24/48-Hour San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour
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!
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
Live guide: English, Audio Guide/Headphones: Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese
Duration: 24 hours, Wheelchair-accessiblefrom US$ 40.00
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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-accessiblefrom US$ 50.00
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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.
• 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!
• 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:
• 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 09:00-18:00
• 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
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“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.
“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.
“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.
“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)
“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.
“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.
“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!
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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!
“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
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.
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.
“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.
“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).
“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!
“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.
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.
“Very good route, flawless and comfortable drive, totally worth it”
Reviewed by Helga from Oberembrach, Switzerland on October 23rd, 2011 See above
“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.
“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.
“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.
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.
“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.
“Sehr gute Busse und gut organisiert.”
Reviewed by Peter Werner from Wuppertal, Germany on January 6th, 2014 Hat alles super geklappt.
“Sehr schlechte Tour! Nicht empfehlenswert!”
Reviewed by Thomas from Essen, Germany on December 3rd, 2013 Obwohl deutsches Audio angeboten wird, wartet man teilweise bis zu 90 Minuten, bis ein Bus mit multilanguage kommt. Die Bigbus Mitarbeiter sind dazu noch Super unfreundlich! Sie sind lediglich darauf bedacht Tickets zu verkaufen, sind aber in keinster weise informiert und motiviert, Hilfe zu leisten.
“Für deutschsprachige Touristen nicht geeignet!”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from syke, Germany on October 23rd, 2013 Wir haben diese Tour gebucht, um entspannt eine Stadtrundfahrt mit deutscher Ansage zu machen!
Leider war auf den meisten Bussen ein englischsprachiger Guide und obwohl der Bus die entsprechende Vorrichtung hatte, gab es einfach keine Kopfhörer! Nur ca. jeder dritte Bus hatte Kopfhörer! Ausserdem fuhren die Busse so schnell, dass die Sehenswürdigkeit schon vorbei war, als die Ansage kam!!!! Wir saßen oben und sobald am Straßenrand Bäumen waren, mussten wir uns schnell zur Seite werfen, da uns sonst die Äste ins Gesicht schlugen. Leider passierte das nicht nur einmal, sondern ständig. Die Busfahrer interessierte das offensichtlich nicht!
Am nächsten Tag sind wird mit unserem Mietwagen und dem Marco Polo Reiseführer in der Hand den 49 Miles scenic Drive gefahren .....perfekt!
“klasse Tour mit guten Infos.”
Reviewed by Florian from München, Germany on October 21st, 2013 Gute, moderne, saubere Busse. Leider ist an manchen Stopps schwer erkennbar wo das Zusteigen möglich ist, da auf der Straße keine Bushaltestellen markiert sind.
“Schöne Stadtrundfahrt, aber zu wenige Busse mit deutscher Erläuterung.”
Reviewed by Jana from Unterwellenborn, Germany on October 19th, 2013 Die Stadtrundfahrt durch San Francisco war sehr interessant und abwechslungsreich. Gut war auch, dass diese in deutscher Sprache verfügbar war; jedoch nicht in allen Bussen. Wenn man an einem Punkt aussteigt, dauert es zum Teil sehr lange, bis wieder ein Bus mit deutscher Erklärung vorbei kommt. Dadurch verliert man leider viel Zeit.
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