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  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration:  1-day pass / 2-day pass
See San Francisco at your own pace on a hop-on hop-off coach tour with several route options. A double-decker bus, featuring live narration, takes you to major attractions including Fisherman's Wharf, Haight Ashbury and North Beach. Redeem your voucher at any of the 17 route stops with an instant-access ticket. Alternatively, cross the Golden Gate Bridge and discover what Sausalito has to offer. Select a 1-day pass for either loop, a 2-day pass for both loops, or upgrade to a 2-day pass that combines both loops with a night tour.

Highlights

  • Hop-on hop-off tour of San Francisco and Sausalito
  • Hear live narration aboard a double-decker bus with an open or glass top and free Wi-Fi
  • Embark at 17 San Francisco stops including Chinatown, Haight Ashbury, Lombard Street and Fisherman's Wharf
  • Select a 1-day pass to Sausalito, or a 1- or 2-day City Loop pass
  • Upgrade to the 2-day All Loops pass to include a trolley tour across the Golden Gate Bridge and a city night tour
  • Instant-access ticket means no waiting in line at a separate kiosk to redeem the voucher

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You can avoid the hassle of hilly driving and paying to park, and still enjoy exploring the city on your own schedule. An instant-access ticket makes it easy to redeem your voucher — just present it to the driver at any of the 17 stops and be on your way!

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What You Can Expect

San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Tour comfortably in all conditions with retractable roofs on select buses

Ride on a double-decker bus as you listen to facts about San Francisco's most popular neighborhoods and attractions. You can hop on and off the double-decker bus as many times as you like, departing from any stop at 15- to 20-minute intervals throughout the day. In the summer, the top deck is open, and during winter, clear screens shelter you from the cold and offer unobstructed views of the city.

The duration of the San Francisco loop is approximately 2 hours across 17 stops where you can automatically redeem your voucher. With 1- or 2-day City Loop passes available, you have plenty of time to explore San Francisco at your leisure. If you miss something on your first loop of the city, simply reboard the bus and go around again.

The Sausalito Loop pass gives you the option of simply taking a trolley tour, crossing San Francisco Bay via the Golden Gate Bridge. Or upgrade to the 2-day All Loops pass and enjoy two days of hop-on hop-off privileges that combines both tours with a night tour of San Francisco.

For a list of stops see Itinerary below:

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Itinerary

Sausalito Loop (1-day pass)
Stop 1: Golden Gate Bridge
South Vista Point (Stop 3 from the San Francisco City Loop)
Enjoy great views of San Francisco’s skyline and Alcatraz Island, or walk a span of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Stop 2: Sausalito
Behind Bank of America (Humboldt Avenue and Bay Street)
Shop at charming boutiques and antique shops, and enjoy spectacular views of San Francisco and the bay.

San Francisco City Loop (1- or 2-day pass)
Stop 1: Fisherman's Wharf / Information Center
Corner of North Point and Taylor Street (across the street from the Information Center)
The world-famous wharf is dotted with old factories and warehouses now converted into shops and restaurants, such as the Cannery.

Stop 2: Pier 39 / Aquarium of the Bay
Pier 39 loading zone near Hard Rock Cafe (during special events, corner of Beach & Stockton across from 'F' Muni stop)
Enjoy the top attraction of Fisherman’s Wharf with restaurants, souvenir shops, a world-class aquarium and the San Francisco sea lions.

Stop 3: Ghirardelli Square / Aquatic Park
Beach Street & Larkin, by the Maritime Museum
Visit the chocolatey paradise that is Ghirardelli Square and the San Francisco Maritime Historic Park at Hyde Street Pier and Aquatic Park, or hop on a cable car on Hyde Street hill.

Stop 4: Marina / Cow Hollow
Lombard Street at Gough (in front of Town House Motel)
This convenient stop for hotels near Van Ness Avenue is within walking distance of the Crookedest Street in the World.

Stop 5: Palace of Fine Arts
Lombard at Broderick (in front of the Marina Motel)
Stroll to the nearby Palace of Fine Arts, built in 1915 for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition and reconstructed in 1964.

Stop 6: Golden Gate Bridge (joining point for Sausalito Loop)
Vista Point
Enjoy great views of San Francisco’s skyline and Alcatraz Island. At this access point you can walk a span of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Stop 7: Golden Gate Park / California Academy of Sciences
Concourse Drive, in front of Academy of Sciences (Sundays and Holidays: 8th Avenue and Fulton)
Visit the Music Concourse and attractions of Golden Gate Park such as the de Young Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, the San Francisco Botanical Garden and Japanese Tea Garden. Also nearby: Boat rentals at Stow Lake.

Stop 8: Haight-Ashbury (west)
Haight Street at Stanyan (in front of McDonald's)
This eclectic district, famous for its role in the 1960’s hippie movement, is still a center for bohemian culture. It's lined with one-of-a-kind shops, trendy cafes, bars and restaurants.

Stop 9: Haight-Ashbury (east)
Masonic Avenue at Haight Street (Muni stop)

Stop 10: Alamo Square
Golden Gate Avenue and Steiner (in front of The Chateau Tivoli)
This stop showcases the postcard-famous Victorian and Edwardian homes called “Painted Ladies.”

Stop 11: Civic Center Plaza
Larkin and Grove (San Francisco Public Library)
The plaza features 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 12: Hilton Hotel
Corner of Taylor and Ellis
You are within walking distance of the Westfield Shopping Center and Market Street’s Muni and BART stations.

Stop 13: Union Square
Geary Street at Powell (across from Macy’s)
This central shopping and theater district features department stores, upscale boutiques, art galleries, salons, grand hotels and repertory theaters. Shop at Westfield San Francisco Center, or hop on a cable car.

Stop 14: Chinatown Gate
Grant Avenue at Bush, across from Chinatown Gate
Photograph the Dragon Gate entry to Chinatown, and see San Francisco’s very own French Quarter near the Financial District.

Stop 15: Barbary Coast / Chinatown
Kearny Street, between Clay and Washington (across from Portsmouth Square)
See where Chinatown meets the Financial District and the Barbary Coast.

Stop 16: North Beach / Little Italy
Columbus Avenue at Union Street (in front of Washington Square Park)
Enjoy cultured cafes, restaurants and gelaterias. Walk to Coit Tower, Lombard Street, and Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral.

Stop 17: Fisherman’s Wharf
Pier 41
This is a departure point for the San Francisco Bay Ferry.

All Loops (2-day pass)
See San Francisco, Sausalito and the city's iconic skyline fully illuminated at night. After spending the day in the city or across the bay in Sausalito, hop on the coach at the premiere shopping district of Union Square in the evening. Pass the gates of Chinatown and watch San Francisco come to life as the sun goes down. You'll view the city from the Golden Gate Bridge and Vista Point, and see the shimmering financial district from Treasure Island.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This tour was awesome. Tour leaders Sean and Mike were terrific. They had a lot of knowledge and a terrific sense of humor. People would hop on and not hop off. The tour went all over San Francisco, including across the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown and many other places.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour guides were very knoledeable and friendly. The area covered on the route were excellent as we got to see a lot of San Fransisco neighbourhoods and explore the diversity. Thank you.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Kids had tons of fun!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great tour with knowledgeable guides.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was one of our favorite excursions--we took two teenagers and loved sitting on the top of the bus and seeing the city sights. This helped us know where we wanted to return later to visit/explore on our own.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

There are a number of hop-on-hop-off tour companies running in SanFran. We chose this tour and were very pleased with it. It was a great overview of the city. We got off at a few choice stops Lombard Street , Fisherman's Wharf, and the GGB. It was a great balance of riding and walking! All along the way, the guides provided great insights into each section of the city. Now we get to go back to visit the sections we are most interested in like Golden Gate Park with an understanding of exactly what we want to see and do!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour was amazing on so stress free. We didn't get off alot of the wonderful stops they offerred. The Tour guides were very professional, funny and informative. I will definately use and refer this tour to friends and family. Awesome Experience, Mahalo from Hawaii.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Enjoyed the tour. The bus made it easy to see San Francisco. The wait to catch a bus was not long. We really enjoyed Frank.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our trip was awesome, took us everywhere we wanted to see and more. The guide not sure of his name was informative, personal and hilarious and the driver Willy was amazing in the traffic but safe and sane! We loved the tour. Be sure to ride on the top!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This is the best way that I could see the city in my short stay there. The tour guide, Matt, had great trivia and fun facts and was awesome about taking pictures for us!

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