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Highlights

Enjoy stunning views of San Francisco on land and at sea with our Essential Ticket + Bay Cruise.
This ticket includes a 1-day pass for our hop-on, hop-off San Francisco bus tours, and a ticket for a 1-hour Red & White Bay Cruise.

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.

Red & White Bay Cruise

Sail the bay on a 1-hour scenic cruise

Enjoy San Francisco's sights from a fresh perspective on the water with Red & White Fleet, San Francisco's premier sightseeing cruise operators. Take in impressive views of the San Francisco waterfront, pass under the Golden Gate Bridge, and sail around the notorious Alcatraz Island on a 1-hour Bay Cruise. Visit the Red & White Bay Cruise page for departure information and more. Before boarding your Red & White Bay Cruise, please download your cruise ticket from our Booking Portal. If you do not download your entry pass, please redeem your booking confirmation with a Big Bus Tours staff member before your visit to the Red & White Bay Cruise.

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.

Pre-recorded Commentary

Available in 6 languages.

Our San Francisco bus tours feature pre-recorded commentary which offers fascinating insights into the city's history, culture, architecture and landmarks. The commentary is available in the following languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. Commentary can be accessed via complimentary headphones, distributed when you board the bus. Simply plug them in to the audio transmitter on the seatback and select your preferred language channel. You are also welcome to listen to commentary via your own wired headphones.

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 Mobile App

Now with live bus arrival times!

Download our free mobile app for the perfect pocket companion to your sightseeing adventure. Our new live bus arrival times feature shows you exactly where the bus is along the route, along with an ETA for your nearest stop! This gives you the freedom to make the most of your time exploring. In addition to live bus arrival times, you'll also get detailed maps and route information, stop images, walking directions, facts about famous landmarks and attractions, ticket offers and more. Save memory-making minutes on your city adventure with the Big Bus Tours App!

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.

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Our Sightseeing Route

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
  • Red and White - 1-Hour Bay Cruise
  • African American Art & Culture Complex
  • Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
  • Opera House
  • Symphony Hall
  • Night Tour
  • Sea Lions
  • Beat Generation Museum
  • Exploratorium
  • U.S.S. Pampanito Submarine
  • 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
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • Madame Tussauds
  • The S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien
  • Ripley’s Believe it or Not!
  • Aquarium of the Bay
  • Cable Car
  • Fort Point
  • St. Peter and Paul’s Church
  • Maritime Museum
  • SkyStar Observation Wheel
  • Lombard Street
  • Blazing Saddles
  • Treasure Island
  • Washington Square
  • Civic Center
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Haight Ashbury
  • North Beach, Little Italy
  • Alamo Square Park
  • Embarcadero
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Painted Ladies
  • Palace of Fine Arts
  • 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

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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 18:07
North Beach  / Chinatown

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Pier 35 / Cruise Terminal 1454 The Embarcadero (outside Pier 35 cruise terminal entrance)
First Stop 11:45
Last Stop 19:57
Pier 35 / Cruise Terminal

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Haight Ashbury 1816 Haight Street (opposite Cha Cha Cha restaurant)
First Stop 11:00
Last Stop 19:00
Haight Ashbury

12

Palace of Fine Arts 1105 Gorgas Avenue (south corner of Richardson Ave and Gorgas Ave)
First Stop 11:32
Last Stop 19:32
Palace of Fine Arts

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North Vista Point / Golden Gate Bridge North Vista Point, Sausalito, CA 94965 (lookout parking area off highway)
First Stop 11:22
Last Stop 19:22
North Vista Point / Golden Gate Bridge

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Marina / Cow Hollow 2101 Lombard Street (SW corner of Lombard and Fillmore Sts)
First Stop 11:37
Last Stop 19:37
Marina / Cow Hollow

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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 19:39
Lombard Street

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Golden Gate Park (Monday - Saturday only) 55 Music Concourse Drive (outside California Academy of Sciences)
First Stop 11:07
Last Stop 19:07
Golden Gate Park (Monday - Saturday only)

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Alamo Square 944 Fell Street (next to Mosaic wall near corner with Pierce St)
First Stop 10:50
Last Stop 18:50
Alamo Square

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Embarcadero Center Clay St (between Battery & Front Streets)
First Stop 10:13
Last Stop 18:13
Embarcadero Center

5

Union Square South 280 Geary St (opposite Macy's entrance, next to steps)
First Stop 10:26
Last Stop 18:26
Union Square South

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Hilton Hotel Mason Street, between O'Farrell and Ellis Streets (outside Hilton Hotel entrance)
First Stop 10:30
Last Stop 18:30
Hilton Hotel

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Civic Center 350 McCallister Street (White Zone outside Earl Warren Building)
First Stop 10:40
Last Stop 18:40
Civic Center

4

Ferry Building 30 Steuart St (Between Steuart & Market Streets)
First Stop 10:16
Last Stop 18:16
Ferry Building

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Pier 39 The Embarcadero, bus stop outside the entrance to Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf
First Stop 11:52
Last Stop 19:52
Pier 39

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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