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San Francisco Tourist Bus

Explore San Francisco's most famous landmarks in comfort and ease on a hop on hop off tourist bus. Big Bus Tours' double-decker open-top buses offer you unforgettable panoramic views of the city, and you can get off at any of the stops to discover more at your leisure.

Routes and stops

Exploring San Francisco by Big Bus
Exploring San Francisco by Big Bus
Golden Gate Bridge, the symbol of San Francisco
Golden Gate Bridge, the symbol of San Francisco
The iconic Painted Ladies houses on Alamo Square
The iconic Painted Ladies houses on Alamo Square
Trolley bus tour of Sausalito
Trolley bus tour of Sausalito

The San Francisco Tourist Bus has more than 20 different stops located near the city's most important sights, on a route lasting around two hours (red line). Throughout your journey, you'll benefit from recorded audio commentary explaining everything you need to know about the places you'll pass.

Some of the most fascinating stops on the tour are Fisherman's Wharf, home to some of the city's most delicious seafood restaurants; the incredibly steep Lombard Street, claimed to be "the crookedest street in the world"; Alamo Square with its famous "Painted Ladies" houses, Union Square, and - of course - North Vista Point, the best viewpoint from which to see the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.

See the routes and all the stops on a map of San Francisco via the following link:


Choose from any of the following options and tailor your Big Bus tour to your needs:

  • 1 day ticket: includes unlimited access to Big Bus tourist buses for one day.
  • 1 day ticket + tour: as well as unlimited use of Big Bus tourist buses for one day, you can choose an additional tour: see San Francisco's monuments illuminated on a two-hour night tour of the city by open-top bus, or enjoy a trolley tour of Sausalito.
  • 2 day ticket: includes unlimited travel with Big Bus Tours for two days, a night tour by open-top bus plus trolley tour of Sausalito.

How does it work?

Your Tourist Bus ticket will be valid for the length of time selected (1 or 2 consecutive days) from the time of first use. During this time, you can get on and off the buses as many times as you'd like to further explore San Francisco's famous sights.

Timetable and frequency

  • Panoramic city tour (red line): every 10-20 minutes between 9 am and 5 pm.
  • Trolley bus tour of Sausalito (green line): every hour between 10:15 am and 4 pm.

Night tour

If you'd prefer to just see the city at night and enjoy panoramic views of its iconic monuments illuminated, why not reserve our open-top night bus tour of San Francisco?


The tour includes audio commentary in English.


1 or 2 days.


  Adults Children between 5 and 15 years old Children under 5 years old
1 day ticket 55$ 49.5$ 42$ 37.8$ Free
1 day ticket + tour 65$ 58.5$ 52$ 46.8$ Free
2 day ticket 75$ 67.5$ 60$ 54$ Free

* All the prices are in U.S. Dollars (USD)


  • Unlimited use of Big Bus San Francisco during selected time.
  • Travel by bus to San Francisco's main tourist sights.
  • Headphones for each passenger.
  • Night tour (optional).
  • Trolley tour of Sausalito (optional).
  • 10% discount on the official ticket price.

When to book?

  • Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

Payment methods

  • You will be charged the full amount when the booking is confirmed.


Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email with a ticket which you can either print out, download on your mobile or tablet to show on the day of the activity.



How to book?

To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

You will receive a confirmation email directly after you’ve completed the booking process. If you have any doubts, please contact our supplier. The contact information is included in the confirmation email.

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