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Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour

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  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Take a journey around San Francisco's top sights in a retro way with this "painted ladies" tour by vintage Volkswagen bus decorated with long gorgeous eyelashes so you can't miss your tour vehicle. You'll pass by neighborhoods like Chinatown, Union Square, Pacific Heights, North Beach, Haight-Ashbury, the Marina, and Hayes Valley, plus see the Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Civic Center, and more.
  • Explore San Francisco by restored VW bus and enjoy access to places larger buses can't reach
  • Stop for photo ops of landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Painted Ladies
  • Hear about the city's history while listening to songs from the 1960s and '70s
  • Sip provided California white wine and local craft beer on the afternoon tours
  • Choose between a shared small group tour or a private tour just for your own party

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

These VW buses only seat up to seven people—making this a super-fun and intimate San Francisco experience.

What's Included

  • Small group tour
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Local Bottled Craft beer and Wine on the afternoon tours
  • Access to local vintage points where large buses are banned from
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuities

Departure & Return

Possible departure locations

Departure Point

  • 427 Post St, 427 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA

    Union Square Pickup location: 427 Post Street, right across from Morton's Steakhouse . Please arrive 10 min prior so we can leave the tour in time. Thank you!

  • 1300 Columbus Ave, 1300 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

    1300 Columbus Ave, directly in front of Hotel Caza on the sidewalk in the white loading zone. If you are standing with the hotel to your back, to the right is a small park and to the left you will see the pyramid building in the distance.

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum number of 3 people applies. There is a possibility of cancellation or rebooking to another time after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Portable wheelchair ok
  • Booster seats are available on request if advised at time of booking
  • Recommended tip amount :$15-$20 per passenger. (Did you know that tips make up a large amount of our tour guide income in the US?)
  • Note that each vehicle seats up to 7 people total. We can still accommodate larger groups seated in separate vehicles.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Everyone in your group needs to complete our digital waiver.
  • Anyone showing symptoms of COVID 19, including fever, cough or shortness of breath won’t be able to participate.
  • Everyone will be required to wear a mask while inside the bus. We will have extra masks for purchase in case you have forgotten yours. Hand sanitizer will be provided.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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Traveler Tips

It is also nice to be able to bring luggage onto the tour.
Picture perfect weather, a GREAT guide (from Austria) made for a delightful tour!
This is definitely a great way to venture out across the city.
805 reviews
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Armando & Buttercup
Jessica_K, Jul 2022
Armando was our tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable of the area and the history. He drove us down Lombard Street, which was a highlight! Armando and his partner Buttercup, our VW van, were awesome!!
Great tour
GaryE_H, Jul 2022
The driver was entertaining with the history and personal information he shared. The ride down Lombard street was worth the whole experience.
Sunday Funday
Stella_W, Jul 2022
It went by so fast! But time flies when you’re having fun. I would have preferred open windows, even though it was chilly out.
Best City Tour
Glenn_V, Jul 2022
Our guide was totally amazing. He made the tour the most memorable part of our vacation.Great tour of the City
Awesome experience
Jose_G, Jul 2022
Sam, our tour guide, was fantabulous!! I loved this experience, it’s a must do when in San Francisco.
Great time!!
lynnb0521, Jul 2022
I liked the smaller sized group. Made asking questions much nicer. Our tour guide was very personable.
Great Tour!
Cher_A, Jun 2022
Had a great time. Enjoyed learning the history of San Francisco and seeing places that we would not have had time to visit. The afternoon drink was an added bonus!
Great 👍
Camelia_E, Jun 2022
Great tour. Armando was so informative and fun. We visited some beautiful parks and archtecture. We would do it again. Views were amazing 👏
Great overview hitting...
Lisa_A, Jun 2022
Great overview hitting the highlights! Our guide was very informative. We loved driving around in our van Buttercup!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great experience!
Lorena_C, Jun 2022
Really great time, Armando was a great guide. Enough time on each stop, gives you an overview of the main places to visit in SF.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Letisia_H, Jun 2022
I loved seeing the Painted ladies homes and my mom loved the palace of fine arts. Going down Lombard Street was so amazing...hadn't done that in over 20 years! Armando was a great tour guide.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Up and down in SF
Konny_M, Jun 2022
Driving thru a variety of neighborhoods Wish we had seen windy Lombard street. Thought we would. Well informed guide
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great for small groups!
Amy_G, Jun 2022
Our tour guide Ciao was amazing! Highly recommend for small group - buses are small. It was a comfortable drive around the sitting hitting all of the highlights. Ciao provided interesting facts and historical commentary. We had never been to San Francisco before and Ciao’s tour provided many recommendations for sightseeing and great food! Enjoyed every minute!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Loved this tour!!
Deshawn_T, Jun 2022
Booked this tour to see the city and it was worth every penny. Our tour guide was friendly and outgoing. We drove through neighborhoods and learned their history. We were able to get wonderful pictures of the Golden gate bridge, Alcatraz, skyline city views and of course, the painted ladies. Our guide even gave a great recommendation for lunch!
AMAZING ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Keeley_S, Jun 2022
Well what can I say this tour was absolutely amazing, the best way to see all the main sites in SF❤️Our tour guide was excellent with abundance of knowledge about the city. We travelled in Daisy it was a pleasure and made my 40th birthday so memorable. Don’t hesitate to book this trip 😀
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great small tours!
Jamie_S, Jun 2022
We had a great time. It was lovely to have an small intimate tour and learn about the city. The music was coordinated with each story and area we were learning about. We stopped a few times to get out and take pictures. Definitely recommend!
So worth it!!
Jennifer_R, Jun 2022
What a GREAT way to see SF!! A fun filled tour and great history lesson! Armando was so fun and made the best of a rainy excursion.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Seeing the city
Alisa_M, Jun 2022
Kyle was our tour guide and really shared a lot of history of the city. He surprised us by driving down the curvy part of Lombard St which was really cool! The Victorian houses were very pretty, too! I would recommend this tour.
Awesome tour.
Susan_R, Jun 2022
Armando our tour guide was very personable. He was very knowledgeable. We enjoyed our tour. It was very comfortable as well.
Great time...
Alan_N, Jun 2022
I was happy that we took this tour, as oppose to the others listed for San Francisco. Our guide was fun and funny and knowledgeable. We really enjoyed the experience. My only downside, I wish that we had a few more stops along the way to take pictures at some of the iconic areas throughout the city. But, in general it was a great experience, and just the right amount of time. We still had the remainder of our day to experience Sausalito.


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