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  • Location:San Francisco, California
  • Duration:Flexible

San Francisco CityPass

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Buy the San Francisco CityPASS to save up to 45% on unlimited cable car rides plus admission to 4 attractions.

Save time and money with the San Francisco CityPass, which gives you admission to top area attractions, seven days of access to public transportation including the San Francisco cable cars, a cruise on San Francisco Bay, and discounts for shopping and activities. You can choose to visit science and art museums like the Exploratorium, the de Young, the Legion of Honor and even the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, and you’ll have important details like hours of operation right in your pocket with the provided ticket booklet.


  • San Francisco CityPASS includes tickets and options to San Francisco's main attractions
  • Get where you need to go with a seven-day pass for cable cars and Muni public transport
  • See the sights from the water on a San Francisco Bay Cruise
  • Enjoy more savings with shopping, dining and venue discounts
  • Excellent value for your money

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The money-saving CityPass is good for nine days after first use, so you can take your time exploring some of San Francisco's best attractions. Check out the bay views from the Exploratorium's upper terrace or venture down to Monterey to see the world-renowned aquarium.

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What You Can Expect

San Francisco CityPass

Enjoy Unlimited Rides on San Francisco's MUNI and Cable Car System

This CityPass for San Francisco provides everything you need to make sure you maximize your time in the City by the Bay. With a week of unlimited use on the iconic cable cars and the Muni public transport system, you don’t need to worry about how you’ll get around the city—the more you ride, the more you save. Plus, you have the flexibility to choose the attractions that best suit you and your family, whether you’re into art, science or marine life.

Your ticket booklet includes useful details like opening hours, contact information, transportation information and insider tips, as well as discounts for shops and popular things to do.

CityPass included attraction admission (see the Itinerary section below for descriptions):
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • Choice between the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (two museums: the de Young and the Legion of Honor*) or the Exploratorium
  • Choice between the Aquarium of the Bay or Monterey Bay Aquarium
CityPass included activities and discounts:
  • Seven days of unlimited rides on the cable cars and Muni public transportation
  • Blue and Gold Fleet Bay Cruise
  • ‘Fun Pack’ at Pier 39
  • 15% savings certificate and a signature gift with a US$200 purchase at Bloomingdale's
  • Savings with either a GoCar rental or Blazing Saddles bike rental

*The de Young and Legion of Honor museums must be visited on the same day.


San Francisco attractions:

Cable car and Muni public transportation (seven consecutive days)
The San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni) provides transportation to all CityPass attractions as well as the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf and Chinatown. The 7-day Passport entitles you to ride any Municipal Railway passenger vehicle including cable cars, streetcars and buses. Ride as many times a day as you wish.

Blue and Gold Fleet Bay Cruise

A narrated 1-hour tour sails under the Golden Gate Bridge and offers views of the city skyline, Coit Tower and Alcatraz. Blue and Gold Fleet boats depart daily, year-round, from Pier 39.

California Academy of Sciences
This innovative building features exciting exhibits including a 90-foot diameter Rainforest dome, the ever-popular Swamp, the Foucault Pendulum, California Coast Marine Sanctuary and many, many more.

Option ticket—choice of:

Come visit Pier 15, home of the new Exploratorium, the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. Explore nearly 600 hands-on exhibits, including 150 new experiences, and enjoy breathtaking views of the city and bay in the spectacular glass-and-steel Bay Observatory.

Legion of Honor
The Legion of Honor's European art collection includes favorites such as sculptures by Rodin and a masterpiece selection of French impressionist painting.
de Young Museum

Originally founded in 1895 in the Golden Gate Park, this cherished attraction was rebuilt into a state-of-the-art facility designed by the renowned Swiss architecture firm Herzog and de Meuroon and Fong&Chan architects in San Francisco. The new de Young showcases priceless collections of American art from the 17th to the 20th centuries, as well as art of the native Americas, Africa and Pacific.

Please note:
If you choose the Legion of Honor and deYoung option, you must visit both museums on the same day.

Option ticket—choice of:
Aquarium of the Bay
Explore the wonders of San Francisco Bay as you walk through Aquarium of the Bay's 300 feet of crystal clear tunnels surrounded by 20,000 of the bay's most fascinating marine animals. Touch live leopard sharks, bat rays, and an amazing variety of tide pool animals. Aquarium of the Bay is an adventure you're sure to remember.

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Spend a day out from San Francisco, and visit Monterey and its world-famous aquarium. Showcasing the diverse sea life and habitats of the bay beyond its decks you'll discover an alien world of towering kelp forests, deep granite reefs and the vast open sea. With more than 200 exhibits and galleries feature sharks, sea otters, penguins, octopus, jellies and countless other creatures, it's worth the drive!

Most venues included in the pass have different minimum ages for free entry. It is your choice whether you purchase a pass for children to avoid standing in ticket lines to verify ages and pay admission upon entry. You may purchase a Child Pass for children, however this may not be cost saving.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

great option for seeing the entire city easily

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I went with 2 friends who also had city pass. We used every coupon and every form of transportation it offered. I would highly recommend it as we saved money, saw wonderful sites and experiences.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Convient and Easy to use!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fantastic. Able to travel all over San Francisco, out to the zoo, park, Art Galleries, cable cars, discount at Macy's. Worth the money, even for just the time saved and convenience. The public transport in San Francisco is super.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We made very good use of the ticket and saved alot of money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great, well worth the money

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great value

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

It was great I would buy City passes again

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

It was the best way to get around the city. We went from trolley, cable car, bus and subway all week. Never had to wait long for any transportation. I would recommend this to anyone

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

great. Best way to see the city in a week

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