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Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour

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San Francisco, United States
Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour

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icon1 to 2 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 9 more

Overview

Ride a double-decker sightseeing bus to San Francisco's most famous landmarks with a choice of 2 different passes. Explore the city's 49 square miles, including stops at big-name attractions like Pier 39, the Palace of Fine Arts and Union Square. Go at your own pace, hopping off at any of 16 stops, exploring at your leisure, and then hopping back on when you're done. Choose the Premium pass to include a night tour or a Deluxe pass for an additional 24 hours of hop-on-hop-off and a night tour.
  • Travel around San Francisco on a double-decker bus, hopping on and off at any of its stops with your ticket
  • Upgrade to the Premium pass to include a night tour
  • Upgrade to the Deluxe pass to include an additional 24 hours of hop-on-hop-off and a night tour
  • Flexible, fun and family-friendly way to make the most of your time in the city!

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

There’s no better way to see world-famous San Francisco landmarks — including a trip across the Golden Gate Bridge — than by an open-top Big Bus!
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Hop-on Hop-off bus tour
Night Tour (Premium & Deluxe Tickets)
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Free headphones for audio-guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off

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.
  • 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, Pier 41 Fisherman's Wharf (RH5P+GX North Beach, San Francisco, CA, USA), No tours on July 4th, Thanksgiving, Dec 24th and Dec 31st.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Big Bus Tours - USA
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Do I have to go to a central location to redeem my ticket for the Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour?
A:For the day tour, you can simply show a printed or electronic version of your ticket at any of the stops to board the bus. For the night tour, you must redeem your ticket at 99 Jefferson Street, San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf.
Mar 2021
Q:
What time is the last bus on the Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour?
A:The last bus departs Stop #1 - San Francisco Visitor Center at 5:00 pm.
Mar 2021
Q:
How will I know which stop(s) to use during the Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour?
A:Our live guides and pre-recorded commentary will communicate upcoming stops. You can also download our free App for more information on routes and times, and what to see and do at each stop location.
Mar 2021
Q:
Is the Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour wheelchair accessible?
A:Yes, we operate wheelchair-accessible vehicles with lifts that can accommodate up to 650 pounds however, not all vehicles are equipped. If you require an accessible vehicle, please let us know in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.
Mar 2021
Q:
Can I bring a pet with me on the Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour?
A:No pets are allowed on board the bus, except ADA service animals.
Mar 2021
Q:
Can I bring food or drink with me on the Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour?
A:No food or alcohol is permitted onboard the bus. Non-alcoholic drinks in screw-top bottles are permitted.
Mar 2021
Q:
Can I bring luggage on the Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour?
A:No, luggage is not permitted onboard the bus at this time.
Mar 2021
Q:
How often does a bus arrive at each stop during the Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour?
A:A bus arrives approximately every 30 minutes.
Mar 2021
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Be prepared with warm clothes if you wish to go on the upper level." See review
  • "The visitors should know that there are several popular stops where people get off so those are the best times to be able to get a seat on top of the bus." See review
  • "Weather was perfect but it’s gets chilly so take a scarf or sweater" See review

Reviews

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star-1
Skip this…:(
Sonia_H
, Jul 2022
We purchased the deluxe package and did not have a good experience. Buses took too long to circular and did not run every 15 minutes. The driver actually stopped for 20 minutes so she could use the bathroom. We got to one stop and it took so long to get back. No time for sightseeing. Waste of money. Very disappointed to say the least.
star-5
Perfect Family Tour
Jennifer_K
, Jul 2022
We were shocked at how much history we learned on this tour. It was extremely informative and the views from the top of the bus were breathtaking. We have a 9, 13 and 16 year old and they all enjoyed it. Gave us a chance to see all of the city in just a few hours.
star-5
Definitely worth doing!
Michelle_T
, Jul 2022
An excellent tour, taking you around/near all the major tourist sites in San Francisco. Great for finding your bearings in the city to plan other activities/getting around. If you’re on the top deck, wrap up warm. It can be very windy and cold in SF, even on a sunny day! Loved the fact that you could get on the bus at any of the locations and didn’t have to start at point 1, meaning we could get on near our hotel in Union Square. So easy to hop off at the places you want to visit and hop back on again for the next stop. Buses were really frequent so we were never waiting too long. Highly recommended!
star-5
I Love SF.
Mark_S
, Jul 2022
Great way to start a visit to San Francisco. I would highly recommend this tour. Great narration of the city and its history. Get the night your as well.
star-5
Seeing the bay from the...
Christina_W
, Jul 2022
Seeing the bay from the bridge and driving over the golden gate bridge. The view from the top of the bus was awesome
star-5
Fantastic
Mariana_M
, Jul 2022
Everything like it a lot is amazing experience know San Francisco in one tour is good, unforgettable good price recommend highly
star-5
Convenient and great value
Shirley_D
, Jul 2022
Great convenience and history provided. The night tour was amazing, but really cold. Make sure you dress appropriately as the winds can be wicked.
star-4
Good way to see the city
Sheryl_G
, Jul 2022
Going under the Golden Gate Bridge was a blast being on top deck. I enjoyed getting an overview of San Francisco
star-5
Do it! It’s worth it!
Sheila_M
, Jul 2022
Totally worth!!! Even though was so cold and windy, we sat on the top, and couldn’t get better view of the Golden Gate Bridge. And do yourself a favor, and get the night tour! It’s beautiful views of the city! And you don’t have to wait very long! And the drivers are super nice and fun, specially David!
star-5
Big Bus Hop On/Hop Off-San Fran
Cherise_E
, Jul 2022
The drivers were engaging, informative, and courteous. Though chilly kept bus comfortable. Well thought out routes.
star-3
It was a great experience...
Sylvana_W
, Jul 2022
It was a great experience however the bus doesn't stop you quite at the right spot especially China Town. It should be known to disabled bodies that bit of fact prior to purchasing tickets
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Best Tour
Cynthia_M
, Jul 2022
The On and Off Bus Tour experience was GREAT!! Originally we were planning on getting off at certain destinations but then changed our minds once we were on . We found it interesting that we were able to learn San Francisco’s history through the audio tour and how they actually took you all over San Francisco so I feel we got to know the whole city (that’s why we didn’t get off). We got some amazing pictures being on top of the bus. It felt great to have San Francisco’s crisp air flowing through my hair while riding the bus but go prepared because the weather does change from one side of town to the next because of the freezing water at the Golden Gate Bridge. Thanks to the tour we got to visit Chinatown the next day because we knew exactly where it was. Overall the Bus tour was one of the greatest most memorable experience’s we had in San Francisco!!
star-5
City experience
Felipe_C
, Jul 2022
Great experience. Fun for the family. Great service. Clean environment. Friendly staff. We even booked another excursion.
star-4
Very windy. Will not...
Anna_G
, Jul 2022
Very windy. Will not return to this city but the tour was cool. Had to walk a while to get to the full house house
star-2
Not for a traditional tourist
Carmelita_F
, Jun 2022
The app just wasn’t that helpful neither were the drivers. Having to walk all the way back to where we got off the bus to get back on was ridiculous. Not enough people to help out to direct us to where to catch the bus & we walked 30 mins after pier 39 to the ferry’s just ridiculous. Not very feel put together for a tourist.
star-5
San Francisco in a couple of days
Lisa
, Jun 2022
Went to San Francisco with grandchildren. The Hop on Hop Off provided a great quick way to see the city.
star-4
My San Francisco Tour
Johnatan_A
, Jun 2022
The tour was good for learning about the history of San Francisco. It would have been more fun to have a live person talking and interacting with us.
star-4
Easy and simple
Clare_M
, Jun 2022
Good way to see parts of the city that you may miss on your own. Drivers have their own character that can be good or bad…
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great way to get around
Ashha_B
, Jun 2022
Great way to get around , lovely staff, I really enjoyed this tour! The night tour is also really great too
star-4
The history of the tour...
Lorena_V
, Jun 2022
The history of the tour allows you to know where to go and visit. Beautiful stops this app did not allow me to upload my pictures. Good Tour next time will try the night tour: I suggest guests take a jacket it gets cold crossing the bridge
1 traveler found this review helpful

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