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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 join the cruise with Red & White Fleet, San Francisco's premier sightseeing cruise operators. Take in impressive views of the San Francisco waterfront, the Golden Gate Bridge, and notorious Alcatraz Island on a 1-hour Bay Cruise. Your ticket also includes free entry to the Aquarium of the Bay on San Francisco's PIER 39, which houses over 20,000 marine animals.
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.
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 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 5 (Union Square South). Tour departs daily at 1:00pm . The Walking Tour duration is approximately 1 hour.
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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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. Learn about the history of San Francisco Bay from award-winning audio commentary (available in 16 languages) and enjoy amenities like outdoor decks, air-conditioned and heated indoor cabins with gallery windows, on-board cafes with snacks, hot and cold drinks, and alcoholic beverages, and restroom facilities. Keep your eyes peeled for pelicans, sea lions, harbor porpoises and sometimes even whales!
If your circumstances change and you need to amend your ticket, we’ll need to know at least 72 hours before your tour.
The quickest way to make changes to your booking is by downloading the Big Bus Tours app and chatting with our friendly Customer Service team.