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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Purchased a 2 day card and on day one used card for the hop on/off bus to take us right round the city and then to go to places of particular interest. Day two went on wine tour to Sonoma/Napa which was great and arrived back just in time for a quick wander round Madame Tussaud's. If you book a wine tour separately it costs as much as the 2 day card, so great value. You're really getting all the other attractions for free!

Erica M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

This was awesome We got the 3 day card and used it everyday and saved a ton of money with everything we did

Edward S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2012

This made the trip much easier and better. Definitely getting this again when I go back to San Francisco! So worth the money and highly recommend!

Angela S USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2010

It was so nice to have everything pre-paid. It made things feel less expensive and after adding up the total from our trip we saved bundles! I highly recommend this to anyone planning to go on vacation.

Joshua T USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2010

Great card!! Saved alot of money


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2008

The SF Go card was a good deal. We didn't take advantage of every offer, but we didn't really expect to. What we did use seemed to get us discounts that we couldn't have got otherwise, so on that basis I can highly recommend.


4 star rating: Recommended
February 2016

had a great time we did the 3 hop on hop off tours well worth the money


4 star rating: Recommended
August 2015

Was disappointed that we needed to go down to the embarkadero physically to pick up the voucher and not sent to the hotel. we arrived early at 9am and had to go down a little earlier than we wanted to the wharf area. other than that, was very good value, took one cruise, Cal academy and all the smaller museums ripleys and wax museum at the wharf area. next day we did the hop on hop off bus tour which rounded out a good trip


4 star rating: Recommended
July 2015

Had a fantastic time. Would definitely book again.

Kenneth C

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2014

Purchased a 2 day card - needed more time to get the value from the card. The attractions we were able to visit or access were excellent.

Evan S New Zealand

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2010

Excellent value for money for seeing the sights of San Francisco. Lots of great activities to choose from.


4 star rating: Recommended
July 2010

Very good value. It was easy to use, the guide book seemed very up to date and we saved money for sure overall. You do need to plan ahead a little for some of the offerings but very happy over all.

Aoife M Ireland

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2010

I had the card prebooked on viator. On Viator its says you can select a day that is just an indicator of when you use the card that you dont have to use the card on that day. However on the day we were to use the card, there was a storm in San Francisco and there was heavy rain. Whe we went to collect the card in the tourist office, the woman refused to let us use the card another day even though on Viator it says the day you choose to use the card is just an indicator. I would recommend using this card, it is great value. Plan your day well, so you can get the most out the card and when everything is open. I have used "Go New York Card" before and I recommend these cards as they are the best value for money, saving you lots of money. The day we were using the card, some of the stuff had stopped due the storms.

Brenda C USA

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2008

I would encourage anyone taking a trip to San Francisco to buy the card. It covers the cost of the attractions or gives you discounts, so your trip is affordable, and you can do many different things and not have to worry about pulling out your credit card all the time and paying at each stop. This way, you can enjoy your trip and not worry about the expense. You get a chance to learn the history of the city. It also helps you see all the great sights of the area.

Barbaree k

3 star rating: Worth doing
June 2016

The tour was good but the bus was delayed so we couldn and #39;t jump off and visit anything without having to ride a city bus back. When buying the ticket it would have been nice to know what sites were included in the downtown tour. I ended up having to upgrade.

Lorraine W

3 star rating: Worth doing
June 2015

Didn't use all the vouchers available but was still worth the purchase cost.

Marcey R

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
September 2014

Purchased thru Viator HUGE mistake. Paper voucher reqd so had 2 find place to print then only 2 locations to redeem which was not convenient and took us off path of a desired tour which we ultimately missed. The value was good but hassle not worth it at all. Details were not provided up front.

Yvette H

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
January 2013

We managed to get our money's worth and barely broke even for the price since many attractions weren't open, there were stipulations about when you could use the card that weren't mentioned in the brochure and many tickets were too hard to obtain that we spend too much time traveling to get the tickets and some places were closed so we weren't able to obtain the proper tickets.

Darren M

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
May 2012

Between buying the card and my trip, the issuer changed some of the attractions included, among them some crucial ones in which we were especially interested. As a result, we did not get value for money use from the card and would not buy one in the future or recommend it.


1 star rating: I do not recommend this
May 2012

I shouldn't buy it that was a mistake because I couldn't used them at the same day even though I bought a two day card for example there were 2 tours for the same tour company and I can't take both tours the same day. The tour company didn't let me do that. That's not fair at all, hat a waste of money.

Thomas B USA

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
October 2011

Overpaid, could buy the same card on another site for less

Linda G USA

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
April 2009

Some of the items in the Go San Francisco book were no longer available. Several were of no interest to us. There were a couple that were very good, but overall we could have accomplished the same itinerary at less cost on our own.

Note from Viator: Thanks for your review, we asked the Go San Francisco Card staff for a reply to your issues, and here's what they had to say:

'We have made some changes since June 2007. Once a year we re-print the guidebook plus make sure that our local distribution centers are aware of the changes and provide that information to our cardholders. Hopefully this will not be an issue in 2008 and beyond.'

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