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

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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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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
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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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2,561 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Great way to see San Francisco
SUSAN_C
, May 2022
This is the easiest way to get around the city. You don’t need to worry about parking or driving; you get to know the lay of the land. Although I was a returning visitor, I did one loop to remind myself of what I wanted to see for longer, and hopped off at several stops in the day. I think it is good value.
star-5
Same as above
Steven_R
, May 2022
We were close to the big bus pick up location which made it easy for us. The tours we took were perfect for our itenerery. We would definitely do it again next time we are in SF.
star-4
Good
Jason_O
, May 2022
All was good. Good info with the tour guide. One driver was a little rough but overall I would do it again
star-5
Awesome way to see the sights
tehal
, May 2022
Loved the commentary, varied locations, golden Gate vista point was stunning and the seals at Pier 39 as well as the claim chowder at Boudin's. Don't forget to visit the Ghiradelli chocolate factory too.
star-2
Waiting time 45 to 1 hour.
Robbert_v
, May 2022
The problem with Big Bus system was the waiting time. They say the waiting time is around approx 15 minuten between 2 bussen. In reality we had the experience that we had to wait 45 minutes to 1 hour due to the fact the bussen we clustered. See picture. Therefor we had to walk a lot to see the hotspots. Otherwise we didn't had the time to see them. And for 100 dollar was ridiculious.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
The only way to get around town in San Francisco.
MollyOC_W
, May 2022
Best way to see all the city and decide where you want to spend time. Be careful- the. 2 day deluxe ticket MUST BE USED ON CONSECUTIVE DAYS. I didn’t know that but was able to buy extension for $15 to allow us to use it on the weekend. Be careful not to get LAST BUS at any one location unless you are OK ending up at Fisherman’s Wharf. We got stuck there but Uber was only $12 back to Union Square.
star-5
Big Bus is Best
Diane_H
, May 2022
This tour was a fantastic way to get an overview of San Francisco. The comfortable earbuds connected me to relative scenic information. All persons at the departure point were friendly and helpful. Our bus driver skillfully navigated the bus. Great experience!!
star-4
Nice way to see some key points attractions
amehd_p
, May 2022
This is an easy way to visit some key point in the bay area in SA . You 3 options for tickets types i went all out with the deluxe ticket i had time in town so why don't take advantage of this. The reason im giving 4 starts is because some of the stop are a little far from the attraction. I believe that the stops need to be rechecked and maybe can improve the locations for the stops.
star-4
Great day seeing San Francisco
Karen_W
, May 2022
Very good tour, long ride stopping at good places and plenty of buses, although our bus did break down. Night bus leaves once at 6.30 and as its not dark then and there is no hop on hop off we didn't do it despite the upgrade as it seemed pointless.
star-5
Bus Tour of San Francisco
Mary_S
, Apr 2022
Loved being able to get on and off the bus and exploring as much as we wanted to. Enjoyed our day and the knowledgeable tour guides.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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