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Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour provided by BigBus Chicago

Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
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Tour snapshot
A hop-on hop-off tour of downtown Chicago makes sightseeing easy 
Duration:
2h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    2h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Known as a world-famous hub for architecture, art, and politics, the lakeside city of Chicago has a wealth of must-see sights. Know exactly where to go in the Windy City on this hop-on, hop-off bus tour, complete with several stops covering everything from the famous Thorne Miniature Rooms in the Art Institute to the Adler Planetarium. Plus, this hop-on-hop-off tour means you can take charge of your own sightseeing itinerary.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Hop off and get back on as many times as you wish
  • Audio commentary provides important historical context 
  • See highlights including the Millennium Park, the Magnificent Mile, and Grant Park
What to expect
  • Hop on the double-decker bus at any of the designated stops to begin your tour. Pop on the earphones provided to listen to audio commentary on the history of the Windy City, from its iconic architecture to the life and times of famous Chicago residents like Al Capone. You have your pick of sights such as Willis Tower, with panoramic views of four different states, the Field Museum, home of world-class history exhibits, or Navy Pier, where you can grab some cotton candy and take a ride on a classic Ferris wheel. And make sure to enjoy the bus ride. You cross the Chicago River and get a front-row view of the Magnificent Mile, with its historic waterfront and luxury retail stores. Don’t forget to save time for the Impressionist masterworks at the Art Institute of Chicago. An insider's tip: duck into the lower-level to see the astonishing detail in the Thorne Miniature Rooms.  The night tour includes views of Chicago's dazzling skyscrapers lit up for the night.  Note, this is not hop-on, hop-off. 
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Hop off and get back on as many times as you wish
  • Audio commentary provides important historical context 
  • See highlights including the Millennium Park, the Magnificent Mile, and Grant Park
What to expect
  • Hop on the double-decker bus at any of the designated stops to begin your tour. Pop on the earphones provided to listen to audio commentary on the history of the Windy City, from its iconic architecture to the life and times of famous Chicago residents like Al Capone. You have your pick of sights such as Willis Tower, with panoramic views of four different states, the Field Museum, home of world-class history exhibits, or Navy Pier, where you can grab some cotton candy and take a ride on a classic Ferris wheel. And make sure to enjoy the bus ride. You cross the Chicago River and get a front-row view of the Magnificent Mile, with its historic waterfront and luxury retail stores. Don’t forget to save time for the Impressionist masterworks at the Art Institute of Chicago. An insider's tip: duck into the lower-level to see the astonishing detail in the Thorne Miniature Rooms.  The night tour includes views of Chicago's dazzling skyscrapers lit up for the night.  Note, this is not hop-on, hop-off. 
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5096CHICAGO
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Hop-on, Hop-off, Open-top, Sightseeing Bus Tour
  • Audio Guide
  • Live Bus Tracking
  • 7.30pm Non Stop Panoramic Night Tour included with Deluxe only (1st May - 31st October 2021)
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Please note Deluxe Inclusion - Non Stop Panoramic Night Tour only runs 1st May - 31st October 2021
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • Location Name: You may board at any of the 14 stops Night Tour starts at Navy Pier Location Address: Classic, Premium or Deluxe Ticket You may board at any of the 14 stops Night Tour Begins at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Classic 1-day tickets will be valid for same day use. Tickets claimed after 2 pm will be valid for the next calendar day.
  • Redeem vouchers at any Big Bus hop-on hop-off points
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Inclusions
  • Hop-on, Hop-off, Open-top, Sightseeing Bus Tour
  • Audio Guide
  • Live Bus Tracking
  • 7.30pm Non Stop Panoramic Night Tour included with Deluxe only (1st May - 31st October 2021)
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Please note Deluxe Inclusion - Non Stop Panoramic Night Tour only runs 1st May - 31st October 2021
Departure details
  • Location Name: You may board at any of the 14 stops Night Tour starts at Navy Pier Location Address: Classic, Premium or Deluxe Ticket You may board at any of the 14 stops Night Tour Begins at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Classic 1-day tickets will be valid for same day use. Tickets claimed after 2 pm will be valid for the next calendar day.
  • Redeem vouchers at any Big Bus hop-on hop-off points
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 15 Jun 2021
A note from Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Customers are advised to download the Big Bus app to find out more about our new health and safety measures and for real-time bus tracking information. Alternatively please visit the Big Bus website.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Popular mentions

4.0
676 reviews
Excellent
410
Very good
133
Average
55
Poor
29
Terrible
49

SheTravels
2 contributions
Jan 2022
Brandon was the best tour guide! He was funny and personable and made the tour of the city that much better! The manager Bungy was also so nice and was able to help me get to the next bus. The ride overall is 2 hours if you dont hop off. They stop at all the tourist spots and run every hour. It was one of the highlights of my trip.
Written 20 January 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

1TravelingWoman
Davie233 contributions
Dec 2021
The stops are hard to locate. I did not find the one for which I was looking on one day. But the next day I searched for a stop that was close to my hotel and lucked up when I saw the sign by a curb. The tour takes you all around to key tourist spots in and around downtown Chicago. The ability to get on and off any number of 12 stops for 1-fare is a bargain.
Written 20 December 2021
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Lula P
1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Friends
Ridiculous wait times. Stops not marked. Rude drivers. Never answered calls nor texts until the next day (too late)
Written 17 December 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Anyssa W
1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Couples
Dexter was a manager he was an amazing person our driver Anton gave the best tour with comments was very informative
Written 7 December 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

rolantrip
Santo Domingo Province, Dominican Republic80 contributions
Nov 2021
This tour passes through the most important sites in the city (the river, Michigan Avenue, the navy pier, the observatory, etc). It is a tour that I recommend to anyone who wants to better enjoy the city or is just discovering it. the stops are well signposted and the staff is very friendly.
Something to improve, the guide in Spanish is not very complete and has long moments of music without describing the sites visited. I recommend 100% this experience is really enjoyed if the day is not very cold.
Written 30 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

CliveV - The Galloping Glutton
Cape Town Central, South Africa402 contributions
Nov 2021
I had a major problem with this company.
I tried to book a tcket online, however the site kept on 'falling over'.
I telephoned but the phone just rang.
I walked to one of their hop-on-hop-off sites but was told that I would have to go to their main office downtown.
I tried on their site again but had the same problem. I finally managed to get hold of someone on a chat window and explained the problem.
He stated that they knew there was a problem but I could go to their main office and book there.
He gave me basic instructions but I simply was unable to find them. After wondering around for 20 minutes I simply gave up and did a walking tour.
Written 30 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Borja
Province of Castellon, Spain6 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
The only positive thing about the tour was that the bus was covered, so we didn’t have to die from cold, and the audio had several languages available.
Things to improve: the bus driver was singing and speaking very loudly during the tour, so it was very hard to hear the audio with the headphones they give you (so bring good headphones with noise reduction in case you come). Also, they didn’t let us finish any of the audio clips. They kept skipping them so we didn’t fully understand any of the explanations.
Written 26 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Paige Smith
6 contributions
We always take a Bug Bus Tour as soon as we get to a new city! The tour gives great information as well as giving a solid “lay of the land” before we start exploring on our own. The tour is very informative and covered all of the major attractions! We love the Bug Bus Tour!
Written 24 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

angietbroadhead
South Jordan, UT1 contribution
Such a great way to see the city and cheap transportation to places you want to visit. Love hearing all the history! Great city!
Written 7 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

RD
Santa Clarita, United States5 contributions
Locations are nice but they need to run more buses. We were on one bus that stopped at the State Street loop and were told that we had to wait until 12 noon a 20 minute wait to continue.

There was no explanation of why we had to wait.
Written 5 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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By: BigBus Chicago
Discover180401
Discover180401
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Very good
We did the night bus tour. William Field was our driver and narrator. He was on point with every land mark. It w
Bri2312
Bri2312
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Arrive Early to check in for tour
I suggest you check in between 645-7 for the Tour. We arrived around 650 to check in. I had pre-ordered our tickets
Cynthia T
Cynthia T
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Pretty cool night tour
When we arrived at Navy Pier, it was chilly and raining. The Big Bus representative allowed us to board the bus and
AndrewD4308
AndrewD4308
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Robbed
Never have I experienced such a painful & tortuous recorded narrative. Totally spoilt the experience and could not
adamrT4388SK
adamrT4388SK
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Overall good experience
Took the night tour it was quiet good the tour guide was informative. Highlight is the Brooklyn bridge crossing. W
AmyC201529
AmyC201529
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Great way to see and get around the city!
This was a great way to see the highlights of Chicago and get a feel for what we wanted to see more of! Our tour g
klod29
klod29
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Good fun
Booked the two day tour online (hint: it is easy to do and usually cheaper). Although stop 11 was initially hard to
Joannalmoore625
Joannalmoore625
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Best travel and tour
Takes you by all the downtown tourist places inside the loop. Good information and good way to get around. A bus go
AussieTribeTatura1
AussieTribeTatura1
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Convenient way to get around in a short time.
BIGBUS Chicago was a convenient option for us. One of the stops was within a short walk of our hotel. There was one
Patricia H
Patricia H
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Big bus night tour
Booked the big bus night tour. The directions as to where to redeem the voucher was very vague and misleading. Af
Orval P
Orval P
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Enjoyed being able to get on and off at your choosing
Worth price and a great way to see Chicago and visit the places you choose. Wear walking shoes it you plan on getti
Kary O
Kary O
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Just middle
I have been on other night tours in other cities and this one was not as good. I know there is a lot of history in
Venture680536
Venture680536
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Really Great!
We took the Chicago Big Bus Tour and enjoyed the ability to hop on/hop off as desired. Our guide was Lance and he w
Ichthyology1
Ichthyology1
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Good to do
The advantage of one of these open air bus tours is that it gives you a good idea of what there is to see and visit
Jane Y
Jane Y
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Not the best Hop on Hop off experience
I’ve been on a number of these in various cities as I find them a great way to get your bearings & see what key pie
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