San Francisco

Big Bus San Francisco Night Tour

San Francisco, United States
Big Bus San Francisco Night Tour

From $44.10

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Get a unique perspective on San Francisco by taking a 1-hour nighttime bus tour. See neighborhoods such as Fisherman's Wharf, Embarcadero, Chinatown and the Financial District while listening to commentary from a live guide. Multiple tour departure times available to suit your schedule.
  • Nighttime Big Bus tour of San Francisco
  • Check out different city neighborhoods lit up at night
  • Multiple departure times available to suit your schedule
  • Complimentary shuttle back to Union Square at the completion of the tour

What's Included

  • 2-hour double decker bus tour
  • Live guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 99 Jefferson St
    99 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

    Redeem vouchers at the start of the tour at Stop 1 - Big Bus Tours Visitors' Center (corner of Jefferson and Mason Streets)

Start time

06:30 PM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Make your way to the tour's departure point, 99 Jefferson Street in the Fisherman's Wharf area, at your chosen departure time. Tours are available at 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. year around, and 7:30 p.m. from April through October. Hand in your voucher and climb aboard the double-decker bus to find your perfect seat. Seats are on a first come, first served basis. 

Listen to live commentary about the City by the Bay as you take in the sights lit up at night. Drive through Fisherman's Wharf and make your way through Chinatown, the Financial District, the Embarcadero, and across the the Bay Bridge to Treasure Island. At the conclusion of the tour, you can catch a complimentary shuttle back to Union Square.

Your tour lasts 60-90 minutes depending on traffic.

Fisherman's Wharf

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Golden Gate Bridge

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Fisherman's Wharf

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Grace Cathedral

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Presidio of San Francisco

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Treasure Island

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Embarcadero Center

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tour operates on a first-come, first-served basis, so try to arrive early to secure your seat
  • This is not a hop-on hop-off tour
  • Wheelchair accessible, please call ahead for arrangements
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers

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:Can I hop on and off during the Big Bus San Francisco Night Tour?

A:The night tour is one continuous tour to view the lights of San Francisco after dark. There are no stops during the night tour.

Mar 2021

Q:Do I have to go to a central location to redeem my ticket for the Big Bus San Francisco Night Tour?

A:Our night tours operate daily from Stop #1 (Big Bus Tours Visitors' Center) at 6.30 pm. Please arrive 20 - 30 minutes before your preferred tour as seats are subject to availability.

Mar 2021

Q:How long is the Big Bus San Francisco Night Tour?

A:The Big Bus San Francisco Night Tour is approximately 1.5 hours and will return to the original departure location at the end of the tour.

Mar 2021

Q:Is the Big Bus San Francisco Night 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 Night Tour?

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

Mar 2021

Q:Can I bring food or drink with me on the Big Bus San Francisco Night 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 Night Tour?

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

Mar 2021

Q:I am staying in a hotel near Union Square; is there a pickup or dropoff location nearby?

A:You must go to the main departure location at the Big Bus Tours Visitors' Center for departure, however, at the end of the Night Tour we provide a courtesy shuttle back to Union Square.

Mar 2021

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242 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
Showing 1-10 of 242 reviews
Donna_W, Jul 2023
Good volume on tour bus. Nicely presented information about the city. *BRING a jacket. The bus was fairly crowded but some passengers went in after the stop on Treasure Island.
Could have been better!!
Deborah_J, Jun 2023
Experience could have been much better had guide given better instructions. We didn't know what channel to put audio listening on.
Well worth booking this tour..!
Kevin_B, May 2023
We booked this from in the UK via friends who said it would be a good tour due to we only visited for one day via a cruise ship holiday. We was not disappointed and to be taken around the city, visited the well known Bob’s Doughnuts open 24/7 days a week 👍
Chilly but awesome
Kati_G, May 2023
This was a great tour. One thing: IT IS VERY WINDY AND COLD IF YOU ARE FROM A WARM CLIMATE. Really enjoyed the long sunset over SanFran in May.
Best trip
eugenio_m, Apr 2023
Amazing tour with excellent driver 😊👍 it was once of the best trips I ever had whereby I got so much of knowledges which I never knew
Enjoyable experience
Christina_D, Feb 2023
Such a fun experience. Our driver was so friendly and made the tour really unforgettable! Would definitely recommend to friends. Bundle up if you plan to ride the top level in the spring, especially on the night tour
David_B, Feb 2023
Abrasive and rude staff in the office. No consideration for people on top of the bus during cold rain.
Terrible experience- waste of precious time and money on a trip
Gaurav_R, Dec 2022
The bus had is wait for 45 mins to board. When boarded, our audio on the seat wasnt working so we wasted our entire tour just sitting without any audio experience. There are no live tour guides so audio is what you need.
Even in the rain we had a...
Charlene_G, Dec 2022
Even in the rain we had a blast. San Francisco is beautiful in any weather. Our driver was fun and amiable. This was our 2nd time doing the night tour during the holidays. It will be our tradition, I'm sure.
lynne_s, Nov 2022
Omg what a trip it rained and was windy but so much fun and was giving ponchos we did the night tour the skyline was so pretty X our driver and guide were fantastic.
Poor business
Deborah_J, Oct 2022
I canceled the tour a few minutes after zi purchased it. They continued to ignore my cancellation, but they must refund me or I will dispute it. I received no response from the company.
Spectacular Night Skyline of San Francisco
Susan_D, Oct 2022
Golden Gate Bridge & night backdrop we’re spectacular! Great photo-opps! This was like post card pictures to share.
Booked a bus tour at...
Jason_Z, Sep 2022
Booked a bus tour at 6:30 pm for the big bus tour and I was waiting there around 5:55pm and it never came to the location of where it was supposed to come to
Very good !!
Arturo_A, Jul 2022
Everything is wonderful nice experience … But the bus should have a restroom its necessary because is to cold for some people and we need to use it at sometime the business place don't have either for their costumers we need a restroom somewhere close …..
Fault advertising
Mike_N, Jun 2022
On line said trip was 1 hour and started at 600. In route we found out that it started at 630. Once on the bus we found that the trip was 1 1/2 hours. The bus then broke down and we could not get our luggage as the place closed at 800 not happy
Good but need to update their info
Jorge_Z, Jun 2022
We had a blast on the double decker tour bus. My only complaints are that they need to change in their booking confirmations where the actual bus pick up is. It said we were supposed to check in pier 41 at the end of Powell st and no one was there. We were already running late, so you can imagine my stress levels rising at the possibility of disappointing my 10 relatives with me.
Early evening tour
Delores_B, May 2022
This tour is not at night. It is early evening. You do not see the city lights, mostly just blinding sunlight in your eyes. That was disappointing. The narration system only worked at a few seats. But you do get to see a lot of the city. It goes over the Oakland/Bay Bridge which is different.
Night tour on a day light
Nerissa_G, May 2022
This is my first time joining a bus tour. Different experience that my previous travel. I just wish it happened not on a day Light. I booked this tour to see the city lights.
The part of the trip...
Jorge_H, Apr 2022
The part of the trip crossing to Yerba Buena Island and the break to stop there and to allow folks to take pictures.
Overall, pretty good for the value
Felecia_B, Mar 2022
Like many reviewers have mentioned, in March it is cold sitting in the upper deck. However, you get the best pictures up top too. Otherwise, it was a good tour. Enjoyed the audio explanations of the different sites around town. The employees didn’t interact with my group much, but it was still pretty good for the price.

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