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Discover the iconic sights of San Francisco on our 1-day hop-on, hop-off Big Bus Tour, with Alcatraz entry.
You can also take in the sights of the city after dark with our 1-hour night tour of San Francisco, offering fantastic photo opportunities of the Golden Gate Bridge and skyline by night.
Discover the world's most infamous prison.
Also known as 'The Rock', the federal prison once established on Alcatraz Island is synonymous with notorious bank robbers and murderers like Al Capone, 'Machine Gun' Kelly, and the 'Birdman of Alcatraz', Robert Stroud. Now empty, and managed by the National Park Service, you can hop on a ferry to visit Alcatraz for yourself. Once you arrive, you'll have hours to explore the infamous facility with a personal audioguide. Learn about the lives of prisoners and guards alike, inspect the cells, and take in magnificent views of surrounding San Francisco Bay.
Important information about visiting Alcatraz.
This ticket includes admission to Alcatraz and return ferry transfers from Pier 33. After booking, please email [email protected] with your booking reference, preferred Alcatraz tour date and time, lead guest name, and names for all other guests included in the booking (and ages if they are under 18). This must be confirmed at least 10 days in advance of your visit. Same-day bookings are not available. Please redeem your e-tickets at our Pier 41 Marine Terminal Information Center between 9:30am–5:30pm on the day before your Alcatraz visit, or between 9:30am–10:00am on the date of your Alcatraz visit. Note that Photo ID is required for each adult in the group over the age of 18. Please note that Alcatraz tour times cannot be changed and are considered confirmed tickets once a time has been allocated. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]
Available in 10 languages.
Pre-recorded commentary is available in 10 languages on all Red Route buses via complimentary headphones that you can keep when you hop off the bus. Languages featured include English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Cantonese.
Hop on, hop off
Explore San Francisco at your own pace.
Make the most of your time in San Francisco with our flexible hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tours. Explore the city's sights at your own pace - you'll have the freedom to hop off the tour at any of our conveniently located stops, and rejoin when you're ready.
See San Francisco lit up at night.
Take in the sights of the city after dark with our 1-hour night tour of San Francisco, offering fantastic photo opportunities of the Golden Gate Bridge and skyline by night. Starting from Fisherman's Wharf, our Night Tour of San Francisco takes you through Union Street to the Presidio for spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge, before climbing historic Nob Hill for a magnificent close-up of Grace Cathedral. The tour then makes its way across the Bay Bridge to Treasure Island for picturesque views of the city skyline. Back in the city, the tour concludes along the Embarcadero for a pretty view of the glittering lights on the Port of San Francisco.
Free Walking Tour
Discover San Francisco's Chinatown
Discover more of San Francisco with a complimentary Chinatown Walking Tour. Walk through this world-famous historic neighborhood. See the magnificent Chinatown gates, the busy marketplace and the vibrant mix of historical and modern day culture. This tour is led by a qualified guide who will give you an insight into the area’s history and must-see locations. You can join the Chinatown Walk from Stop 5 (Union Square South). Tour departs daily at 1:00pm . The Walking Tour duration is approximately 1 hour.
Free Bike Rental
Rent for 1 hour, get 1 hour free.
Blazing Saddles offers Big Bus Tours customers 1 hour free with the purchase of a 1-hour bike rental. This deal is available from any Blazing Saddles shop, where the team will equip you with all the necessary gear and explain how to make the most of cycling in San Francisco.
Free Mobile App
Now with live bus arrival times!
Download our free mobile app for the perfect pocket companion to your sightseeing adventure. Our live bus arrival times feature lets you spend a little longer sipping that latte, browsing at the museum or taking that all-important selfie, so you can simply arrive 5 minutes early at the bus stop. In addition to live bus arrival times, you'll also get detailed maps and route information, live bus tracking, walking directions, facts about famous landmarks and attractions, ticket offers and more. Save memory-making minutes on your city adventure with Big Bus Tours.
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If your circumstances change and you need to amend your ticket, we’ll need to know at least 72 hours before your tour.
The quickest way to make changes to your booking is by downloading the Big Bus Tours app and chatting with our friendly Customer Service team.