Visit Alcatraz, the infamous prison that Al Capone and the Birdman once called "home." Hop on and off all over the city of San Francisco on an open top bus and learn about the city's unique history!
With this combo package, see all of San Francisco's top sights and attractions in 2 or 3 days. Ride the open top double decker bus for 1 days, hopping on and off at over 20 stops around the city. Learn about the North Beach, Chinatown, and Barbary Coast neighborhoods with a personal tour guide as they take you on a walking tour through these three historical districts. See beautiful San Francisco lit up at night on a scenic Panoramic Night Tour. Cruise across the bay to the infamous prison known today as the Rock. Take the Trolley down to the quaint town of Sausalito. All in one product just for you!
See the infamous prison that Al Capone and the Birdman once called "home." You will start your adventure at Pier 33 where you will be transported by boat to the Alcatraz Prison.
Once at the prison, you will receive a self-guided audio tour which is available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Japanese, Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese. The audio tour will bring the prison story to life as you listen to what it was like on Alcatraz from actual inmates and guides who lived and worked on the island.
While on the island, you can also explore the beautiful gardens and see some of the birds and marine life that call Alcatraz home.
Then experience the diverse culture, beautiful parks, stunning architecture and picturesque views atop an open air bus. Hop on and off at your leisure to create your own customized journey around the city with the choice of a personal recorded commentary (English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Japanese, Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese) or an entertaining live commentary (English only).
Visit the picturesque waterfront community of Sausalito. A short ride from the Golden Gate Bridge will take you down into the enchanted seaside village. Discover distinctive boutiques, wide selection of restaurants and cafes, and unique art galleries. Dine with spectacular views of the bay, relax in the park, or explore the narrow streets in the hills of this quaint Mediterranean town.
This one-hour loop includes four stops: Golden Gate Bridge North Side and South Side, Downtown Sausalito and Horseshoe Bay.
Sausalito Departure Points and Times Schedule:
Trolleys will depart from the Visitor Center at 99 Jefferson Street in Fisherman's Wharf daily at 9:00, 9:30, and 9:45 for guests who wish to start the loop prior to the scheduled 10:15 departure from Golden Gate Bridge North Vista (Stop 13/22).
Our day tour route will connect to our Sausalito Tour at Golden Gate Bridge North Vista Point.
A guide will lead you on a delightful stroll through one of San Francisco's famous areas. Along the way you will get a special insight into the area's history and culture.
This tour takes you through the world famous historic neighborhood. See the magnificent Chinatown gates, the busy marketplace and the vibrant mix of historical and modern day culture. Our guides will take you to the best places for authentic Chinese tea, Dim Sum, herbs and the fascinating fortune cookie factory. This 1 hour and 30 minute walking tour departs daily from Stop 6 at 10:00 and 14:00.
North Beach Walk
This will take you on a journey through the eclectic Little Italy district. From Washington Square Park to the incredible St. Peter and Paul Church. The tour will leave you with a taste of the bohemian lifestyle that inspired so many of the artistically gifted San Franciscans of previous generations. This 1 hour walking tour departs daily from Stop 3 at 16:00.
Barbary Coast Walk
Discover a nine block radius of what was once the haunt of the low and vile. Hear 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. The walk will take you through the present Financial District and Jackson Square Historic District, allowing you to see remnants of the past and the hang outs of famous literary writers Mark Twain, Jack London, Ambrose Bierce, and Frank Norris all while hearing stories of Vigilantes, Bandits, Shanghaiing Crimps and more. This 1 hour walking tour departs daily from Stop 4 at 12:00.
Roam around this popular tourist site which includes attractions such as Ripley's Beileve It or Not, Pier 39, the Cannery Shopping Center and other famous restaurants. Observe how both locals and tourists alike go about their own business in this bustling place. This 1 hour walking tour departs daily from Stop 1 at 14:00.
Frequency: 10 to 20 minutes (depending on the season*)
Loop Duration: 2.5 hours
48-hour hop-on hop-off bus pass
Guided tour of Alcatraz
Alcatraz is a must see! Parents and tween kids thoroughly enjoyed the tour.
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Location and direction
Please exchange your VELTRA voucher for your hop-on hop-off bus tickets prior to your tour.
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.
Alcatraz tours are available daily expect on December 25 and January 1st. Please be sure to select multiple dates for your Alcatraz tour since availability is very limited.
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!
Explore the mysterious island of Alcatraz. Learn more about the abandoned Alcatraz Federal Prison and its infamous inmates, and those who tried to escape the once secluded and heavily guarded island.
Price & Options
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.
If you would like to do your Alcatraz tour before your hop-on hop-off bus, you must exchange your voucher for your Alcatraz tickets at Big Bus San Francisco.
Children of all ages can participate in this activity.
Printed VELTRA voucher
Sweatshirt / light jacket
Please call the activity provider the day before to reconfirm your booking. Your voucher has the necessary contact information listed.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Alcatraz is a must see! Parents and tween kids thoroughly enjoyed the tour.
Very professional drivers giving all kind of explanations
The San Francisco Big Bus tour and Alcatraz was as good as we expected. May I add that our transfers from airports and hotel were... great and we would use your
services again in the future.
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in planning our trip to SF I found Alcatraz was completely sold out for the summer. With hesitation, I purchased a package from Ci...ty tours that included the Alcatraz tour. We had a wonderful experience ! Great customer service. more
Great tour and great savings. Very kind staff and many options to enjoy.
Well organized,interesting tour(s),the weather was not ideal for an open top bus.
The visit of Alcatraz was worth the money....
To be recommended. more
A good tour and the visit to Alcatraz was very interesting. would certainly recommend both the bus and the prison.
driver ...was a little hurried at the end of the day and seemed to go off the route a little and we were packed onto the bus with num erous people standing, you could not hear the commentary even if you had wanted too.
The phrase 'packed in like sardines' comes to mind. more
Hello 'Big Bus Tour Company',
Thank-you for a fantastic time. The package was very comprehensive, informative and... well worth the value.
-Liam W more
We were able to see a lot of the city but it seemed to talk longer than the 2 hours. Maybe because we were chilly.
The bus was always crowded and don't have anyone to help you except the driver. But the turistics points was amazing. The bus... covered the most important ones, but you need more than one day to visit all. Alcatraz is incredible! more
Any cancellations made within 2 business days of your activity (after 18:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
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