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Big Bus San Francisco: 1 Day Hop On Hop Off Tour Including Three Walking Tours

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Key Highlights

  • The perfect introduction to the City by the Bay
  • Create your own customized San Francisco sightseeing itinerary
  • This super-value combo includes 20 great stops
  • Frequent departures so you don′t waste time waiting for buses
  • Bonus of three FREE walking tours
  • On-board commentary makes sure you don′t miss a thing
  • Stunning views and photo-opportunities
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    Your ticket is valid for 1 day

    Start time

    Operating Hours:
    Hop-on, Hop-off: Buses departs between 9:00am to 6:00pm; every 10-30 minutes.
    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: Your ticket is valid for 1 Day.
    A full loop of the bus takes around 2.5 hours

    Meeting Point

    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
    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 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


    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 to hear 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 whim to see the sights or to catch a bite to eat. It’s your call!

    Your super-value 1 Day bus ticket also includes free walking tours of three of fascinating neighborhoods: Chinatown, North Beach and Barbary Coast.

    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 restaurants and bars or good places to visit.

    Download the tour route map


    Explore the City by the Bay at your own pace with a fun, flexible Big Bus San Francisco 1 day Ticket. Your great-value package also includes three free walking tours.

    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 Includes:
    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 1 Day validity period of your ticket. Of course, you are welcome to remain on the bus for the whole of the tour if you wish. The full loop takes 2.5 hours.

    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.

    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 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 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.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Transportation in an open-top double-decker bus
    • 1 day 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)
    • 3 Free walking tours of San Francisco neighborhoods including Chinatown, North Beach, and the Barbary Coast


    • Meals and Beverages
    • Admission to attractions
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    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.

    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
    • Great way to see the city especially if you are a solo traveller and you get to cross the golden gate bridge which was amazing, Great audio and live commentary. Guides were...

      Marianne McGee, Canada, 11/Apr/2017
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      Smitha Prasad, , 22/Mar/2017
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      I just missed the three walking tours. But all in all it was an awesome bus ride and I had some really funny tour guides on the bus (But I can not remember their names; Marilyn...

      Samantha Lind, United States, 04/May/2017
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