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  • Location:San Francisco, California
  • Duration:2 days (approx.)

San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Ticket and Alcatraz Tour

Everything you'll need to see in San Francisco and at your own pace! From Alcatraz to modern San Francisco architecture, this tour covers the beauty and culture of the Bay Area. Complete with live narration, this is a fantastic and easy way to see all the sights San Francisco has to offer.

The hop-on-hop-off tour is taken on the most modern, comfortable and environmentally friendly double-decker buses in the city and is a fantastic and easy way to see all the sights the city has to offer over 2 memorable days.

Return ferry and admission to Alcatraz is included in the ticket price and your bus will conveniently drop you off right in front of the ferry landing in good time for your visit to 'The Rock'! Here you can take the award-winning audio tour and learn about the famous escape from Alcatraz, the prison's notorious inmates and much more!


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  • Hop-on hop-off tour of San Francisco with live narration
  • Stops at numerous San Francisco attractions including, Chinatown, Golden Gate Bridge, Haight and Ashbury, Lombard Street and Fisherman's Wharf
  • Alcatraz tour with audio
  • Hop-on-hop-off ticket valid for 2 days!
  • All buses offer free wi-fi access
  • Air-conditioned double-decker bus with open or glass top
  • 13 stops with various points of interest
  • Professional driver

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

If you want the flexibility to design your own itinerary but get guaranteed admission to Alcatraz, which tends to sell out, this is the perfect combo.

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What You Can Expect

San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Ticket and Alcatraz Tour

San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Ticket and Alcatraz Tour

Design your own itinerary of San Francisco on this hop-on hop-off double-decker bus tour. Tickets are valid for 2 days and there are numerous stops with multiple attractions and landmarks for you to explore. You can hop on and off the tour as many times as you like aboard the open-top double-decker bus. In the summer, the top deck is open and in the winter, clear screens shelter you from the cold and offer unobstructed views of the city.

Jump on the ferry to discover where some of the most notorious inmates were incarcerated at Alcatraz, one of San Francisco's most popular attractions. This penitentiary, formally known as "The Rock", is famous for having housed ruthless criminals such as Al Capone (Scarface) and Machine Gun Kelly.

The total duration of the loop is approximately 1.5 hours

Stop highlights are listed below in the Itinerary

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Hop-on hop-off stops include:

STOP 1 - Fisherman's Wharf / Information Center
Corner of North Point & Taylor St.
Home to San Francisco's fishing fleet. The old factories and warehouses that once dotted the wharf have now been converted into great shops and restaurants.The Cannery at Del Monte Square - Shops and restaurants. Ghirardelli Square - Chocolate lovers paradise, great shops and restaurants. San Francisco Maritime Historic Park at Hyde Street Pier and Aquatic Park, the famous Cable Cars on Hyde Street hill.

STOP 2 – Cow Hollow

Lombard Street @ Gough (in front of Town House Motel)
Convenient stop for hotels on Van Ness and Lombard. Walking distance from the "crookedest street in the world."

STOP 3 - Golden Gate Bridge
South Vista Point
Great views of San Francisco’s skyline, Alcatraz island, and the span of the bridge over the entrance of San Francisco Bay. Access point to walk the Bridge.

STOP 4 - Golden Gate Park / California Academy of Sciences
Concourse Drive, in front of Academy of Sciences (Sundays and Holidays: 8th Ave. & Fulton)
Music Concourse and Cultural Heart of Golden Gate Park. See the De Young Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, the Botanical and Japanese Tea Gardens. Also nearby, boat rentals at Stow Lake.

STOP 5 - Haight-Ashbury
Haight Street @ Stanyan (in front of McDonald's)
Eclectic district, famous for its role in the 1960’s Hippie Movement. Still a center for bohemian culture, it is lined with one of a kind shops, trendy cafes, bars and restaurants.

STOP 6 - Civic Center Plaza
City Hall (at McAllister and Van Ness)
Featuring the Beaux-Arts City Hall with its massive gold leaf covered dome, the War Memorial Opera House, Davies Symphony Hall, and the Asian Art Museum.

STOP 7 - Hilton Hotel
At corner of Taylor and Ellis
Walking distance to Westfield Shopping Center and Market Street’s Muni and Bart stations.

STOP 8 - Union Square
Geary Street @ Powell (across from Macy’s)
Central Shopping and Theatre District –featuring department stores, upscale boutiques, art galleries, salons, grand hotels, and repertory theatres. Westfield Centre and Cable Cars.

STOP 9 - Chinatown Gate
Grant Street @ Bush – across from Chinatown Gate
“The Dragon Gate” entry to Chinatown. Also, San Francisco’s very own quaint French Quarter.

STOP 10 - Barbary Coast / Chinatown
Kearny Street, between Clay & Washington (across from Portsmouth Square)
Where Chinatown meets the Financial District and the Barbary Coast.

STOP 11 - North Beach / Little Italy
Columbus Avenue @ Powell
Enjoy cultured café’s, restaurants, and gelaterias. Walk to Coit Tower, the worlds “crookedest street”, and Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral.

STOP 12 - Alcatraz Landing
On the Embarcadero - Between Pier 35 and Pier 33
Departure point of the Ferries and Tours to the infamous Alcatraz Island.

STOP 13 - Pier 39 / Aquarium of the Bay
Pier 39 pullout (during special events corner of Beach & Stockton across from “F” Muni stop)
Fisherman’s Wharf’s number one destination – enjoy restaurants, souvenir shop, a world class aquarium, and the San Francisco Sea Lions.

    Customer Reviews

    5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

    this was the second time I have done this tour and I have enjoyed it both times , I would recommend it to anyone

    5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

    Found the tour was efficiently organised and an enjoyable experience!

    5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

    Ever thing was very good organised.

    5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

    Very good with doing

    Richard A
    United States of America

    5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

    Excellent tour. Very organized and pleasant staff.

    5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

    Alcatraz what an experience then to have the flexibility of the 48 hour hop on hop off ticket is the way to see the sights and get your prospective of San Francisco. Highly recommend

    5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

    We totally enjoyed our tour. Both days we had the singing tour guide, whose knowledge of the City combined with his vocal interpretations enhanced our tour and provided musical references which enable us to continue to remember the information provided. Bravo!

    John J
    United Kingdom

    5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

    Alcatraz trip was brilliant and the audio guide superb, it really brought the place to life.

    We were not prepared, clothing wise. for the bus tour. Part was on an open sided bus and the wind off the ocean especially over the Golden Gate Bridge was cutting so be prepared.
    The tour covered most of the City but was a bit rushed and the guides varied in quality of presentation so it is pot luck on who you get.

    Best to study the City before you go so that you make the most of the stops. The bus ticket lasts 2 days so is good value.

    5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

    The hop on hope off tour together with alcatraz tickers was excellent and we'll worth the money. The bus route takes you to all the interesting parts of the city while the guide explains the history and what to look out for. Would be next to impossible to do by yourself via public transporter car.

    5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

    Great trip, well organised and friendly. Tour was informative and interesting and our guide was very funny also! Would highly recommend this tour : )

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