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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.
Please Note: Alcatraz tickets are now SOLD OUT until 20 August. If you want to visit Alcatraz after 20 August, please contact our reservations office directly to check if there have been any cancellations prior to booking your tour on the website. Our reservations department can be reached directly at (+1) 415-433-1657, ext 7.

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, please email Alcatraz@bigbustours.com to confirm your preferred tour date. 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 Visitors' Center at 99 Jefferson Street, San Francisco, CA 94133. Cancellations or changes must be requested at least 6 days prior to your confirmed visit date. Please Note: we have very limited number of Alcatraz Tickets available for dates in June and July. If you want to visit during this time, please contact our reservations office directly to check if there have been any cancellations prior to booking your tour on the website. Our reservations department can be reached directly at (+1) 415-433-1657, ext 7.

Night Tour or Sausalito Tour

Choose between two great tours.

Premium tickets include your choice of either a Panoramic Night Tour ticket or a Sausalito Day Tour ticket. Need-to-Know: Night Tours operate every evening, departing from our visitor center at Stop #1: Fisherman's Wharf at 6.30pm, 7:00pm (and 7.30pm between April 1 - Oct 31). Please arrive 20 - 30 minutes before your preferred tour as seats are subject to availability. A full circuit of the Night Tour lasts approximately 1 hour. Sausalito Tours operate daily between 10:15am and 4:00pm - simply change to the Sausalito Tour at stop 13/20. A full circuit of the Sausalito Tour lasts approximately 90 minutes.

Live Guides

Live English-speaking guides on all buses.

Our entertaining and experienced English-speaking guides offer an exciting and educational commentary throughout the duration of your tour, and are happy to to answer any questions you have about San Francisco.

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 Walking Tours

Discover more of San Francisco

We offer 4 complimentary walking tours through some of San Francisco’s most famous areas. Each tour is led by a qualified guide who will give you an insight into the area’s history and culture. You can join the Chinatown Walk from Stop 6 at 10:00am and 2:00pm, the North Beach Walk from Stop 3 at 4:00pm, the Barbary Coast Walk from Stop 4 at 12:00pm or the Fisherman's Wharf Walk from Stop 1 at 2:00pm. All walking tours take approximately 1 hour.

Free 'Pint and Play' Voucher

Enjoy special offers at Players Arcade.

Located at the end of Pier 39, Players is San Francisco’s only arcade, sports bar & grill that also offers dazzling views of San Francisco Bay. Enjoy your first drink on Big Bus ($5.50 beverage credit) AND receive a $5.00 Arcade Game Card with purchase of $5 game card or any appetizer.

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.

2 Routes

See all the Top Landmarks

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.

  • City Lights Bookstore
  • Japanese Tea Garden
  • Maritime Museum
  • Sea Lions
  • Palace of Fine Arts
  • African American Art & Culture Complex
  • St. Peter and Paul’s Church
  • 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
  • Madame Tussauds & San Francisco Dungeon
  • Maritime National Historic Park / Hyde Street Pier
  • Alcatraz Island
  • U.S.S. Pampanito Submarine
  • Cable Car Museum
  • Fort Point
  • De Young Museum
  • Cable Car
  • Asian Art Museum
  • Coit Tower
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • The S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien
  • Ripley’s Believe it or Not!
  • Aquarium of the Bay
  • Lombard Street
  • Treasure Island
  • Barbary Coast Walk
  • Presidio Park
  • Washington Square
  • Haight Ashbury
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Fishermen's Chapel
  • North Beach, Little Italy
  • Painted Ladies
  • Alamo Square Park
  • Embarcadero
  • Civic Center
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Blazing Saddles
  • Chinatown Walk
  • North Beach Walk
  • DeYoung Museum & Legion of Honor Museum
  • Red and White - 1-Hour Bay Cruise
  • Marina District
  • Ferry Building
  • Chinatown
  • Pier 39
  • Player's Arcade 'Pint and Play'
  • Union Square

Big Bus Tours is the largest operator of open-top bus sightseeing tours in the world, providing sightseeing tours in 19 cities across three continents.

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