San Francisco

Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour

San Francisco, United States

From $53.10

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour to 2 hours 10 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Ride a double-decker sightseeing bus to San Francisco's most famous landmarks with a choice of 2 different passes. Explore the city's 49 square miles, including stops at big-name attractions like Pier 39, the Palace of Fine Arts and Union Square. Go at your own pace, hopping off at any of 16 stops, exploring at your leisure, and then hopping back on when you're done. Choose the Premium pass to include a night tour or a Deluxe pass for an additional 24 hours of hop-on-hop-off and a night tour.
  • Travel around San Francisco on a double-decker bus, hopping on and off at any of its stops with your ticket
  • Upgrade to the Premium pass to include a night tour
  • Upgrade to the Deluxe pass to include an additional 24 hours of hop-on-hop-off and a night tour
  • Flexible, fun and family-friendly way to make the most of your time in the city!

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

There’s no better way to see world-famous San Francisco landmarks — including a trip across the Golden Gate Bridge — than by an open-top Big Bus!

What's Included

  • Hop-on Hop-off bus tour
  • Night Tour (Premium & Deluxe Tickets)
  • Buy 1 hour bike rental get 1 hour free from any Blazing Saddles shop
  • Free headphones for audio-guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

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What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Classic 1-day tickets will be valid for same day use. Tickets claimed after 3pm will be valid for 24 hours from time of redemption.
  • Night tour operates on a first-come, first-served basis, so try to arrive early to secure your seat
  • Night Tour is not a hop-on hop-off tour
  • Wheelchair accessible, please call ahead for arrangements
  • Daytime Tour: Show your paper or mobile voucher to a member of the Big Bus staff at any of the stops along your route to redeem.
  • Night Tour: Redeem vouchers at the start of the tour at Stop 1 Big Bus Tours Visitors' Center, 99 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94133, No tours on July 4th, Thanksgiving, Dec 24th and Dec 31st.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:Do I have to go to a central location to redeem my ticket for the Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour?

A:For the day tour, you can simply show a printed or electronic version of your ticket at any of the stops to board the bus. For the night tour, you must redeem your ticket at 99 Jefferson Street, San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf.

Mar 2021

Q:What time is the last bus on the Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour?

A:The last bus departs Stop #1 - San Francisco Visitor Center at 5:00 pm.

Mar 2021

Q:How will I know which stop(s) to use during the Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour?

A:Our live guides and pre-recorded commentary will communicate upcoming stops. You can also download our free App for more information on routes and times, and what to see and do at each stop location.

Mar 2021

Q:Is the Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour wheelchair accessible?

A:Yes, we operate wheelchair-accessible vehicles with lifts that can accommodate up to 650 pounds however, not all vehicles are equipped. If you require an accessible vehicle, please let us know in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.

Mar 2021

Q:Can I bring a pet with me on the Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour?

A:No pets are allowed on board the bus, except ADA service animals.

Mar 2021

Q:Can I bring food or drink with me on the Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour?

A:No food or alcohol is permitted onboard the bus. Non-alcoholic drinks in screw-top bottles are permitted.

Mar 2021

Q:Can I bring luggage on the Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour?

A:No, luggage is not permitted onboard the bus at this time.

Mar 2021

Q:How often does a bus arrive at each stop during the Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour?

A:A bus arrives approximately every 30 minutes.

Mar 2021

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Traveler Tips

Be prepared with warm clothes if you wish to go on the upper level.
The visitors should know that there are several popular stops where people get off so those are the best times to be able to get a seat on top of the bus.
Weather was perfect but it’s gets chilly so take a scarf or sweater
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Good, but plan a whole day!
Laurel_D, Mar 2023
Buses weren't spaced evenly along the route, so we waited a really long time at one stop. Also, the driver was rude when he arrived and told us he was full, even though there were 7 empty seats. We then couldn't risk getting off at any other stops for dear of not getting back on, and were late to an afternoon meeting. That was disappointing, because they advertise the ability to hop on and off. Really enjoyed sitting on top and taking in the sights!
Great time in San Francisco!
Celina_L, Mar 2023
Great info about the city on the recorded tour! Great value to see all the sights and hop off and on at a lesurely pace! Friendly and helpful staff!
Patricia_H, Mar 2023
I had limited time in SF and this was a great way to sightsee! I loved going to the Golden Gate Bridge on top of the amazing sights in this wonderful town
Fun and educational!
KIMBERLY_C, Mar 2023
Great way to orient yourself to SF! We’ve been to this city many times but now I feel like I understand it so much better!
Guruvayurappan_V, Mar 2023
Driving through golden gate bridge (and Bay bridge in the evening) on Open-Top was awesome - weather being chill added to the glamour. Night Trip was good, English commentary is a big plus - would recommend this a day-1 event for anyone travelling to SFO
Worth it
Nicademus_C, Mar 2023
Very nice and I didn’t have to drive very informative and well worth the money the open top bus made taking pictures great
I love my whole trip that...
Gagandeep_K, Feb 2023
I love my whole trip that was awesome. We enjoyed a lot and captured so many memories. I love everything in this trip including our ride, our visiting places etc.
@Viator tours are best and big bus tours are fantastic each team player takes good care
jane_h, Feb 2023
Love viator they choose the best tour opperaters big bus tours amazing viator made sure my tickets emaild to me Love love wouldn't book with anyone else thank you
Carrie_P, Jan 2023
Excellent tour guide & driver!!! It’s an intense drive so having a great driver was a relief! Tour guide was so interesting too!
Great way to see the highlights
HC_G, Jan 2023
Cold day but we enjoyed it. Great way to see the highlights when your time is limited. We recommend this.
This gave us a good...
susan_c, Jan 2023
This gave us a good introduction to San Francisco but we would have preferred a live guide which we’ve had in other cities. The drivers and dispatcher were very helpful and attentive to our needs.
Great SanFran tour.
Jacqui_T, Jan 2023
Great informative and enjoyable tour. Good ride up top on the bus! Very informative commentary. Option to hop on and off at will was why we chose this tour.
the bus drivers were all...
Tabatha_O, Jan 2023
the bus drivers were all friendly and helpful, you could hop on and hop off the bus at any stop. you should definitely bring a raining jacket in case of bad weather conditions :)
This was our 1st trip...
Belinda_M, Dec 2022
This was our 1st trip together to San Francisco as a family. The commentary and view from the top of bus was amazing!
Great way to experience SanFran
John_M, Dec 2022
Ghirardelli Square and having an In-n-Out Burger! Drivers were ver helpful & friendly. Thank you Viator
When we cross the Golden...
mac_t, Dec 2022
When we cross the Golden Gate bridge and pass through the Golden GAte park. All other parts were too from the side
Will do it again
Clarissa_M, Dec 2022
We enjoyed learning about the city where I grew up. Stopped at all the famous SF landmarks. Friendly staff
On Holiday in San Francisco
Walt_F, Nov 2022
Ease of use and live updates with the Big Bus Tour app! Tour drivers quite friendly and knowledgeable!
Using the hop on hop off bus
Charlie_F, Nov 2022
Great way to see San Franscisco using the hop on hop off bus . spent all day wandering around different areas
Great way to see San Francisco.....
Vanessa_P, Nov 2022
Great way to see all the sights in San Francisco, we got off at most stops with buses running every 15mins we got to see all we wanted in one day.