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48 Hour San Francisco Big Bus Hop-On, Hop-Off Ticket & Alcatraz

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Duration: Your ticket is valid for 48 hours.
Hop-on, Hop-off: A full loop takes around 2.5 hours
Night Tour: Approx. 2 hours
Sausalito Loop: Approx. 30 minutes
Price per person
$99.00
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  • Included Alcatraz Ticket – which usually sell out months in advance!
  • Design your own itinerary with a range of great sightseeing tours
  • The hop-on, hop-off tour has 20 routes and covers all SFO’s highlights
  • Package includes walking tours, night tours and a Sausalito trolley tour
  • On-board commentary on all tours makes sure you don’t miss a thing

This magnificent combo shows off all of San Francisco's top sights and attractions in 2 days.

As well as all its other advantages, this super-value package guarantees your visit to Alcatraz, San Francisco′s top attraction, which often sells out weeks in advance. Cruise across the bay to the infamous prison known today as The Rock. Discover its grim and gritty history and get an insider’s view of the prison years from an excellent audio tour.

You can also ride an open top double-decker bus for 2 days, hopping on and off at over 20 stops around the city. While on the bus, relax and listen to your English-speaking guide or pop on headphones to hear an entertaining commentary in a choice of languages.

And there’s more! Your combo also includes free guided walking tours of three fascinating neighborhoods - Chinatown, North Beach and Barbary Coast – plus a 2-hour panoramic night tour and a delightful return trolley tour to charming Sausalito.

Whether it’s your first time in San Francisco or you have lived here all your life, you are guaranteed to discover something new and interesting.

When making a booking please select a date based on the day you would like to visit Alcatraz

Customer reviews

Very good experience. A well organized tour and would highly recommend it for a quick, well informed tour of the city....

William L Green Canada
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Easy as 1 2 3 and great service ! Thanks for everything !...

Hugo Morissette Canada
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Itinerary

Explore the City by the Bay with a super-value Big Bus Tours 48-Hour Bus Ticket & Alcatraz Combo. This great-value package includes a 48-hour hop-on, hop-off bus ticket, a 3-hour tour of Alcatraz Island, three walking tours, a 2-hour night tour and the 30-minute Sausalito Loop.

Big Bus Tours 48-Hour Bus Ticket:
From the vantage point of a double-decker bus you get great views of the stunning attractions of San Francisco.

While you take in the sights, an experienced guide provides you with an entertaining commentary in English. Or you can listen to a recorded commentary in a choice of 10 languages. The hop-on, hop-off facility lets you explore at your leisure. There are 20 stops where you can get off the bus to visit attractions and monuments.

Hop-on Hop-Off Stops Include:
1. Fisherman’s Wharf - Mason at Jefferson Street
2. Fisherman’s Wharf - Taylor at Beach Street
3. Washington Square - Columbus at Union Street, southwest corner
4. Financial District - Clay and Battery, northeast corner
5. Union Square, across from Macys
6. Hilton Hotel - Mason Street at corner of Ellis
7. Civic Center - Asian Art Museum, on Larkin Street
8. Fulton Street at Inn at the Opera on Fulton at Franklin Street
9. Alamo Square - Fell Street at the corner of Divisadero
10. Haight and Ashbury - Stanyan and Haight Street, across from McDonalds
11. Golden Gate Park - Music Concourse in front of the Academy of Sciences
12. Golden Gate Bridge - South Vista Point
13. Golden Gate Bridge - North Vista Point
14. Palace of Fine Arts - Richardson at Francisco Street
15. Lombard and Filmore Street, southwest corner
16. Lombard and Gough Street, southeast corner
17. Union Square - Post Street at Powell, in front of Westin St. Francis
18. Gates to Chinatown - Grant at Bush Street, in front of the Triton Hotel
19. Steuart Street, in front of Harbor Court Hotel
20. Pier 39

You can leave and re-board the bus at your own convenience within the 48-hour validity period of your ticket. Of course, you are also welcome to remain onboard for the whole tour if you wish. The full loop takes 2.5 hours.

Alcatraz:
You must be at the Visitor Center at Fisherman’s Wharf no later than 9:00am on the day you will be visiting Alcatraz. The date that you selected at time of purchase is the day that you will be visiting Alcatraz.

Note: Alcatraz ticket times will not be released until the day of the tour due to National Parks allocation.

The ferry to Alcatraz takes approximately 10-15 minutes. There are no formal guided tours of Alcatraz. Once you arrive on the Island, a brief presentation of the island's history and advice on touring the prison are given. You can see a gripping audio presentation, ‘Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cell house Tour’, featuring recordings of former inmates, prison guards and prison wardens.

It takes roughly 2 to 2 ½ hours to do the full Alcatraz tour (including the audio tour). Apart from the prison, you can see the historic lighthouse, early fortifications and reminders of the American Indian occupation that began after the prison closed. After exploring the Island you can catch a ferry back to Pier 33. Ferries leave around every 30 minutes.

San Francisco Night Tour:
The 2-hour Panoramic Night Tour of San Francisco begins at 7:00pm from 99 Jefferson Street in Fisherman's Wharf. It takes you through Union Street to the Presidio, where you can enjoy spectacular views of Golden Gate Bridge.

You’ll climb Nob Hill for a close up view of Grace Cathedral and cross Bay Bridge for picturesque views of the skyline from Treasure Island. Heading back into the city, the tour continues along the Embarcadero to view the glittering lights on the Port of San Francisco. The tour ends at Fisherman’s Wharf or you can arrange to be dropped off at Union Square.

Sausalito Loop:
Visit the picturesque waterfront community of Sausalito. A short ride from the Golden Gate Bridge will take you down into the enchanting seaside village.

Trolleys depart from Fisherman’s Wharf at 9:00am, 9:30am, 9:45am, and from Bunker Road 10:00am to 6:00pm. The day tour connects to the Sausalito loop at Bunker Road (right after Stop 13 at North Vista Point).

Discover distinctive boutiques, wide selection of restaurants and cafes, and unique art galleries. Dine with spectacular views of the bay, relax in the park, or explore the narrow streets in the hills of this quaint Mediterranean-style town.

The full loop takes 30-minutes if you do not get down from the bus. There are 3 stops: Bunker Road, Horseshoe Bay and Downtown Sausalito.

Free Walking Tours:

Chinatown Walk:
Hop off the bus at Union Square South for a guided walk through the world famous San Francisco Chinatown. See the magnificent gates, the busy marketplace and the vibrant mix of historical and modern day culture. You will be shown the best places for authentic Chinese tea, dim sum, herbs and the fascinating fortune cookie factory.

The Chinatown walk starts at Bus Stop 6: Union Square South and is available twice a day at 11.00am and 3.00pm. The walk lasts approximately 1.5 hours and finishes at North Beach, Little Italy.

North Beach Walk:
Join us at North Beach, Little Italy for a historic tour of San Francisco’s eclectic North Beach district. This guided journey through Little Italy will open your eyes to the splendor of Washington Square, the incredible St Peter and Paul Church, and will provide a taste of the bohemian lifestyle that inspired so many gifted San Franciscans of previous generations.

The North Beach walk starts at Bus Stop 3 and is available twice a day: at 12:30pm and 4:30pm. The walk lasts approximately 1 hour and finishes at Washington Square.

Barbary Coast Walk:
Enjoy a walk through what used to be San Francisco’s notorious Barbary Coast. The tour takes you through a nine-block radius of what was once a center for crime and vice. Hear about San Francisco’s small beginnings, the California Gold Rush and the end of The Barbary Coast due to the Red Light Abatement Act.

Walk through the present Financial District and see remnants of the past such as an old ship mast, passageways used for Shanghaiing and the hang outs of famous literary writers Mark Twain, Jack London, Ambrose Bierce, and Frank Norris.

The walk starts and finishes at Bus Stop 4 and lasts for 1 hour.

Please note
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all details.

Customers must be at the Visitor Center by no later than 9:00am on the day you will be visiting Alcatraz. The date that you selected at time of purchase is the day that you will be visiting Alcatraz. Alcatraz ticket times will not be released until the day of the tour due to National Parks allocation.

The activities that are included can be done over multiple days (up to 4 days). For example you could take 2 days to use the 48 hour bus ticket, then go to Alcatraz on the 3rd day and do the walking tours on the 4th day.

A Child Ticket should be purchased for anyone aged 5-15 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Children under the age of 5 may travel free of charge as long as they are accompanied by a dedicated adult (1 adult to 1 child).
Inclusions
  • Transportation in an open-top double-decker bus
  • 48-hour bus ticket (unlimited use during operational hours)
  • English-speaking guide
  • Recorded commentary in 10 languages (English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese)
  • 2-hour night tour (English commentary only)
  • 30-minute Sausalito tour (English commentary only)
  • 3-hour Alcatraz Tour
  • 3 free walking tours (approx 1 hour each) of Chinatown, North Beach, and the Barbary Coast respectively
Exclusions
  • Meals and Beverages
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
Daily
Duration
Your ticket is valid for 48 hours.
Hop-on, Hop-off: A full loop takes around 2.5 hours
Night Tour: Approx. 2 hours
Sausalito Loop: Approx. 30 minutes
Start time
Hop-on, Hop-off: Buses departs between 9:00am to 6:00pm; every 10-30 minutes.
Night Tour: 6:30pm & 7:30pm
Chinatown Walk: Twice a day at 11:00am and 3:00pm
North Beach Walk: Twice a day at 12:30pm and 4:30pm
Barbary Coast Walk: Twice a day at 12:00pm and 4:00pm
Sausalito Loop: Trolleys depart from Fisherman’s Wharf at 9:00am, 9:30am, 9:45am, and from Bunker Road at 10:00am. After that they depart every 30 minutes from Bunker Road till 6.00pm (the last trolley of the day)
Meeting point
On the day of the tour you must make your way to the visitor center at 99 Jefferson Street, Fisherman's Wharf. Here you will receive your Alcatraz tickets and find out your time slot.
The suggested starting point for the bus tour is the same visitor center but you may join the tour at any of the stops along the route.
Chinatown Walk: Starts at Stop 6: Union Square South
North Beach Walk: Starts at Stop 3
Barbary Coast Walk: Starts at Stop 4
Ending point
Hop-on, Hop-off: You can leave the at any of the stops.
Alcatraz: Finishes at Fisherman’s Wharf.
Chinatown Walk: Finishes at North Beach, Little Italy.
North Beach Walk: Finishes at Washington Square
Barbary Coast Walk: Finishes at Stop 4
Night Tour: Ends at 99 Jefferson Street Fisherman’s Wharf or Union Square.
Sale price
$123.23
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Additional information
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
Dos & Don'ts
The weather can change quickly. Please bring a warm sweater or a jacket and wear comfortable shoes. Don’t forget the camera!

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