San Francisco Big Bus Tours

All top attractions covered
All top attractions covered
Regular schedule. Unlimited rides
Regular schedule. Unlimited rides
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Last minute availability. Instant confirmation



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Big Bus: San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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  • Visit San Francisco’s most prominent tourist attractions as you hop on and off as many times as you like on this bus tour.
  • The hop-on hop-off buses run every 15 minutes across 17 popular stops, offering complete flexibility to plan out your itinerary.
  • With your 2-day passes get entry to The Flyer or 7D Experience at Pier 36. Also, use the free bike rental offer for 2 hours at either 2715 Hyde Street or Pier 41.
  • Dive deep into the history of top landmarks via an audio guide in 6 languages and discover Chinatown on a complimentary walking tour.
  • Stop by famous landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Washington Square, Haight Ashbury, Alamo Square, and more.

Inclusions

  • 1/2-day unlimited hop-on hop-off tour
  • Audio guide in 6 languages
  • Chinatown walking tour (optional)
  • Free bike rental offer with Blazing Saddles (optional)
  • Entry to The Flyer or 7D Experience at Pier 36 (optional)
  • 4.5-hour Muir Woods tour with entry (optional)
  • Live guide (optional)
  • Return coach transfers (optional)

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  • First Bus from Big Bus Tours Visitors' Center: 10am
  • Last Bus from Big Bus Tours Visitors' Center: 5pm
  • Frequency: every 15 mins
  • Popular Stops: Golden Gate Park, Palace of Fine Arts, Lombard Street

Please click here for the detailed route map and boarding points.

Muir Woods Tour

  • First Bus from Big Bus Tours Visitor Center at 8:30am
  • Last Bus from Big Bus Tours Visitor Center at 1:30pm.
  • Duration: 4.5 hrs (approx.)
  • Tip: Don't miss walking down Lombard Street's 'Crookedest Street' in San Francisco. Experience its iconic hairpin turns and scenic beauty.
  • Audio guide is available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Big Bus: San Francisco Sunset Tour

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  • Experience the beauty of San Francisco on this 1-hour panoramic sunset tour and gaze at several iconic landmarks in the light of the setting sun.
  • Marvel at the magnificence of the Grace Cathedral after climbing Nob Hill, known for its luxurious hotels and historic mansions.
  • Cross the iconic Bay Bridge before heading on to Treasure Island, where you'll get some of the most stunning views of the entire city of San Francisco.
  • Watch the mesmerizing views of the glittering lights of the Port of San Francisco before you're dropped back to Union Square.
  • Listen to the audio commentary, available in 6 languages, via complimentary earphones, to learn about the history of the city as well as some amazing insights.

Inclusions

  • 1-hour sunset tour
  • Audio guide with 6 languages
  • Departs from Big Bus Tours Visitors’ Center at 6:30pm
  • Duration: 60 mins
  • Tip: While you’re at Embarcadero, do try out the mouth-watering seafood at San Francisco’s premier seafood restaurant, The Waterfront Restaurant.
  • Download the mobile app to track your bus.
  • Live commentary is available in the following languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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San Francisco Sightseeing Flex Pass: Choose 2 to 6 Attractions

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  • Explore up to 6 popular attractions in San Francisco with this flex pass that offers free entry for up to 60 days (9 weekends) after activation.
  • Experience the speed and convenience of hassle-free access to your favorite attractions with a single digital pass on your phone.
  • Confused about what to see? Choose between 2 to 6 places from a list of 10+ attractions, including popular places like the Asian Art Museum and Madame Tussauds.
  • Enjoy your San Francisco trip more when you save 35% on costs, after buying a bus pass and visiting 2 attractions like Madame Tussauds and Aquarium of the Bay.
  • Get the thrill of an adrenaline rush as you zoom through the streets of San Francisco on your bike that you can rent for free for 1 hour with the flex pass.

Inclusions

  • Access to 2/4/5/6 attractions
  • Hop-on hop-off tours
  • Museums: Asian Art Museum, Madame Tussauds San Francisco
  • Attractions: Aquarium of the Bay
  • Tours: GoCar 1-Hour Tour, San Francisco Ghost Hunting Tour
  • Activities: Escape Game San Francisco Downtown, Scavenger Hunts San Francisco
  • Get complete details here
  • You can enter any attraction only once.
  • After the date of purchase but before activation, the pass remains valid for 1 year.
  • The pass gets activated once you visit the 1st attraction.
  • First, download the Sightseeing Pass App. Use your order confirmation number to add your pass to your phone. Once you visit your first attraction, your pass will be activated!
  • Feeling old school? You can also print your pass at home using the link in your confirmation email. You can also show this version of your pass on your phone.
  • Your pass is activated as soon as you visit your 1st attraction and is valid for 60 days post the activation date.
  • These tickets can’t be cancelled. However, you can use them any time within the next 12 months.
  • These tickets are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.
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Big Bus San Francisco hop-on hop-off tours

Discover San Francisco at your own pace with Big Bus hop-on hop-off tours! Explore iconic sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Fisherman's Wharf. With flexible routes and frequent stops, it's the perfect way to soak in the city's charm and vibrant culture.

Why choose the Big Bus San Francisco tours?

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Flexibility

Big Bus offers hop-on hop-off access, allowing you to explore San Francisco's top attractions at your own pace and spend more time at places that interest you.

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Comprehensive route

The route takes you to over 15 stops, including Union Square, Fisherman's Wharf, Golden Gate Bridge, Palace of Fine Arts, and more, ensuring you see all the major landmarks.

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Commentary in multiple languages

Enjoy pre-recorded commentary in 6 different languages, providing insights into San Francisco's history, culture, and architecture as you ride through the city.

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Multiple ticket options

Choose from a variety of ticket options, including 1-day or 2-day passes along with a Muir Woods tour, to create a sightseeing package that fits your interests and budget.

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Scenic Muir Woods Tour

Enhance your adventure with the Muir Woods tour, where you can marvel at the towering redwoods and enjoy nature just outside the city​.

Big Bus San Francisco routes, stops and maps

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Red Route

The Red Route is the main hop-on hop-off bus tour in San Francisco, covering the city's top landmarks and attractions.

Overview:

  • First stop: Big Bus Tours Visitors' Center
  • Timings: 10am to 6pm
  • Frequency: Every 15 minutes
  • Number of stops: 17
  • Full loop duration: 2 hours 20 minutes

Suggested Big Bus San Francisco Itineraries

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San Francisco in 2 days/48 hours
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Day 1: Red Route

If you have just one day in San Francisco, choose the Red Route of the Big Bus Tours to explore all the top attractions in the city.

  • Start at Fisherman’s Wharf, enjoy the sea lions and visit Pier 39.
  • Hop off at the Golden Gate Bridge for stunning views and photos.
  • Continue to the Palace of Fine Arts and take in the beautiful architecture.
  • Visit Lombard Street, known for its winding, scenic beauty.
  • End your day at Union Square for shopping and dining.
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Day 1: Red Route

Explore San Francisco over 48 hours with Big Bus Tours, dedicating two days to the Red Route:

Day 1:

  • Begin at Fisherman’s Wharf and explore Pier 39.
  • Visit the Golden Gate Bridge for stunning views.
  • Stop by the Palace of Fine Arts to admire its architecture.
  • Explore the vibrant Marina District.
  • Walk down the iconic Lombard Street.
  • End your day at Union Square for shopping and dining.
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Day 2: Red Route

Explore San Francisco over 48 hours with Big Bus Tours, dedicating two days to the Red Route:

Day 2:

  • Start at North Beach and visit Coit Tower and Chinatown.
  • Head to the Ferry Building for local foods and crafts.
  • Explore the Civic Center and its cultural institutions.
  • Visit Alamo Square and see the Painted Ladies.
  • Stop at Haight-Ashbury for its unique shops and history.
  • Conclude your tour at Golden Gate Park

Big Bus San Francisco tips

  • Plan ahead: Review the route map and decide which attractions you want to visit in advance. This helps you make the most of your time​.
  • Start early: Begin your tour early in the day to avoid crowds and have more time to explore each stop​.
  • Dress comfortably: Wear comfortable shoes and bring a jacket, as San Francisco weather can be unpredictable, especially near the bay.
  • Use the app: Download the Big Bus Tours app for real-time bus tracking, stop locations, and nearby points of interest​.
  • Pre-book: Purchase your tickets online in advance to secure your spot.

Big Bus San Francisco: FAQ's

How do Big Bus hop-on hop-off buses work in Rome?

The Big Bus hop-on hop-off service in Rome allows you to explore the city at your own pace by hopping on and off the buses at any of the designated stops.

What is included in a Big Bus San Francisco Tour ticket?

You can hop on and off at any stop along the route to explore attractions at your own pace. Buses run frequently on designated routes​.

How often are the Big Bus San Francisco hop-on hop-off buses?

Tickets include unlimited hop-on hop-off access to the Red Route, free walking tours, bike rental offers, entry to The Flyer or 7D Experience at Pier 36, a Muir Woods Tour, and audio guide.

How many Big Bus San Francisco routes are there?

Buses run every 15 minutes.

Are there audio guides on the Big Bus San Francisco hop-on hop-off bus tours?

There is one main route, the Red Route, which covers all major attractions and landmarks in San Francisco​.

Are the Big Bus San Francisco hop-on hop-off bus tours accessibility-friendly?

Yes, pre-recorded commentary is available in 6 languages, providing insights into San Francisco's history and culture.

How long is my ticket valid for?

Tickets are typically valid for 1 or 2 days, depending on the type of ticket purchased.