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Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Explore the best of San Francisco on board a Big Bus Tour. We offer the most comprehensive tour with over 20 hop-on hop-off locations spanning from Fisherman’s Wharf to the Golden Gate Bridge. No need to switch buses – our one full city loop will take you to famous neighborhoods and attractions including Pier 39, Chinatown, Little Italy, Painted Ladies Victorian Homes, Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood, Golden Gate Park, Lombard Crooked Street, Union Square Shopping District and an unforgettable journey across the Golden Gate Bridge. With over 20 stops, hop-on and hop-off at your leisure and experience San Francisco’s diverse culture, eclectic food, beautiful parks, stunning architecture, world-class shopping and picturesque views.
  • Explore San Francisco at your own pace, and plan your own itinerary
  • Buses run regularly, so you’re not wasting your time
  • See numerous attractions in one day at more than 15 main stops
  • Chinatown walking tour offers deeper insight into a historic neighborhood
  • Cover more ground by adding on a night or Sausalito tour and bike rental
What to Expect
The bus tour route starts at Fisherman’s Wharf, but you can board at any of the stops. Just exchange your voucher for a ticket, and get ready to explore the City by the Bay. Highlights include Pier 39, Union Square, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Golden Gate Bridge and Lombard Street. Plan your day’s itinerary based on your own interests. You won’t be stuck in one area—unless you want to. A walking tour of Chinatown is included with your pass. If you’ve upgraded, take a Sausalito tour, and enjoy a bike rental. Your experience ends on the day your pass expires. If you have the time, two-day passes are also available.
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Departure Point
You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.
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Return Details
You may disembark at any of the available stops.
  • Hop-on Hop-off bus tour
  • Chinatown Walking Tour
  • Live English-speaking guide and/or
  • Pre-recorded commentary in 10 languages
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Classic 1-day tickets will be valid for same day use. Tickets claimed after 3pm will be valid for 24 hours from time of redemption.
  • Night tour operates on a first-come, first-served basis, so try to arrive early to secure your seat
  • Night Tour is not a hop-on hop-off tour
  • Wheelchair accessible, please call ahead for arrangements
  • Daytime Tour: Show your paper or mobile voucher to a member of the Big Bus staff at any of the stops along your route to redeem.
  • Night Tour: Redeem vouchers at the start of the tour, 99 Jefferson Street, San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf daily at 6:30pm, 7:00pm and (7:30pm April – October) No tours on Dec 24th and Dec 31st.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I have been on numerous on-off tours and this one is awful. After purchasing the tickets we had to walk 3+ blocks to a bus. We were first at the wrong bus and finally got on. At the first stop we got off to see...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I would suggest this as a must to get the overview and history/ education of San Francisco. Do use the audio guide on the bus as it’s pretty informative. We didn’t have enough time so did union Square return without getting off anywhere but day...More

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CarolinaBBT, Customer Service Agent at Big Bus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review of Big Bus San Francisco. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed the tour.

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Complete chaos in organisation, limited amount of busses, more waiting time than promised, fuzzy pick-up locations and bad app. Beautiful City San Francisco desevers better hopon hopoffMore

Date of experience: September 2019
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CarolinaBBT, Customer Service Agent at Big Bus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry to hear you were not able to enjoy your bus tour. Our buses depart every 15-20 minutes from stop 1. The City and County of San Francisco does not allow Big Bus to post signage around San...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

We thoroughly enjoyed the enthusiasm and comedy of our tour guide Blake (and driver Calvin) to connect with the people. No one was sleeping in their chair. Where else can you experience live entertainment with the beautiful sky, a comedian, a singer and a historian?...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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CarolinaBBT, Customer Service Agent at Big Bus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review of Big Bus San Francisco. Delighted to hear you enjoyed your tour. We hope to see you next time you are in San Francisco

Reviewed 2 days ago

This was a great way to quickly familiarize yourself with the big hotspots of the city. Our tour guide Blake and driver Calvin (I think that's right?) were highly entertaining and did a great job interacting with the passengers and pointing out the sights we...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank KamikazeZoomy
CarolinaBBT, Customer Service Agent at Big Bus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review of Big Bus San Francisco. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed your tour with Blake and Calvin. I am sorry to hear your headphones stopped working while on the tour. If that ever happens again feel free to...More

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Response from WMME4 | Reviewed this property |
There were always plenty of maps - I also followed the stops on my phone. I was sightseeing on my own while my husband was in meetings- no issues at all with the buses or stops. I thought it was a great way to get a feel for... More
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Response from rcolemancampbell | Reviewed this property |
I’m not sure why it states 1 hour as you can get off and on when ever you choose. Or you can get a feel for the city by riding all around the city.
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17 August 2019|
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Response from Pam77777777777 | Reviewed this property |
We liked the 2-day availability as well as taking the night tour. Yes, I thought it was worth it.
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