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Highlights

Discover the iconic sights of San Francisco on our 1-day hop-on, hop-off Big Bus Tour, with Alcatraz entry.

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.

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
  • 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
  • DeYoung Museum & Legion of Honor Museum
  • Red and White - 1-Hour Bay Cruise
  • Marina District
  • Ferry Building
  • Chinatown
  • Pier 39
  • Players Arcade and Luau Lounge Secret Tiki Bar
  • 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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