTAINER CitySightseeing York tour guide Joel Galilee entertains his audience, sharing nuggets of York’s history and detailing the many city sights seen from the new open top buses

The introduction of the new buses to our City Sightseeing York tours comes after tourism agency VisitEngland awarded us its “We’re Good to Go” ‘tourism tick’ confidence mark. To qualify, we demonstrated that all social distancing and cleanliness measures are in place on each of our buses – giving visitors added reassurance that they’re in good hands.

City of York Councillors Cllr Andrew Waller (left) and Cllr Andy D’Agorne (right) join Transdev CEO Alex Hornby to welcome the new low emission CitySightseeing York tour buses to the city

WELCOME TO YORK City of York Councillors Cllr Andrew Waller (left) and Cllr Andy D’Agorne (right) join Transdev CEO Alex Hornby to welcome the new low emission CitySightseeing York tour buses to the city

CitySightseeing York tours follow a circular route currently serving 20 stops around the city every 30 minutes from 9am to 4.30pm every day. Our customers are free to hop on and hop off all day to enjoy York’s attractions, or simply relax and take in the unrivalled 360-degree views of all the most popular landmarks.

Exclusive ‘Transdev Treats’ discounts for attractions, eateries and more are also available by showing a CitySightseeing York ticket.

CitySightseeing York buses call at or close to all the major sights, including:

·         York Railway Station, for the National Railway Museum

·         Museum Gardens, for the Yorkshire Museum, St Mary’s Abbey, Mansion House, Yorkboat River Cruises and the Visit York Information Centre

·         Exhibition Square, for York Minster and the City Art Gallery

·         Monk Bar, for the Richard III Museum

·         The Stonebow, for The Shambles, York’s Chocolate Story and Merchant Adventurers’ Hall

·         Clifford’s Tower, for the Castle Museum, York Dungeon and the Jorvik Viking Centre

MAJESTIC MARVEL … the unmistakable sight of York Minster provides a spectacular backdrop for a new CitySightseeing York open-top tour bus, one of four now in service across the city

MAJESTIC MARVE the unmistakable sight of York Minster provides a spectacular backdrop for a new CitySightseeing York open-top tour bus, one of four now in service across the city

Each tour ticket lasts a full 24 hours, allowing visitors who arrive in the city later in the day to continue their sightseeing the next morning. Those who book online are also covered by the our Rainy Day Guarantee – if it rains on their booked tour day, visitors can use their ticket instead on any other day that week.

Full details of all CitySightseeing York tours, bookings and attractions are online at yorkcitysightseeing.com