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Highlights

Discover the iconic sights of San Francisco on our 2-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, please email [email protected] with your booking reference, preferred Alcatraz tour date, lead guest name, and names for all other guests included in the booking (and ages if they are under 18). 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 99 Jefferson St Information Center the day before (or up until 10:00am the day of) your Alcatraz visit. Photo ID is required for each adult in the group over the age of 18. Alcatraz tour times are considered confirmed tickets once a time has been allocated and cannot be changed. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

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.

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 Tour

Discover San Francisco's Chinatown

Discover more of San Francisco with a complimentary Chinatown Walking Tour. Walk through this world-famous historic neighborhood. See the magnificent Chinatown gates, the busy marketplace and the vibrant mix of historical and modern day culture. This tour is led by a qualified guide who will give you an insight into the area’s history and must-see locations. You can join the Chinatown Walk from Stop 2 (North Beach / Chinatown). Tour departs daily at 1:00pm . The Walking Tour duration is approximately 1 hour.

Pampanito or Blazing Saddles

Choose from one of two of San Francisco's top experiences

This ticket includes either Blazing Saddles bike hire, or admission to the USS Pampanito. Do a deep dive into the history of a historic World war WWII submarine, or cycle across San Francisco's stunning waterfront, across the Golden Gate Bridge and into Sausalito. To make your choice, please speak to a Big Bus Tours staff member when you redeem your ticket on-street.

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.

Fully Flexible Bus Ticket

You can change your bus tour date for free!

This bus tour ticket is fully flexible, which means you can change your bus tour date to another date for free! To change your bus tour date, please contact us to speak to our friendly Customer Service team. To learn more, visit our Flexible Tickets page.

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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
  • 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

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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

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