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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. This ticket is valid for use between December 26th, 2020 – 2 January, 2021 only. If you would like to visit Alcatraz outside of these dates, please purchase the Premium Ticket + Alcatraz (Off-Peak) combo ticket.
Bus tours operating Friday–Monday

Explore Alcatraz

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.

Alcatraz Need-to-Know

Important information about visiting Alcatraz.

This ticket includes admission to Alcatraz and return ferry transfers from Pier 33. After booking, our team will get in touch with you to confirm your preferred Alcatraz tour date and time. This must be confirmed at least 5 days in advance of your visit. Same-day bookings are not available. Please redeem your e-tickets at our Big Bus Welcome Center (99 Jefferson Street, San Francisco, CA 94133) at 9:00am 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 feel welcome to reach out to the team at Alcatraz@bigbustours.com

Pre-recorded Commentary

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.

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.

Extra Hygiene Measures

The health and safety of our staff and customers is our number one priority, so we've introduced a number of enhanced health and safety measures. We are continuously following government advice and the requirements of local health authorities to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

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.

Check Service

Plan ahead for your tour with our service updates

Visit our Service Information Page for up-to-date information about our current service.

2 Routes

Our San Francisco Sightseeing Routes

One of the undeniable highlights of our San Francisco Bus Tour is the journey across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, with top-deck views across the bay. However, with its diverse neighborhoods, lively entertainment hub and bustling shopping district, there are so many other great areas of the Golden City to explore. Hop on with us to discover the best of San Francisco.

  • Japanese Tea Garden
  • Sea Lions
  • Palace of Fine Arts
  • African American Art & Culture Complex
  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
  • Opera House
  • Symphony Hall
  • Railway Museum
  • Night Tour
  • Sausalito Tour
  • Beat Generation Museum
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • Exploratorium
  • Cartoon Art Museum - closed for relocation
  • Maritime National Historic Park / Hyde Street Pier
  • Alcatraz Island
  • Cable Car Museum
  • De Young Museum
  • Asian Art Museum
  • Coit Tower
  • City Lights Bookstore
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • The S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien
  • Ripley’s Believe it or Not!
  • Aquarium of the Bay
  • Cable Car
  • Fort Point
  • Madame Tussauds & San Francisco Dungeon
  • St. Peter and Paul’s Church
  • Maritime Museum
  • U.S.S. Pampanito Submarine
  • Lombard Street
  • Treasure Island
  • Washington Square
  • Haight Ashbury
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • North Beach, Little Italy
  • Painted Ladies
  • Alamo Square Park
  • Embarcadero
  • Civic Center
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Blazing Saddles
  • Chinatown Walk
  • Red and White - 1-Hour Bay Cruise
  • DeYoung Museum & Legion of Honor Museum
  • Fishermen's Chapel
  • Presidio Park
  • Ferry Building
  • Pier 39
  • Players Arcade and Luau Lounge Secret Tiki Bar
  • Chinatown
  • Marina District
  • Union Square

Big Bus Tours is the largest operator of open-top bus sightseeing tours in the world, providing sightseeing tours in 22 cities across four continents.

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