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Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour

San Francisco, United States

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  • 1 to 2 hours (approx.)
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  • Offered in: English


Ride a double-decker sightseeing bus to San Francisco's most famous landmarks with a choice of 2 different passes. Explore the city's 49 square miles, including stops at big-name attractions like Pier 39, the Palace of Fine Arts and Union Square. Go at your own pace, hopping off at any of 16 stops, exploring at your leisure, and then hopping back on when you're done. Choose the Premium pass to include a night tour or a Deluxe pass for an additional 24 hours of hop-on-hop-off and a night tour.
  • Travel around San Francisco on a double-decker bus, hopping on and off at any of its stops with your ticket
  • Upgrade to the Premium pass to include a night tour
  • Upgrade to the Deluxe pass to include an additional 24 hours of hop-on-hop-off and a night tour
  • Flexible, fun and family-friendly way to make the most of your time in the city!

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

There’s no better way to see world-famous San Francisco landmarks — including a trip across the Golden Gate Bridge — than by an open-top Big Bus!

What's Included

  • Hop-on Hop-off bus tour
  • Night Tour (Premium & Deluxe Tickets)
  • Buy 1 hour bike rental get 1 hour free from any Blazing Saddles shop
  • Free headphones for audio-guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.

Departure Time

  • See itinerary

Return Details

  • You may disembark at any of the available stops.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Classic 1-day tickets will be valid for same day use. Tickets claimed after 3pm will be valid for 24 hours from time of redemption.
  • Night tour operates on a first-come, first-served basis, so try to arrive early to secure your seat
  • Night Tour is not a hop-on hop-off tour
  • Wheelchair accessible, please call ahead for arrangements
  • Daytime Tour: Show your paper or mobile voucher to a member of the Big Bus staff at any of the stops along your route to redeem.
  • Night Tour: Redeem vouchers at the start of the tour, Pier 41 Fisherman's Wharf (RH5P+GX North Beach, San Francisco, CA, USA), No tours on July 4th, Thanksgiving, Dec 24th and Dec 31st.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:Do I have to go to a central location to redeem my ticket for the Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour?

A:For the day tour, you can simply show a printed or electronic version of your ticket at any of the stops to board the bus. For the night tour, you must redeem your ticket at 99 Jefferson Street, San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf.

Mar 2021

Q:What time is the last bus on the Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour?

A:The last bus departs Stop #1 - San Francisco Visitor Center at 5:00 pm.

Mar 2021

Q:How will I know which stop(s) to use during the Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour?

A:Our live guides and pre-recorded commentary will communicate upcoming stops. You can also download our free App for more information on routes and times, and what to see and do at each stop location.

Mar 2021

Q:Is the Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour wheelchair accessible?

A:Yes, we operate wheelchair-accessible vehicles with lifts that can accommodate up to 650 pounds however, not all vehicles are equipped. If you require an accessible vehicle, please let us know in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.

Mar 2021

Q:Can I bring a pet with me on the Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour?

A:No pets are allowed on board the bus, except ADA service animals.

Mar 2021

Q:Can I bring food or drink with me on the Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour?

A:No food or alcohol is permitted onboard the bus. Non-alcoholic drinks in screw-top bottles are permitted.

Mar 2021

Q:Can I bring luggage on the Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour?

A:No, luggage is not permitted onboard the bus at this time.

Mar 2021

Q:How often does a bus arrive at each stop during the Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour?

A:A bus arrives approximately every 30 minutes.

Mar 2021

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Traveler Tips

Be prepared with warm clothes if you wish to go on the upper level.
The visitors should know that there are several popular stops where people get off so those are the best times to be able to get a seat on top of the bus.
Weather was perfect but it’s gets chilly so take a scarf or sweater
2,754 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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I love San Francisco and the people from the present and the past.
graciela_h, Aug 2022
I have learned more about sfo history. I experienced and appreciate the architecture and arts of San Francisco.
Going over the golden...
Mike_B, Aug 2022
Going over the golden gate Bridge on the upper level of bus! It was an interesting trip with the audio learning about San Francisco
Sadly disappointed
Kimberly_W, Aug 2022
The fact that the driver skipped two spots ,then dropped us off 1.5 miles awry from where he picked us up. He never once mentioned he was not going back there. He was also aggressive when we inquired.
Memorial trip
Joao_D, Aug 2022
Good experience on a chilly day. Nice tour to remember San Francisco. The bus driver was very informative.
Great Tour! Worth the Money and More ...
Orson_H, Aug 2022
Our driver and tour guide, Chino, was informative and entertaining. I recommend Big Bus - Hop On Hop Off if you want a surprisingly wonderful overview of San Francisco's attractions. You learn so much about SF, good and not so good. Chino even made it a point to say hello to some drug dealers along the route. 😃 his jokes were hilarious!
Terrible experience, do not recommend!
Vamsi_D, Aug 2022
I think the best experience was terrible because the audio didn’t work even after switching seats 4 times. We couldn’t hear the description or stories behind the sites we were visiting. There was no guide that helped to fix this problem. It ended up being just a bus ride and not a tour as a result. Total waste of money!
Great way to see the city
Katherine_D, Aug 2022
The best early to see the city if you’ve never been! Stayed on for the entire first round then knew where we wanted to hop off the 2nd round. Hopped off at view point on the North end of the GG and the next bus was there in less than 10 minutes
Easy overview of the city
Alyson_S, Aug 2022
It was worthwhile because we had a great overview of the city. However, mid-August it was very busy and there were lines at every stop so we stayed on. Once you show your QR code they print out your ticket, you have to show that printed version which is just like a store receipt - easy to mislay. Put the earphones on channel 2 for the dialogue otherwise it’s just annoying music. I think the staff could have been more friendlier, but we put that down to the high volume of passengers. All in all, highly recommended and I was glad that the tape repeated some facts too. It was a good tour and I would recommend it.
San Francisco in a day…..
Julie_T, Aug 2022
Riding across the Golden Gate Bridge on the upper deck was exhilarating! We didn’t have to wait long for a bus at the stops, but it would be helpful if the bus stops were more clearly marked.
A great day!
Karen_L, Aug 2022
Great way to see the city! We enjoyed being able to hop on and off and especially not having to worry about parking!
Very rude staff
Emad_S, Aug 2022
The bus tour was great, the drivers were awesome, the only thing bad is one off the staff at the main station was very rude and unprofessional, he is a bold guy his name I believe Ali, or Ahmed.
Tim_F, Aug 2022
The neighborhood descriptions were entirely too brief. Too much elevator music. Missed opportunity for all of us.
1 traveler found this review helpful
San Francisco trip.
Chuck_T, Aug 2022
Taking a Segway tour through the city of San Francisco. Also taking a Big Bus tour to the Haight/Ashbury district and doing some shopping.
Great city tour
Lisa_L, Aug 2022
Really great way to see the city! Long lines to get back on and definitely important to be on top deck when you go over the Golden Gate Bridge!
Golden gate bridge was...
Frank_M, Aug 2022
Golden gate bridge was neat to walk across. Bus came quickly every time we got off. Good service. Audio was very informative.
Driver was nice. Ground...
Elsa_B, Aug 2022
Driver was nice. Ground staff ok. Only advantage was I didn’t have to drive. Narration was few, sound was bad. Nothing more to say.
100% well recommended Bus tour!
Ellam_E, Aug 2022
It was an awesome experience we really enjoyed the tour the good thing is rain or shine they will continue the tour they are giving away free raincoat whenever you experience rain during your tour! The experience passing by on the golden gate bridge while we are on top of the bus is a fantastic feeling we really had fun on our family vacation❤️👍👍👍
Cynthia_B, Aug 2022
Not enough info provided as to what is near or around each stop. Should provide a PRINTED, detailed map of entire route so passengers can better plan, utilize and enjoy the experience. Would not do it again!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Terrible- pick a different company!
Samantha_T, Aug 2022
Extremely mismanaged! It took over 45 minutes for us to get on a bus! We finally got on the lower level of the bus, and our driver was very rude. She had an attitude with the passengers and it was clear that she did not enjoy her job. She screamed to herself almost the entire time. When we were approaching the bridge, she purposefully took up both lanes because she did not want a truck to pass her. It was not an enjoyable experience. I would definitely recommend one of the other hop-on-hop-off companies- they seemed to have no line to get on their busses.
Our driver made a special...
Joe_B, Aug 2022
Our driver made a special point at a stop to answer questions and help us! She knew we were lost and helped us! So kind!!!


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