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.
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.
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:
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.