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24 Hour San Francisco Big Bus Hop-On, Hop-Off Ticket, Cruise & Aquarium Ticket

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Key Highlights

  • Design your own itinerary with a range of great sightseeing tours
  • Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge with your bay cruise ticket
  • The hop-on, hop-off tour has 20 stops and covers all SFO’s highlights
  • Meet denizens of the deep at San Francisco′s magnificent Aquarium
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    Your ticket is valid for 24 hours.

    Start time

    Operating Hours:
    Hop-on, Hop-off: Buses departs between 9:00am to 6:00pm; every 10-30 minutes.
    Aquarium Hours: Between 9:00am to 8:00pm (summer); 9:00am to 7:00pm (winter)
    Bay Cruise: Between 9:00am to 6:00pm
    Hop-on, Hop-off: A full loop takes around 2.5 hours

    Meeting Point

    All activity tickets must be redeemed at the Visitor Center at 99 Jefferson Street in Fisherman's Wharf. The start points for the tours are located very close to the visitor centre

    Ending Point

    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

  • Overview & Itinerary


    The Wharf Explorer combo is your ticket to unforgettable adventures by land and water around San Francisco Bay!

    Ride an open-top double-decker bus, hopping on and off at over 20 stops around the city to see the sights. While on the bus, relax and listen to your English-speaking guide or pop on headphones for entertaining commentary in a choice of languages.

    Take a relaxing cruise on San Francisco Bay. See splendid views of the city skyline, Alcatraz Island, North Beach and Marin Headlands. Have your camera ready for the magnificent photo opportunities as you pass right under the Golden Gate Bridge.

    View amazing sea creatures from otters to octopuses at the acclaimed San Francisco Aquarium. Get up close and personal with leopard sharks and bat rays. Admire the Bay’s most colorful animals from the bright orange Garibaldi to the green Moray Eel.

    And there’s more! Your combo also includes free guided walking tours of three fascinating neighborhoods - Chinatown, North Beach and Barbary Coast.

    Download the tour route map


    Enjoy hours of fun with the Big Bus Tours 24-Hour Bus Ticket & Wharf Explorer combo ticket. This great-value package includes a 24-hour hop-on, hop-off bus ticket, a visit to the Aquarium of the Bay, a 1.5 hour Bay Cruise and three free walking tours.

    Big Bus Tours 24-Hour Bus Ticket:
    From the vantage point of a double-decker bus you get fantastic views of the stunning attractions of San Francisco.

    While you take in the sights, an experienced guide provides an entertaining commentary in English. Or you can listen to a recorded narration 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 24-hour validity period. Of course, you are also welcome to remain onboard for the full 2.5 hour loop if you wish.

    Bay Cruise:
    Depart from historic Fisherman’s Wharf. Sail past the San Francisco skyline, lively North Beach and the lush hillsides of the Presidio. Look up in awe as you pass under the 4,200 foot span of the 746-foot tall Golden Gate Bridge. Returning to the Bay, see the Marin Headlands and Sausalito. Cruise around Alcatraz Island before the barking sea lions welcome you back to Fisherman’s Wharf, where the cruise ends.

    Aquarium of the Bay:
    Visit Aquarium of the Bay at Pier 39. Stroll through 300 feet of crystal clear tunnels featuring more 20,000 marine animals from San Francisco Bay and nearby waters.

    Encounter leopard sharks, bat rays, sea stars and a variety of tide pool animals at the Touch Pools – find out if the creatures are scaly or squishy! Have an “otterly” amazing time watching playful North American river otters! Meet the “Bay babies”, from newly hatched skates to juvenile perch and other fish.

    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 North Beach district. See the splendor of Washington Square and the incredible St Peter and Paul Church. Get 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, once renowned 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.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Transportation in an open-top double-decker bus
    • 24-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)
    • Aquarium (1.5 hours)
    • 1.5 hour Bay Cruise
    • 3 free walking tours (approx 1 hour each) of Chinatown, North Beach, and the Barbary Coast


    • Meals and Beverages
    • Entrance to attractions (except Aquarium)
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    The activities that are included can be done over multiple days (up to 2 days).

    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.

    Voucher information : You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    Additional info

    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.
  • Reviews
    • Awesome

      Exceded my expectations...

      Edgar Villegas, United States, 31/Aug/2015
    • Big bus tour

      Enjoyed the hop on hop off tour, guides were informative and friendly. Some buses had audio tour in different languages via headphones. Best way to see the sights of the city...

      Kimberly A. Garrett, United States, 03/Sep/2016
    • Awesome experience, awesome prices

      Hop on hop off is great tie up with Big Bus, lots of places to see in San Francisco, added cruise was amazing ride to the golden gate and around Alcatraz..enjoyed my 2 days....

      Mukand Singh Musan, United States, 01/Dec/2015
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