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Hop-on Hop-off Double-Decker Bus Sightseeing Tour

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Bus, bike, and boat around the San Francisco Bay and see the entirety of the city aboard an open-top sightseeing bus. Be taken aback by the majestic views of the waterfront, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the notorious Alcatraz Island.

  • Hop on and hop off as often as you please and see San Francisco in your own time and at your own pace
  • Choose from 1. 2 or 3 day tickets
  • Recorded commentary available in 11 languages
  • Your ticket includes free walking tours and admission to local attractions


Bus, bike, and boat around the San Francisco Bay! This package gives you the ultimate land and water experience. See the entirety of the city aboard an open-top sightseeing bus and be taken aback by the majestic views of the waterfront, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the notorious Alcatraz Island.

Hop on and off at over 20 stops as much as you please using your 24-hour ticket. Availing this tour gives you a chance to ride a bike over the Golden Gate Bridge to the town of Sausalito or ride down the city on a Big Bus Trolley.

At the end of the tour, you will head back to the city on a ferry while getting a glimpse of the famous Alcatraz prison.

Hop On Hop Off Day Tour

Tour the "City by the Bay" to experience the best views of its distinctive landmarks and to learn more about its fascinating history. Explore San Francisco's famous landmarks, from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Fisherman's Wharf, and experience the diverse culture of the region. See also San Francisco's beautiful parks, stunning architecture, and picturesque views.

Duration: 2.5 hours

Frequency: 15-20 minutes

Operates: 9:00-17:00

Highlights of Tour Stops

San Francisco City Loop: Red Route

(Duration: 2 hours, 20 minutes for entire loop)

(1) San Francisco Visitor Center (Mason Street at the corner of Jefferson Street)

(2) Activity Center (Taylor Street at the corner of Beach Street)

(3) Washington Square (Columbus Street at the corner of Union Street)

(4) Embarcadero (Clay Street at the corner of Battery Street)

(5) Union Square South (Geary Street at the corner of Powell Street, opposite Macy's)

(6) Hilton Hotel (Mason Street at the corner of Ellis Street)

(7) Civic Center (Larkin Street outside the Asian Art Museum)

(8) Fulton Street (Fell Street at the corner of Franklin Street)

(9) Alamo Square (Fell Street at the corner of Pierce Street)

(10) Haight-Ashbury (Haight Street at the corner of Shrader Street opposite Cha Cha Cha)

(11) Golden Gate Park (outside the California Academy of Sciences)

(12) Golden Gate Bridge North (Vista Point North, main parking lot)

(13) Palace of Fine Arts (Richardson Avenue at the corner of Francisco Street)

(14) Lombard Street 1 (Lombard Street at the corner of Fillmore Street)

(15) Lombard Street 2 (Lombard Street at the corner of Gough Street, Buena Vista Hotel)

(16) Union Square North (Post Street at the corner of Powell Street, outside the Westin St Francis Hotel)

(17) Chinatown (Grant Street at the corner of Bush Street, outside the Triton Hotel)

(18) Steuart Street (Steuart Street between Mission and Howard, opposite of the Harbor Court Hotel)

(19) Pier 39 (The Embarcadero, outside the entrance to Pier 39)

Sausalito Loop: Green Route

(Duration: 30 minutes for entire loop)

(20) Sausalito start and end stop (Vista Point North)

(21) Horseshoe Bay (Discovery Museum, Cavallo Point Lodge)

(22) Downtown Sausalito (Harbor Shop at Humboldt Avenue)

(23) Bay Hotel

(24) Golden Gate Bridge South (Vista Point South, main parking lot)

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There are 3 walking tours you can take for free:

  • Chinatown Walking Tour (1.5 hours)

Explore the historic and world-famous neighborhood of Chinatown and lay eyes on the grandiose Chinatown gates, the busy marketplace, and the lively mix of historical and modern day culture.

Departs daily from Stop 5 at 10:30, 12:30, and 14:30, ends at Stop 4.

  • North Beach Walking Tour (1 hour)

Go on a journey through Little Italy district and visit various sites, including Washington Square Park and St. Peter and Paul Church. This tour will give you a glimpse of the bohemian lifestyle that gave inspiration to many artistically gifted San Franciscans.

Departs daily from Stop 3 at 11:00 and 15:00, ends at Stop 3.

  • Barbary Coast Walking Tour (1 hour)

This tour lets you discover this area that was once considered as the haunt of the low and vile. Listen to stories about San Francisco's small beginnings, its boom-town growth because of the California Gold Rush, and the end of the Barbary Coast due to the Red Light Abatement Act. This walking tour will also take you through the present Financial District as well as the Jackson Square Historic District.

Departs from Stop 5 at 12:00 and 16:00, ends at Stop 4.

Please Note:

  • It is necessary to print the voucher for this tour. Electronic copies presented from a mobile device will not be accepted.

  • Children below 5 years old are free of charge provided they are accompanied by a dedicated adult (1 adult to 1 child) and so long as they do not occupy a seat to the detriment of a fare paying passenger.


  • Live guide

  • Pre-recorded commentary

  • Bus fare
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Before the start of your tour, please exchange your VELTRA voucher at any of the hop-on, hop-off stops to redeem your ticket.

Big Bus Tours operates daily and buses depart every 10 to 30 minutes depending on the tour route. Tour maps and itinerary will be provided at the time of check-in.

The last bus departs from San Francisco Visitor Center (Stop 1) at 17:00.


Discover San Francisco on a one-day sightseeing hop-on hop-off double-decker bus tour! Get to know interesting sights such as the vibrant Chinatown, the Fisherman's Wharf, where popular attractions such as Pier 39, Cannery Shopping Center, and Ripley's Believe it or Not are located, along with some of the best restaurants and shops. Most importantly, take a closer look at the iconic Golden Gate Bridge as you pass under it. Enjoy over 20 stops at key landmarks!

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All Packages
  • Although there are certain buses that are wheelchair accessible, please note that not all of the buses will be able to accommodate guests with accessibility needs.

  • Children of all ages can participate in this activity.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
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  • Printed VELTRA voucher

  • Camera

  • Sweatshirt / light jacket

Requirement(s) - Others
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  • No pets are allowed on board the bus except for ADA service animals.

  • No food or alcohol is allowed on board the bus.

Additional Note(s)
24-Hour Package
  • Your tickets will be valid for 24 hours from the time of check-in.

All Packages
  • Travelers requiring wheelchair access should call the tour provider 48 hours prior to their activity.

  • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.

  • The activity provider does not assume any responsibility for your valuables and/or personal belongings.

  • Gratuity is not included in the price.

  • You must have a printed copy of your VELTRA voucher to present upon check-in. You will not be able to participate in this activity if you only have a digital copy on your mobile device.

  • Be sure to exchange your VELTRA voucher for a ticket at the check-in location.

48-Hour Package
  • Your tickets will be valid for 48 hours from the time of check-in and must be used on consecutive days.

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Buy on line before you travel as you pay less. We got the two day pass which also came with the night tour and entrance to other ...activities. We only travelled on the day tour on our first day and did the night tour on the second day. The day tour helped us get a better idea of the city as we had not visited before. We did one of the walking tours which gave a some information about the area. We went back the next day and as we felt we wanted to know more and found out more interesting things ourselves. We felt the walking tour could have been pointed them out even if there was not time to visit them on the tour. more


There are several open-top bus tours in San Franscisco. The BigBus tours offer several additional features, such as a tour of Saus...alito and a walking tour of Chinatown. The guide really makes a difference. Dave was great! I had one the was not so good, so I hopped off and waited for the next bus. more


Cancellation Policy

  • Bus tickets are open day tickets, and thus, can be cancelled as long as the voucher has not been used.

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