Enjoy the city from the special view of an open-top bus, learning about both past and present. You can hop off the bus at multiple stops, all set at great attractions and neighborhoods. You control your stay at any stop. Then hop back on board another bus and continue your trip.
No Senior Pricing, Adult and Kid Only.
No Hotel Pickup.
No reservations needed, see details below.
Big Bus’ primary red line loop tour goes over the Golden Gate Bridge and stops at the north end Vista Point for terrific views. Other key stops are located at or near: The Haight/Ashbury district, Victorian homes, Chinatown, North Beach, Union Square, Financial District, Golden Gate Park, City Hall, the Palace of Fine Arts, Lombard Street, and more.
Due to COVID-19, as of May 2021, Live Guides are not on the buses.
Recorded commentary in 10 languages is always available. English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, Cantonese or Mandarin Chinese.
Disposable headphones are included.
Trade in your voucher from DiscoverTown Tours for a time-stamped ticket from Big Bus. This can be done with the driver at any stop or with the agents at Union Square on the NE corner of Geary and Powell or at the Big Bus Visitor Center at Stop #1, Pier 41 at Fisherman’s Wharf. Your ticket is activated when you first get on any bus. It will last the rest of that day.
NO RESERVATIONS NEEDED. Buses run 10am – 5pm daily. Buses run every 30 minutes for summer 2021 - until further notice. The complete tour lasts approximately 2.25 hours; however you can start and finish the tour at any of the hop-on, hop-off bus stops.
Mobile App with live bus arrival times
Open top buses can be chilly! A backpack with extra layers is recommended. Including a skull cap!
For extra tips to make the most of your trip, go here.
Available as a bonus with all Alcatraz Combos...
and with Big Bus 1 Day Classic Hop-On/Hop-Off or Big Bus 2 Day Deluxe Hop-On/Hop-Off.
Compare Chinatown at $45 and up.
No reservations needed. Just present your Voucher (as a print-out or on your phone).
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~ 1-Hour Chinatown Walking Tour:
Built up around what was the original town square of the village of Yerba Buena that was later renamed San Francisco, Chinatown is a delight for history lovers and contemporary fans of the colorful and the unique.
See the crowded and bustling open-air meat and produce markets of Stockton Street; visit side alleyways that will take you back in time; and discover lions, dragons, pagoda roofs, and dangling lantern along Grant Street.
Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Some uphill walking is involved. Tour departs from the Southeast corner of Union Square, at Geary and Powell Streets.