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

  • When does it run?

    Hop-on, hop-off tour and panoramic night tour: Fri-Mon

    Alcatraz Island: Daily

  • Start time

    Hop-on, hop-off tour: 10am - 5pm, every 60 minutes (Day Tour)

    Panoramic night tour: 6:30pm

    Alcatraz Ferries run from 8:45am onwards, every 30 minutes

  • Duration

    1 day

Inclusions
  • Premium One Day Hop-on Hop-off Big Bus Ticket Admission to Alcatraz and return ferry transfers from Pier 33Panoramic Night TourBonus One Hour Bike Rental with the purchase of 1 Hour

Key Highlights

  • Create your own customized San Francisco itinerary with this comprehensive package
  • Visit the notorious island of Alcatraz, the federal prison that had been home to Al Capone
  • Enjoy exclusive bike rental offer from Blazing Saddles and great deals from Players
  • Explore the city across 2 bus routes and over 15 stops
  • Marvel at the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and historic Sausalito

Overview

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 1-Day ticket, a ticket to the infamous Alcatraz Island, a panoramic night tour, a bonus 1-hour bike rental with the purchase of 1 hour, and a walking tour around the historic Chinatown. 

HOP-ON, HOP-OFF BUS - 1 Day

The premium San Francisco hop-on, hop-off bus tour is the perfect way to explore the City by the Bay for a day 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.
NOTE: Once you have booked your tickets, you’ll need to email our local activity partner with your name and other details at least 5 day in advance to confirm your tour date.
The exact time for departure will be confirmed 4 - 5 days before the confirmed travel date.

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 on a Deluxe or Hybrid bicycle 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. 

About the Supplier: One of the largest operators of open-top sightseeing bus tours, Big Bus Tours have been fueling the spirit of adventure in over 20 cities across four continents.

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Hop-on, hop-off tour and panoramic night tour: Fri-Mon

    Alcatraz Island: Daily

  • Duration

    1 day

  • Start time

    Hop-on, hop-off tour: 10am - 5pm, every 60 minutes (Day Tour)

    Panoramic night tour: 6:30pm

    Alcatraz Ferries run from 8:45am onwards, every 30 minutes

  • Meeting Point

    Day Tour: You can hop on at any of the stops

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

    Alcatraz Tickets:  Collect your tickets 1 or 2 days before your travel date from Big Bus Tours Fisherman's Wharf Visitor Center, 99 Jefferson Street.

    Alcatraz Ferries: Make your way to Pier 33.

    Please note that there will be no night tour on 24 and 31 Dec.

  • Ending Point

    You can hop off the bus at any of the stops

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions

  • Premium One Day Hop-on Hop-off Big Bus Ticket Admission to Alcatraz and return ferry transfers from Pier 33Panoramic Night TourBonus One Hour Bike Rental with the purchase of 1 Hour

Useful downloads

Please note

Voucher Type: Mobile (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.

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.

YOUR ALCATRAZ TOUR IS NOT CONFIRMED UNTIL YOU DO THIS

• In order to expedite and complete your Alcatraz reservation, Big Bus Tours requires the name of all guests on this reservation.

YOU MUST provide Big Bus Tours with this information at least 7 days prior to your tour date. Contact Big Bus Tours directly

at 1-855-854-8687 or email alcatraz@bigbustours.com, with the first and last names of all guests. Failure to provide all

customer names may result in your tour being cancelled.

• Your Alcatraz departure time will be available to you 4 days prior to the tour date. No Exceptions. Contact Big Bus Tours

directly at 1-855-854-8687 or alcatraz@bigbustours.com to confirm your Alcatraz departure time.

• To receive your Alcatraz Ticket you MUST CHECK IN at the Big Bus Tour Office at least one day prior to your Alcatraz tour date

or before 9:00am on the date of your Alcatraz tour. Big Bus will provide you with your hop-on hop-off tickets as well as an

Alcatraz voucher that must be redeemed at Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing.

Big Bus Tour Office is located in Fishermans Wharf at 99 Jefferson Street, San Francisco CA 94133 – at the corner of Mason Street.

Please note that all passengers over 18 years of age must have a government issued photo ID to access Alcatraz Island. If you fail

to check in at the Big Bus Tour Office and miss your Alcatraz departure – no refunds will be issued. Big Bus Tour Office is Open

Daily from 8:00am – 8:00pm. Customer Service: 1-855-854-8687 / 1-415-433-1657. Email: alcatraz@bigbustours.com

ALCATRAZ TICKETS - Important Information: Once you have booked your tickets, you’ll need to email our local activity partner with your name and details (Alcatraz@bigbustours.com) at least 5 days in advance to confirm your tour date.


Customer Reviews

  • Very good tour experience
    Emmanuele Bucci, Luxembourg 05/29/2017
  • Brian Cosgrove, United States 12/22/2016
  • Imperdível! !!
    EDMO JUNIOR, Brazil 10/25/2016

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