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Explore San Francisco’s most iconic attractions the fun and easy way on a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Ride aboard a comfortable, double-decker coach while listening to live commentary on passing highlights and city history. Hop on or off at any of 17 different stops, including Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, Haight-Ashbury and North Beach. Alternatively, cruise across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito for fantastic views of the skyline and Alcatraz. Choose from several 1- or 2-day pass options to customize your time in the ‘City by the Bay.’


  • 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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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: Gray Line Box Office (Pier 41)Pier 41 Tour Bus Loading ZoneThis is a departure point for the San Francisco Bay Ferry.
Stop 2: Gray Line Tour CenterNW Corner of Taylor at North PointThe world-famous wharf is dotted with old factories and warehouses now converted into shops and restaurants, such as the Cannery. 
Stop 3: Ghirardelli Square / Aquatic ParkBeach Street & Larkin, by the Maritime MuseumVisit 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 ArtsLombard 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 
On Fell at  NE Corner of Pierce
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 41This 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

Jerlyn C USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Took the entire 2 hour tour...........beautiful day with a wonderful and passionate guide. Had a terrific time!

Julie A. S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

I recommend the San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour. The stops show the best highlights of SF. We hardly waited 5 minutes before another bus picked us up to continue the journey. We accidentally got on a reddish Big Bus tour from our B and B. The driver couldn't scan our QR code but let us stay on until we got to the start. He said to go to the office to get it figured out. That's when we discovered we were on the wrong red bus. To make sure you're on the right bus, look for the company name written on the side of the bus. The only other thing that could improve this would be to have buses going in the opposite direction, as well. But that would increase the price. We mainly bought this tour as our transportation around the City for two days. It worked great!

John J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Conductors were funny and the tour was very informative


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

It was ok!

Saket T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

good. Its the best.. book by viator, u will get discount of 10 dollars


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

In my opinion you cannot go wrong with a hop on/hop off bus. But I did, nothing to do with local tour operator though. I had accidently cashed in my voucher with the wrong company and ended up on a different bus. The company I went with had a breakdown half way through the day, so instead of bus being every 1 hour it was every 2 hours, so I ended up doing a lot of walking instead. I'm giving 5 starts because I did see more of my buses that I did the other company's

Marilyn F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great way to get an overview of this wonderful city. Got off a few stops, but not all.

Donald L C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great tour but a little cold.

Bec N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

We loved this hop on hop off and would recommend it to all our family and friends. We worth the money especially if you only have a short amount of time


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Had a great time. Tour guide was fun and very informative!!

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