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Highlights

Discover the most iconic sights of San Francisco on our 1-day hop-on, hop-off tour. Relax in the comfort of one of our open-top buses as you learn about the city’s unique history, then head to Madame Tussauds San Francisco, home to a huge number of A-listers from the cinematic, sporting, musical and political worlds. You'll get up close to waxworks of all your favorite stars, and with a great variety of props available, you can snap some fantastic photos too. Don't miss the chance to enjoy some quality stargazing - make it memorable at Madame Tussauds San Francisco.

Madame Tussauds is located at 145 Jefferson Street, San Francisco, California 94133 USA.

Madame Tussauds Opening Hours:
Sunday & Monday: 11am - 7pm
Tuesday & Wednesday: closed
Thursday: 12pm - 6pm
Friday & Saturday: 10am - 8pm

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.

Madame Tussauds

See the stars at this world-famous attraction.

This ticket includes admission to Madame Tussauds San Francisco, the world-famous waxwork museum. Head down to Fisherman's Wharf to see hyper-realistic wax models of all your favourite stars, assembled from the worlds of music, film, sports, politics and business. Don't miss the chance to see the spirit of San Francisco display, which features models of Robin Williams, Jerry Garcia, Janis Joplin, Harvey Milk, Jimi Hendrix and many more famous San Franciscans. Madame Tussauds is located at 145 Jefferson Street, see above for opening hours. Last entry 30 minutes before closing time.

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.

See all the top Landmarks

Big Bus gets you closer to the city's best sights.

Immerse yourself in Chinatown, reel in revelry at Fisherman's Wharf and hang out in the hippy mecca of Haight Ashbury. With Big Bus Tours you'll get to take in the best of San Francisco, including an unmissable ride over the Golden Gate Bridge - enjoy this bucket-list moment from the upper deck of our open-top, double-decker buses.

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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Plan ahead for your tour with our service updates

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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.

  • Alcatraz Island
  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • Railway Museum
  • Japanese Tea Garden
  • Cartoon Art Museum
  • African American Art & Culture Complex
  • Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
  • Opera House
  • Symphony Hall
  • Night Tour
  • Sea Lions
  • Beat Generation Museum
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • Exploratorium
  • Maritime National Historic Park / Hyde Street Pier
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • Cable Car Museum
  • De Young Museum
  • Asian Art Museum
  • City Lights Bookstore
  • 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
  • Blazing Saddles
  • Palace of Fine Arts
  • Red and White - 1-Hour Bay Cruise
  • Treasure Island
  • Washington Square
  • Civic Center
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Haight Ashbury
  • North Beach, Little Italy
  • Alamo Square Park
  • Embarcadero
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Painted Ladies
  • Coit Tower
  • DeYoung Museum & Legion of Honor Museum
  • Fishermen's Chapel
  • Presidio Park
  • Ferry Building
  • Players Arcade and Luau Lounge Secret Tiki Bar
  • Pier 39
  • Chinatown
  • Marina District
  • Union Square

3

Embarcadero Center Clay St (between Battery & Front Streets)
First Stop 10:13
Last Stop 17:13
Embarcadero Center

5

Union Square South 280 Geary St (opposite Macy's entrance, next to steps)
First Stop 10:26
Last Stop 17:26
Union Square South

6

Redemption Center / Hilton Hotel Mason Street, between O'Farrell and Ellis Streets (outside Hilton Hotel entrance)
First Stop 10:30
Last Stop 17:30
Redemption Center / Hilton Hotel

7

Civic Center 350 McCallister Street (White Zone outside Earl Warren Building)
First Stop 10:40
Last Stop 17:40
Civic Center

8

Alamo Square 944 Fell Street (next to Mosaic wall near corner with Pierce St)
First Stop 10:50
Last Stop 17:50
Alamo Square

9

Haight Ashbury 1816 Haight Street (opposite Cha Cha Cha restaurant)
First Stop 11:00
Last Stop 18:00
Haight Ashbury

10

Golden Gate Park (Monday - Saturday only) 55 Music Concourse Drive (outside California Academy of Sciences)
First Stop 11:07
Last Stop 18:07
Golden Gate Park (Monday - Saturday only)

11

North Vista Point / Golden Gate Bridge North Vista Point, Sausalito, CA 94965 (lookout parking area off highway)
First Stop 11:22
Last Stop 18:22
North Vista Point / Golden Gate Bridge

12

Palace of Fine Arts 211 Richardson Avenue (Bus stop on North-West corner of Richardson Ave and Francisco Street)
First Stop 11:32
Last Stop 18:32
Palace of Fine Arts

13

Marina / Cow Hollow 2101 Lombard Street (SW corner of Lombard and Fillmore Sts)
First Stop 11:37
Last Stop 18:37
Marina / Cow Hollow

14

Lombard Street 1599 Lombard St San Francisco, CA 94123m (outside Buena Vista Motor Inn near corner with Gough St)
First Stop 11:39
Last Stop 18:39
Lombard Street

15

Pier 35 / Cruise Terminal 1454 The Embarcadero (outside Pier 35 cruise terminal entrance)
First Stop 11:45
Last Stop 18:57
Pier 35 / Cruise Terminal

16

Pier 39 The Embarcadero, bus stop outside the entrance to Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf
First Stop 11:52
Last Stop 18:52
Pier 39

4

Ferry Building 1 Market Street (Between Steuart & Spear Streets)
First Stop 10:16
Last Stop 17:16
Ferry Building

2

North Beach / Chinatown 329 Columbus Ave (white zone next to The Baked Bear, just NW of the corner of Broadway and Columbus)
First Stop 10:07
Last Stop 17:07
North Beach  / Chinatown

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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