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Tour code: 6954PRTSFOHOHO
While in port in San Francisco, discover the city on a 1- to 2-day hop-on hop-off tour. Climb aboard your double-decker bus and see top attractions including Fisherman’s Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge's South Vista Point and the Haight-Ashbury District, hopping off to explore at your own pace whenever you choose. Head to the upper deck to see 360-degree views and enjoy live narration on board. Upgrade to the 2-day pass to include a stop in the charming town of Sausalito with spectacular views of the Bay. 


  • Hop-on hop-off tour shore excursion of San Francisco with live narration
  • Travel on air-conditioned double-decker buses with open or glass tops
  • Choice of 1 or 2-day city loop pass
  • Stop at numerous San Francisco attractions including Chinatown, the Golden Gate Bridge, Haight Ashbury, Lombard Street and Fisherman's Wharf
  • All buses feature free Wi-Fi on board
  • Professional driver
  • Upgrade to the 2-day All Loops Pass to include a trolley tour to Sausalito and a night tour of San Francisco

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What You Can Expect

San Francisco Shore Excursion: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Golden Gate Bridge

Your hop-on hop-off tour begins at Pier 33, where you'll climb aboard your double-decker bus. The full 2-hour loop offers 13 stops, including scenic San Francisco views at South Vista Point, Lombard Street, Union Square, Pier 39 and more. When you reach a neighborhood of interest, hop off to explore at your own speed before climbing back on the bus.

To extend your sightseeing adventure, upgrade to the 2-day pass. You also have the option to select a loop traveling through Sausalito, where you can peruse the boutiques and antique shops. If you're up for an evening excursion, select a night tour through the sparkling San Francisco streets.

The beginning and end point of the tour loop at Pier 33 is a 5-minute walk to the cruise port. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy your trip and ensure your timely return. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.

For a complete list of stops, see the Itinerary section below.

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STOP 1 - Fisherman's Wharf / Information Center

Corner of North Point and Taylor Street (across the street from the Information Center)
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 (joining point for Sausalito Loop)
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. Joining point for Sausalito Loop (stop 1) available with the 2-Day All Loops Pass.

STOP 4 - Golden Gate Park / California Academy of Sciences
Concourse Drive, in front of Academy of Sciences (Sundays and Holidays: 8th Avenue and 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 and 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 cafés, 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.

SAUSALITO LOOP (included with the 2-Day All Loops Pass)
STOP 1 - Golden Gate Bridge
South Vista Point
POINTS OF INTEREST: Joining location for the Sausalito Loop from the regular San Francisco City Loop (stop 3). Enjoy great views of San Francisco’s skyline and Alcatraz Island or walk the span of the bridge over the entrance of San Francisco Bay.

STOP 2 - Sausalito
Behind Bank of America (Humboldt Avenue and Bay Street)
POINTS OF INTEREST: Shop at charming boutiques and antique shops. Spectacular view of San Francisco and the Bay.

Customer Reviews

Arlene G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very nice experience!!

Karen D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fabulous! Great comentry and what a spritly guide and amazing driver. Well worth it!

Damaris M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

An excellent way to see the city when your time is limited to one day. Courteous drivers and guides. Clean buses with reliable frequent stops.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

great bus driver very funny

Thomas D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent tour and good value for money. I would highly recommend it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Wonderful tour great way to see the city. Definately worth every penny


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

We were a group of 6 enjoying a day trip from our California Coastal cruise. I first heard of HOHO tour
on trip advisor and I'm glad we did. It was a little confusing at first as where to get on bus. It's best to
sit on bench facing Embarcedo, close to Aquarium. We had take a short free shuttle from our ship to get there, but could have easily walked. I agree with everyone else. It's very cold and windy going over Golden Gate Bridge. Our driver "Deon" was wonderful. He gave out blankets to anyone that needed them. You need to be dressed warmly as you are sitting on top in the open air. We only got off a few stops. I highly
recommend stopping at Chinatown. Lots of neat trinkets. Union Square has a lot of upscale shopping such
as Coach, Jimmy Choo, Barneys if you are in the mood. We spend a lot of time at Fisherman's Wharf and
Pier 39. The sea lions were out which was a nice treat for my 13 year old nephew. The Boudin Bakery has great clam chowder in the sourdough bread bowl. There's a 2nd shop in Pier 39. My sister loved the left handed store at Pier 39 as well. There was a double decker carosel and arcade games for the younger ones. We ran out of time and didn't make it to the ferry building, which was highly recommended as a place to visit. Our driver, Deon, was very knowledgeable and we thoroughly enjoyed his commentary.
Overall, we enjoyed our time on the excursion with HOHO Bus.

Mayra M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Pleasant tour. We love the tour guide I believe his name is Ulises. Down to earth guy and very informative. Made the tour very fun:-)


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

this tour was great the information by the on board rep was great we loved the idea that we could get off at so many different stops and it was grate that it was so flexible we had a great time and good value for money and we will be using viator in the future

Per A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2012

The tour was nice and good.

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