Big Bus Tours San Francisco

The Big Bus Sightseeing Tour Showcases the Best Views in San Francisco


Sit back and enjoy the ride as you cruise through the city on an open-top bus and learn about San Francisco's unique history. You have the choice of a personal recorded commentary or an entertaining live commentary.


You can hop-on and hop-off the bus to visit attractions  before hopping back on-board to continue your journey.


The tour's main highlight is the journey over the fabled Golden Gate Bridge and the stunning views back across San Francisco Bay from Vista Point. Don't forget your camera to help capture some memorable moments.


The Dynamite 48 Hour Ticket includes the Sausalito Tour, Panoramic Night Tour, 1 hour bike rental (with 1 hour purchase) and three walking tours.


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Capture the Views of San Francisco


Our sightseeing buses allow you to experience the amazing views of San Francisco from an open-top bus.


You can observe the stunning attractions of San Francisco, such as the Golden Gate Bridge, savouring the panoramic views from either side of the bay in your open-top vantage point above all other traffic as you cross in both directions. 


It is possible to hop-on and hop-off the bus at any stage of your tour in order to explore San Francisco at your leisure.


Enjoy an Engaging Live Commentary

While you take in the wonderful sights of San Francisco, one of our experienced guides will provide you with an entertaining commentary, pointing out various landmarks and explaining their significance to the San Francisco story. 


Whether it is your first time to San Francisco or you have lived here all your life, you are guaranteed to discover something new and interesting about the city. 


The tour guides will do their best to give you an insight into the city's culture and are also happy to provide you with advice on places to visit, where to eat and drink, or anything else you wish to know about San Francisco.


Personal Recorded Commentary in a Choice of Languages


As you cruise through San Francisco you can enjoy an informative and entertaining commentary through complimentary headphones provided as you get on the bus. Significant buildings and landmarks will be pointed out and you will gain an insight into the city itself.


The personal recorded commentary is available in your choice of 10 languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, Cantonese or Mandarin Chinese.

Hop-on, Hop-off at over 20 stops


The hop-on, hop-off facility is a great benefit of the San Francisco Sightseeing Tour that enables you to explore all the sights at your leisure. There are more than 20 locations where you can get off the bus to visit attractions and monuments or see captivating places.


This facility also gives you the freedom to plan your own itinerary and to visit the attractions that engage you.  You can leave the open-top buses as many times as you want within the validity period of your ticket.


Every 10-30 Minutes


Buses run every 10-30 minutes depending on the day of the week and time of the year and the first bus departs at 9:00am from Fisherman's Wharf. The complete tour lasts approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes; however you can start and leave the tour at any of the hop-on, hop-off points.


Hop-on and off at over 20 stops to look around the many attractions in San Francisco, before re-joining the tour to continue your sightseeing experience. This flexibility allows you to start the tour at your convenience and enables you to plan your journey with ease.


Enjoy 3 Free Walking Tours as Part of your Tour Experience


A qualified guide will lead you on a delightful stroll through one of San Francisco's famous areas. Along the way you will get a special insight into the area's history and culture.


Enjoy all of these walks for free with ANY ticket type.


Chinatown Walk


Hop off the bus at Union Square South for a guided walk through the world famous San Francisco Chinatown. See the magnificent Chinatown gates, the busy marketplace and the vibrant mix of historical and modern day culture. Listen to our qualified tour guide as they take you to the best places for authentic Chinese tea, dim sum, herbs and the fascinating fortune cookie factory.


The Chinatown walk starts at Stop 5 and is available at 10:30, 12:30 and 14:30. The walk lasts approximately 1.5 hours and finishes at Stop 4.


North Beach Walk


Join us at North Beach, Little Italy for our historic tour of San Francisco’s eclectic North Beach district. This guided journey through Little Italy will open your eyes to the splendour of Washington Square, the incredible St Peter and Paul Church, and will provide you with a taste of the bohemian lifestyle that inspired so many of the artistically gifted San Franciscans of previous generations.


The North Beach walk starts and ends at Stop 3 and is available twice a day: at 11.00 and 15:00, lasting approximately 1 hour.


Barbary Coast Walk


Enjoy a walk through what use to be San Francisco’s notorious Barbary Coast. The tour takes you through a nine block radius of what was once the haunt of the low and vile. Hear about San Francisco’s small beginnings, its boom-town growth during the California Gold Rush and the end of The Barbary Coast due to the Red Light Abatement Act.


The walk will take you through the present Financial District allowing you to see remnants of the past such as an old ship mast, passageways used for Shanghaiing and the hang outs of famous literary writers Mark Twain, Jack London, Ambrose Bierce, and Frank Norris.


The Barbary Coast walk starts and finishes at Stop 4 and is available at 12:00 and 16:00, lasting approximately 1 hour.

See the City by Bike


Cycling is a great way to explore San Francisco and to get a feel for this exciting city. So don't miss the chance to enjoy a free hour of cycle hire with your sightseeing ticket.


The bike hire is available from any of the Blazing Saddles shops. The Blazing Saddles team will explain to you all there is to know about cycling in the city and they will provide you with all of the safety equipment.


Enjoy 1 free hour with the purchase of a 1 hour cycle hire, included with the Standard, Dynamite and Alcatraz Ticket.


Big Savings on the Alcatraz Combo Ticket

Once considered the 'prison of American prisons', the island of Alcatraz has been an asset to the U.S. Army, the federal prison system, jailhouse folklore and the historic evolution of the West Coast.

There were 14 escape attempts by over 30 prisoners. Most were caught, several were shot and a few drowned in the chilling swells of the San Francisco Bay. No one ever successfully escaped.

Discover this fascinating island for yourself with the great value Big Bus Tours Alcatraz Combo ticket. Included in your ticket is the Dynamite 48 Hour Ticket, Sausalito Tour, Panoramic Night Tour, Aquarium of the Bay entry, 1 hour bike rental (with 1 hour purchase) and three walking tours.

Please arrive at our Visitors Center at 9am on the date of your tour to pick up your Alcatraz tickets. If you purchased an open Date ticket, please contact us at to book your reservation date for Alcatraz.


Aquarium of the Bay


Aquarium of the Bay is San Francisco Bay’s only waterfront Aquarium.  The facility contains 300 feet of crystal clear acrylic tunnels holding 700,000 gallons of carefully maintained San Francisco Bay water that sustains approximately 20,000 animals, from octopuses, to native sevengill sharks, bat rays and giant sea bass.


Aquarium of the Bay

Alcatraz Combo tickets only available as a fixed date ticket.