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

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San Francisco, United States
Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour

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icon1 to 2 hours  (approx.)
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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
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." 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-5
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.
star-5
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!
star-1
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.
star-2
Disappointed
Tim_F
, Aug 2022
The neighborhood descriptions were entirely too brief. Too much elevator music. Missed opportunity for all of us.
star-5
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.
star-5
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!
star-5
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.
star-3
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.
star-5
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❤️👍👍👍
star-2
Disappointed
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
star-2
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.
star-5
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!!!
star-3
Misinformed
Daniel_D
, Aug 2022
No notification that they only run until 6,, had for two days and had to make arrangements to get back to union square . Was lead to believe it would be available until 6 the it’s the night time fare . Never again
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Great
Alexander_P
, Jul 2022
The views of San Francisco and the Great friendly guides. The experience of the city. Guides were very helpful.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Going over the Golden...
Brandi_H
, Jul 2022
Going over the Golden Gate Bridge sitting up top and the weather was foggy and chilly but in a good way.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A good all round tour
Alison_V
, Jul 2022
The very windy ride over the Golden Gate Bridge! A concise tour of most of the main sights to be seen in San Francisco :)
star-4
Birthday week - Big Bus
Renee_R
, Jul 2022
It was super cold and windy but going across the Golden Gate bridge was AMAZING! It was birthday week and I used to live in the Bay Area. Now I’m back and enjoying as a tourist!
star-3
We went to exchange our 2...
Michael_H
, Jul 2022
We went to exchange our 2 day deluxe ticket at the redemption office and were told we paid for one day tickets. The agent scanned the QR code and sure enough it said one day on the screen. I called Viator and was told it was for two days and I needed to tell the agent it was a two day?? Why didn’t I think of that? I did not like being put in the middle but eventually I paid to upgrade with the agent and Viator issued a refund for the difference. I still don’t know what happened because the Viator agent seemed confused but it got worked out. The Bus experience is fun and would recommend.
star-5
Husband first time in San Francisco
Wendy_A
, Jul 2022
Excellent experience , would recommend to everyone……………………………………………………………………………………..,,,,,,,,, …………..
star-4
Freezing ride across the...
MaVictoria_S
, Jul 2022
Freezing ride across the Golden Gate Bridge. We came prepared for it, full winter gear on in July (haha) so it was really enjoyable

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