NEW ORLEANS – A familiar sight in major cities around the world, bright red double-decker tour buses will soon be hitting the streets of New Orleans.
At a press conference Wednesday in the French Quarter, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and city tourism leaders announced the introduction of the large sightseeing buses, seen in New York, London, Paris and San Francisco.
The company City Sightseeing New Orleans will begin accepting passengers on its buses Thursday.
Riders can buy a day pass and hop on and off a bus at one of several different tourist attractions. The continuous loop includes stops at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, New Orleans Museum of Art, World War II Museum, as well as the Superdome, Audubon Zoo and Magazine Street shopping area.
Passes are available for one, two or three days. The one-day rate for adults is $40. Children are $30, and a family of 4 can ride for $125.
The company said it is bringing 36 full-time positions to the city with its new venture.