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

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icon1 to 2 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 9 more

Overview

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!
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Departure Point

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

You may disembark at any of the available stops.
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Big Bus Tours - USA
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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
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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
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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
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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
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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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  • "Be prepared with warm clothes if you wish to go on the upper level." See review
  • "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." See review
  • "Weather was perfect but it’s gets chilly so take a scarf or sweater" See review

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star-4
The drive was great but...
Carla_M
, Sep 2022
The drive was great but communication between driver and riders is off. Ear phones not all working and no idea when we could get off and picked up. We got off and a bus passed us by then waited awhile for another. Would like a map given and someone announcing things.
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star-5
You won’t regret it
John_W
, Sep 2022
Golden Gate Bridge was awesome. We stopped, got off and took lots of pictures. Erica was wonderful and super nice.
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star-4
Fun
Michael_G
, Sep 2022
Simply enjoyed seeing the various areas that we have always heard about. We were on top, so a great view. I spite of the on/off rain.
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star-5
Worthwhile trip
Allan_B
, Sep 2022
The whole trip was great from start to finish. Easy to book, plenty of spaces on the buses, lovely helpful staff.
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star-3
Disappointing!
Kathleen_B
, Sep 2022
Crowded bus, scratchy sounding audio which was mostly music, very little content in the narration. Difficult to see out of the lower level of the bus. Pretty much a “ ride around San Francisco.”
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star-2
Difficult to hear
Lou_V
, Sep 2022
The headphones didn’t work with my hearing aids. My wife enjoyed it much more because she could hear the commentary
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star-3
Ugh!
Theresa_L
, Sep 2022
Please at least open windows for those who are unable to go upstairs. An actual voice telling you the tour highlights would be most enjoyable. Went on the hottest day of the year, very uncomfortable.
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star-5
The high point of my visit!
Brett_P
, Sep 2022
The audio narration was superb, and the bus has a lower level for those who don’t want to do the open air top.. The tour takes about two hours if you don’t hop off. I went ahead and stayed on board the whole time. The trip across the Golden Gate Bridge was marvelous, but “extremely windy” is an understatement! It’s like being in a wind tunnel.
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star-3
Could have been better
margaret_k
, Sep 2022
Not enough information provided via headphones. Too much music, not enough information as we proceeded through the streets of San francisco. Also, there was no mention that we had to switch to channel 2 in order to hear the narrative.
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star-5
Riding on the Big Bus
Karen_M
, Sep 2022
I enjoyed riding on the Big Bus tour! A lot of history of San Francisco was provided about different nationalities that reside in San Francisco and the history of the Painted Ladies
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star-5
San Francisco tour for locals too.
Deborah_P
, Aug 2022
The day touring San Francisco over Golden Gate bridge was great. Really informative and well narrated around the chosen points of interest. The busses are clean, on time and smooth rides.
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Adventure
Melvin_S
, Aug 2022
Seeing all the different locations was wonderful. The people that are employed could be more professional.
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star-2
Not worth the money
Cheryl_B
, Aug 2022
Everyone was very nice the website and helpful. But some of the stop places were not convenient- for example Lombard street was not by the crooked part but a half mile walk straight up and hill and back down. And some stops were so crowded you could not get back on the bus or long waits for a bus. I would not sure them again
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star-5
Love to come back
Linda_L
, Aug 2022
We enjoyed it all the drivers were very friendly and kind. The sites offered were awesome. The friendliness on the bus 2as great.
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star-5
Great way to see everything
Elizabeth_S
, Aug 2022
Bay Bridge 🌉 night tour fun and enjoy would recommend to friends great time fun 2 days wad perfect.
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it was a great way to see...
MaryAnn_V
, Aug 2022
it was a great way to see an overview of the city. staff friendly and informative. would do this again
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star-5
Best way to really see SF
Amanda_M
, Aug 2022
San Jose resident that’s never been a tourist in SF. The hop on/off is really all you need in one day. We booked Alcatraz too and it should be separate days. Holy crap I was exhausted! But stop at every stop, walk around and take it in. The history, how cool it truly is to be there, I don’t think I ever appreciate it’s history before. Jacket and shades a must!
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star-5
Great ride
John_M
, Aug 2022
Wonderful experience rode by all of San Francisco’s sites to must see, can get off at all of the stops
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star-5
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.
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star-4
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
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