3 Double Decker Bus Tours You Should Take in Buffalo This Summer, Including a Murder Mystery

Tours & Walks


Written by SOB Creative

Published on June 18, 2018

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Can we all agree touring around town is way more fun when you’re on a double-decker bus? The Double Decker Bus where these tours are held was born in England and is the first of its kind in Buffalo. The list of famous riders is long and may or may not include Harry Potter, James Bond, and Queen Elizabeth. Allegedly.

We think it’s about time you explore the best the city offers aboard a double-decker bus tour. Don’t you? Buffalo Double Decker Bus tours are unique because they are created by a local historian and stand-up comic.  They are designed to entertain, not to educate—if you learn something, it’s your own fault:



Old and New Buffalo Tour

Cost: $20

Tour Length: 90 minutes

Buffalo’s journey is epic. And that’s what this tour is all about. You get the best of both worlds – you’ll learn about the secrets of Buffalo’s past and experience the excitement of Buffalo’s inspiring future. From exploring the mansions of the rich and famous to discovering the secrets of the Buffalo Asylum for the Insane, this tour covers a range of topics.  The tour is hosted by a costumed guide who channels Louise Bethune, the world’s first female architect and designer of the Hotel Lafayette.


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Best of Buffalo Tour

Cost: $25

Tour Length: 2 hours

Do you know how Buffalo got its name? You’ll find out on this tour, hear the stories of the men and women who made our city, and prepare yourself because these tales get kinda cray, exploring Buffalo’s notorious vice-ridden Canal District. Example: Did you know booze and a Buffalo dentist helped create the electric chair? True story. You can expect to hear this story and more shocking stories during this one.  This tour is hosted by Officer O’Connor, an Irish cop who has been patrolling Buffalo since 1860.


Murder Mystery Tour

Cost: $30

Tour Length: 2.5 hours

21+ Only

FYI: The only place in the world to solve a murder mystery aboard a double-decker bus is here in Buffalo, NY. These events invite you to solve a murder mystery while visiting three distinctive tavern venues throughout Buffalo. Whether you’re aboard the bus or in a tavern (such as the Swannie House, Flying Bison Brewery or Barrel Factory Distillery) you’re engaged by costumed characters who entertain you with improvisational acting skills. There’s a reason why Yahoo’s Trip Advisor named this the #1 Night Time Activty in Buffalo—it combines a death, drinking, and a double-decker bus.

Be advised these events typically sell out, so reserve tickets early; also note this is for 21 and over.

Basically, if you like boozing and super sleuthing, these tours are made for you. Fridays and Saturdays are the time to book this bus ticket. We hear it’s a killer time.


Buffalo Double Decker Bus


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