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San Francisco: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

San Francisco: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

From US$ 53.10 per person

See the sights of San Francisco at your own pace from the top deck of a double decker, hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. Choose from a Classic, Premium or Deluxe Ticket and marvel at monuments such as the Transamerica Pyramid and Golden Gate Bridge.

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Audio guide included
Spanish, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Korean
Wheelchair accessible


  • See the sights of San Francisco as you explore at your own pace
  • Hear the history and hidden stories of the city with entertaining digital audio
  • Cross the Golden Gate Bridge aboard a double-decker bus
  • Take in sweeping views of San Francisco Bay
  • Explore historic neighborhoods such as Fisherman’s Wharf and Haight-Ashbury
Full description

Hop aboard a sightseeing bus for a tour of the 'City by the Bay' and delve into the fascinating history of San Francisco and its legendary sites, such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf. The hop-on-hop-off route stops at key points of interest all around San Francisco.

Experience the diverse culture, beautiful parks, stunning architecture, and picturesque views from the top of an open-air sightseeing bus. Hop off and back on at your leisure to create your own customized itinerary around the city. Explore 3 routes depending on your ticket purchase. San Francisco City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Explore San Francisco’s famous landmarks on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Sit back and enjoy the ride as you cruise through the city on an open-top bus and learn about San Francisco's unique history Panoramic Night Tour Board the bus at Pier 41 at the end of Powell St in Fisherman's Wharf to explore the dazzling city of San Francisco at night. Climb up the historic Nob Hill for a stunning close-up view of the magnificent Grace Cathedral. Then, make your way across the grand Bay Bridge for picturesque views of the city skyline from Treasure Island, the site of the 1939’s World Fair. Heading back into the city, continue along the Embarcadero to view the glittering lights on the Port of San Francisco.

  • Classic ticket: 24-hour unlimited hop-on hop-off ticket and 1-hour bike rental
  • Premium ticket: 24-hour unlimited hop-on hop-off ticket, 1-hour bike rental, and 1-hour panoramic night tour
  • Deluxe ticket: 48-hour unlimited hop-on hop-off ticket, 1-hour bike rental, and 1-hour panoramic night tour
  • Exciting audio commentary in 9 languages
  • Free Bike Rental included in all tickets
  • Photo opportunity stop on the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks

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Meeting point

Exchange your voucher at any of the bus stops along the route, or at the following ticket offices: Pier 41 (End of Powell St) - Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco Please note that the last bus for a full loop departs from Stop 1 at 17:00. The Service runs every 20 minutes during high season, and every 30 minutes during low season

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Important information

What to bring

  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Oversize luggage
  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

Know before you go

  • A complete loop (without hopping off and on) lasts approximately 2.5 hours. The tour operates daily from 9 AM-5 PM. Every 10-15 minutes in summer and 20-30 minutes in winter. Start or finish the tour at any of the stops along the route
  • The night tour operates nightly at 6:30 PM, lasts 1-1.5 hours, and is not a hop-on hop-off tour
  • There are no tours on Thanksgiving, December 24, and December 31. There are no night tours on July 4
  • Most of the open-top coaches are American Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant: scooters, wheelchairs, bikes, and strollers are allowed. Please call the Visitor Center 24 hours in advance for a schedule of buses that are ADA-accessible
  • The weather can change quickly in San Francisco. Bring a warm sweater or jacket
Customer reviews

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4.4 /5

based on 834 reviews

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We lived in the San Francisco area for most of our lives, but moved to be close to our kids and grandchildren ten years ago. We wanted to our city again but with the hassle. This tour was great. Just seeing all the old neighborhoods again brought back so many memories. A memorable day.

June 28, 2022

First off, this Bus line is an excellent idea and saves countless miles of walking. As long as you get a seat on the top deck, you will hear the audio guide best and see the sights best. Sitting below, some of the windows were filthy and we couldn’t see out of them. It’s also very hot below and no air conditioning was available. Also, the map doesn’t match the stops in areas.

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June 21, 2022

If you’re planning to visit or site see San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas or other cities, the red Big Bus is the way to go. You can get in and get out of the bus. Two days pass is needed if you want to stop on all locations in San Francisco and it’s cheaper too. Since we got on and off in different spots, some Red Big Bus drivers drive smoothly while some drove rough.

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April 17, 2022

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