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Big Bus San Francisco Hop-On-Hop-Off Open Top Tour and Alcatraz Combo

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 9 more

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

This combo package allows you to see all of San Francisco's top sights and attraction. Ride the open top double decker bus for one full day, hopping on and off at over 15 stops around the city. Cruise across the bay to the infamous prison known today as the Rock and explore the infamous Island.
  • Big Bus San Francisco hop-on hop-off tour and Alcatraz Island combo
  • Tour the city by open-top, double-decker bus with your 1-day sightseeing pass
  • Visit top San Francisco attractions including the Golden Gate Bridge, Union Square, Pier 39 and Lombard Street
  • Customize your own itinerary and hop on and off as you please
  • Visit the infamous prison island of Alcatraz with your included admission ticket

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Get all the added bonuses—tours of Chinatown and on the Sausalito trolley—plus a ferry ride to Alcatraz.
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Gratuities

Departure Point

You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.

Departure Time

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Return Details

You may disembark at any of the available stops.
Your Big Bus San Francisco Sightseeing and Alcatraz Combo can begin at any stop along the bus route. After climbing aboard your pass will allow you to hop on and off as much as you’d like.

You’ll pass the city’s top attractions on the exensive loop, including Haight-Ashbury, the Palace of Fine Arts, Union Square, Pier 39, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the crooked path of Lombard Street. Stick on board with the audio commentary to admire the sights, or hop off at any time to explore a neighborhood or attraction on your own. This ticket also includes a round-trip ferry to the infamous prison island of Alcatraz, once home to Al Capone and other famous inmates and a bonus deal on a bike rental.
Itinerary
Duration: 
3 hours 
Operating Schedule:
  1 Day Hop on Hop off Tour: Operates daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm, with buses departing every 60 minutes. We have introduced a number of new health & safety measures to reduce the risk associated with the spread of Covid-19 in line with government advice and requirements of the local health authorities. These include regular cleaning of buses and social distancing measures. To uphold these new safety and hygiene standards in keeping our guests safe during the Covid-19 Pandemic, we may have to operate a reduced service and changes to ticket inclusions. This may also include frequency of departures, changes to routes and reduction/removal of stops. Customers are advised to download our app to find out more about our new health and safety measures and for real-time bus tracking information. Alternatively please visit our website.
99 Jefferson St
Stop 1 - San Francisco Visitor Center
621 Columbus Ave
Stop 2 - North Beach / Chinatown
Clay St (500-598)
Stop 3 - Embarcadero Center
Ferry Building
Stop 4 - Ferry Building
280 Geary St
Stop 5 - Union Square South
201 Mason St
Stop 6 - Redemption Center / Hilton Hotel
90 Fulton St
Stop 7 - Civic Center
944 Fell St
Stop 8 - Alamo Square
1816 Haight St
Stop 9 - Haight Ashbury
1816 Haight St
Stop 10 - Golden Gate Park (Monday - Saturday only)
Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point
Stop 11 - North Vista Point / Golden Gate Bridge
211 Richardson Ave
Stop 12 - Palace of Fine Arts
2101 Lombard St
Stop 13 - Marina / Cow Hollow
1599 Lombard St
Stop 14 - Lombard Street
Embarcadero
Stop 15 - Pier 39
Points of interest passed by on this route
Alcatraz Island
 
Big Bus Tours
 
The Embarcadero
 
Haight-Ashbury
 
Union Square
 
Civic Center
 
Fisherman’s Wharf
 
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
 
Golden Gate Park
 
Golden Gate Bridge
 
Chinatown
 
Madame Tussauds
 
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Recorded commentary available in English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Mandarin, Korean, Cantonese and Italian
  • To receive your Alcatraz Island Ticket you must check into the Big Bus office (on voucher) one day prior to the Alcatraz Tour date or before 9am on the date of your Alcatraz Tour.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required
  • Photo ID is required.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Big Bus Tours - USA

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Big Bus San Francisco Hop-On-Hop-Off Open Top Tour and Alcatraz Combo?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus San Francisco Hop-On-Hop-Off Open Top Tour and Alcatraz Combo.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Big Bus San Francisco Hop-On-Hop-Off Open Top Tour and Alcatraz Combo?
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 and Alcatraz Combo.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Big Bus San Francisco Hop-On-Hop-Off Open Top Tour and Alcatraz Combo?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus San Francisco Hop-On-Hop-Off Open Top Tour and Alcatraz Combo.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Big Bus San Francisco Hop-On-Hop-Off Open Top Tour and Alcatraz Combo?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus San Francisco Hop-On-Hop-Off Open Top Tour and Alcatraz Combo.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Big Bus San Francisco Hop-On-Hop-Off Open Top Tour and Alcatraz Combo?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Big Bus San Francisco Hop-On-Hop-Off Open Top Tour and Alcatraz Combo.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Great trip round SF on open top bus (though cold, bring jacket even if sunny) especially as we were only there 2 days so got to see all the sights, go over Golden Gate Bridge etc." See review
  • "The lines are very long so be prepar d to wait." See review
  • "Combo is okay but not to do on the same day." See review

Reviews

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Reviews by Viator travelers
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star-4
Alcatraz great
shaz1270
, Dec 2019
Alcatraz was the best, bus ride was ok, guy was funny commentating Would definitely recommend Alcatraz to anyone the walk is a killer though
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star-3
Bus should not have been on the road
Andy D
, Oct 2019
The Big Bus tour of San Francisco was great with very informative information and the tour of Alcatraz was superb. Unfortunately our schedule did not allow us to spend extended time on "The Rock".The only downside of our sightseeing experience was the mechanical condition of the bus. The brakes on this particular bus were metal on metal and screeched every time that we came to a stop. Heads would turn and people would stare. We had concerns on the stopping ability, especially on some of the San Francisco streets. In addition the squealing brakes made it difficult to hear the audio recording and took away from the experience.
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m12walsh12
, Sep 2019
Alcatraz was great. Didn’t get to do the bus tour because our trip for Alcatraz was at 12:30 and didn’t find out til we got there that day. So paying $140 for Alcatraz was ridiculous.
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Rondog
ronnieharper57
, Sep 2019
Was a very enjoyable day tour operator knew his stuff good sites loved Sausalito short break staff st office very helpful
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Sausalito bus tour
ciderbrian22
, Sep 2019
The itinerary provided by Viator said that the last tour to Sausalito left at 6, when we got to the Big Bus Company we were told that the last bus left at 4.30! Staff insisted that they were not responsible for third party information and refused to offer any refund. I feel that we were misled by both Viator and the bus company, I tried to claim a refund online, which I think is only fair since I had travelled from the UK, but the website does not allow refunds
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star-5
Busy but a good busy.
106sharon
, Sep 2019
Combo is okay but not to do on the same day. Big bus isn’t realllly a hop on and off. The ride is good though.
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Alcatraz
374cancun1949
, Aug 2019
Loved Alcatraz. It was well worth going. It was nice that you could go at your own pace. Bought a signed book written by a prisoner.
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star-4
Room for improvement
W6304SIlaurak
, Aug 2019
The big bus tour customer service is excellent and the location of the stops are very convenient. I was disappointed that we did not have a personal tour guide, we had to listen to a prerecorded guide. Also the line up at the first stop was very long so arrive early. I do reccomendation Big Bus Tours.
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I recommend.
jamesmurrayjr
, Aug 2019
Everything worked as expected. According to previously presented on the folders. Nice reception at the lounge. I recommend .
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star-5
Beautiful day at Alcatraz
WATravelgirl1
, Jul 2019
Took a bit of time to get checked in at Big Bus then again at Alcatraz but was a great day. The downside was by they time we did our 1130am boat and the island we didn't get back to the terminal until after 3pm and the last tour bus runs at 5pm. We took a cab to Salsilito to meet up with the rest of our friends and were only able to make it back tot the main terminal before the day was over.
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Product code: 5096ALCATRAZ

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