24/48-Hour San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

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Explore San Francisco at your own pace with a 24-hour or 48-hour hop-on and hop-off sightseeing bus ticket

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Fisherman's Wharf

Follow in the footsteps of the Beat poets at North Beach

Discover the origins of the hippie movement at Haight Ashbury

Stroll through Golden Gate Park

Explore the oldest Chinese immigrant neighborhood in the USA


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  • 24-Hour Ticket

    Live guide: English, Audio Guide/Headphones: Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese

    Duration: 24 hours Wheelchair-accessible

    Starts at Meeting Point ( More details, Show on map)

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  • 48-Hour Ticket: Dynamic Deal

    The 48-hour ticket includes the Panoramic Night Tour, a ticket to ride the Big Bus Trolley for Sausalito, free 1-hour bike rental (with purchase of 1 hour rental), 3 free walking tours, entrance to the Aquarium of the Bay, and 1 ride on the 7D Experience.

    Live guide: English, Audio Guide/Headphones: Spanish, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese

    Duration: 48 hours Wheelchair-accessible

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Hop on board a sightseeing tour of the "City by the Bay" to experience the best views of its distinctive landmarks, and delve into its fascinating history. Explore the city from the majestic Golden Gate Bridge to Fisherman's Wharf!


This hop-on hop-off tour is a great way to get to know beautiful San Francisco. Learn more about the various cultures living here. See exciting architecture, beautiful nature, and learn the city's history from the early Spanish settlers to the Gold Rush and present day. Tune in to the commentary from English-speaking live guides, or enjoy pre-recorded audio commentary in 10 languages.

Your ticket is valid for 24 or 48 hours of unlimited stops, and the buses halt every 10-30 minutes. Also included with every ticket are 3 free walking tours. Learn about 3 of San Francisco's most fascinating neighborhoods including North Beach, Chinatown, and the historic Barbary Coast. Join any of the 3 walking tours offered twice daily. Ask a Big Bus agent for time schedules and locations. 

Stops Include:

• Fisherman’s Wharf - Mason at Jefferson Street
• Fisherman’s Wharf - Taylor at Beach Street
• Washington Square - Columbus at Union Street, southwest corner
• Financial District - Clay and Battery, northeast corner
• Union Square, across from Macys
• Hilton Hotel - Mason Street at corner of Ellis
• Civic Center - Asian Art Museum, on Larkin Street
• Fulton Street at Inn at the Opera on Fulton at Franklin Street
• Alamo Square - Fell Street at the corner of Divisadero
• Haight and Ashbury - Stanyan and Haight Street, across from McDonalds
• Golden Gate Park - Music Concourse in front of the Academy of Sciences
• Golden Gate Bridge - South Vista Point
• Golden Gate Bridge - North Vista Point
• Palace of Fine Arts - Richardson at Francisco Street
• Lombard and Filmore Street, southwest corner
• Lombard and Gough Street, southeast corner
• Union Square - Post Street at Powell, in front of Westin St. Francis
• Gates to Chinatown - Grant at Bush Street, in front of the Triton Hotel
• Steuart Street, in front of Harbor Court Hotel
• Pier 39

Following Stop 20 (pier 39) the bus will start again at Stop 1. Feel free to stay on or get off as you please!

What's Included:

• 24-hour, or 48-hour unlimited hop-on and hop-off sightseeing bus tour
• Live tour guides or recorded commentary
• 3 free walking tours of North Beach, Chinatown, and the Barbary Coast
• When you buy a 2-hour bike rental, get an extra hour free

What's Not Included:

• Gratuities
• Food and drink
• Attraction entrance fees (other attractions can be purchased at the Visitor Center at 99, Jefferson Street)

Good to Know:

• Please note that the climate/weather can change quickly. Please bring a warm sweater or a jacket.
• Buses run daily from 9:00-18:00
• Most of the open-top coaches are ADA-compliant: scooters, wheel chairs, bikes, and strollers are allowed. Please call the Visitor Center 24 hours in advance for a schedule of buses that are ADA-accessible.
• Live commentary is in English. Recorded commentary is available in 10 languages.
• Buses run every 10-30 minutes, depending on the day of the week and time of year. • The first bus departs at 9:00 from Fisherman's Wharf.
• The complete tour lasts approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.
• You can start or finish the tour at any of the stops.

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  • Rating: 4 “Very practical to see many sites in the shortest time available.”

    Reviewed by Odile from Montreal, Canada on October 15th, 2014 Bus on time. Sometimes unfortunately full...employees very polite , and their comments throughout the tour interesting.
    Excellent solution to visit the city. Because traffic heavy and parking impossible.
    Great experience , will recommend it very strongly.

  • Rating: 4 “plenty to see”

    Reviewed by Jacqueline from london, United Kingdom on August 18th, 2014 great

  • Rating: 3 “Ok”

    Reviewed by Angelin from San Jose, United States on July 14th, 2014 Not the most organized... It was ok

  • Rating: 5 “Loved it!”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Fyllingsdalen, Norway on June 23rd, 2014 Nice, but SFO is chilly - also in summer!

  • Rating: 5 “excellent”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from marseille, France on May 9th, 2014 excellent

  • Rating: 3 “Good, but crowdy.”

    Reviewed by Eileen from San Diego, United States on January 5th, 2014 The bus is very useful for a quick view of all the main attractions in SF, but sometimes gets really REALLY crowded, specially around noon. We had to wait for 2 buses until we could get in and that´s a bummer. The guides are great, if you get one. The night tour was disorganized and we had to wait for like one hour in line, but really worth it.

  • Rating: 5 “A great way to see the most important sights!”

    Reviewed by Martin from Basel, Switzerland on January 25th, 2013 This bus tour was a great way to get around the city. We have seen all the important sights of San Francisco and the live guide on the bus gave great background information. We will do the same in the next city we go to.

  • Rating: 4 “Interesting bus tour with small shortcomings”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Lauf, Germany on October 27th, 2012 You get a good overview of the city's sights with this tour, but it sometimes goes too quickly. What bothered me mostly was that it was difficult to understand the guide (they spoke too quietly and the ride was loud) and that some stations were simply left out. But all together, I'd recommend the tour.

  • Rating: 5 “cool city- saw a lot”

    Reviewed by Sabine from Bad Oldesloe, Germany on October 21st, 2012 for people like us who only have a short amount of time to see the city by crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, this offers a great opportunity to get a good overview and learn a lot of information (even in German). Also make sure you've brought warmer clothing than you'd wear in southern California , so that you don't freeze on the upper deck! Sometimes it's a bit difficult to find the stops on the way (when you're going from one to the other)

  • Rating: 4 “Very lovely tour”

    Reviewed by Simone from Chemnitz, Germany on October 20th, 2012 All in all a very lovely tour with perfect sights, which would have been 100% perfect if the tour descriptions on the headphones had also been available in German.

  • Rating: 4 “Generally a lot of fun”

    Reviewed by Christina from Mainz, Germany on October 18th, 2012 Sometimes the bus drove really fast.
    At the bus stops it was quickly gone again.

  • Rating: 4 “It was a lovely trip in which you see everything in a small amount of time!”

    Reviewed by Stefan from Nürnberg, Germany on October 11th, 2012 The tour was interesting, long enough and informative. But you don't get a real guide who explains everything that you pass by and who you can ask questions. Instead you get a pair of headphones and can happily listen to an audio guide in your desired language. Overall highly recommended!

  • Rating: 5 “All worked well!”

    Reviewed by Philipp from Gelsenkirchen, Germany on October 2nd, 2012 As usual with sightseeing bus tours in the red buses, it all went well. Very informative and you learn about and see a lot of the city. There's nothing more to say. I can recommend this tour.

  • Rating: 4 “Great concept, friendly staff, multilingual = amazing”

    Reviewed by Martina from Berlin, Germany on October 1st, 2012 The best way to explore San Francisco! The multilingual explanations via headphones (available in every bus) are really amazing. You also get a plan in the bus with all 20 stopping points, at which you can hop on and off. Take care to get back onto the correct bus as not all have audio guides (though you can tell that from outside). We'd booked a 2 day ticket, and could explore all the stopping points in a relaxed manner or visit them twice.
    One minus point: the stops aren't all easy to recognise. That could be improved.

  • Rating: 4 “The trips are well organised and the staff are friendly.”

    Reviewed by Vitus Wilhelm from Glashütten, Germany on September 6th, 2012 But the existence of several competitors with similar sounding names and similarly colored getup often causes confusion.

  • Rating: 5 “Great tour, good stops, super hospitality”

    Reviewed by Suzanne from Romney, United States on September 4th, 2012 We picked this tour because it actually goes across the Golden Gate. We were not disappointed. The route was good - guide informative - so much to see!

  • Rating: 4 “Was really great!”

    Reviewed by Pia from Pforzheim, Germany on August 27th, 2012 without this tour we wouldn't have seen NEARLY so much of SF

  • Rating: 5 “Highly recommendable!”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Hannover, Germany on August 13th, 2012 The tour is really awesome, particularly crossing the Golden Gate Bridge! Very friendly driver. Wouldn't take the live guided tour, too loud and too 'american' in parts. In contrast, the audio tour in German is very entertaining.

  • Rating: 5 “Highly recommendable.”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Schwanebeck, Germany on August 12th, 2012 Open-top bus with audio-guide available. You learn lots of valuable information. Getting on and off at the individual stops is unproblematic. Next bus arrives after about 15 mins. NB - not all the buses have the full language availability, but it's indicated on the outside of the bus.

  • Rating: 4 “The vitals in 3-4 hours”

    Reviewed by Neal from Niederlenz, Switzerland on July 25th, 2012 I saw everything that I'd wanted to of San Francisco. Can really recommend it.

  • Rating: 4 “Easy and flexible way to get to know a city.”

    Reviewed by Corinna from Elmshorn, Germany on May 14th, 2012 The buses were good. Every second bus had a guide (English only) and the other buses had audio commentary in a variety of languages. The stops were not easy to spot though (no special signs).

  • Rating: 5 “Gail is an awesome guide!”

    Reviewed by Leslie from Las Vegas, United States on February 18th, 2012 Gail was very knowledgeable and funny. I love the tour and we learned a lot about SF in a few hours!

  • Rating: 4 “Everything was great, would gladly do it again”

    Reviewed by Tony from Brieselang, Germany on February 14th, 2012 Very friendly service and includes all the important sights.

  • Rating: 5 “very Good”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Bern, Switzerland on November 1st, 2011 A Nice tour to see all of SF in a glance. We took the two Day pass which was good becaus we could drive around the first day and then hop off on the second. Comments are in every known language. There are live comment buses also but we would recommend the multi lang busses. As for that a clear recomendation.

  • Rating: 5 “Very good route, flawless and comfortable drive, totally worth it”

    Reviewed by Helga from Oberembrach, Switzerland on October 23rd, 2011 See above

  • Rating: 2 “Not worth it!”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Karlsruhe, Germany on October 5th, 2011 The tour's start point and the stops are not clear! There were stops marked on the map that had long been done away with. We ended up standing far too long at a non-existent bus stop, just to have the bus drive by us and leave us behind with no choice but to walk the whole way back. There are lots of other operators, which we'll favor the next time we're in town.

  • Rating: 3 “Well thought-out route, friendly staff, everything was good.”

    Reviewed by Christof from Korbach, Germany on September 29th, 2011 Not enough busses with multilingual audio, otherwise everything was good.

  • Rating: 4 “Got to know San Francisco very quickly”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Neufahrn, Germany on September 13th, 2011 You can get to know San Francisco very quickly with the hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. Most busses are equipped with headsets that offer information in multiple languages, some have an English-speaking tour guide on board. A special treat is to sit up in the open-roof section, even if it can get quite chilly up there.

  • Rating: 4 “Nice tour!”

    Reviewed by Stefanie from Hagen, Germany on June 21st, 2011 The two-day tour we booked was great. San Francisco, though, is not the greatest place to get around on on foot, since it's so hilly and physically demanding! That means we had to get ourselves local transportation passes for all five days. In a way, we had to pay twice, since we bought the hop-on, hop-off tour, but then needed to buy a five-day pass for public transportation in the city. It was still really convenient anyway, since you could hop off where you wanted and the tours were offered in several languages (headset). That was important for us.

  • Rating: 4 “Great tour, saw everything”

    Reviewed by Jürgen from Neustadt, Germany on May 20th, 2011 Informative audio guide tour. Watch out! Not all buses have audio guides fitted.

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