Big Bus Tours

 

If you have ever been to a city that receives a lot of visitors, you have probably seen a Big Bus.  Like City Sighteeing above, Big Bus offers tours around the world, and are some of the most popular activities for tourists.

Big Bus offers 2 and 3-day passes on its hop-on-hop-off bus tours. With 25 stops (see map below) all over the city, this tour offers people a great way of experiencing San Francisco in a short amount of time.  Big Bus also offers a free app, that you could use to find bus stops and schedules.


NOTE:  Smart Destinations sells two tourist attraction discount passes (the GoCard and the Explorer Pass) both of which include a 1-day Downtown Loop ticket for free (with the purchase of the pass).  This will save you somewhere between 20% – 50%, depending on which pass you choose.  Learn more here.


 
 

Reviews of Big Bus Tours San Francisco

With a 4 out of 5-stars rating on TripAdvisor, it’s safe to say that Big Bus Tours offers a reliable service. Most guests report that their buses are safe and their guides are very knowledgeable.

Some reviewers have had a negative experience, but there are no frequently reported complaints. In order to avoid any problems, make sure to get on the bus early and pick the stops you are most interested in before leaving.  

The free app, however, isn’t well reviewed.  It appears as though it is limited and takes some time getting used to.  

Big Bus also offers a night tour as well an Alcatraz Ticket Package. 


 

Ticket prices:

  • Classic Ticket
    • 24 hours of hop-on, hop-off service
    • 4 Walking Tours: North Beach Tour, Chinatown Tour, Barbary Coast Tour or Fisherman’s Walk
      • Online purchase: $49.50/Adult + $37.80/Child (5-15 years) 
  • Premium Ticket
    • 24 hours of hop-on, hop-off service
    • Choice of Night Tour or Sausalito Tour
    • 4 Walking Tours: North Beach Tour, Chinatown Tour, Barbary Coast Tour or Fisherman’s Walk
    • Bike rental buy 1 hour, get 1 free with Blazing Saddles
      • Online purchase: $59.00/Adult + $46.80/Child (5-15 years)
  • Deluxe Ticket – includes everything you get with a 1 Day Pass plus:
      • 48 hours of hop-on, hop-off service
      • Sausalito Trolley Tour
      • Panoramic Open Top Night Tour
      • Free ‘Pint and Play’ Voucher ($10.50 value) at Players Arcade on Pier 39
      • Bike rental buy 1 hour, get 1 free with Blazing Saddles
        • Online purchase: $68/Adult + $54/Child (5-15 years)
  • Panoramic Open Top Night Tour
    • 1-hour tour of the top sights like Golden Gate Bridge, Embarcadero, Nob Hill and more
    • Courtesy Shuttle back to Union Square
      • Online purchase: $35/Adult + $25/Child (5-15 years)

NOTE:  Smart Destinations sells two tourist attraction discount passes (the GoCardand the Explorer Pass) both of which include a 1-day Downtown Loop ticket for free (with the purchase of the pass).  This will save you somewhere between 20% – 50%, depending on which pass you choose.  Learn more here.

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