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Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour provided by Big Bus Tours

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

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Updated 19/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour
Maps and brochures will not be handed out on the service and customers are encouraged to download our Free Mobile App providing extended digital content including map and live bus tracking.
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Updated 19/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Get a standard hop-on hop-off experience with upgrades for more tours as far as Sausalito.
  • Explore San Francisco at your own pace, and plan your own itinerary
  • See numerous attractions in one day at more than 16 main stops
  • Cover more ground by taking advantage of our bike rental
  • Night Tour included in the Premium and Deluxe Passes
  • 24 hours extra hop-on-hop-off included in the Deluxe Pass
What to Expect
The bus tour route starts at Fisherman’s Wharf, but you can board at any of the stops. Just exchange your voucher for a ticket, and get ready to explore the City by the Bay. Highlights include Pier 39, Union Square, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Golden Gate Bridge and Lombard Street. Plan your day’s itinerary based on your own interests. You won’t be stuck in one area—unless you want to. A walking tour of Chinatown is included with your pass. If you’ve upgraded, take a Sausalito tour, and enjoy a bike rental. Your experience ends on the day your pass expires. If you have the time, two-day passes are also available.
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Important Information
  • 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
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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, 99 Jefferson Street, San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf daily at 6:30pm, No tours on Dec 24th and Dec 31st.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Kevin C wrote a review Dec 2020
2 contributions2 helpful votes
We had three different tour guides throughout our tour and thoroughly enjoyed the sights, but two of the guides were awful. Our first guide was an English woman who seemed not to know a whole lot of information or simply didn't care to share it. She was chatting with a toddler
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Date of experience: January 2020
1 Helpful vote
Meesha wrote a review Nov 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
This trip was so fun! I learned so much about the city while enjoying the beautiful views. Would definitely recommend!
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Date of experience: September 2020
1 Helpful vote
Hane G wrote a review Oct 2020
Tacoma, Washington33 contributions22 helpful votes
Right now with the street cars, cable cars and trolley out of commission this is an easy way to get around San Francisco. Not my first time to use the hop on hop off, no point in trying to drive and park in this city, LOL.
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Date of experience: October 2020
1 Helpful vote
Kerryann D wrote a review Oct 2020
7 contributions2 helpful votes
This bus tour is perfect. You can’t go wrong doing it! Takes you everywhere. Ladies pull your hair back if you are riding on top, which is a must IMO.
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Date of experience: October 2020
1 Helpful vote
Stephen B wrote a review Oct 2020
Rosenberg, United States8 contributions9 helpful votes
Bought the tour could not use it because plans changed and when asking for a refund they refuse. Will try and get you to use it at another time. They actually told me to make a claim on my travel insurance. Tour might be good but make sure you can go.
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Date of experience: October 2020
1 Helpful vote
About the operator

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By: Big Bus Tours
I had taken the very same tour earlier in the day and wanted to get the experience in the night and it did not disa
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It was an absolute thrill to go on a tour of the very famous Golden Gate Bridge and the equally famous Alcatraz pri
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Terrible Customer service
I have used Big Bus tours all over the world and I never had a bad experience until yesterday in San Francisco. We
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BAD Experience!!!!!
First of all I have to say I have enjoyed Big Bus in other major cities (NYC, Washington, DC and Paris), but San Fr
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Great experience bad bus driver
Experience itself was really nice! Bus driver wasn’t so nice! He thought we cut the line just accused us wasn’t ver
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Superb again Big Bus
Arrived in San Francisco at 8am , transfer to hotel, checked in with Big Bus Tours and we are off. Great tour, taki
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Wish it was better circumstances
Didn’t go due to corona virus pandemic. Wish I could have gotten my money back. Because it was an all sales final t
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So disappointed. Couldn’t understand most of what the tour guide was saying as he spoke to fast. English is our fir
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Hop on Hop off the best
If you take the hop on/off tour it's the best. You can ride around and pick which spots you want to hang out. There
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Got around San Fransico in an open top
The bus is great the driver was great the guide was ordinary and the bus was crowded, if you dared to hop off at Ch
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Tour guides are great!!
All the tour guides do such a great job for this company. So funny and knowledgeable. The only issue we had was tha
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Night tour is a must!!
We had the most unbelievably awesome time on the night tour with Bianca and Al. We have done Big Bus tours before,
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2 thumbs up!
Bianca and AL were the best tour guides we have ever had on the big bus and we use the bus as often as possible whe
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Very educational
The big bus tour is perfect for seeing and learning about the city. The trip to Alcatraz is very eye opening and e
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Fun way to see the city for great value for money!
You can split the tour into two if you go into the Big Bus Tours office, which I would recommend as you then get tw
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Key Details
  • Pier 39, The Embarcadero, and 23 more
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English, Chinese, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
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