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Big Bus San Francisco: Hop-On, Hop-Off and Alcatraz Ticket

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Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?


  • Duration

    Hop-on, hop-off: 2 days

    Chinatown walking tour: 60 minutes

  • Start time

    Red route (day tour): 10 am - 5 pm, every 15 min

    Chinatown Walking Tour: 1 pm

  • Meeting Point

    Hop-On, Hop-Off Day Tour: Board the bus at any of the designated stops. The first stop is Big Bus Tours Fisherman's Wharf Visitors' Center.

    Chinatown Walking Tour: Make your way to Stop 2(North Beach/Washington Sq.)

    Alcatraz Tickets:  Please redeem your e-tickets at our 99 Jefferson St Information Center the day before (or up until 10 am the day of) your Alcatraz visit.

  • Ending Point

    You can hop off the bus at any of the stops

Key Highlights

  • Create your own customized San Francisco itinerary with this comprehensive package
  • Hop on and off at well-placed stops to visit attractions of your choice
  • Choose between a 1-hour bike rental or admission to the USS Pampanito
  • Enjoy a walking tour of the world-famous historic neighborhood of Chinatown
  • Visit the notorious island of Alcatraz, the federal prison that had been home to Al Capone
  • Return ferry transfers for Alcatraz included in the price of the ticket
  • Both printed and smartphone vouchers accepted!


Experience the best of San Francisco with the Big Bus Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour! Hop on and off as you wish and personalize your sightseeing experience by visiting the attractions of your choice over 2 days. While you take in the sights, you can listen to a recorded commentary in multiple languages.

Also included with the ticket is a Chinatown Walking Tour and 1-hour Bike Rental OR USS Pampanito General Admission


  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Treasure Island
  • Fishermen's Chapel
  • Palace of Fine Arts
  • Union Square
  • Chinatown
  • Washington Square
  • North Beach, Little Italy

Chinatown Walking Tour: Discover the biggest and oldest Asian Chinatowns in San Francisco with an expert guide and admire the stunning Chinatown gates, the bustling market, and more.

USS Pampanito or Blazing Saddles: Choose either Blazing Saddles bike hire or admission to the USS Pampanito. Learn about the historic World War II submarine or cycle across San Francisco's stunning waterfront, across the Golden Gate Bridge, and into Sausalito.

Visit the notorious Alcatraz with return ferry transfers from Pier 33, included in the package. A national historic landmark and one of the most sought-out (and sold-out) attractions in the San Francisco Bay Area, Alcatraz is a former federal prison that held famous criminals Al “Scarface” Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly.


  • 2-day hop-on, hop-off ticket
  • Pre-recorded commentary on the bus in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Cantonese
  • Bike Rental or USS Pampanito admission
  • Chinatown Walking Tour
  • Admission to Alcatraz and return ferry transfers from Pier 33


  • Admission to attractions (unless specified)

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Please note

Voucher information: You can show your voucher on your smartphone (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!)

For Alcatraz visit, please redeem your e-tickets at our 99 Jefferson St Information Center the day before (or up until 10:00 am the day of) your Alcatraz visit. A photo ID is required for each adult in the group over the age of 18.

Validity: 6 months from the date chosen at the time of booking

Wheelchair accessibility: Yes

San Francisco is a functioning city and weather; traffic and events may occasionally cause disruption.

Timings and stops are subject to change. The updated map will be available once you board the bus.

Instructions for Alcatraz: Please email all details like booking confirmation number, preferred Alcatraz tour date, lead guest name, and names for all other guests included in the booking (and ages if they are under 18) to us at This must be confirmed at least 11 days in advance of your visit. Same-day bookings are not available. Alcatraz tour times are considered confirmed tickets once a time has been allocated and cannot be changed.

Customer Reviews

  • Emmanuele Bucci
    Very good tour experience


    Luxembourg 05/29/2017
  • Brian Cosgrove

    Excellent few days and the staff were great fun and informative...

    United States 12/22/2016
    Imperdível! !!

    Passeio imperdível a ilha de Alcatraz com guia em português no headset. Tour muito bem organizado no pier, depois na ilga, fica por sua conta, mas é um tour que realmente...

    Brazil 10/25/2016

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