Alcatraz Day Tour + 2 Day Hop-On/Hop-Off Classic Big Bus
Alcatraz = ~2-3 hours
Primary Big Bus Red Line Loop = ~2.5 hours
Sausalito = Minimum 1 hour, typically longer with your hop-off
Night Tour = ~ 90 Minutes
Bonus Chinatown Walking Tour Option = ~1 hour
Enjoy the city from the special view of an open-top bus, learning about both past and present. You can hop off the Big Bus tour 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.
Walking Tour is optional.
No Hotel Pickup.
No reservations needed for Big Bus tour. Activate and take it any day before or after Alcatraz. See details on tabs.
DAYTIME ROUND TRIP ALCATRAZ CRUISES FERRY TO ALCATRAZ ISLAND INCLUDING CELL HOUSE AUDIO TOUR
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Please arrive 30 minutes early. No Hotel Pickup. Your tour begins with a 10-15 minute boat trip from Pier 33. Expect your stay on Alcatraz Island to last at least 2 or 2.5 hours (typically 3 Hours round trip). Boats return every 30 minutes.
Discover America’s most infamous prison, with a chance to go inside the cells and feel the cold and dark life firsthand. Alcatraz operated as a federal penitentiary from 1933 to 1963, housing notorious criminals including Al Capone, Machine GunKelly, and Creepy Karpis. During the award-winning 45-minute cell house audio headset tour you will learn of escape attempts, riots, bizarre characters, and much more. Displays include prison life, guard controls, and how Frank Morris and 2 others made their infamous “Escape From Alcatraz.”
Alcatraz is continually one of the most popular tours in the country
Video History Presentation – No Charge
Audio Tour includes sound effects, interviews with prisoners and guards, and historic details
The Cellhouse Audio Tour is available in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
Bookstore with information in many languages
Visit the prison Recreation Yard, talk with Park Rangers, and walk the Perimeter Trail(note that parts of Alcatraz Island may be closed to the general public periodically – for repairs, wildlife protection, or other concerns)
Unlimited photo opportunities and great views looking back at the City or out to the Golden Gate Bridge
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.
Every other bus includes entertaining live commentary and recorded commentary in 10 languages is always available. English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, Cantonese or Mandarin Chinese.
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, 99 Jefferson Street at Fisherman’s Wharf. Your ticket is activated when you first get on any bus. It will last the rest of that day and all of the next day.
NO RESERVATIONS NEEDED. Buses run 9am – 5pm daily. Buses run every 10 - 20 minutes in summer and every 20 - 30 minutes in winter. The first bus departs at 9:00am from Fisherman's Wharf. The complete tour lasts approximately 2.25 hours; however you can start and finish the tour at any of our hop-on, hop-off bus stops. 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.
For extra tips to make the most of the primary loop, go here.
Runs two hours, beginning only from Stop #1, 99 Jefferson St. at Fisherman’s Wharf. Departs nightly at 6:30pm and 7:00pm. Please arrive 20-30 minutes (or more) before your preferred tour. A courtesy shuttle back to Union Square is provided at the end of the tour. Dress for cool weather.
If the Night Tour is your first bus, then your 2 day timing will begin the next morning.
Discover the beauty of SF as it lights up in the evening on our San Francisco Night Tour by bus. The tour makes its way through the financial district and across the Bay Bridge, where you’ll stop for the spectacular view of the city skyline from Treasure Island, site of the 1939 World Fair. Heading back into the city, the tour will continue along the Embarcadero to view the glittering lights along the Port of San Francisco.
If you Hop-Off at the Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point stop, you can take the Sausalito loop to discover this beautiful bayside town.
Your shuttle will tour you through Sausalito the long way, ultimately bringing you to the heart of the village with its charming boutiques and art galleries among several Victorian buildings.
Explore the many restaurants and cafes, several with fabulous views. Walk the narrow streets and staircases up the hillside. Or stay by the water on the promenade that looks out at the San Francisco skyline, Angel Island, Tiburon, and much more. Sausalito buses leave the Vista Point every 30 minutes.
The Sausalito loop takes one hour, plus the hop-off time you take. You can discover Sausalito at your own pace. The sooner you start the full tour in SF, the more time you will have to explore Sausalito – and still have available hop-off time for the many SF stops.
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 $35 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.