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Top Deck Views, Double-Decker Bus — Photo Collection
Views from open-top, double-decker busses in Europe and the United States
The top deck of open-top, double-decker tour buses provide a unique perspective of the architecture and environment. The photos in this collection were shot in Paris, London, Oxford, Windsor, New York City, Washington DC and San Francisco.
Photographing historic buildings, museums and other architecture can be difficult in a busy urban environment and being above street level with an unobstructed view helps tremendously. I like to begin a visit to a new city by taking advantage of the raised platform provided by open-top' double-decker bus tours. Perspective is also improved being a little closer to the vertical center of structures.
Bus tours in many larger cities are typically variations on hop-on, hop-off style tours with a one, two or more day time limit. Some cities have multiple loops with combination tickets available. It is an inexpensive way to sightsee.
My typical strategy is to start early to get a good seat, complete the loop on one side of the bus then switch to the other side to catch the shots I missed the first time around. As the sun gets higher in the sky I'll hop-off to focus on specific attractions, get ground level and interior photos and to eat. Toward sunset when the sun is lower in the sky I may hop back on and repeat the loop having a pretty good idea where I'll find the best light from the morning experience, or I might just hop-off at a good sunset location.
Images are typically cropped to remove the bus, if present, but I've included a few to give a better understanding of the situation. Many more of my “Top Deck” photos can be viewed in the individual destination sections.
Top Deck, Double-Decker Bus photos in Paris, France
View of Notre Dame from bus top height.
This Paris fountain view is only possible from above the cars and fence.
Another over the fence, elevated view. The Eiffel Tower.
Top Deck, Double-Decker Bus photos in London, UK
Approaching Westminster Abbey on the open-top, double-decker bus.
One of the lions at the base of Lord Nelson’s statue in Trafalgar Square.
St. Paul’s Cathedral elevated view from the middle of the street.
The Royal Exchange in The City of London.
Top Deck, Double-Decker Bus photo in Oxford UK
Tourist on a double-decker bus have a birds-eye-view of sculptures around the Sheldonian Theatre, a building in Oxford UK designed by Christopher Wren. Photo shot from another bus.
Top Deck, Double-Decker Bus photos in Windsor UK
The double-decker bus at Windsor Castle pauses so that tourists can view the changing of the guards.
Changing of the guards at Windsor Castle view from top deck.
Top Deck, Double-Decker Bus photos in New York City, NY
Architectural detail, as on this building in NYC, are often easier to see from the top deck.
Multiple loops and multiple combinations of attractions plus double-decker bus tours are available in NYC.