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

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Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?


  • Duration

    2 days

    Night tour : 60 minutes

  • Start time

    Day Tour (Red Route): 10am - 5pm, every 15 minutes 

    Panoramic night tour (Blue route) : 6:30pm 

    Alcatraz: Tickets to be redeemed at Big Bus Information Center from 9am to 6:30pm

  • Meeting Point

    Hop-On, Hop-Off Day Tour: You can hop on at any of the stops (Stop # 1 - 99 Jefferson St)

    Panoramic bus tour: 99 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (corner of Jefferson and Mason Streets)

    Alcatraz Tickets:  Please redeem your e-tickets at our 99 Jefferson St Information Center

  • Ending Point

    You can hop off the bus at any of the stops

Key Highlights

  • Enjoy a hop-on, hop-off tour, visit Alcatraz, and discover San Francisco on a bike - the ultimate sightseeing experience
  • 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
  • Discover San Francisco all lit up on a panoramic night tour with fantastic photo ops
  • 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
  • Enjoy exclusive bike rental offer from Blazing Saddles and great deals from Players
  • Rent a bike for an hour and get another hour free!
  • Both printed and smartphone vouchers accepted!


Experience San Francisco with one of our most comprehensive packages treating you to the best of the City By The Bay - a Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on, Hop-off 2-Day ticket, a ticket to the infamous Alcatraz Island, a panoramic night tour, and a bonus 1-hour bike rental with the purchase of 1 hour!


The premium San Francisco hop-on, hop-off bus tour is the perfect way to explore the City by the Bay and gives you full flexibility to discover the stunning city at your own pace with fantastic views from the top deck of an open-top bus. Hop on and off as you wish to visit the attractions of your choice, while enjoying multilingual audio commentary in 10 languages on board. With 16 points of interest, hop on and off at attractions of your choice and enjoy San Francisco sightseeing at your own pace.

Attractions Covered

  • Golden Gate Bridge    
  • Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39
  • Palace of Fine Arts
  • Golden Gate Park
  • Haight/Ashbury
  • City Hall
  • Chinatown Gate
  • South Vista Point   
  • North Vista Point
  • Sausalito

…. And More!

Alcatraz Island:

Also known as 'The Rock', the federal prison once established on Alcatraz Island is synonymous with notorious bank robbers and murderers like Al Capone, 'Machine Gun' Kelly, and the 'Birdman of Alcatraz', Robert Stroud. Explore the infamous facility at your leisure, taking all the time you want, with their audio tours. Don’t miss the well-known "Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour" featuring prisoners and correctional officers from the prison. Your Alcatraz ticket includes a free return ferry transfer to and from Fisherman’s Wharf Pier 33.

Redemption Instruction: Please redeem your e-tickets at our 99 Jefferson St Information Center the day before (or up until 10:00am the day of) your Alcatraz visit. Photo ID is required for each adult in the group over the age of 18. Alcatraz tour times are considered confirmed tickets once a time has been allocated and cannot be changed. If you have any questions, please email 

Panoramic Night Tour:

Explore the dazzling city of San Francisco by night. Take in stunning views of the magnificent Grace Cathedral and the city below from the historic Nob Hill, cross the Bay Bridge for stunning views of the cityscape from Treasure Island, and continue along the  Embarcadero waterfront to enjoy views of the glittering Port of San Francisco.

Please note that the Panoramic Night Tour is not a hop-on, hop-off tour.

Bike Rental:

Bike your way through the city and enjoy San Francisco from a different perspective. Make your way through scenic parks, bike ways and ride across  the iconic Golden Gate Bridge on a self-guided tour. 


  • Premium 2-Day Hop-on Hop-off Big Bus Ticket 
  • Audio Commentary on the bus in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Cantonese
  • Admission to Alcatraz and return ferry transfers from Pier 33
  • Panoramic Night Tour
  • Bonus One Hour Bike Rental with the purchase of 1 Hour


  • Admission to attractions

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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!)

Validity: 12 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 of the hop-on, hop-off tour are subject to change. The latest map will be available on the bus.

After the booking, our team will get in touch with you to confirm your preferred Alcatraz tour date and time. This must be confirmed at least 10 days before your visit. Same day bookings are not available.

Photo ID is required for each adult in the group over the age of 18.

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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