If you've ever fancied seeing the big city sights from the upper level of a double-decker bus, you won't have to make a trip across the pond to do so. This iconic way to travel was once limited primarily to the United Kingdom, but double-decker buses now provide a unique vantage point to see the sights in Dallas, Texas. You won't see double-deckers on regular bus lines in the Big D, but you can enjoy this mode of getting around on charter, private and public tours.
Go Three Sheets
Three Sheets Neighborhood Sports Bar maintains its own red double-decker bus, shuttling patrons from Uptown to Ross Avenue three nights per week. The bus has a regular shuttle route promoting Three Sheets and other Uptown pubs and eateries. Rent the bus for private parties, pub crawls or personal tours of the city. An authentic London phone booth outside the Three Sheets establishment marks the bus stop at its private parking lot in Uptown.
Riding Old Bristol
Three Sheets' double-decker bus is a 1955 Bristol Lodekka that rises more than 13 feet off the ground. The bus is fully modernized and is equipped with a state-of-the-art sound system to promote the party atmosphere. The bus hails from across the pond where it had enjoyed a lengthy career on the Isle of Wight, running up to 900,000 miles before coming into service for Three Sheets. The interior was restored and modern touches like a karaoke system and TV screens added, although you'll still find the driver's seat on the "wrong" side of the bus.
Ride the Megabus
Ride from Dallas to Houston and back again on a modern double-decker bus managed by Megabus. The bus departs from the DART East Transfer Center several times daily headed for the state's largest city. Tour Houston by double-decker bus on Houston City Tours' hop-on, hop-off city tour where you start the tour of any of six stops that include Market Square Park, the Houston Visitors Center, Hermann Park, the Downtown Aquarium, George R. Brown Convention Center and the Museum District. Stay overnight and return to Dallas in the morning by Megabus, or jump on the 5 p.m. bus to return to Dallas the same day.
Wear Your Black Tie
Charter a 45-foot Euro double-decker bus from Black Tie Limousine and let your professional chauffer take you and up to 79 of your friends on a VIP tour of the city. The bus is an ideal way to celebrate bachelor or bachelorette events, retirement parties, see Christmas lights or beat the traffic to a concert or sporting event. Enjoy VIP club access, dinner reservations or event packages on your personalized tour of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.