Experience the best of San Francisco with Big Bus Tours. The tour is an ideal way to sightsee while allowing you to explore San Francisco at your convenience through hop-on and hop-off locations. Explore all the key San Francisco highlights, such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the Painted Ladies, and uncover the hidden gems of Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, and Haight Ashbury. Download the Big Bus app for real-time tracking to get the most out of Hop-On, Hop-Off.
Where is the tour located?
The Big Bus Information Center is located at Pier 41, San Francisco, CA 94133. You are allowed to join the tour at any bus stop location.
How long does the tour take?
Day Tour (Red Route): a full circuit takes about 2 hours if you don't hop off the bus. You can hop on and hop off the tour as much as you like or choose to stay on board the entire circuit.
Night Tour (Blue Route): a full circuit takes 1 hour. Please note that the Night Tour isn't a hop-on, hop-off tour.
What time do tours start and and how often do buses run?
Day Tour (Red Route):
First Bus: 10:00am from Stop #1 (Pier 41).
Last Bus: 5:00pm at Stop #1 (Pier 41)
Bus Frequency: every 30 minutes.
Night Tour (Blue Route):
First Bus: 6:30pm only, from Stop #1 (Pier 41)
What can I see and visit during the tour?
During your Big Bus Tour, you'll pass through famous San Francisco neighborhoods like Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square, Haight Ashbury, Golden Gate Park and the Embarcadero. See landmarks like the Transamerica Pyramid, City Hall, and of course, feel the wind in your hair as you travel over the majestic Golden Gate Bridge. Simply hop on to discover and hop off at any stop to explore further. We stop at over 20 convenient locations, each selected because it provides easy access to an attraction or place of interest. You can hop on and hop off the tour as much as you like or choose to stay on board for the entire circuit.
How will I know where to get off?
Our commentary will communicate upcoming stops.
Are children allowed on the tour?
Yes. Children of all ages are welcome on the tour. Children under the age of 2 travel for free.
Are accommodations available for persons with disabilities?
Yes, we operate wheelchair accessible vehicles with lifts that can accommodate a weight up to 650 pounds. Please be advised that our entire fleet in San Francisco is not wheelchair accessible. If you or your travelling partner(s) requires an ADA accessible vehicle, please contact us 48 hours prior to your planned tour commencement. We can then arrange for a suitable vehicle to be available at the time and location required.
What is the policy on bringing pets?
No pets are allowed on board the bus, except ADA service animals.
What is the food and drink policy?
No food or alcohol is permitted on board the bus. Non-alcoholic drinks in screw-top bottles are permitted.
Is luggage allowed on board the bus?
No, luggage is not permitted on board the bus at this time.