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San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off: Classic, Premium or Deluxe

Product ID: 61883
See the sights of San Francisco at your own pace from the top deck of a double decker, hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. Choose from a Classic, Premium or Deluxe Ticket and marvel at monuments such as the Transamerica Pyramid and Golden Gate Bridge.
About this activity
Valid 24 - 48 hours
(from first activation)
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets.
Instant confirmation
Audio guide/headphones
Spanish, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • See the sights of San Francisco as you explore at your own pace
  • Hop-on and off at over 15 locations/stops
  • Cross the Golden Gate Bridge aboard a double decker bus
  • Take in sweeping views of San Francisco Bay
  • Explore historic neighborhoods such as Fisherman’s Wharf and Haight-Ashbury
Full description
Hop aboard a sightseeing bus for a tour of the 'City by the Bay' and delve into the fascinating history of San Francisco and its legendary sites, such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf. 

The hop-on hop-off route stops at key points of interest all around San Francisco. Experience the diverse culture, beautiful parks, stunning architecture, and picturesque views from the top of an open-air sightseeing bus. Hop-off and back on at your leisure to create your own customized itinerary around the city. Explore 3 routes dependent on your ticket purchase: 

San Francisco City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour:
Operates: Daily from 9:00 - 17:00. Every 10-15 minutes in summer and 20-30 minutes in winter. The route lasts 2.5 hours
Explore San Francisco’s famous landmarks on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Sit back and enjoy the ride as you cruise through the city on an open-top bus and learn about San Francisco's unique history. You have the choice of a personal recorded commentary, available in 10 languages, or an entertaining live commentary. This is the best way to discover all that San Francisco has to offer. Important: The Panoramic Night Tour is not a hop-on hop-off tour.

This unique city tour has 17 stops for guests to hop-on and hop-off at. From Fisherman’s Wharf to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, immerse yourself in San Francisco’s diverse culture, beautiful parks, stunning architecture and picturesque views.

San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Loop:
Stop 1: Big Bus Tour Visitor Center – Corner of Jefferson and Mason Streets 
Stop 2: Washington Square – Corner of Columbus and Union Streets
Stop 3: Embarcadero Center – Corner of Clay and Battery Streets
Stop 4: Ferry Building - 1 Market Street, between Stuart and Spear Streets
Stop 5: Union Square South – Geary Street across from Macy’s Entrance 
Stop 6: Hilton Hotel – Corner of Mason and Ellis Streets 
Stop 7: Civic Center - Fulton Street between Larkin and Hyde
Stop 8: Alamo Square/Painted Ladies - Corner of Fell and Pierce Streets
Stop 9: Haight Ashbury - Corner of Haight and Shrader Streets 
Stop 10: Golden Gate Park - Music Concourse Drive Golden Gate Park
Stop 11: Golden Gate Bridge- North Vista Point Main Parking Area
Stop 12: Palace of Fine Arts – Corner of Richardson Ave and Francisco Street
Stop 13: Marina Neighborhood - Corner of Lombard and Gough Streets 
Stop 14: Lombard Street Corridor - Corner of Lombard and Gough Streets
Stop 15: Pier 35 Cruise Terminal – The Embarcadero 
Stop 16: Pier 39 Fisherman’s Wharf 
Stop 17: End of Tour - 99 Jefferson Street

Panoramic Night Tour
Operates: nightly at 18:30, 19:00 (19:30 April – October). Tour lasts 1-1.5 Hours.
Please note: No tours on Thanksgiving, December 24 and December 31. 
This Panoramic Night Tour of San Francisco begins from the visitor center in Fisherman’s Wharf, taking you through the dazzling city of San Francisco. The tour then climbs up the historic Nob Hill for a stunning close-up view of the magnificent Grace Cathedral. The tour makes its way across the grand Bay Bridge for picturesque views of the city skyline from Treasure Island, site of the 1939’s World Fair. Heading back into the city, the tour will continue along the Embarcadero to view the glittering lights on the Port of San Francisco. Please note, this is not a hop-on hop-off tour.

Sausalito Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour:
Operates: Daily from 10:15 - 16:30. Every 20-30 minutes. This route lasts 1 hour.
Visit the picturesque waterfront community of Sausalito, a short distance from the Golden Gate Bridge, on the Big Bus Trolley. Discover distinctive boutiques, a wide selection of restaurants and cafes, and unique art galleries. Relax in the park, or explore the narrow streets in the hills of this quaint seaside town.

Sausalito Hop-on Hop-off Loop: 
1. Golden Gate Bridge North Vista Point 
2. Downtown Sausalito 
3. Golden Gate Bridge South Vista Point

Please note that there are no night tours on July 4th.
  • Classic ticket: 1-day unlimited hop-on hop-off ticket and 1 hour Chinatown walking tour
  • Premium ticket: 1-day unlimited hop-on hop-off ticket, Sausalito Tour, and 1 hour Chinatown walking tour
  • Deluxe ticket: 2-day unlimited hop-on hop-off ticket, Panoramic Night Tour, Sausalito Tour, 1-hour Chinatown walking tour, and free entry to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
  • Live guides on most buses or pre-recorded commentary in 10 languages
  • Bonus 1-hour bike rental (premium and deluxe options only)
  • Bonus players arcade drink and game tokens (premium and deluxe options only)
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information
What to bring
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
Not allowed
  • Oversize luggage
  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)
Know before you go
• Please note that the weather can change quickly in San Francisco. Please bring a warm sweater or jacket
• Most of the open-top coaches are American Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant: scooters, wheel chairs, bikes, and strollers are allowed. Please call the Visitor Center 24 hours in advance for a schedule of buses that are ADA-accessible
• Live commentary is in English on most buses. Recorded commentary is available in 10 languages
• A complete loop (without hopping off and on) lasts approximately 2.5 hours
• Start or finish the tour at any of the stops along the route
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From US$ 55 US$ 49.50 per person

Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 526 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.2 / 5
  • Organization
    4.1 / 5
  • Value for money
    4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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Everything worked out well for us, only the stop points were very bad or not marked at all. We got out at the viewpoint Golden Gate B. @, walked back over the bridge and, with a lot of searching, found the Palace of Fine Arts. Also just because a bus was coming.

February 17, 2020

Good tour and great way to see the city. Only negative was that it wasn't explained to us that only every few buses had a live tour guide. We sat through 3-4 stops just waiting to hear about everything we were driving by and ended up missing that part of the audio tour.

February 10, 2020

I highly recommend this tour! I love that you can pick it up anywhere, and it really takes you to all the sites - even across the bridge. It's the BEST thing if you only have a short time in San Fran and want to see it all with the ability to get off and walk around. Our tour guide was part historian and part comedian. He had us laughing the whole time, and provided far more details than the recording you listen to with headphones. That being said, we briefly listened to the recording which was informative as well. Loved it!

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December 12, 2019

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