Discover the many wonders of San Francisco on this fun, flexible hop-on hop-off bus tour. Travel in an open-top double-decker and see stunning views of all the famous landmarks from Golden Gate Bridge to Fisherman’s Wharf and the picturesque “painted ladies” overlooking Alamo Square.
Relax and listen to your English-speaking guide or pop on headphones for an entertaining commentary in a choice of languages. The route has 20 stops, each one at a key point of interest. Jump on and off the bus at will to see the sights or to catch a bite to eat. It’s your call!
And that’s not all. Your super-value 48-hour bus ticket also includes free 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. Newcomers can also ask the guide to recommend eateries or good places to visit.
Explore the City by the Bay at your own pace with a fun, flexible Big Bus Tours - 48 hour Ticket. Your great-value package also includes three free walking tours, a panoramic night tour and the scenic Sausalito Loop.
From the vantage point of a double-decker bus you get great views of the stunning attractions of San Francisco, such as the Golden Gate Bridge.
While you take in the sights, an experienced guide will provide 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 all the sights at your leisure. There are 20 locations 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
With this flexible tour you can leave and re-board the buses at your own convenience within the 48-hour validity period of your ticket. Of course, you are also welcome to remain on the bus for the whole of the tour if you wish. The full loop takes 2.5 hours.
Visit the picturesque waterfront community of Sausalito. A short ride from the Golden Gate Bridge will take you down into the enchanted 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 off the bus. There are 3 stops: Bunker Road, Horseshoe Bay and Downtown Sausalito.San Francisco Night Tour:
The tour climbs historic Nob Hill for a close up view of magnificent Grace Cathedral before crossing the Bay Bridge for picturesque views of the city 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.
Free Walking Tours: A qualified guide will lead you on a delightful stroll through one of San Francisco's famous areas and provide special insights into the local history and culture.
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 Stop 6:00am 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 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 the haunt of the low and vile. Hear about San Francisco’s small beginnings, its boom-town growth (California Gold Rush) and the end of The Barbary Coast due to the Red Light Abatement Act.
Your guide will take you through the present Financial District allowing you to 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 Stop 4 and lasts for 1 hour.
My only complaint was on our last bus returning to the beginning point. There wasn't a guide and the driver appeared to be disinterested in those of us on the bus...Judith A. Miller
It's a great way to get around San Francisco. The tour guide Bobby was awesome! We were there for just two nights and it is a great way to see the city....Andrew Gordon Byard
I was staying just 3 days in San Francisco. The Big Bus stop by the best places or close too so you can hop off take pictures and wait for the other bus to pick you up. Guides...Erwin Vives Riollano
Ticket valid for 48 hours
Hop-on, Hop-off: Buses departs between 9:00am to 6:00pm; every 10-30 minutes.
Night Tour: Twice a day at 6:30pm & 7:30pm
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)
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
Duration: Ticket 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
The suggested starting point for the bus tour is the Visitor Center at 99 Jefferson Street in Fisherman's Wharf.
Alternatively, you can join the tour at any of the stops along the route
San Francisco Night Tour: Begins from 99 Jefferson Street Fisherman’s Wharf.
Sausalito Loop: Trolleys depart from Fisherman’s Wharf OR from Bunker Road.
Chinatown Walk: Starts at Stop 6: Union Square South
North Beach Walk: Starts at Stop 3
Barbary Coast Walk: Starts at Stop 4
Hop-on, Hop-off: You can leave the tour at any of the stops.
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.
The weather can change quickly. Please bring a warm sweater or a jacket and wear comfortable shoes. Don’t forget the camera!
You may board the bus at any stop. The voucher can be exchanged at any of the stops directly with the driver
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).
San Francisco is a functioning city and therefore political events, demonstrations and celebrations can disrupt the route at any time, especially during summer and at weekends.
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